Sheppey United defeated Welling Town 3-2 on the road to continue their unbeaten start in the promotion push whilst playing in horrendous rainy conditions.
Ernie Batten welcomed back Lex Allan to the starting line-up which meant Dan Birch went back to right back and Renford Tenyue dropping to the bench.
The Ites made a great start with Hudson finding Bennett on the right hand side of the 18 yard box to fire across goal and give the Ites an early lead. A couple of minutes later Bennett was denied at the near post with keeper Ryan Coltress pushing an effort out for a corner. Roberts and Allan also had chances to double the lead but by the half an hour mark the away side still led by an early goal.
A Richie Hamill drive from all of 35 yards was well saved by Ryan Coltress who made a big flying dive across his goal to deny Hamill what would have been goal of the season so far. As the half closed Welling hit the top of the cross bar with a drop volley from outside the area,
The Ites doubled their lead on 53 minutes – Hudson’s shot pushed out by Coltress for Midson to strike into the net for 0-2. However, the lead was short lived with Welling Town scoring from outside the box from the restart through James Miles with Molloy helpless to keep the effort out.
Hudson was then replaced for Aibangbee who looked just as lively as the winger he replaced. Billy Bennett had a penalty appeal waved away on 61 minutes and Midson also put a header wide with 65 minutes on the clock. That was costly for the Ites with Taylor Robinson taking advantage of some suspect defending to level the scores at 2-2 on 67 minutes.
15 minutes to go and the Ites were the team building the majority of the attacks and a Hamill corner appeared to strike a Welling hand in the box – but despite protests from both Sheppey players and fans the officials allowed the game to carry on without a penalty award.
More pressure from the Ites saw an attack on 79 minutes broken when Roberts was hacked on the line of the Welling area – neither a free-kick or penalty awarded and it started to look like a draw was closing in. But….after trapping the ball in the box and looking to get into a position to shoot Jack Midson was hacked down and this time the Ites got their penalty, which was coolly converted by Midson in the 88th minute for this 7th goal in 4 games.
The Ites played out the remaining time mostly in the Welling half, with Roberts shielding the ball well and taking a few kicks in the process – but job done and another vital 3 points.
Full-Time: Welling Town 2 Sheppey United 3
Sheppey Utd 11: Molloy, Smith, Birch, Howlett-Mundle, Allan, Orome, Hamill, Bennett, Roberts, Hudson, Midson
Subs Used: Aibangbee (Hudson), Freiter (Orome), Hagan (Smith)
Suns Unused: Tenyue, Freeman
Man of the match winner: Jack Midson