Slough Town v Welling United – Preview
Slough Town v Welling United – Preview

In form Slough Town entertain third placed Welling United in what looks likely to be another tough challenge for the Wings.

Both teams have similar records over the last four and last six games but Welling’s record is slightly better over the last eight and their greater consistency means that they are top of the league for form over the last ten games.

They are also top of the away form guide having won their last five on the road having conceded just one goal in that period, a penalty at Wealdstone.

On top of that they have also enjoyed lifting silverware by winning the London Senior Cup by defeating Brentford B on Tuesday evening. That result will give Steve King the type of headache that every manager wants. He made eight changes from the team that defeated Bath City last Saturday and every one of them put in a good case for a starting place at Slough.

However, the Berkshire team will have ideas of their own and should not be taken lightly. Their joint managers, Neil Baker and Jon Underwood won the manager of the month award for March and the so called curse did not strike last Saturday when they defeated Hungerford Town two-one away.

Three clubs had identical records in March. Hungerford, Slough and Welling all won three and drew two in their five matches however Slough’s results included an impressive win at Woking, a defeat of Billericay Town and a draw with Concord Rangers. Only Gloucester City have beaten them on their 3G pitch since New Years Day. Their play-off hopes are still alive and they will be looking to keep it that way.

When the two teams met back at Park View Road in October, Welling had Adam Coombes on a short term loan. It took him just two minutes to put the Wings ahead when heading home Jack Jebb’s free kick.

That turned out to be Jebb’s last assist as soon after they lost him to an injury that was so bad that he has only recently returned to training. In that forty-five minutes Welling missed a host of chances to finish the game off and paid for it immediately after half time.

James Dobson was left unmarked in the penalty area and he volleyed home emphatically. The Rebels had the better of things for a while without testing Dan Wilks and Welling scored the winner with eight minutes remaining. Jordan Gibbons was brought down in the penalty area and Coombes stepped up to fire home.

Whatever the outcome, Welling will remain in third place but a win would cement their place as they look for a top three finish.

Images courtesy of Dave Budden