Welling United v Billericay Town preview
Welling United v Billericay Town preview

So far, Welling United have played six Vanarama National League South matches, five of them on the road.

Now, they have three consecutive home games to anticipate, starting with a Tuesday night game against Billericay Town.

The Wings got off to a slow start to the campaign with one point out of the first twelve but a draw at Concord Rangers last Tuesday was followed by a hard earned but well deserved victory at Hemel Hempstead Town.  

Brad Quinton, Welling’s manager, is starting to play a more settled side now and any changes will be as a result of players returning from injury to improve the side rather than hunting for the right combination. Ryan Blackman and Lyle Della-Verde have come into centre midfield on dual registration from Enfield Town and have added steel and style. 

At Concord and Hemel, both shone and Della-Verde scored the equaliser in the first game and the winner in the second. The Tudors got off to a bright start on Saturday with Stephen Duke-McKenna, on loan from Queen’s Park Rangers, pulling the strings but once Welling got into their stride they were always the most likely to win.

Ade Shokunbi put the Wings ahead when Hemel failed to clear an angled Della-Verde cross but the Tudors levelled five minutes after the break when Mustapha Olagunju could only turn an equally treachourous cross into his own net. Della-Verde struck five minutes later with a spectacular effort that dipped over the Hemel keeper and into the back of the net and Welling saw the game out comfortably.

Welling’s slow start was one point better than Billericay’s who lost all four of their opening matches. They have also recovered well and have won their last two games, four-one at Hemel and two-nil at home to Slough Town. Like Welling, they have also brought a player in on dual registration from a team who cannot play at present. Billy Knott has signed from Bowers and Pitsea. Players who will be playing against their former club include Billericay’s Michael Chambers, Lewis Knight, Luke Wanadio and Lawrie Wilson. In the other direction Shokunbi had a loan spell from Reading with the Blues two years ago.. 

When the two clubs met at Park View Road last season, it was the last game before the early curtailment of the campaign. Welling won that game two-nil with goals from Adam Coombes and an Anthony Cook penalty. The teams are much changed now but both will be keen to build on their recent improved form..

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