Welling United vs Chelmsford City – Preview
Welling United vs Chelmsford City – Preview

Following their late disappointment on Saturday, Welling United have a chance to make an immediate response with a Tuesday night game at home to Chelmsford City.

They did well to fight back from a first half two goal deficit, courtesy of a brace from player manager Jamie Coyle, but Welling conceded an injury time decider at Truro.

Letting in a late goal was tough enough, but when it was a cross that caught the wind and went in off the far post it was particularly galling, especially as prior to that, Chris Lewington did not have a save to make in the second half.

However, that is in the past now and Welling will be looking to bounce back against one of the promotion favourites.

On Saturday, Chelmsford started their campaign with a two-nil victory against Gloucester City. Kudus Oyenuga put the Clarets ahead after just two minutes which was the first goal scored in the Vanarama National League South this season.

There was no further scoring until three minutes from time when Oyenuga added a second to join Coyle as the league’s leading goalscorers.

When the two teams met at Park View Road last season, also on the back of Welling’s  return from Truro, the visitors claimed the three points. Injuries at Treyew Road meant that Mark Goldberg had to make multiple changes and it was a heavily weakened Wings team that took to the pitch.

Luke Daley gave the Clarets a fifth minute lead and they missed a number of chances before Shaun Jeffers converted a dubious penalty to make certain of the points.

It’s possible that Welling will not have any players in this season’s match who participated in the fixture last season whilst only two players were in the Clarets team on Saturday, who played against the Wings in the August Bank Holiday fixture.

One of them was former Wing Chris Bush who has now been joined by another ex-Welling player Craig Braham-Barrett, in the Chelmsford squad.

Claiming a good result would certainly help Welling put Saturday’s disappointment behind them.

Image courtesy of Dave Budden