First Team
National League South Sat 16 March J Hearnden Skip Hire Community Stadium
Welling Utd

Welling United’s late show bagged another vital three points with a 3-1 victory over Weston-super-Mare on Saturday.

Sonny Fish’s strike put the Wings ahead in the first half, before being pegged back by a leveller 14 minutes from time. But two goals in injury-time courtesy of Antony Papadopoulos and David Aimoo on his debut ensured a dramatic victory.

The first period got off to an even start with both sides trying to play decent football on the deck.

Reece Grant got off the first shot of the afternoon, cutting in from the right before unleashing a low effort which Weston keeper Max Harris was equal to.

At the other end, after five minutes, Reice Charles-Cook pulled off a brilliant save to keep out the visitors. With the ball being squared back across the face of goal, it looked as if the Wings’ stopper had been taking out of the equation, but he recovered fantastically to throw himself across goal to deny Dayle Grubb from 10 yards.

As the half wore on, Welling started to get the better of things. Chiori Johnson saw a shot deflect just over the bar, before Jason Adigun was kept out by an Harris save.

And just after the half-hour mark, the Wings took a deserved lead through the in-form Fish.

Getting into the box on the right-hand side, he drilled a confident finish inside the near post, bagging his fifth goal for the club since his arrival on loan from Crawley Town last month and ensuring a one-goal lead for his side going into the break.

The encounter got a little more scrappy after the restart as the away side tried to play their way back into the game and it was Weston who began to get the better of things.

Welling did come close to a second when Jordan Bastin very nearly sliced Fish’s fizzed ball across the face of goal into his own net, but his blushes were spared as it looped just over.

Despite that, Weston began to turn the screw without creating anything clear-cut until the 76th minute when they found an equaliser via James Dodd, who turned in from a left-wing cross.

With that, it looked as if the Wings were going to have to settle for a point, but Rod Stringer’s men summoned up some character to go in search of the goal that would regain their advantage.

Lachlan Byrd powered over a header from a corner with two minutes remaining, but there would be a moment of magic in injury-time when sub Papadopoulos bagged what proved to be the winner.

Cutting in from the left, he somehow managed to squeeze a shot inside the post, wriggling underneath the keeper to send the Park View Road faithful into raptures.

Welling were not finished there, however, and there was still time to add a third through debutant David Amoo who smashed in a superb effort to add the cherry on top of the three points.

The victory puts the Wings five points clear of the drop zone with eight games left to play, with a trip to Hampton & Richmond next up for Stringer’s men.

Welling United: Charles-Cook, Johnson (Lema 86), Byrd, Ellul, Di Trolio, Green, A Grant, Kennedy (Papadopoulos 79), Adigun, R Grant, Fish (Amoo 69).

Subs (not used): Pitterson, Burchell.

Booked: A Grant 65 (foul), R Grant 90+2 (time wasting)

Goals: Fish 32, Papadopoulos 90+1, Amoo 90+4

Weston-super-Mare: Harris, Pope, Araoye, Taylor-Clarke, Humphries, Avery, Willmott, Dodd, Grubb, Bastin, Reid.

Subs (not used): Butchers, Jackson, Mannings, Soule, Kempster.

Booked: Taylor-Clarke 85 (foul on Johnson)

Goal: Dodd 76

Referee: Nick Dunn

Att: 672