Woking v Welling United preview
Woking v Welling United preview

On Saturday afternoon Welling United went from one extreme to the other tough.

Having struggled up front but looked solid at the back in successive one nil defeats against Concord Rangers and at Dartford, they went goal happy up front but were less secure at the back in a five-three victory over Truro City.

Manager Steve King changed format with two up front and one in the pocket and the three attacking players scored four between them. Danny Mills scored two well taken goals and Bradley Goldberg and Matt Paterson also netted.

In the first half, Welling were cruising and went in at the break three nil up with Craig Braham-Barrett on target with Goldberg and Paterson. Immediately after the break Mills made it four and it appeared to be game over but Tyler Harvey pulled one back two minutes later.

Mills restored Welling’s four goal lead and again the Wings should have seen the game out but Tyler scored again then Nick Hurst scored. Now with momentum on their side, Truro continued to press and Nick Grimes and Louis Rooney both missed great chances before time ran out for them.

As has been the case all season, Welling suffered injuries and Julien Anau is expected to miss out with David Ijaha a doubt when the Wings visit hight-flying Woking on Wednesday. One advantage of the game being one night later than most midweek games is that John Paul Kissock will have an additional day to get over his illness.

King will have had a good opportunity to scrutinise Wednesday night’s opposition as Woking’s third round F.A. Cup defeat to premier league Watford was broadcast live. However, he will know that they will have to be at their best to beat the Cards.

Although Woking are second in the Vanarama National South, five points behind league leaders Torquay United, the match with Welling is one of the three games that they have in hand so they will be keen to close the gap.

The two teams have already met once at Woking this season, with the hosts scoring the only goal to knock Welling out of the F.A. Cup. The Wings had probably have had the better of the game until Anau was dismissed for a second yellow card offence.

It still appeared that Welling were going to hold out for a draw but Ben Gerring header home to send Welling out and Woking on a run that finished ultimately with their game with Watford.

Alan Dowson’s team have won their last seven league games but two of their three defeats this season have been at home with Dulwich Hamlet and Bath City victorious in Surrey.

Picture supplied by Dave Budden.