First Team
National League South Mon 28 August Longmead Stadium
Tonbridge Angels
Welling Utd

Welling United made it a Bank Holiday double with a 1-0 goal victory at Tonbridge Angels on Saturday.

Jack Burchell’s first-half header proved to be the difference as the Wings put on an excellent display away from home to make it six points from six over the past three days.

Danny Bloor’s men made a strong start at Longmead Stadium, implementing their style of possession football on the game and taking control of the early exchanges.

Antony Papadopoulos threatened with a pair of decent-looking efforts from distance, forcing Jonathan Henly into action before Welling took the lead their early dominance deserved after 18 minutes.

The opener came from a set-piece, with Burchell rising highest to get his head on the end of a corner delivery and nodding his side in front.

Shortly after, the always-lively Jephte Tanga saw a shot deflect just over from 20 yards, while Papadopoulos threatened again just after the half-hour mark from a free-kick just outside the box. His stinging drive was kept out by Henly, while White followed-up from close range, but could only fire wide of the post.

For Tonbridge’s part, their only real effort of note came via former Welling forward Stefan Payne who got his shot away, only to be denied by Ben Winterbottom who got down well.

In truth, the Wings were fully-deserving of their lead at the break and, perhaps, could feel disappointed that the advantage stood at only a solitary goal.

The action was slightly more evenly-matched after the restart, although the Wings still enjoyed the lions’ share of the action.

Papadopoulos was seemingly involved in a personal battle with keeper Henly as he continued to find a way through him from range.

A deflected shot was caught before Henly was made to scramble across his goal to keep out Papadopoulos’ low effort which was heading for the bottom corner from 22 yards.

At the other end, Payne tested Winterbottom again after holding the ball up well in the box, but it was a routine stop for the Brentford loanee.

The 64th minute saw the Wings’ best chance to double their lead when Crossley Lema was presented with a free header at the back post from a corner, but could only head wide.

Welling were reducing their hosts to the odd shot from distance, while Jamie Fielding flicked over the bar in the box as they defended their single-goal advantage professionally, keeping the hosts at bay.

The Wings will now prepare for a return to home soil when they host St Albans City on Saturday.

Tonbridge Angels: Henly, Fielding, Lyons-Foster, Gard (Wood 60), Higgs, Akanbi (Crichlow 69), Soares-Junior (Turner 60), Hinds, Meade, Wagstaff, Payne.

Subs (not used): Parkinson, Powell.

Booked: Higgs 32 (foul on Tanga), Wood 73 (foul on Papadopoulos)

Welling United: Winterbottom, Lema (Kassarate 77), Byrd, Burchell, Green, Vaughan, Odusanya, Tanga, White, (Adom 73), Papadopoulos, MacAllister (Kamara 59).

Subs (not used): Olomowewe, Andrews.

Booked: Vaughan 83 (foul on Hinds)

Goal: Burchell 18

Referee: Steve Hughes

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