First Team
National League South Tue 7 November Crabble Stadium
Welling Utd

Welling United were made to settle for a point after throwing away a two-goal lead at the death at Dover Athletic on Tuesday evening.

A clinical first half saw Jephte Tanga and TJ Bramble find the net to put the Wings into a commanding two-goal lead at the midway point, before they were made to soak up some pressure in the second half with the hosts pulling one back soon after the restart.

But just as it looked like they would hold on for all three points, a 98th-minute strike condemned Welling to a fourth straight draw and a solitary point.

The visitors looked bright in the first half, with Tanga finding an opening on five minutes when he was played into the box by a smart Tristan Abrahams through-ball, only for keeper Billy Terrell to rush out and smother his poked finished.

Welling were threatening with a number of dangerous balls into the box, with Abrahams not getting enough of a touch from Crossley Lema’s centre with Terrell making another save as the Wings kept knocking.

It would not be long, however, before they would open the scoring and it came via Tanga on the 16-minute mark.

The dangerous Kain Adom got down the left and spotted Terrell in an advanced position off his line. Smelling blood, he scooped the ball over the advancing stopper and Tanga was on hand to turn it in from close range at the far post.

15 minutes later, Welling struck again – Adom again with the assist.

With the ball being delivered by a pinpoint cross from the left, Bramble leapt to cushion a well-placed volley into the net to register against his former side.

With a two-goal lead going into the break, the away side were seemingly in control, but a sloppy start to the second period gave the Wings something to think about.

On 51 minutes, Dover pulled a goal back to reduce the arrears to a solitary goal as Paris Lock raced onto a through-ball to finish one-on-one.

Welling were having to weather a storm early in the first with Dover applying plenty of pressure in search of an equaliser.

They came extremely close as the clock ticked over to the hour with sub Zidan Sutherland rattling the woodwork with an effort from the left-hand corner of the box, but as the half wore on, Welling began to settle somewhat.

They did, however, receive a real let-off with three minutes remaining when Ben Winterbottom pushed an angled shot into the lap of Sutherland who had the goal gaping just three yards out.

But the Dover forward, thankfully, managed to blaze his shot over the bar, leaving him with his head in his hands.

It looked as if that may have been the pivotal moment of the game but, with eight minutes played of the six added on, a free-kick wide right gave the home side the chance to put it into the mixer.

With the keeper up, the delivery caused havoc before finally falling to Charlie Naylor who smashed a low shot past Winterbottom through the crowded box to earn his side an unlikely point.

The Wings will now prepare to go again with Slough Town visiting DA16 on Saturday.

Dover Athletic: Terrell, Christie, Dunne (Powell 81), Anifowose, Naylor, Hatcher (Sutherland 38), Young, Dembele (Stewart 88), Sesay, Oyenuga, Lock.

Subs (not used): Baptiste, Ojeman.

Booked: Sesay 30 (foul on Tanga), Powell 90+1 (foul on Bramble)

Goals: Lock 51, Naylor 90+8

Welling United: Winterbottom, Lema, Byrd, Curran, Green, Tanga (White 65), Odusanya, Kassarate (Papadopoulos 61), Adom (Sekajja 85), Bramble, Abrahams.

Subs (not used): Bayford, Muwonge.

Booked: Kassarate 24 (foul), Papadopoulos 90+6 (time wasting)

Goals: Tanga 16, Bramble 31

Referee: Lisa Benn

Att: 542