Billericay Town vs Welling United – Preview
Billericay Town vs Welling United – Preview

Following a hard earned but deserved draw at Havant and Waterlooville and a well merited victory over Maidstone United, Welling United crashed at home to Bath City on Saturday and now have a difficult trip to Billericay Town on Tuesday.

It was a tough afternoon for the Wings on Saturday as they crashed three nil at home to Bath. Missing holding midfielder Connor Dymond, they struggled to contain the Romans and were three down by half-time. They introduced Dquame Copeland at the interval and were a little better after the break but by then the damage was done.

One win, one draw and one defeat isn’t a disaster after three tough games for a new management and new squad but the manner of defeat was disappointing prompting Mark Goldberg to say “Those first forty-five minutes were embarrassing and I apologise to the fans for that but at the end of the day it’s a long long way to go and after ten games we’ll know where we are.”

Two players returning from injury in the second half provided some positives. Joshua Oyinsan was lively up front and Gavin McCallum looked energetic despite having missed all of pre-season. Those two, along with Copeland, provide some alternatives for when Goldberg selects his starting line up at Billericay.

Furthermore, Anthony Cook and Reece Prestedge will also be available having missed the first three games through suspension. That gives Goldberg a decision to make should Dymond not be ready to return. “It’s a difficult one now because Dquame has come in and done a job so he’s got to be thought of as a possible starter.” he said.

Hosts Billericay fell to a surprise two-nil defeat at Chippenham Town on Saturday to end their one hundred percent start. However, last season, despite Welling finishing the season in third place, well ahead of the Blues, Billericay recorded the double over the Wings. The home defeat was early in the season and the defeat in Essex was in January.

In that game, the first half was goal-less but Billericay went ahead three minutes after the break through Kieran Cadogan’s low drive. Shortly after, Welling conceded again and the game was over as a contest. The goal-scorer of the second was Adam Coombes who is now back at Welling.

Both teams will be looking for a quick bounce back following their disappointments on Saturday so it should be an enthralling encounter.