Report - Welling United 1 - 2 Wealdstone
Updated: Sep 15, 2019
Wealdstone hold on against Welling United to secure at 2-1 win at Park View Road, to extend the lead to eight points in the National League South.
Second half goals from Michael Phillips and Dennon Lewis cancelled out Adam Coombes’ consolation penalty which gave the Stones their ninth consecutive win.
The game began at a frantic pace, with Lewis being fouled on the edge of the box inside two minutes.
Stones top scorer Ross Lafayette looked to extend his current goal tally with the set-piece from 25-yards, but Wings ‘keeper Dan Wilks was equal to Lafayette’s effort.
Norwich City loanee Aston Oxborough made his first save after six minutes, when Coombes’ flicked-on header from Anthony Cooks free-kick was palmed away by Oxborough.
The best chance of the early stages was courtesy of Lafayette a minute later, who latched onto Oxborough’s goal-kick but his attempted half-volley flew high over the bar.
Oxborough was involved 10 minutes later, when Cook looked to break the deadlock with a long-range strike which was parried clear by the Canaries goalkeeper.
The Wings were on top and looked to take the lead from the resulting corner. Gavin McCallum’s corner from the right is aimed at Wings top scorer Coombes but Billy Clifford was able to clear the danger.
Wealdstone looked to ease their way back in the game in the 26th minute when Danny Green latched onto Rob Swaine’s misplaced header with an audacious half volley which fizzed wide of the far-post.
The Stones held out multiple chances from Coombes before half-time and the score was level at the interval.
Jacob Mendy provided the first chance of the second half for Wealdstone seven minutes in, when his inspiring run from inside his own half found him on the edge of the box but fired a left-footed strike wide of the target.
Wealdstone were still searching for a goal and Dean Brennan substituted Mendy for Connor Smith to flood the midfield and look to stretch the Stones wider.
Welling did have the best chance of the game four minutes after the hour, Theo Widdrington made space on the edge of the box and struck a fierce strike across goal onto the post.
The plan from Manager Dean Brennan with the Smith substitution eventually worked as the Wings were stretched and Green’s corner from the left found Phillips free at the far-post.
Phillips made no mistake at the back-post and headed past Wilks to give the Stones a lead to build on in the last quarter of the game.
Stones full-back Michee Efete made an inspiring run down the left in the 77th minute and made his way to the penalty box. Efete played the ball to Clifford who found Green and his curling effort was well-saved by Wilks.
A minute later, the Stones’ lead was doubled. Green curled a brilliant pass into Lewis in the area and curled a clinical first-time strike into the bottom corner.
Wealdstone seemed on top and looked to close the game out in style, but Efete fouled substitute Nathan Green inside the 18-yard box with five minutes left.
Coombes made no mistake from 12-yards, blasting his penalty off the bar into the back of the net to give the home side a slim chance of gaining points.
The Stones were holding on before Wings substitute Aaron Cosgrave was put through on-goal in stoppage time and looked to compose himself in-front of goal before Oxborough sprinted off his line and made a game-winning save.
Wealdstone held on at Park View Road for their ninth win in a row. The next game for the Stones is an FA Cup second qualifying round tie at Farnborough on Saturday 21st September, kick-off will be at 3pm.
Wealdstone: Oxborough, Arnold, Efete, Clifford (Sheppard, 81), Stevens, Okimo, Phillips, Mendy (Smith, 60), Lafayette, Green, Lewis.
Subs not used: Roberts, North, Watt.
Report by Dec O'Reilly
Match Pictures by Adam Williams are available HERE
Dean Brennan's post-match interview is available below: