Saturday, 27 January 2018

Welling United United 3 v Braintree 0

I have a pretty good record watching Welling this season. From memory I have only seen one defeat, in the cup against Haringay Borough, and a couple of draws at home and away. Apart from that it's all been sweetness and light. I was reminded of this as I took my first pint in the Rose before the match.

Braintree arrived riding high and I feared a home defeat before the game. The first half was unusually short of chances for either side and at nil-nil at half-time, we did wonder whether Braintree would come out in the second-half and open up. They didn't and Welling deserved the lead they took from a free-kick at the Park View Road end. It gave me the perfect opportunity to predict a top corner finish that Calum Driver duly applied. Acheampong was on hand minutes later to finish a loose ball in the Braintree box as the Wings pressed home their advantage. Two-nil and Braintree were finished. They rarely threatened and their heads dropped when substitute, Jack Jebb, cut in from the left and unleashed a swerving drive from 25 yards which beat the visitors keeper all ends up. That killed the game for the 500 gate and it leaves the Wings pushing for a play-off place. 

Meanwhile, Charlton's match 270 miles north at Blackpool was called off unprofessionally late after 1pm on grounds of a waterlogged pitch. Jimmy Armfield, who died this week and who was due to be honoured at the match, would have laughed his socks off at the cancellation. Sullay Kaikai, signed on loan from Crystal Palace on Friday, may have made his debut alongside Michal Zyro although probably late on. Both will have to wait to etch their names in Charlton history. In the meantime I will continue to watch the Wings and urge them on to an unlikely play-off which somehow looks a better bet than the Addicks.

3 comments:

Tony said...

It was 0-0 at H/T
Driver free kick made it 1-0, Achcheampong made it two, with Jebb getting that top corner third.
That four weeks off the ale may have fuzzied the mind.
It certainly did mine.

Dave said...

I did wonder. Too much yakking with that West Ham fan and not enough concentration on the game. Breaking dry january probably didn't help. Another good match though and another Wings win. We are going up, I say, we are going up!

ThamesmeadIrons said...

Don't blame me. Just admit it, you're getting old lol