National League: Welling 1 Wealdstone 1
PUBLISHED: 09:11 04 November 2018 | UPDATED: 09:11 04 November 2018
Wealdstone conceded a last-minute equaliser at Welling United but showed tremendous fighting spirit to earn a well-deserved point at The Park View Road Stadium.
Recent signing Joe Payne made his debut for Stones, while Fumnaya Shomotun, who extended his loan deal for an extra month this week, was on the bench.
Centre back Glenn Wilson kept his place from Monday night’s win against Gloucester, but Welling made the brighter start and an early corner was punched away by Jonathan North, while a free-kick was headed away by Connor Stevens.
Every time Stones came forward or showed sign of promise in a counter attack, they were charged down and sometimes brought down for a foul. However, they were much more effective with their possession, moving balls into the channels for the onrushing David Pratt or Bradley Bubb.
The visitors became more of a force after the opening 10 minutes, with Jake Sheppard turning a corner goalwards, but over the target.
Payne combined well with Godfrey Poku and launched several long throws into the box, causing problems for the Welling defence.
And he played a lovely ball into the channel for Pratt, who drove at Caden Genovesi but saw his cross elude Bubb.
Referee Alex Blake had to stop the game numerous times due to some robust challenges, with Simon Mensah escaping a booking for Wealdstone.
But with 21 minutes gone, Stones took the lead when Payne floated a cross to the far post and Stevens volleyed into the corner.
Welling’s first glimpse came on the half-hour mark when Matthew Paterson fired well over, but Stones lost Stevens to a head injury before the break.
Rhys Tyler slotted in at centre back as Danny Green came off the bench, but Welling improved after the restart.
Stones looked dangerous in possession, with boss Bobby Wilkinson encouraging his side to break quicker and try for a second goal, and they went close when Pratt’s volley was superbly tipped over.
Pratt ran on to a well weighted pass from Bubb on the hour, but was denied by an excellent sliding tackle from Yannis Ambrosine, and Welling brought on tall striker Danny Mills, who proved a handful for Tyler.
Shomotun came off the bench for the visitors as Pratt went out wide, but the home side grabbed a point in the last minute when Agyemang took the ball down the left and crossed to the far post, where Mills proddeed the ball past North.
Welling might have even snatched victory but Payne and Sheppard picked up yellow cards for tactical fouls as it ended all square.
Wilkinson said: “It was disappointing not to win it, given that the team played their hearts out. My team is being ripped apart through injuries but the team will keep fighting and keep working hard.
“We worked on not breaking the shape and letting them have the ball. Maybe I’m too greedy because it’s a great point. We were immense trying to win this game of football.
“We have battled with half a side but we haven’t complained. Glenn Wilson was a rock and one thing I’ve learned is that if we give everything, the fans will give us the support they did today. It’s a great point, I’m very proud of the boys.”
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