The Welling United Fanzine
Saturday 18 January
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Neil Smith made one change to the team that lost at Basingstoke: having given the "best 45 minutes I've seen by a winger at this level" at Eastbourne in the FA Cup, Ellis Green was finally restored to the starting line-up at the expense of Adam Cottrell, Leon reverting to full back.
Green had the beating of the visitors' left back all afternoon and from his early cross Andy Pugh headed over with Tony Sinclair better placed. At the other end Leon sliced a last-ditch clearance over the bar for a corner.
While Mr. Long was by no means the worst referee we've seen at PVR this season he appeared to be reluctant to stamp any authority on the game and was for some reason in awe of Bobby Bowry from the start. Which probably explains his failure to book Bowry for the over the top challenge that ended Wings' skipper Richard Carpenter's game just after 20 minutes. Chris Moore headed the resultant free kick wide.
The boss came on for Chippy but had barely got into the game when Bromley took the lead. Having already had a header chalked off for offside, Danny Hockton broke down the left and from a tight angle shot into the top corner as Jamie Turner waved the ball past. A good, accurate finish it may have been but no goalkeeper should be beaten from that angle.
Much has been said about the Wings inability to play for both halves of the game and this was again true; flying down the slope the home side were a team transformed after the break, turning the match on its head in the period whent he opposition have often scored this season. Pugh was halted on teh edge of the area by Bowry's tackle but the loose ball fell invitingly to Green and he fired a measured shot into the huge gap visiting keeper had left between himself and his left-hand post.
Four minutes later it was 2-1 and again Green and Pugh were involved. Green cut in from the right and fed Pugh 20 yards out. Nimble footwork from the young striker enabled him to evade a defender and exchange a neat one-two with Omari Coleman to put him through on goal. Walker had stayed on his line throughout but then made a late charge; Pugh's mind was made up for him and he flicked the ball past the keeper for a goal-of-the-season contender.
The Wings survived a major scare when Moore midjudged a long ball, leaving it either to go out or for Turner, allowing Tutu Henriques to cross. Smith made a complete hash of controlling the ball, gifting possession to Garath McCleary but Turner blocked his shot. The rebound fell to Hockton but the diving Smith made the best save of the game as Long gave only a corner.
Ryan cleared off the line after Turner flapped at a corner and then Gareth Williams' lopping effort landed on top of the crossbar as Bromley sought to draw level. They had, however, missed their chance(s). Long's reluctance to use his cards was again prominent as he failed to book Barry Moore for dissent when the visiting skipper hammered the ball into the Guy's beer garden.
Action switched to the other end where Moore missed a sitter of a header from a corner with the back post unguarded. It mattered not. From another corner the ball dropped to Coleman and having done the hard work in dummying Walker he tried a fancy flick which Sam Wood nodded off the line. Moore picked up the pieces and laid it off to Sam Keevil who showed awareness to cut it back to the unmarked Pugh. One touch to control with his right foot and another to shoot with his left and the ball was in the back of the net. Walker's frustration came to the boil and he booted the ball into Sinclair's back as the Wings players celebrated.
Pugh almost got his hat-trick but Walker was equal to his long-range curler before the keeper was beaten all-ends up by Pogo's free kick only to be saved by his near post. Steve Clark must have been really peeved to pick up the only card of the game for that nothing foul.
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