Welton Lacking at Lakeview
Babb keeps scoring but Welton fail to thrill as Sutton grab a late equaliser.
Welton maintained their unbeaten start to the season with this away draw but ultimately can count themselves lucky to do so after failing to play to their potential at Bishop Sutton.
Welton edged a cagey opening period with Jaiden Savery coming closest to opening the scoring but his half volley from Jammeh’s good left wing cross was hit high over the bar. Sutton wouldn’t allow Welton to hit their stride, consistently breaking up their play and looking to attack direct from the back. This tactic paid off on 22 minutes when a long ball from the back saw Welton fail to deal with the second ball which dropped to Mason Daggar who had all the time and space he needed to slot his finish past the beleaguered Drewitt. This goal lead to a ten minute period where neither team could get control of the game or seemingly even pick a pass. Welton got their equaliser just after the half hour however, largely due to the hard work of Malick Jammeh. He was fouled 2 yards outside the edge of the home team’s box, but continued his run only to then be brought down inside the area. Confusingly, the referee opted to give the initial foul rather than allow the advantage. Welton protests were short lived however as Charlie Babb blasted in a goal from the free kick. He scored for the third consecutive game when his low drive was deflected past goalkeeper Yakub.
This equaliser ushered in the best 10 minutes of the game for Welton, and the only period of play that showed what the Greens were capable of. Welton pushed forward relentlessly with the likes of Coleman and Green linking up for some fantastic forward play. It was Coleman who won the set piece that would lead to Welton’s second goal. He hassled the Sutton defence to win the ball back on the right wing, causing the panicked defender to haul him to the ground. The free-kick was awarded and Cockerill’s perfect inswinging cross was perfectly placed in the danger area for Savery to swing a boot and notch his first goal for the Green Army.
The second half saw Welton pushing for a third goal but finding themselves frustrated, both by rigid Sutton defending and also their own poor passing. As the half progressed the home side took more chances in committing men forward. Welton management reacted by making a defensive substitution, bringing Berriman on for Green and compacting the play in the process, but in truth this meant Welton ceased to create any more exciting wing play and allowed Sutton to gamble more. Though real chances were few and far between Sutton got their deserved equaliser 2 minutes from time when a free kick pumped into the Welton box failed to be dealt with, leaving Adam Young to blast the equaliser high into the Welton net, ensuring the points were shared at Lakeview.