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Welling United - Match Preview

Match Preview by Kieran James

Ian Baird's Spitfires will travel away to Park View Road on Tuesday seeking revenge on The Wings, just ten days after the two teams met in the league. Third placed Welling United hammered the Spitfires nine days ago 4-1, but that result will be long forgotten as a new look Eastleigh were on the right end of a 4-1 demolition over in-form sixth-placed Woking on Saturday with two goals from Tony Taggart and one apiece from Jamie Slabber and Tom Jordan.

The Wings' last game was away to fifth-placed Chelmsford City on Saturday and the match finished 0-2 to Welling United with Luis Cumbers scoring both goals for The Wings.

Andrew Pugh will be the biggest threat to the Spitfires' back four, the striker has scored 16 in the league, level with Jamie Slabber, and the ex-Gillingham striker put two past Jason Matthews ten days ago.

The Spitfires were in good form at Park View Road last season where Richard Gillespie and Ross Bottomley made sure Eastleigh won 2-1 with Lee Clarke scoring the only goal for Welling. Two previous meetings at Park View Road, before the 2009/2010 season, The Spitfires have been on the wrong side of 3-2 and 3-1 losses.

Both clubs have won four, drawn one and lost one out of their last six previous league outings.

Welling United have kept seven clean sheets (two of them being at home) and have failed to score twice (one of them being at home) in their last twenty games.

The Spitfires have kept five clean sheets (three of them being at home) and have failed to score three times (one of them being away) in their last twenty games.

Eastleigh's top goal scorer Jamie Slabber could be doubtful of playing after a injury on Saturday and goalkeeper Gareth Barfoot could still be recovering from a virus.

This is a key game for the Spitfires so get behind them and roar the Spitfires home!

Directions:
By Road: If you are travelling from anywhere other than Kent, take the M25 to Junction 2. At the roundabout, take the A2 towards Central London. Leave the A2 at the third exit (Danson Interchange, signposted A221 to Bexleyheath and Sidcup).

Turn right (second exit) at the roundabout at the end of the slip road, and then turn right (third exit) at the next roundabout. Go under the A2 bridge and up the slope to another roundabout. Take the second exit and follow the road (Danson Road) to the traffic lights at the end. Turn left at the lights onto Park View Road. The ground is on the left. There is no car park, but plenty of street parking is available.

By Rail: The nearest station is Welling. Off-peak trains leave half hourly from both London Victoria and London Charing Cross (also calling at Waterloo East and London Bridge). From the station, go down the slope to the road at the bottom. Turn left and go to the end of the road. Turn left onto Bellegrove Road.

This becomes Welling High Street and then Park View Road. The ground is on the right just after the Guy, Earl of Warwick pub; it is a 15-20 minute walk. If you wish to go by bus, numbers 89, 486 and B16 run past the ground from the station.

Train Times:
15:47 from Eastleigh to London Waterloo Walk To London Waterloo East Catch 17:33 To Welling Arrive 18:01
16:14 from Eastleigh to London Waterloo Walk To London Waterloo East Catch 17:59 To Welling Arrive 18:28

22:07 From Welling To London Waterloo East Walk To London Waterloo Catch 23:05 To Eastleigh Arrive 00:22
22:37 From Welling To London Waterloo East Walk To London Waterloo Catch 23:35 To Eastleigh Arrive 01:01

Four for Two price £16-55
Rail Card Price £ 21-85

Ticket Prices:
Adults - £11.00
Concessions (inc over 65's) - £6.00
Under 12's (when accompanied by an Adult) - £3.00
Seating:
£1.00 extra

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