Welling United v Slough Town at Park View, Welling, Kent on Saturday 13th October kick-off 15h00
This will be Slough Town's sternest test since promotion. The Wings are certainly flying high in the league table just two points adrift of joint leaders Billericay Town and Woking and one point ahead of Hampton & Richmond and the Rebels.
Today's fixture must be classified as the 'Match of the Day' in the National South:- Slough Town having won their last four league fixtures and Welling United undefeated in their last nine matches - seven league and two F.A. Cup. Their last loss being at home against Billericay Town on 14th August.
Last season, their second since demotion from the National League saw Welling United finish in 10th position in the league, get eliminated from the F.A. Cup in the 2nd Qualifying Round (L 1 - 2 H, Haringey Borough) and the 3rd Qualifying Round in the F.A. Trophy (L 0 - 1 H, Weston-s-Mare).
The arrival of Steve King as manager has transformed Welling United into genuine promotion candidates. In addition to their fine league form they, like Rebels, are still in the F.A. Cup and will play Woking, away, in the final Qualifying Round - they knocked out Hereford, away, in the last round.
League: P11 Home W3 D1 L1: Away W3 D2 L1 GF21 GA10 Points 21
HOME: W 2 - 0 (Dulwich Hamlet); L 0 - 3 (Billericay Town); D 1 - 1 (Hemel Hempstead); W 3 - 2 (Oxford City); W 2 - 0 (East Thurrock Utd)
AWAY: L 1 - 0 (Eastbourne Borough); W 1 - 4 (Chippenham Town); D 2 - 2 (Truro City); W 0 - 5 (Concord Rangers); D 0 - 0 (Chelmsford City); W 0 - 2 (Bath City) - average home league attendance 658
F.A. Cup: W 2 - 1 H Chesham United (2Q); W 0 - 2 A Hereford (3Q)
The Wings leading goal-scorers are Brendan Kiernan (6 league + 1 Cup); Thierry Audel (4 league + 1 cup); Jack Jebb (3 league + 1 cup) and Bradley Goldberg (3 league).
September Match Highlights
Bath City A - 2m51s link: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3614851 (courtesy Bath City FC)
East Thurrock Utd. H - 2m38s link: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3614848 (courtesy Louis Clark)
Chelmsford City A - 2m55s link: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3614830 (courtesy Chelmsford City FC)
Oxford City H - 3m44s link: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3614826 (courtesy Louis Clark)
Steve King has made a number of summer signings - mainly players that he has managed during his successful career, including Eastbourne striker Gavin McCallum; towering centre-back Anthony Acheampong (ex. Dulwich); ex. Woking defender Richard Orlu; French winger Nassim L'Ghoul from Whitehawk; striker Brendan Kiernan (ex. Hampton & Richmond); John Paul Kissock ex. Ebbsfleet and Southport, perhaps best remembered for playing in England's under 16 team at age 14, then the under 18 team at age 16 while on the books of Everton; and, more recently, ex. Whitehawk midfielders David Ijaha and Guinea-Bissau international Arnaud Mendy plus striker Danny Mills (on loan from Ebbsfleet United).
UPDATE: Welling have signed Oxford City striker Mat Paterson today (Friday) who becomes available for selection tomorrow.
Slough Town played Welling United in Conference seasons 1996/7 ( D 3 - 3 H, L 3 - 2 A) and 1997/8 (L 1 - 2 H, D 1 - 1 A) and more recently in the F. A. Trophy 1998/9 (D 1 - 1 A, W 2 - 1 H, replay - 1st Round) and F. A. Cup 2003/4 (D 1 - 1 H, L 4 - 1 A, replay 2Q) and 2004/5 (W 4 - 1 H, 2Q)
Booking Odds: Welling United Win 21/17; Draw 40/17; Slough Town Win 44/19
Welling's best results have been 'on the road', so I will sit on the fence and opt for a draw.
Welling United 1 - 1 Slough Town