Getting to know the opposition – Welling United

By Jacob Greenwood 

Following draws to both Dartford and Macclessfield Town, Woking head towards South East London unbeaten and in search of a a second away victory win.

Garry Hill made three changes going into last Saturday’s home game with Macclesfield and despite keeping a clean sheet, there was an air of disappointment that Woking failed to break down The Silkmen’s backline.

Woking fail to find a winner at home to Macclesfield Town
Woking fail to find a winner at home to Macclesfield Town

The Wings did the double over Woking last season but have stuttered at the beginning of the new campaign with two defeats and a draw to their name.

We talked to Welling reporter Mark Doig to find out what we can expect on our visit to Park View Road.

Q. Last season The Wings did what every newly promoted club looks to do and stayed in the league, finishing in 16th place, and completing the double over Woking along the way. Will they be looking to push on this season or is survival still the main aim?
Consolidation has to be the main objective. Ensuring safety in March was very pleasing but we now have to ensure there is no ‘second season syndrome’. I would never want to see Welling go down the route of ‘buying success’ and I’m realistic to know that unless crowds increase, it will never be easy at this level but there are other part time teams with limited resources around so why can’t Welling be one of them?
Betsy shoots as Woking lose out at Welling last season
Betsy shoots as Woking lose out at Welling last season
Q. What were the key additions and departures from the Welling squad over the summer?
There has been a massive turnover at the club since winning promotion and no fewer than seven players made their Welling United league debut on the opening day of the season. There was a further one at Halifax and Kieron St Aimie’s ban, held over from last season, has now expired and he may make his Wings league bow against Woking.  
Q. Last season the Welling website set the Woking game up as a rivalry. Do many Wings fans see this game as a rivalry?
In the 1990s, when the two teams met regularly, there was a bit of a rivalry and some of the older supporters of both teams probably see it that way. The only true rivals we have in this league are Dartford.
Welling beat The Cards 3-0 last time they visited Park View Road
Welling beat The Cards 3-0 last time they visited Park View Road
Q. Welling have only picked up one point so far, what have you learnt about the squad in the last three games?
I think it is clear that the team has to be given a bit of time to gel together. Pre-season was pretty good but friendlies are no substitute for the real thing. As long as the supporters don’t turn on the team, and most of those who travel don’t agree with being negative, I believe it will all come together and the first victory will give the team a massive boost of confidence.
Q. Who will Woking have to look out for on Saturday?
Jamie Day’s philosophy is that they are a team, so it is hard to single out individual players. The manager may decide to give himself a game to add some experience to the line up. There are a lot of players with potential to excite but it’s too early to say who will realise it.
Q. Finally, what is your score prediction? 
I don’t make predictions and never will. Clearly, Woking are a stronger outfit than they were in the two meetings last season, but I go to every game hoping for a good result.
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