MATCH REPORT: Chippenham Town 4-1 Welling United | National League South | Saturday 23rd March 2024

Published: at 9:02pm

The Bluebirds won their fourth game in a row in this battle of two inform teams. The match was delayed by over a quarter of an hour as Welling were held up by an accident on the M4.

The crowd, bolstered by EFL season ticket holders on Non-League Day, witnessed a proverbial game of two halves as Welling took advantage of the strong wind to lead at half time, but the Bluebirds made better use of the conditions after the break as they scored four spectacular goals in the last thirty five minutes.

Welling were the first to show on five minutes as Will Henry saved David Amoo’s effort.

The Wings took a tenth minute lead with a well-worked very deep Cameron Green corner that was headed back into the mix by Riccardo Di Trolio where Jack Burchell got the telling touch.

After that the visitors failed to make the most of the conditions as Chippenham battled to create anything against the strong wind.

It took until the thirty fifth minute for any other action of note when Tyreke Johnson’s burst into the area saw him upended but despite appeals no penalty was awarded.

Adoo then saw another shot saved by Henry whilst Sonny Fish’s effort from distance sailed over the bar.

Chippenham should have drawn level just before the break with their only chance of the half but although Johnson’s low cross left Reice Charles-Cook stranded neither Craig Fasanmade or Matt McClure could get the required touch.

HALF TIME: Chippenham Town 0-1 Welling United

After the break the momentum swung towards the Bluebirds as Tom Owen-Evans shot wide and McClure’s shot from the edge of the area was saved.

Just before the hour mark Luke Haines gave a taste of what was to come as his audacious shot from over fifty yards out saw a back-peddling Charles-Cook just manage to tip the ball over the bar.

However, Welling did manage to fashion two chances as Henry pushed a shot from Anthony Papadopoulos over the bar whilst saving an effort from Fish.

Having earlier set his sights Haines equalized on sixty five minutes with a rocket shot from thirty five yards that left Charles-Cook floundering.

Worse was to follow for the Wings custodian as six minutes later he allowed Johnson’s cross cum shot to go over his head to put the home side in front.

Henry then saved a shot from Papadopoulos whilst on eighty two minutes substitute Ed Williams’ ball in was not cleared and Owen-Evans fired in a third.

Four minutes later Charles-Cook just managed to dive to reach a shot from Fasanmade.

Two minutes from time a well-worked team move ended with Tom Mehew setting up Johnson for his double and Chippenham’s fourth.

FULL TIME: Chippenham Town 4-1 Welling United

Chippenham: Will Henry, Luke Haines, Dan Ellison, Aaron Amadi-Holloway  (Jem Hewlett 79), Luke Spokes, Tom Mehew, Will King, Tyreke Johnson (Alex Bray 90), Tom Owen-Evans, Craig Fasanmade, Matt McClure (Ed Williams 69)  subs not used: Ed Jones, Nat Williams

Welling: Reice Charles-Cook, Choiri Johnson (Crossley Lema 73), Jack Burchell, Lachlan Byrd, Riccardo Di Trollo, Anthony Grant (Reece Grant 76), Sonny Fish, Anthony Papadopoulos,Cameron Green, David Amoo (Gene Kennedy 70), Jason Adigun subs not used: Javarn Pittersen, Joe Ellul

Referee: Jonathan Chadwick

Ass Refs: Harry Price, Stuart Lathan

Att: 738

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