Welling United return home to the J Hearnden Skip Hire Community Stadium on Saturday, looking for their first points of the Season.
With four games down, Danny Bloor’s men can count themselves extremely unlucky to remain without a point to their name, considering performances in recent weeks and they will be hoping for a change of fortunes against the Hawks this weekend.
The Wings will continue to be without TJ Bramble, who will serve the second match of his suspension, while Amadou Kassarate will also be suspended.
Meanwhile, Lewis White will be pushing for a start after finally making his debut off the bench last weekend, but Mitchell Dickenson and Enoch Muwonge will continue. To be. Ruled out by injury.
Havant & Waterlooville have also endured a tough start to the new season, losing three and drawing one of their opening four outings.
Defeats to Weston super Mare, Chippenham Town and St Albans City were followed by a 1-1 draw at Chelmsford City last weekend.
Similar to their opponents on Saturday, the Hawks have seen two players sent off in recent weeks. Jake McCarthy will be unavailable after a straight red card for a two-footed tackle against Chippenham, while Brendan Willson will serve a one-match ban after two yellow cards at Chelmsford last week.
Danny Bloor: “The players could not be in better spirits, despite going down by the odd goal in the last three games. There’s certainly been nothing wrong with the performances.
“If we can get that elusive first win, we’ll be rocking and rolling and all will be good in the camp.
“Havant will be strong. They’re a good side and in a false position, but it’s about us. We need to get our own house in order.”
LAST TIME OUT
The Wings enjoyed some good fortune against the Hawks last season, winning two and drawing one of the three various meetings.
A dramatic 2-2 draw in DA16 in September saw Welling surrender a two-goal lead, with the visitors claiming a later equaliser, while the Wings fared better in an FA Trophy clash at Park View Road two months later, winning 3-2.
And the last meeting saw Welling close out their season in style in April, earning a convincing 3-0 win at Westleigh Park.
Abigail Byrne will be in charge of Saturday’s game. She has refereed two National League South games this term and also has plenty of experience officiating in the Women’s Super League, as well as during the UEFA U19 Women’s European Championships this summer, and took charge of the 2019 Women’s FA Cup final.
She last refereed the Wings for the 0-0 home draw with Slough Town last November and will be assisted by Stuart Smith and Daniel Ripton.
Tickets for the clash against Havant & Waterlooville are available to purchase online in advance and will also be available for cash and card at the turnstiles on the evening of the match priced £15 adults, £10 concessions and students and £5 U16s, while U11s go free with an accompanying adult.
Turnstiles will open at 12.30pm with the Wings Bar and upstairs bar open for all supporters, as well as the marquee bar which will be serving Madri for card sales only.
Supporters will be able to take in AFC Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur live on TNT Sports on the screens around the bars.
Hot food will be available from the burger outlet on the right-hand side as you enter the ground. Meanwhile, the Travis Perkins bar will be open for teas, coffees, cold drinks, snacks and pies.
The latest official matchday programme will be available from the programme hut as you enter the ground.
The Wings magazine features all the latest news and views from around DA16, including the usual columns from pressbox stalwart Mark Doig and Radio Wings commentator Nigel Jones.
We get to know Brentford loanee goalkeeper Ben Winterbottom a little bit better which his Q&A profile, while boss Danny Bloor pens his latest programme notes as he reflects on frustrating couple of weeks on the pitch despite good performances, while you can read up on everything you need to know about the opposition.
All that and more can be found in The Wings, available for £3.