Welling United have struggled so far this campaign, currently residing in 22nd place in the table, three points behind the Rebels, who are currently in 19th place. A win is a must for both sides as they look to claw themselves away from the bottom four league places and into the safety of mid-table. Welling have only picked up two wins all season domestically, with their last win in the league coming against Tonbridge Angels back at the end of August, where they won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Jack Burchell. Since then, their only other wins have come in the Emirates FA Cup qualifying rounds, where they beat Dartford and Gosport Borough before exiting the competition, narrowly losing out to National League side Boreham Wood.
Over their last five league games, the Wings have lost once and drawn four games on the trot, including two goalless draws against Maidstone United and Chippenham Town. Their most recent game against Dover Athletic was equally frustrating for them, after a 90th-minute equalizer from Dover denied them of three crucial points against 23rd-placed Dover in a 2-2 draw, where at one stage, Welling were leading 2-0. This unfortunate result for Welling may serve as a warning for Scott Davies and his side, as the Wings will be a side urgently looking to turn around their poor form, with the Rebels needing to be at their brilliant best to deny Welling a chance in Saturday’s game, which will be played in front of an expectant home support at the J Hearnden Skip Hire Community Stadium.
The manager of Welling United, Danny Bloor, joined the Wings in the summer after previously being at the helm of National League South outfit, Eastbourne Borough. Having spent many years on the South Coast, first as a coach at Worthing between 2007-2011, before taking over at Eastbourne Town until 2013. He then spent some time at Eastbourne Borough before taking over in the hot seat at the club until this summer, where he left the club after its new owners decided against keeping him on as the first-team manager. Bloor will be eager to imprint his style onto his players and bring Welling success for the remainder of the season.
Bloor will be eager for his side to score more goals to give them the best chance in tomorrow’s game, and a key threat for his side in recent weeks has been their 22-year-old midfielder, TJ Bramble. Bramble, who joined the Wings this summer on a free transfer from Chelmsford City, has been finding the back of the net in recent weeks, hitting two goals in seven appearances from midfield, scoring most recently in their 2-2 draw with Dover. The 6'1 central midfielder is a key player in Bloor’s system and with international experience with his national side, Antigua & Barbuda, Bramble will surely be a key concern for the Rebels.
The match kicks off at 3pm this Saturday at the J Hearnden Skip Hire Community Stadium, with live updates available online with Rebels Radio and via our social media platforms.
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