Langton pleased with Welling progress
Langton pleased with Welling progress

Following three poor results, Welling United showed the attitude and resilience necessary to claim a well deserved three points at Chippenham Town leaving Coach Hugo Langton pleased.

Speaking after the game, Langton, who has been around Kent football for the past few decades said how much he enjoyed the performance. He said: “The work-rate that the players put in for ninety minutes was excellent today. We changed the formation today and it worked so credit to Peter Taylor and Junior (Lewis) for that as well, The changing room’s buzzing, the boys are very happy, and they enjoyed winning today.”

Daniel Carr scored a spectacular opening goal but it came as no surprise to Langton. “I’ve known Daniel as a player for a long time from when he was at Dulwich before he got his move to Huddersfield and he was scoring good goals back then.” he confirmed. “When we were able to get him in, we were delighted, and I said to him on the way in the bus ‘today’s your day. You’re going to get a goal.’ but I wasn’t expecting that.”

Conceding on the stroke of half time and having to play up the hill in the second half was not the major disaster that some might have considered. “Slopes are all in your head.” He said. “Teams think that at Whitehawk, at Hungerford, it’s harder to go up the hill but teams like Chippenham who play a lot of long ball, it doesn’t always work going down the hill.

“I felt in the first half that Jack (Sims) was kicking too long but in the second half he could put everything through it. Pitches are pitches. They’re all green. They’re all roughly the same size.”

After Dipo Akinyemi had restored Welling’s lead, Che Krabbendam made it three with an accomplished finish. “As soon as it came to Che, there was only one outcome for me, and that’s what happened.” confirmed Langton. “He scored. His finishing, I see it in training, it’s very good.”

Two players made their debuts for Welling and both looked to be good assets. O’Shane Stewart was outstanding in midfield. Langton said “In the ninetieth minute he’s running back, getting back behind the ball, stopping forward passes and I thought the running that he did for his team-mates was outstanding.

“Jack Sims, he’s a young lad but he’s had some good experiences. He’s been training with Colchester so well done to Peter for getting in both of them.”

Langton is happy that there is sufficient quality in the squad to help them get further away from the danger zone “It was interesting when I walked in the door before the Dartford game with Mark (Goldberg). It’s difficult because when you’ve not been winning you could see that within the group, there were some good players. You could see that they had something about them. 

“We improved last week and then this week we improved again. Peter’s been around the block and he’s managed a lot of different teams at a lot of different levels and the players are enjoying it. On days like today, how can you not enjoy it.”

On his own situation, he had only planned to be around to help Goldberg between managers but he may now stay on a little longer. “Mark asked me for some help and I gave it to him. Peter has come into the building and he wants me to stick around and that’s fine with me because from my point of view, to spend some time with someone like Peter Taylor, it’s nice to speak to him and to listen to him and Junior as well. 

“They’ve got a lot of history together and you can see that there’s a nice rapport between them. As long as they want me to support them and help them, I’m going to. A lot of my role is looking at videos of upcoming teams, which I’m happy to do.”

Picture supplied by Dave Budden.


 
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