By Mark Doig
Welling United created defensive suicide as they fell to defeat at Dorking Wanderers.
Two bad goals conceded undermined their hopes of improving their disappointing away form and they will need to spend the week licking their wounds ahead of another difficult game next weekend.
In the early stages it was Dorking goalkeeper Slovomir Huk who kept the rampant Wings at bay. In the opening stages he made an incredible double save, first from from Anthony Cook and then Moses Emmanuel. Cook then headed wide before again being foiled by Huk. Having been brought down on the edge of the area, his free kick was destined for the bottom corner until Huk turned it around the post at full stretch.
Huk was again called into action when saving from Bradley Goldberg before Dorking had their first opening when Jimmy Muitt got on the end of Tom Richards’ long ball over the top but lifted his effort well over.
However, soon after, he broke the deadlock. Welling failed to to clear and Muitt was given too much space out on the right hand side which allowed him time to pick his space and fire his shot across Dan Wilks and just inside the far post.
Emmanuel had a chance to level but his shot was blocked out by Huk but as the first half drew to a close Welling had to defend a free kick when Matthew Briggs was adjudged to have been fouled on the edge of the area. One of Dorking’s former Wings Richards took the free kick but Welling’s wall blocked both the original shot and his follow up.
After Welling had started the second half well without creating an opening, Dan Gallagher found Muitt in space and he closed in on goal before shooting just wide. James McShane went close with a curler that wasn’t far beyond the far post before Muitt curled another over. McShane then fired across the face of goal before Welling gifted Dorking a second.
Up until that point the defence had done well to keep Jack Barham quiet but Connor Dymond miss-placed a pass straight into his path and the striker, who spent a month on loan at Welling last season, was given a clear run and scored with a clinical finish.
Although Adam Coombes and Aaron Cosgrave were introduced it was too much of an uphill battle for the Wings and they might have gone further ahead when Ed Harris headed wide when getting onto the end of a deep free kick.
Wilks made a comfortable save from McShane before Welling came close to reducing the arrears. Cook’s free kick picked out Coombes but although he got in front of Huk, he was unable to keep his header down.
That was Welling’s last real chance and they might have conceded again late on came but Wilks made a fine save from Briggs.
Welling United: Wilks, Johnson, Anderson, Dymond (Cosgrave 60), Swaine (Rich-Baghuelou 46), Okosieme, Widdrington, Agyemang, Emmanuel, Goldberg (Coombes 60), Cook. Subs not used: Green, Anau.
Pictures by Dave Budden.