First Team
National League South Sat 28 October J Hearnden Skip Hire Community Stadium
Welling Utd

Welling United were forced to share the spoils from a frustrating goalless draw with Chippenham Town at the J Hearnden Skip Hire Community Stadium on Saturday.

Despite enjoying much the better of the action, a number of golden opportunities came and went for the Wings, but they just could not find that killer touch to turn one point into three.

There was nothing to separate the sides after the first 45 minutes in DA16, but the Wings were the side who began to get on top as the half wore on.

Kain Adom skipped past a pair of defender on 13 minutes before unleashing a good-looking effort from the edge of the box which cleared the bar, before Jack Evans sent a first-timer inches past the left upright from a similar position at the other end.

Triston Abrahams had a shot blocked on the half-hour mark, shortly before the best chance of the half fell to the lively Jephte Tanga.

Combining brilliantly with Abrahams in the centre of the park, the striker returned a one-two with a neat flick to send Tanga through on goal. But with just the goalkeeper to beat, Will Henry got down to make an excellent save.

Henry proved to be quite the nemesis for Tanga as he would deny him again before the break, diving at full stretch to keep the Orient loanee’s goalbound effort out as he jinked his was into the box.

After the restart, it was the Bluebirds who came out the stronger in the early exchanges of the second half with Matt McClure heading just wide, before Luke Spokes got on the end of a long-throw to stroke a shot just off target.

But Welling began to come alive again around the hour mark with three decent chances within moments of each other.

First, Dominic Odusanya pounced on a sloppy pass out from the back to exchange passes with Adom before looking for the far corner, only to be denied by a recovering Henry.

Three minutes later, the hosts hit the crossbar when Cameron Green sent in a low ball from the left which was met by the outstretched boot of Adom, but clipped off the top of the woodwork.

And only a further minute or so had elapsed when another chance came the way of the Wings – Adom saw a shot saved from another cross, this time from the right, and although Jack Burchell was on hand for the rebound, he could only cushion his volley over from a promising position.

The home side had pulled themselves back on top, but could not convert the opportunities that were befalling to them – Abrahams was next to miss the target with 67 minutes played, being slipped into the left-hand side of the box before swiping at his shot and sending it over from an, admittedly, tight angle.

Lewis White’s introduction for the final 10 injected some fresh legs and an extra attacking threat and he looked to make an instant impact, doing his best from a half-chance when he rounded the keeper only to be smothered by a number of blue shirts who were back to cover, while he tested Henry with a good effort from the edge of the box with five minutes remaining.

It was all Welling late on – the 87th minute saw the hosts look to punish another sloppy pass from the Chippenham defence, but Abrahams could only see his shot batted away by Henry as he got into the box.

The Wings would come close once more in the fifth minute of added time when the ball fell to Amadou Kassarate on the edge of the box. He sent a powerful drive towards goal which looked like it would bulge the net, but Henry would prove to be the hero for the visitors again, pulling off an outstanding save to tip it over the bar.

For all of the Wings’ attacking threat, there would be no breakthrough and the final whistle would signal that they would have to settle for a solitary point, rather than the three that they probably deserved.

Welling United: Pitterson, Lema, Burchell, Byrd, Green, Tanga, Kassarate, Odusanya (Kamara 90+1), Adom (White 74), Muwonge (Papadopoulos 53), Abrahams.

Subs (not used): Curran, Bramble.

Booked: Green 49 (foul on Williams)

Chippenham Town: Henry, Jones, Grant, Haines, Evans (Nicholas 25), McClure (Fasanmade 69), Williams, Bray (Johnson 46), Spokes, Bradbury, Williams.

Subs (not used): Ellison, Windsor.

Booked: Williams 43 (foul on Muwonge), McClure 54 (foul on Kassarate), Bradbury 60 (foul

Referee: George Laflin

Att: 487