MATCH PREVIEW: Welling United vs Chippenham Town | National League South | Saturday 25th February 2023
Sam Hart previews our upcoming away game against Welling United.
The Bluebirds are back on the road this week following late heartbreak against Hemel Hempstead Town.
Last Time Out
Ex-Hemel player Craig Fasanmade opened the scoring in the 50th minute. There was no happy ending however as Luke Holness netted in the 93rd minute, clawing The Bluebirds back as the game finished 1-1.
This weekend, Gary Horgan’s men take to the road again and travel to 14th place Welling United in search of their first three points since beating Chelmsford back in early January. The Bluebirds sit just outside the relegation zone in 20th following the result on Tuesday night, with a considerable amount of games in hand on teams around them.
Match Center: Hemel Hempstead Town 1-1 Chippenham Town
About The Opposition
Welling United were founded in 1963 and play at Park View Road. The Wings narrowly escaped relegation from the National League South last season finishing 20th, 1 place above relegated Billericay. Their current manager and last season’s saviour Warren Feeney was appointed on the 14th of March, 2022 in which he guided Welling from relegation and has made clear progress this season with the Wings steering clear of relegation so far this season with a current total of 40 points, 12 clear of the drop.
Ones to Watch
Ade Azeez has really bolstered the Wings ranks this season, racking up an impressive 15 goals in 30 games in his Welling career having an average goal rate of 0.5.
Azeez started his career at Charlton, rising through the youth ranks. He managed to gain a professional contract with the Addicks but never made an appearance for them. During the two year period at Charlton, he went on loans to Wycombe, Leyton Orient, Torquay and Dagenham & Redbridge where he made 29 total appearances. AFC Wimbledon picked him up and Azeez spent 2 years at the London outfit racking up 85 appearances and scoring 12. He then moved to Scotland for a season where he completed 38 games for Partick Thistle. Cambridge was his next destination followed by a loan move to Dover. Welsh side Newport then picked up the forward and he was loaned back to Torquay. The following season he moved to Dover however, his move to Dartford was a success as he played 36 and scored 11. He’s now with The Wings and is a dangerous threat for The Bluebirds and is certainly one to watch.