Dorking Wanderers 5 Welling United 0
Dorking Wanderers 5 Welling United 0
February 13th 2021
Vanarama National League South
Dorking clocked up their highest ever National League South win with a resounding victory over Welling at Meadowbank, sending them to the top of the table.
All three substitutes introduced in the second-half of last weekend's encounter with Hemel were brought into the starting line-up for today's game. At the back, Sami El-Abd came in for Ed Harris, unable to recover from his hamstring injury sustained last Saturday, as Matt Briggs and Wes Fogden also came in for Jimmy Muitt and Niall McManus respectively in midfield.
The visitors certainly didn't look like a side sitting at the foot of the table in the early exchanges, competing well and looking to get the ball forward quickly, going on to take a couple of half-chances. Afolabi Aknyemi skewed an overhead kick wide, just ahead of Kristian Campbell's strike from range deflecting kindly into the hands of Lewis Carey.
Dorking were warming into the contest though, Nicky Wheeler dispatching a couple of dangerous crosses from wide and Matt Briggs becoming increasingly busy down the opposite flank. And it would be through his channel on the right where Wanderers carved out the opportunity which opened the scoring just beyond the quarter-hour; Kane Wills and Jason Prior's neat game of head-tennis gathered by Briggs, who surged towards the byline and cut back for Alfie Rutherford six-yards out, the striker driving his effort through keeper Reice Cook to find the back of the net.
Briggs produced a brilliant, mazy run from the half-way line, drifting past defenders and doing well to keep the ball in play as he went, arriving into the area and deciding to take the shot on, his effort deserving of a goal but drifting narrowly wide of the far post. The lively winger would be curtailed just outside the area shortly after, winning the free kick which would instigate Wanderers doubling their advantage. James McShane's delivery was met on the half-volley by Prior at the back stick, Cook getting down well to his left to initially keep the effort out, but Wheeler reacted quickest to crash home his own half-volley from close range.
The goals knocked back Welling's spirit, as Wanderers moved up a gear to control play for the remainder of the half. McShane and Briggs both finding Prior in the box with good crosses but the striker unable to get enough power on his headers towards goal. Prior was unfortunate not to then turn provider, glancing a header on for Rutherford from central midfield, who looked set to have a clean run through at goal, but couldn't quite trap the ball.
On the verge of half-time Lewis Hobbs pinged a ball into the penalty area from deep for Aknyemi who did well to initially manoeuvre away from Fuller and buy space, but the skipper reacted very quickly to get down and block the strike at goal. Wes Fogden typified another tireless performance having been involved in attacking play at one end, before tracking back and ultimately getting in the key block to stop Della-Verde getting his shot off inside the area.
Half-Time: Dorking 2 Welling 0
Within just two minutes of the restart, Prior would bag his 15th goal of the campaign, sending him to the top of scoring charts for the division. Starting the move from midfield which found Rutherford out on the right, he then met his striker partner's cross with an audacious back-heeled flick, guiding the ball into the bottom left corner.
The inspired play getting forward continued as Wanderers really got into the groove; multiple passes and slick interplay from Fuller and Briggs down the wing proceeded James McShane grabbing Wanderers fourth of the afternoon just past the hour. Fuller's cross found Prior in the middle, his shot on the turn well saved by Cook, but 'Macca' was on hand to smash the rebound home from close range.
Wills drove an effort into the stands following another flowing move, and Sam Beard got into the attacking spirit with an excellent run right through the centre of the field, the move breaking down for a moment before falling to McShane who just couldn't quite get his shot off, crowded out in the penalty area.
Man of the match Briggs put the cherry on the cake with ten minutes to go, nutmegging his opponent as he drifted into the area from the right, he then unleashed a fierce drive into the left side of the net beyond Cook.
Lyle Della-Verde and sub Lionel Ainsworth spearheaded a late search for a Wings' consolation, forcing Carey into a low save and deflecting an effort wide respectively, but Dorking held out to maintain the clean sheet and see out a complete team performance.
Gary Pascoe spoke to Marc White after the game:
'Reminded me of everything I like about us, can't wait to watch the goals back, scored some brilliant ones today. I thought Welling made us work hard in the first half, they had a good block, thought we could have moved the ball quicker though, but second half we really put our foot on the pedal, did what we are best at. Good day today with the clean sheet as well - very pleased.'
Dorking Wanderers (3-5-2): 1 Lewis Carey, 3 Sam Beard, 4 Sami El-Abd, 8 Matt Briggs, 9 Jason Prior (18 Luke Moore 65'), 10 Alfie Rutherford, 11 James McShane, 15 Kane Wills, 16 Nicky Wheeler (6 Niall McManus 46'), 22 Wes Fogden (14 Jake Gallagher 71'), 23 Barry Fuller (c)
Unused Subs: 2 Isaac Philpot, 7 Jimmy Muitt
Goals: Rutherford 17', Wheeler 26', Prior 47', McShane 64', Briggs 80'
Welling United (4-2-3-1): 1 Reice Cook, 2 Chiori Johnson, 4 Lyle Della-Verde, 6 Lewis Hobbs, 7 Anthony Cook (c), 10 Afolabi Aknyemi (20 Rhys Murrell-Williamson 65'), 12 Kristian Campbell, 16 Olumide Durojaye (15 Lionel Ainsworth 61'), 19 Robert Strachan (5 Scott Doe 69'), 21 Ade Shokunbi, 22 Darren Oldaker
Unused Subs: 3 Nathan Green, 13 David Hughes
Yellow Cards: Della-Verde 68'
Ref: Greg Rollason
DWFCTV MOTM: Matt Briggs
Stats: (provided by @Olly_Wyse)
5 Goals 0
8 Shots (on target) 2
4 Shots (off target) 7
6 Corners 2
12 Fouls. 9
24 Crosses. 16
2 Offsides 2
0 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
54% Possession 46%