Welling United v Concord Rangers preview
Welling United v Concord Rangers preview

After three heavy defeats in which Welling United have scored one and conceded twelve, they entertain Concord Rangers with the aim of stopping the bad run.

On Saturday, they visited St Albans and it was their worst performance yet. They conceded three times in the first twelve minutes, all scored by Shaun Jeffers. A second half Romeo Akinola added to the pain as the Wings went down five-nil.

Visitors Concord Rangers are in third place having recorded two wins and a draw from their three matches. They beat Dorking on the opening day, drew three apiece at Oxford City and then saw off Hampton and Richmond Borough on Saturday.

It has been tough for Welling with players being absent but they will have players back for the Concord game and hope to be able to field two natural centre halves together for the first time this season.

Following the game at St Albans, Welling manager Steve Lovell said “There’s players that didn’t play today that will be involved on Monday so it’s giving them the opportunity to show what they can do.

“We’ll see how the troops are tomorrow and we’ll sit down and put a team out on Monday against Concord and again against Slough on Saturday. Football is a funny old game and things will come when you least expect it. Hopefully, we will put out a team on Monday that will put out a lot more effort than they did today.” 

Three new signings were added to the squad last week and Lovell stated “Pepe (Dylan) played the left sided centre back today. Mason (Saunders-Henry) is a midfield player. He wasn’t here today because of illness, and Teddy (Perkins) is a centre half so we’ve got three players who could be available for Monday, if not, they’ll be available for Saturday.”

Brad Pearce will be available again following suspension and Lovell confirmed that Charley O’Keefe should also be available. “We could have two or three centre halves back who we have been missing, haven’t we.”

Last season, the two teams only met once, and that was at Concord, with the game ending one all.

Picture supplied by Dave Budden.