Match Preview: Welling United (A) – Saturday 26th November 2022 – 15:00

By Ted Slocombe


The Terras are back on the road tomorrow afternoon as they take on Welling United in the National League South, looking for back-to-back league victories!


Manager Bobby Wilkinson spoke to us ahead of tomorrow’s game:


On preparations: “Boys have been at it this week, we spoke that its a fresh start, let’s start to pick up points now. There’s plenty points to grab – around 90 – till the end of the season, can we now go there to Welling and achieve something. We’re out of cups, lets now focus on moving up the league. If you can’t win it tomorrow, dont lose it, it will be all about the manner now if we lose, as we’ve trained hard to try get a result tomorrow.”

On whether the week break has helped: “This week I’ve been trying to get a few players in, I went and watched an in house game at Barnet, speaking to a few players there and at other games but unfortunately none are currently available. We need competition in the squad, especially at the back, so it’s been a difficult week in that department. Thommo’s been a great addition, but still in need of defenders.”

On Welling: “This will be a total different challenge, this is a league game that they are doing well in this season. So, of course, this is a different kettle of fish, but there are three points up for grabs. They usually line up in a 3-5-2, we’ve done our work on them so let’s go there, let’s stick together as a group, can we compete and do well as a team.”

On team news: “Teddy Howe still out for a long time as mentioned last week, Harry Kyprianou is about 6 weeks away. Tom Bearwish is in contention to make the squad tomorrow, he might need to help us out in another position again. Once again we have no full backs, some of the lads will have to play out of position. It’s tough when we’re missing players in key positions.”

On Ben Thomson’s availability: “Yes he will be a part of the squad, I’m so pleased to have him. I rang him straight away when he was available, we had a great chat, we both love the football club, we want the same thing. Hopefully together, as a team, with him involved, we can move Weymouth up the league table, so yes over the moon with a yes from him this week.”


@TerraStatman’s Facts of the Match

We obviously don’t have to go far back in the archives to find our last fixture against our hosts this weekend, as it was just a little under two months ago that we surprised the Londoners with that emphatic 3-0 FA cup victory. On that occasion an Ash brace (including a penalty) and a Bearwish strike settled the game.
In all games against The Wings, we now have a tiny advantage courtesy of the cup victory and boast a W12 D3 L11 record although our record at their ground in the capital shows we don’t always take flight against Welling with a W4 D2 L8 tally overall. However, we did enjoy a fine 3-1 on our last visit to Park View Road in January 2020. Baggie opened the scoring on the stroke of half time and although the hosts briefly restored parity in the second period, a Josh McQuoid penalty and a 96th minute strike from Jake McCarthy ensured we took all the points back down to the provinces. (Therefore we have scored spot kicks in our last two meetings).

A handful of players have featured for both sides including…

Tony Agana, Lionel Ainsworth, Daniel Bailey, Narada Barnard, Josh Carmichael, Adam Cottrell, Sam Cutler, Peter Kearns, Taofiq Olomowewe, Andy Townsend, Josh Wakefield.

Olomowewe is a current member of the Welling team. “T” played 21 times for Weymouth last season starting 20 times and scoring once from his defensive position.

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