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Aveley vs Welling United – Preview
Aveley vs Welling United – Preview

On Monday, Welling United make the short trip to play Aveley in a Vanarama National League South fixture.

Both teams come into the game on the back of defeats in which they conceded four goals. Aveley have been the surprise team in the league this season having been promoted last season. They sit in fourth place in the division despite their unexpected loss at home to Farnborough on Saturday.

They looked to be cruising at three-one up with thirteen minutes remaining, but were stunned by a late comeback culminating with a Salim Sahed last minute winner. The Millers’ goalscorers were Manny Ogunrinde (two) and Alex Hernandez. They have a home record of six wins, two draws and three defeats, but have now gone five games without a league win.

Meanwhile, Welling were losing four-two at Weston-super-Mare. They went in one down at half time but pulled level when Jephte Tanga was fouled in the penalty area and Tristan Abrahams converted from the spot. An unfortunate own-goal were followed by two more Weston strikes before Josh Chambers scored a late consolation goal.

After the match, Welling manager Danny Bloor said “I thought that was so poor today and the people who I really feel for are the Welling United fans who’ve made that journey. I’m the manager and the buck stops with me and it’s not good enough. You’ve got to be consistent. One week these players are a nine, then the next week they are a three or a four. We can’t dwell on it, we need to dust ourselves down.

“It will be a very tough game at Aveley. To get the side for Monday it’s going to be a question of counting who is even fit to play. I really can’t give you any indication of the eleven players who will start, and the five subs, because I really don’t know.”

Three centre backs, Mitch Dickenson, Jack Burchell and Taylor Curran were missing through injury before Crossley Lema pulled up prior to the match. Both Will Wood and Abrahams then limped off in the second half. Aveley will start as strong favourites, however, as has been seen on several occasions this season, favourites don’t always win and Welling will be hoping to upset the odds.

Images courtesy of Dave Budden