Welling United slipping down table as poor form continues – South London News


A 2-1 defeat at home to Farnborough caused Welling United to drop down to 15th in the National League South table.

One win in 13 league matches has resulted in them moving away from the fringe of the play-off zone to the bottom half of the table.

Ade Azeez was absent through injury and Welling manager Warren Feeney bolstered his squad by bringing in Daniel Nkrumah on a one-month loan deal from Leyton Orient – he started on the bench.

Ricky Holmes had the first effort on goal that Kai McKenzie-Lyle got down to save. The Welling goalkeeper then had to release the ball to avoid handling outside the penalty area but recovered quickly to claim Selim Saied’s attempted lob.

In the 27th minute the visitors went ahead. Hisham Kasimu forced home a close-range header after Oliver Pendlebury’s deep corner was nodded back into the six-yard box.

Amadou Kassarate tried to lead a response with a powerful run that was blocked for a corner, but Jamie Sendles-White was unable to hit the target with his header from Taylor Maloney’s delivery.

An exchange with Maloney gave Kassarate the last chance of the first half but he fired well over.

Jordan Norville-Williams shot low early in the second period, but McKenzie-Lyle got down well to save before Yaser Kasim was brought on by Feeney and shot over from outside the penalty area.

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McKenzie-Lyle made another good save, tipping over a Pendlebury free-kick before Nkrumah was brought on for his debut. Another Pendlebury free-kick flew over before McKenzie-Lyle had to be alert to tip away a Saied cross.

However, with 12 minutes remaining, Welling levelled. Kasim’s long range shot was fumbled by Jack Turner and Stefan Payne followed up to bundle home.

Turner saved from Chi Ezennolim as Welling looked livelier, and Payne came close but headed just over after Maloney nodded back a Kassarate cross.

Manny Parry headed wide after a Maloney fre- kick was flicked on, but it was the visitors that grabbed the winner with almost the last kick of the match. Welling struggled to defend a cross and it fell into the path of Pendlebury to smash home.

Welling are back at home, against Taunton Town, on Saturday and will be looking to end their winless run.



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