Vanarama National League South
Saturday 3 December 2016 - Park View Road - kick off 3.00pm
half-time: 0-1 result: L1-3 attendance: 466

team: O'Leary, Rigg, Ball (c) (Simpson 6), Batten, Hemmings, Murphy, Broom, Artus, Harvey, Morgan, Watkins (McCootie 70). subs not used: Marshall, Diallo, Phillips.
man of the match: Jack Batten
scorers: Artus (48)
bookings: Rigg (58), Artus (66)
officials: E Kayne, D Richards, E Smith

league position: 12th form: DLWDWL next match: Wellington (SPC) (H)

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City returned home pointless as two second-half goals won the day for relegation battlers Welling United. They endured a nightmare start when skipper Dan Ball was removed with an injury and Alex Coombes opened the scoring for the Wings a minute later. City replied with a Frankie Artus header early in the second period, but Coombes was the key man, slotting away a penalty before setting up Harry Crawford for the Killer blow.

Ball had to be replaced by Sekani Simpson just six minutes in, and before long City were behind as a long, deep ball in from the right was volleyed sweetly in from the edge of the box by Coombes. Despite their woeful home record, struggling Welling looked spritely for the early parts of the game and almost got a quick second when a George Oakley header was deflected over from a dangerous spot. The Romans were left to deal in little more than half-chances, two falling to Frankie Artus and Ryan Broom that were both blocked. It was Broom that looked the most potent threat in the first period, constantly looking to penetrate down the right flank. But for the most part, City struggled to put much together as Welling, happily in the lead, forced them back at every opportunity. They had a handful of set-pieces that nothing came of, with keeper Harry Girling only troubled when he had to slap away a Billy Murphy delivery from the right. Welling remained the more threatening outfit and got into the final third often, but could not trouble Max O'Leary. There was almost another disaster when Simpson, who had to cut in onto his right foot every time from the left-back spot, was chased into the corner and failed to look up when passing back for O'Leary. Coombes sniffed an opportunity and intercepted, but was thwarted by the City stopper. The visitors finished the opening period in better fashion and almost got level when Andy Watkins headed a deep Broom cross onto the woodwork.

City matched Welling's quick first-half goal with one of their own after the interval and it all started with a helping hand from Marvin Morgan's backside. With ball in hand, Girling punted a clearance straight into the frontman and although it ran too far away for an instant opportunity, the Romans worked a corner. That flag-kick was swung in from the left by Murphy for Artus to loop a header over Girling and in. Back came Welling, and they almost got in front again straight away when Murphy was caught dallying at the edge of his box and Crawford fired a low shot straight at O'Leary. Sam Hatton also scythed a cracking long-range effort narrowly wide from range before the game slowed. However, Welling's second would arrive from the spot. George Rigg was caught two-on-one deep in the corner with the ball worked back for Christian Nanetti to blaze into the box, where he was felled by Artus. Coombes confidently stepped up and sent O'Leary the wrong way to get his side back in front. Ten minutes later the hosts sealed the points as Coombes collected a high pass in the box, held up possession as he was turned away from goal and played the ball back for Crawford to thump in. With just 12 minutes left on the clock the Romans were never likely to come back, and had just a tame Chas Hemmings header to offer before the final whistle.