Welling United v Havant & Waterlooville preview
Welling United v Havant & Waterlooville preview

After Welling United played five of their first six Vanarama National League South matches on the road they are now in the midst of three consecutive games at Park View Road.

On Saturday, they play the middle game of the three when one of the pre-season league favourites Havant and Waterlooville visit. 

In the first of the three home games, the Wings played well but had to settle for a point in a two all draw with Billericay Town. The visitors went ahead in the fifth minute but Welling came back strongly and having had a clear cut penalty turned down, and hitting the underside of the bar, Anthony Cook was again brought down in the box and a penalty was awarded. Cook netted confidently. 

Three minutes after the break, Welling went ahead when Rowan Liburd headed home from close range. They then had chances to finish the game off but conceded their third penalty in four games which Jake Robinson converted.  

Due to their F.A. Cup exploits, the Hawks have only played five league games and sit in eighth place in the table having won three, drawn one and lost one. Their one defeat in all competitions was at Dartford where they lost two-one. After the Welling game they return to cup action when they visit Marine with a place in the third round at stake and a potential game against a Premier League club.

Last season’s corresponding game fell foul of Storm Jorge and there was not time to rearrange it before the season was curtailed in March but they did meet in Havant at the start of last term. It was the Hawks first game following relegation and it took them just twelve minutes to go ahead through Roarie Deacon. However, Adam Coombes levelled five minutes before the break and there was no further scoring.

Although the game will be played behind closed doors, the game is being streamed live and full details on how to view it are on the Welling United official website. Any Wings fan who watches the game may see a player that they recognise in the Hawks ranks as Danny Kedwell has recently re-joined them after a spell at Hollands and Blair.

Picture supplied by Keith Gillard.