Welling United v Whitehawk preview
Welling United v Whitehawk preview

After claiming two draws from two tough away games, Welling United needed to make the points count with good results from the home games that followed.

On Saturday, they completed the first part with a 2-0 victory over Poole Town and they take on Whitehawk on Tuesday night on a run of one defeat in eight games.

Two strikers made their debuts against the Dolphins. Florent Bojaj was a free agent having been released by Huddersfield Town in the summer, and Elijah Phipps has signed on a one month loan from Colchester United.

Phipps opened his account with Welling’s first goal on Saturday and Bojaj’s performance on Saturday suggested that his first Welling goal isn’t far away.

As a result of the two new signings, Welling manager Jamie Coyle has released Lloyd Macklin, whose game time would probably be very limited once Tom Bradbrook and Bradley Goldberg return from injury.

Joe Healy scored Welling’s second against Poole but will miss the Whitehawk match as he serves a one match ban following his two yellow card dismissal at Braintree last week. It is expected that Jack Jebb, who was unlucky to miss out against Poole, will replace him.

Last season, Whitehawk were a bit of a bogey side for Welling having completed a league double over the Wings as well as knocking them out of the cup. In the corresponding league fixture at Park View Road last season, the Sussex side got off to a flying start when awarded a penalty in the fifth minute.

Although Chris Lewington saved Ahmed Abdulla’s spot kick, it came back out to him and he buried his second chance. Three minutes later, Welling levelled when Adam Coombes headed home debutant Christian Nanetti’s cross. It looked like the game was going to drift to a draw until Danny Mills claimed a winner with six minutes remaining.

Both teams will line up very differently to those that met in their final meeting last season in February. Out of the Welling 16 that day, only Sean Francis remains on Welling’s books. Likewise, their were no survivors from the Whitehawk squad in the one that lost heavily in Truro on Saturday, although caretaker manager Dan Harding might restore himself into the team.

It has been a tough start to the season for Whitehawk who have claimed just two points from their first ten games with a goal difference of minus twenty five. Their points have come from home draws with Braintree Town and Poole Town. Away from home, they’ve had a tough time and lost 7-2 at Truro on Saturday.

However, nothing should be taken for granted and Welling manager, Jamie Coyle, will be keen to ensure his team starts with a higher tempo than their last two home matches.