Welling United stretched their unbeaten run to seven games after sharing a 1-1 draw with Dover Athletic at Park View Road on Tuesday evening.
In what was a frustrating encounter under the lights, the hosts took a 77th-minute lead through Manny Parry, but were pegged back by Chike Kandi’s equaliser just four minutes later as the two Kent sides shared the spoils.
The Wings had the slight edge in what was a somewhat bitty first half of action. Half-chances came the way of Stefan Payne and Ade Azeez in the form of headers from Amadou Kassarate’s right-wing crosses.
Meanwhile, Taylor Maloney threatened with a good-looking free-kick from 22 yards which took a slight deflection, but Dover keeper Stuart Nelson was equal to it.
Welling got on the front foot in the second half and created the best chance of the game up to that point when Payne headed over from five yards from yet another Kassarate cross as Dover continued to frustrate their hosts.
Taylor Maloney’s cross-turned-shot very nearly caught out Nelson who just about tipped it over the bar as the home side kept knocking and they finally got their goal with 13 minutes remaining from the resulting corner.
The set-piece delivery was met perfectly by Parry on the volley to slam home into the back of the net.
However, the celebrations would be short-lived with the visitors levelling up just four minutes later. Substitute Chike Kandi broke through to slot an equaliser past Myles Roberts from what was their first real clear-cut opportunity of the evening.
Moments later, the Wings came agonisingly close to regaining their lead when the ball bounced off of Azeez in the goalmouth and the striker could not turn the ball in from his position on the floor.
At the other end, Roberts was suddenly a busy man, making three heroic saves. First, he kept out Kandi from close range at his near post, before diving to his right to tip away Alfie Pavey’s goal-bound header. Then, Pavey was again denied by the Welling stopper as he kept out his powerful drive in the box.
There was still more to come, however, as the late flurry of chances continued with Welling hitting the crossbar in the dying moments through Chi Ezennolim who cut inside from the left before sending a curling effort bouncing off the woodwork.
It was a frustrating evening in front of another healthy crowd in DA16, but it means Warren Feeney’s men go into Saturday’s FA Cup clash at Weymouth on a run of seven games unbeaten.
Welling United: Roberts, Howard (Papadopoulos 67), Parry, Sendles-White, Olomowewe (Aransibia 89), Ezennolim, Kassarate,Dunne, Maloney, Azeez, Payne.
Subs (not used): McKenzie-Lyle, Hyde, Francis.
Booked: Howard 28 (foul on Krasniqi), Payne 65 (foul on Krasniqi), Dunne 90+6 (dissent)
Dover Athletic: Nelson, Judd, Paxman, Krasniqi, Brundle, Higgs, Pavey, Wanadio, Martin, Sterling, Grant (Kandi 25).
Subs (not used): Byford, Baptiste, Carney, Moses.
Booked: Martin 36 (foul on Payne)
Referee: Jack Packman