City shine to end away campaign on a winning note

City completed their away campaign in fine style this evening with a 2-0 win at Welling United. Despite the home still having an outside chance of making the play-offs it was City who did most of the early running, playing down the Park View Road slope. They failed to turn this control into clear cut chances, although Miles Welch-Hayes headed a Matt Richards corner just wide and Andy Watkins’ shot also flew narrowly the wrong side of the post. The game became scrappier as the half progressed but City almost grabbed the lead on the stroke of half-time when Dan Ball saw his stooping header blocked on the line. However, they only had to wait three minutes into the second half to break the deadlock, Tom Smith and Antoine Semenyo combining well for the latter to fire a shot across Vose into the corner of the net. This finally woke the Wings up and for the next 10 minutes they penned City back in their own half. City’s defence stood up well to this pressure and on the hour mark Richards won possession in the middle of the pitch before sending Smith clear to blast home the vital second goal. To their credit Welling continued to look for a way back into the match but when Coombes could only shoot straight at Luke Southwood with the goal at his mercy they appeared to realise the game was up. And it took a fine stop from Vose to prevent Smith adding to City’s lead late on as the Romans saw out the remaining time with few scares.