Goldberg not happy with Wings performance
Goldberg not happy with Wings performance

After two consecutive victories, Welling United suffered defeat at Dorking Wanderers and Wings’ manager Mark Goldberg was not happy.

Having spoken to his team after the game, he gave Kent Sports News his thoughts. “They scored at the wrong times in both halves.” he said. “We too easily allowed them in for the first goal. They got in behind us, which was their game plan, and I don’t know if they were trying to hold the offside position but it was a cheap goal to give away, although they were clinical and took it well.

“Our heads went down a little but having said that we had a chance almost immediately afterwards. At half time we said ‘It’s only one-nil. We’re not going to lose our confidence. We can get back into the game.’. I think we started the second half quite brightly but to give the ball away (for the second goal) the way we did, it was just a gift.

“At two-nil down it was difficult to come back from, away from home at a side that’s flying the way they are.” Goldberg continued. “Yes, they could have scored another one if it wasn’t for a good save by Dan (Wilks) but all in all we had as many chances as they had but they were clinical and we gave away two silly goals.”

Rob Swaine had to be withdrawn at half time and Goldberg explained “His ankle was giving way. It was best that we rested him and we hope that it’s not going to be a long term thing. He’s rolled his ankle but Jay Rich did alright when he came on.”

After Dorking scored their second, Goldberg made a double substitution. Bradley Goldberg had started his first game for over a month and the manager explained “Brad’s groin, he pulled up a little bit in training on Thursday night so I knew he couldn’t play ninety minutes so Brad had to come off.

“Coombsie (Adam Coombes) had a great chance from a free kick but it was a hard, hard task coming back from two-nil down.”

One plus from the game was a successful first Welling appearance for Chiori Johnson. Goldberg enthused “What a debut. The boy hasn’t played for six months. It was a massive gamble for me to play him but he was probably our best player on the pitch today.

“He was sharp. He made the right decisions. He defended well, he created chances for us and he won his headers. The boy’s a local lad. He didn’t expect to start today but we threw him in. He was the big positive from today.”

A week earlier, Danny Waldren had been sent off and Goldberg suggested that they might appeal. However, the manager decided not to, explaining “Seeing it on the video, it looked worse to me than it did at the time. Their player got the ball first.”

At the start of the week, the F.A. Trophy draw was made and Welling’s luck finally ran out with a difficult trip to Yeovil Town in store. “It’s a harsh one for us, away from home, against s team flying in the National League but we’ll still go there and believe we can get something out of it.” he said. “It’s a one off game. We’re not going there to make the numbers up. We’re going there to try and get a result.”