Well that was a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. The majority of the 2313 spent the whole game guessing who was who. No names on the shirts and a scarcity of programmes meant it was very hard to follow what was going on.
We fielded different elevens in both halves and I think it went like this;
First 45; Elliot, Warren, Mambo, Taylor, Wiggins, Stephens, Jackson, Izquierdo, Wagstaff, Hayes and Popo
Second 45; Sullivan, Andersen, Doherty, Morrison, Solly, Pritchard, Green, Hollands, Davisson (?), Benson and Williams (?)
Apparently, Bradley Wright-Phillips was given the day off to attend a family wedding.
Welling started quickly and were unfortunate not to take the lead. A good move saw one of their forwards latch onto a short pass and smack a shot past Elliott only to see it cannon off the bar. Less than ten minutes later they should have taken the lead when Elliott careered out of goal and was beaten to the ball on the edge of the box and rounded but the shot was hurried and Mambo was able to clear.
After that we settled down and the game was even-stephens although we were short on goal-scoring attempts. The back-four looked decent, especially the full-backs and Wiggins caught my eye. Jackson looked the part in the middle but I didn't notice more before the first shower of rain when my co-horts made a dash for the bar.
In the second half we looked more composed and, obviously, fresher than a tiring Welling side who had to rely on substitutions for fresh legs. Two goals in ten minutes finished the match as a contest. The first was scored, I am told, by Williams, who I am also told is on trial from Yeovil. He was played in by Benson and rounded the Welling keeper before scoring. We were forcing corners and pumping more crosses into the box and it was at this point that a decent far post delivery was headed home by Morrison.
Before the end, Danny Green netted from 25 yards to put a bit of gloss on the performance and flattery to the scoreline. Off to Spain next for a bit of team-building and a couple of testing encounters against Championship opposition.