Non-League FootballSport

Welling United draw 2-2 against Braintree Town as groundstaff work wonders to get National League South game on


Despite the difficult playing surface caused by heavy rain, neither Welling United nor Braintree Town short-changed their supporters in a competitive National League South match on Saturday.

Special recognition should be given to groundsman Jamie Honeyman and the supporters who volunteered to work on the pitch during the morning of the game while getting soaked in the pouring rain.

Jack Burchell celebrates scoring

Rod Stringer, the Welling manager, rested centre-half Joe Ellul, and brought in new signing Riccardo Di Trolio, brought in on loan from Coventry City. Anthony Grant was also restored to the starting line-up after his one-match ban in place of Gene Kennedy, who was given a spot on the bench.

Jason Adigun lines up a cross

Coming into the game, Braintree were unbeaten in nine, having won their last seven games, while the Wings were unbeaten in seven league games. Braintree’s run had launched them into fourth place while the Wings, whose position had looked hopeless a few weeks earlier, had climbed out of the drop zone.

Aaron Blair equalises for the Iron

After an early quick start for the Iron, Welling went ahead when Jack Burchell got on the end of Sonny Fish’s low pass across the penalty area and made no mistake from close range.

Tom Blackwell headed straight at the hosts’ goalkeeper Reice Charles-Cook before Braintree levelled. Although Charles-Cook did well to beat out Shaq Coulthirst’s header, he was powerless to stop Aaron Blair from nodding home the rebound.

Reece Grant scores from the spot

As the game approached stoppage time, Welling were awarded a penalty when Crossley Lema’s shot hit the arm of the Irons’ Dominic Odusanya. Following the departure of Tristan Abrahams, Reece Grant took on the responsibility and sent Jack Sims the wrong way.

Reece Grant acknowledges the supporters

Four minutes later, parity was restored when a shot was deemed to have hit the arm of Lachlan Byrd and a spot-kick was awarded at the other end. Coulthirst was equally successful with a confident conversion.

Anthony Grant completes a clearance

Just as they had in the first half, Braintree enjoyed a lot of early pressure without creating a clear cut chance and it was former Welling goalkeeper Sims who kept the scores level. His first save was a smart low one from Fish, who had gone on an energy-sapping run before trying to slot it home.

Keeper Jack Sims saves a shot from Sonny Fish

Kennedy was introduced from the bench and immediately fizzed a shot wide from outside the penalty area before Fish and Cameron Green combined to slip Anthony Grant through. He shot early but Sims dived to keep his effort out.

Anthony Grant blasts a shot wide

Less than 10 minutes remained when Sims made one more excellent save. A blocked shot by Fish fell into the path of Di Trolio and his drive was kept out by another flying save from the visitors’ custodian.

On Tuesday, Welling travel to Farnborough as they start a run of three games on the road.


Main pIc: Reece Grant fires in a shot

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Everyone at the South London Press thanks you for your continued support.

Former Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has encouraged everyone in the country who can afford to do so to buy a newspaper, and told the Downing Street press briefing:


If you can afford to do so, we would be so grateful if you can make a donation which will allow us to continue to bring stories to you, both in print and online. Or please make cheques payable to “MSI Media Limited” and send by post to South London Press, Unit 112, 160 Bromley Road, Catford, London SE6 2NZ

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.