First Team
National League South Sat 27 January Vauxhall Road
Hemel Hempstead
Welling Utd

Welling United claimed a vital win on the road as they beat Hemel Hempstead Town at the Focus Community Arena on Saturday afternoon.

David Kamara’s goal gave the Wings the lead which all-but secured the points, before a frantic injury-time period saw new arrival Mbuyan Alemanji score a second, while the hosts pulled a consolation back.

But it had little bearing on the outcome as Welling secured a first win in 10 and a fifth victory of the campaign as they returned home with three vital points towards their fight against the drop.

There was very little to separate the two sides in the first 45 as the Wings and the Tudors played out a tight, midfield battle.

Kaylen Hinds volleyed harmlessly over for the hosts early on, before Antony Papadopoulos registered the first shot on target with 12 minutes gone – his well-hit effort stung the palms of keeper Craig King who tipped it over for a corner.

Welling had a somewhat half-hearted appeal for a penalty waved away when Bramble was clattered by the onrushing King having beaten the keeper to the ball by poking his shot over while, shortly after, Kamara had the ball in the net, only to be denied by an offside in the build-up.

Half-chances came and went for both sides with Michael Folivi heading off target for the home side and Crossley Lema sending a shot whistling just past the left upright, but it would prove to be goalless at the break.

The cagey nature of the encounter would continue into the second half but, just before the hour mark, the Wings sprung into life, taking the lead through youngster Kamara.

King could not keep hold of Papadopoulos’ initial effort and the 18-year-old was on hand to smash home to send the travelling supporters into raptures.

With a one-goal lead in their possession, it was vital for Welling to keep hold of it and continue to defend astutely.

Indeed, they did just that, keeping Hemel at bay with the odd shot from distance not troubling Reice Charles-Cook.

And as the game entered the sixth minute of added time, Alemanji announced his arrival by racing through and finishing one-on-one to double the lead and put the cherry on top of a fine away performance.

There was still time for George Williams to pull one back from close range for the hosts, but it mattered not as Welling celebrated an important three points come the final whistle.

Danny Bloor will now prepare his men for a home clash with Hampton & Richmond Borough on Tuesday evening.

Hemel Hempstead Town: King (Taylor 67), McKenzie, J Williams, Ajayi, Hill, G Williams, Hinds, Re, Judd (Brown 71), Paternoster (Oyinsan 86), Folivi.

Subs (not used): Kawimbe.

Booked: J Williams 37 (foul on Kamara), Ajayi 39 (foul on Kamara), Paternoster 54 (foul on Kamara), McKenzie 87 (foul on Grant)

Goal: Williams 90+8

Welling United: Charles-Cook, Lema, Byrd, Ellul, Green, Grant, Odusanya, Bramble (Curran 90+3), J Johnson (Alemanji 54), Papadopoulos, Kamara (Roscrow 62).

Subs (not used): Burchell, Muwonge.

Booked: Kamara 39 (foul on Ajayi), Papadopoulos 58  (kicking ball away)

Goals: Kamara 57, Alemanji 90+6

Referee: Callum Fisk

Att: 669


(Photo: Jemma Sear)