“Welling have cut the squad drastically for financial reasons but the players left are all good players”
Welling United season ticket holder Mark Doig completes a triumphant TT double! Returning for the 2nd time this season to answer our questions about ‘the Wings’…
Hi Mark thanks for talking to us again, last time we spoke the Wings were riding high in the NLS, but United won comfortably at Plainmoor – what were your thoughts on that game?
Torquay looked like champions in the making. I had seen them at Dartford five days earlier and it was obvious that they were full-time as they gradually wore them down. For Welling’s game, Torquay came out of the traps quickly and the game was as good over as a contest before half-time. I think that you will need that full-time fitness as the pitch at Plainmoor will drain many visiting teams.
How would you sum up your season so far?
All looked to be going very well until the end of September. Then the team forgot how to win away and it’s only the home form that has kept Welling in the play-off hunt.
What’s Welling’s recent form been like heading into the game at Park View Road?
Home – promotion form, away – relegation form although I’m hoping that Welling have turned the corner with their win at Oxford on Tuesday night.
Which Welling players should we look out for this Saturday and why?
Welling have cut the squad drastically for financial reasons but the players left are all good players. Every attacking player is good enough to be a match winner and the defence is solid. Picking out an individual is very hard.
What’s Park View Road like for visiting supporters and how good is the support from locals?
As is the case with many clubs, the support away tends to be noisier. However, Welling have a core group of supporters who care passionately about the club and who have supported through thick and thin.
Where’s best for the Yellow Army to grab pre-match food and more importantly drinks?!
Torquay supporters should already know the answer from previous visits. There is just about every possible type of food available, from sit down meals to take-aways in Welling High Street. There are also a number of different style pubs including Guy the Earl of Warwick almost next door. All will welcome away supporters as will the Wings Bar inside the ground.
For those supporters who look for well-kept real ale from smaller breweries, The Door Hinge is a micro-pub which is a three-minute walk away. Bexley Borough is a hot-bed of Micro-pubs many of which are on the 51 bus route so with a little bit of homework you can do a good crawl.
Are you confident of making the play-offs this season and can the club win promotion?
Welling manager Steve King has a very good record of getting teams into the play-offs and despite the recent cuts, knows what it takes. Once in the play-offs it’s a bit of a lottery so the club can win promotion.
Is the club capable of coping with the step up to the National League?
Yes. There is no point in continuing if there is no ambition. We had three years in the National League very recently and might still have been there now had it not have been for a few bad decisions.
Which teams and players have most impressed you this season and why?
Torquay are head and shoulders above everyone else. Woking have ground out two wins against us at the their ground (league and cup) Billericay have some excellent players but even though they have doubled us, I don’t think that they are unbeatable.
And finally, what’s your match prediction for Saturday afternoon?
I don’t make predictions and never will. Cheers Mark, Saturday should be a good game, with plenty of the Yellow Army likely to make the trip – good luck for the rest of the season. Dom