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Weymouth v Welling United preview
Weymouth v Welling United preview

On Saturday Welling United are on the road again when they travel to Weymouth in a Vanarama National League South fixture.

Their last league match was on Saturday when they were defeated at home by bottom club Concord Rangers. The Wings were the better side in the first half but they got caught out immediately after the break when their former striker Mo Bettamer fired home.

Less than a minute later, Sam Cox was dismissed for a second yellow card offence and Welling didn’t recover.

Three days later, they took a break from league action when the visited Ebbsfleet United in the Kent Senior Cup Quarter Final. Both managers put out sides containing fringe players and youngsters but with players wanting to impress, the game was certainly competitive.

Kyrell Lisbie gave Welling an early lead but ten minutes later, they were behind. Sido Jombati levelled from the spot and Darren McQueen put the Fleet ahead. Elliott Romain was then dismissed against a former club for elbowing Cox in the head and it was Welling’s turn to play with a one man advantage.

They made that pay in the second half with two excellent goals. Abel Vendrell-Parcerisa had a shot blocked out as far as new signing Sadik Balarabe who remained composed before firing home.

Then Chi Ezennolim won it for Welling with a superb solo goal.

The Terras started the season poorly, winning just two points from their first eleven league games.

Since then, they have picked up and beat Concord five-nil at the end of February, and defeated Dartford at the start of March.

However, they have now gone three games without a win and have slipped back to the penultimate spot in the table. On Tuesday they hosted Hungerford Town. They were two down at half time but a brace by Ahkeem Rose brought the scores level.

The Crusaders went back ahead with twelve minutes remaining and added two more before the end. Brendon Wilson was sent off and, like Cox, will miss the match in Dorset.

There have been two previous meeting between the clubs this season, and Weymouth won them both. They claimed a three-nil home victory in the F.A. Cup. Brad Ash scored a first half brace, the second from the spot, and Tom Bearwish added a third in the second half.

In the league, at Park View Road, Stefan Payne put Welling ahead but Wilson headed home a first half equaliser. Rose put Weymouth ahead when breaking from a Welling corner, and their hopes of equalising were made tougher when Myles Roberts was sent off.

As well as Cox, Welling manager Warren Feeney may still be without the injured Medy Elito, Rob Howard and Christie Pattisson. However, some of the fringe players who performed so well at Ebbsfleet may have worked their way into the reckoning and may make the difference as Welling look for third time lucky.

Picture supplied by Dave Budden.