The Concord Rangers winning run came to a screeching halt in disappointing circumstances at Welling today, writes Alan Jessup-Peacock
After 3 league wins in a row, and being unbeaten in 5 league games, the Beachboys came in to todays game in fine form and looked to get some measure of revenge for the 2 losses already suffered at the hands of the Wings this year.
It was a promising start as Jordan Chiedozie was able to get space down the right hand side early on and win a corner. Ultimately nothing came of it, but it was a precursor to what would follow just a few minutes later. A ball was sent through on the left, Steve Cawley beat the imposing Rickie Hayles in the air to flick the ball down to Chiedozie, who controlled it and smashed the ball into the back of the night. Maybe the Wings ‘keeper could have done better, but it was a positive start for the Beachboys.
The home side were no pushovers though, and it wasn’t long before they were taking control of possession and starting to put together attacks on the Concord goal. The Beachboys were trying to hit back on the counter, but then after what appeared to the fans and Concord players to be a superb tackle from Tony Stokes, the ref for some reason saw it differently and gave a penalty. Coombes calmly sent Bailey (Barry according to the home side teamsheet) Vose the wrong way and levelled the game up on 21 minutes.
The rest of the first half saw Welling take control of the game, although the scores were level the penalty had galvanised the home side and left Concord chasing the game.
5 minutes in to the second half and the Wings were ahead, again through Coombes after he slid through the Beachboys back line. Concord had a mountain to climb, but it was made even more difficult as it seemed like they were second to every ball through the second half. Welling were content to play football and pass through the Beachboys with relative ease, and this led to their (and Coombes) third on 70 minutes which essentially killed the game off.
Despite a couple of close chances worked by Concord in the dying minutes, they were second best on the day and fell to their third loss to Welling this season.
Vose, Girdlestone, Wyatt, Dowie, Norman, Collins, Della-Verde, White, Chiedozie, Cawley, Stokes
Gordon, King, Laucys, Ekpiteta, Bowles