Welling United v Chippenham Town Fc – December 12th 2020 – Park View Road Stadium

The game today was a Vanorama National League South fixture. My first visit ever to Park View Road Stadium. It’s a nice little ground in the heart of Welling and has a real football ground feel with welcoming food, club shop and bar areas as you enter.

Entrance and Covid checks.
Well stocked Club shop

Two large seated and covered stands flank the sides of the pitch but I had chosen to pay £13 for a ticket to stand with no cover, on the Park View Road Terrace.

A view of the Park View Road Ground

Although Welling have a few games in hand on the teams around them, the table showed they needed points to avoid being pulled into the relegation places. A win would claw them back level with today’s opponents, but with games in hand. This would surely kick start the season for them.

The match day programme showed the tables prior to kick off.

The first half was well fought and both teams battled with very few chances. Right on the stroke of half time Welling went close with this chance.

Welling attack

With that the referee blew for half time. It was cold and dry as the players left the pitch.

First half action
At the close of the first half

The second half opened with Welling attacking and immediately going close as seen in the clip below.

A rare chance.

Chippenham also attacked hard although clear chances remained rare as the game moved into the last 25 minutes.

Chippenham attack

On 70 minutes Chippenham’s Bradley Ash scored from a near side corner with a flicked header to finally break the deadlock and make it 0-1.

Ash and his Chippenham teammates celebrate.
Spectacular early December evening sky.

Chippenham then picked Welling off as they pushed for a equaliser. This attack almost doubling the lead.

Chippenham chance.
Welling throw everything forward in the final five minutes.

At the final whistle the score remained 1-0 to Chippenham and the Welling fans, attending a Vanorama match, for the first time since March, went home with a few regrets.

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