King: ‘It was end to end’
King: ‘It was end to end’

Despite being barely able to put out eleven players, Welling United stunned Wealdstone with a superb away victory in which every player played his part.

Steve King gave his thoughts on the game saying “I think it was quite open, They hit the post and the bar. We hit the post and the bar. It was end to end.

“Their manager said we deserved to win the game in the end. We kept going and kept going. We’re at bare bones playing people out of position then one breaks down in the warm up. It couldn’t get any worse, could it? Julien (Anau) pulls up, knew he couldn’t finish the game, so we took him off after five minutes but the rest defended brilliantly as a team, to a man.

They went behind after fifteen minutes to a soft penalty but Welling came back and King was delighted with their reaction. “(It) showed character to come back. We knew we had goals there because every time we attacked we looked like we could do something or score and it was just that final little ball.

“If we got that final little ball right, we were in. I’m over the moon, especially with what we’ve got. These players have given absolutely everything, everything and more. That’s what I’ve always said to Welling fans, my teams will give everything. If we don’t win, we don’t win, but we always try and give everything.”

Wealdstone came into the game as the league’s form team. King said “They haven’t been beaten since Christmas, they’re unbeaten in fourteen, fifteen games and we did what we did. We all knew that they (Welling’s players) had to be eight out of ten today. If they weren’t they were going to lose the game.

“You couldn’t pick out a man of the match. Thierry (Audel) out of position. Craig (Braham-Barrett) out of position. Montel (Agyemang) coming in for his first full game in God knows how long. I felt everyone gave everything and the two little ones up top, the platform they gave us, tirelessly working, Bradley (Goldberg) and Zack (Newton), I thought they were brilliant.”

Newton hasn’t had much playing time for Welling this season but has had loans out. King explained “I knew what was there with Zack when I signed him. He’s young. He’s learning the game. He only started playing serious football four years ago, He’d never played football before sixteen years of age so he has had to adapt to each level. He went away to Worthing and did really well and scored some important goals for them.

“Because we are short in number, he’s come in and he did ever so well. The other night (at Harrow Borough) he put a goal in the top stanchion and he worked his socks off today and he’s given us a platform to play.”

Danny Mills’ sending off seven days earlier went to appeal and by the time the announcement not to rescind it was made meant that it was too late to sign back-up for him. King explained. “We’re trying to get someone in. Mark (Goldberg) said I can go and get a centre forward so that’s what I want to get, a big man.

“I’ve got two little ones, I need a big target man. We had to wait for the decision on Danny Mills first before we got a big striker. By the time we knew on Friday it was too late to do anything. This week we shall be bringing in a striker. Like I said, Mark’s been good. He said go and get a forward.”

Reinforcements would certainly help as next Saturday Welling, now in third place, entertain second placed Woking in what promises to be another enthralling battle.