Beat Calne and Carry On
Welton get back to winning ways
After having only picked up 2 points from their previous 3 matches, Welton did what they needed to against an organised but impotent Calne Town. Though the match was hardly a thriller, the Rovers did well to keep their concentration for the duration and perhaps should have won by a greater margin.
Welton dominated from the outset, with the visitors seemingly content to give up possession and get bodies behind the ball as the Greens kicked towards the carpark end. The first big opportunity came after just 2 minutes when an inswinging corner from Elms’ left boot on the right hand-side was met by the head of Lewis Coleman forcing Calne keeper Cameron Shipway into a high class early stop. Welton wouldn't be kept out for long however, and had the lead within 5 minutes. Elms, who impressed in a central-midfield roll on his full debut, swung a perfect long-ball into the right channel and Chris PILE was alert to his intentions and able to latch onto the pass. He raced away from Callum Bell, advancing on his target before slipping the ball between the legs of Shipway to chalk up his first goal since April.
The ball was still all Welton’s with Calne showing no immediate urgency to get back on level terms. Despite their domination however, there was little in the way of clear chances as the forward line tended to over complicate their build up play when a little more direct action may have been appropriate in the final attacking third. Ultimately on 25 minutes, such urgency was shown in a fast counter-attacking move that extended Welton’s lead. The ball was quickly played up to Francois Allen from the back, and he laid the ball of first time to Shakeil Green who bore inside from the left flank. He split the Calne centre-halves with a neat slipped pass from the outside of his right boot and Joe BATTRICK was right on time, breaking from midfield to spring onto the ball and finish, again, through the legs of Shipway.
The home support would have liked to see more of that cutting edge from Welton, but sadly it didn't come until the last 25 minutes. The period either side of the half was dominated by the side from Wiltshire, who despite having a lot of possession, never really looked like getting back in the game. Welton skipper Joe Garland stopped Jamel Chevolleau from getting his shot away with a great last-ditch challenge, and Drewitt leapt to his left to tip a shot around the post from the same player.
Malick Jammeh and top scorer Jaiden Savery were brought on to liven things up, and that they did for the final third. With his first touch of the ball Jammeh’s lob narrowly floated over the bar and on 75 minutes he forced the matter to extend the scoring. Felled when breaking into the box, JAMMEH picked himself up to convert his second penalty in the space of a week, to ensure the Welton win. Savery nearly joined in with the scoring 5 minutes from time, bravely robbing Shipway of the ball but finishing into the side netting from an acute angle, and right at the death Garland’s bullet header was beaten away by the keeper.
That was the last action of a convincing and controlling win from Welton that advances the side back into the top half of the table and ensures they go into today's match with confidence.