by John Mead

Wood will be anxious to get this game underway after Saturday’s lack of action.    Make no mistake it does not get any more difficult than this!    The Wings have just broken the Division record, beating Dorchester Town on Saturday gave them their eleventh straight win, a run of form that if it continues will see them overhaul Salisbury City at the top of the table.

Of course the F.A. Carlsberg Trophy wins against last Season’s Finalists Newport County 2 – 0, Woking 0 – 1 and the narrow home defeat to the best side in Non League at the moment Grimsby Town 1 – 2 are also worth a mention at this stage!

Welling United are eleven points above us having played the same number of games and are second in the table just six points behind City with three games in hand.    Wood, on the other hand, have slipped to fifth although we have games in hand over third placed Dover Athletic.

If we were to beat Welling United, we would be the first side to do so, at their Park View Road ground in the League this Season.    If we were to draw we would be the first side to take points from them since Saturday 27 October when they last lost a game away at Maidenhead United!

It will be a fantastic opportunity for Ian Allison to gauge just how far we have come as a side.    Going back two Seasons to our first encounter with The Wings, we ended up on the end of a 3 – 1 defeat in Kent.    On the day, Allinson declared, “We cannot keep giving away goals to sides which are clearly better than us all over the park.    Welling United’s movement up front today was something we cannot mirror and they clearly had no weaknesses anywhere in the team.”

Moving onto to our trip to Kent last Season the result, a 2 – 0 defeat, was not so different.    However this time Allinson described the match as “A tremendous learning curve.    Welling United are a quality side, they are not second in the League for nothing.    That said I feel we have come a long way since we nicked a win at home against them in a game we could have lost by three or four goals.”

Dejavu?    We shall see!

The evening has the potential to produce fireworks in the shape of Loick Pires, a firm favourite at Welling United, who moved to Woking at the end of last Season.    Currently on a one month Loan at Wood, Loick has played just once for us due to the weather and we are hoping he reminds the home fans of the form that put him firmly in most Clubs’ “Team of the Season” at the end of April.

Records cannot go on forever and you know what happens when players return to their old Clubs?

It promises to be an unmissable evening!

Tuesday 5 February.  Away to Welling United, Kick of 7.45pm.    Park View Road, Welling , Kent. DA16 1SY.

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