Match Highlights Here: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-2850616
THE WHITE Tigers roared to a 3-1 victory over League leaders, Dartford, in the wind and rain at Treyew Road.
We came out of the blocks with real purpose and a strike from Noah Keats within the opening seconds stung the hands of the visiting ‘keeper.
The resulting corner caused problems for the visitors as Keats and Cody Cooke made their presence felt.
There was no let-up from City as we started on the front-foot and a poor clearance was seized upon by Keats who was just wide with his effort.
After the visitors went close with an effort from Wood going into the side-netting, we deservedly took the lead on 13 minutes when Tyler Harvey was brought down inside the area and he stepped up to convert from the penalty spot.
It was two goals in as many minutes when a neat move down the right ended with the ball fed to Cooke who lashed the ball home.
We were in dreamland on 19 minutes when Conor Riley-Lowe did well out wide to firstly find Keats whose effort was blocked by the ‘keeper but as the ball came back in from Riley-Lowe, Cooke was able to sweetly find the net to make it 3-0.
There was only going to be one winner at this stage as we were asking all the questions and moving the ball around well on a slick surface.
Our visitors managed to pull a goal back on 24 minutes when a low free-kick into a crowded penalty area saw Vint turn the ball home.
There were appeals for a penalty when Harvey did well once more only for the ball to appear to strike a hand inside the area. The referee was unimpressed as play continued.
Another positive run from Harvey saw him pull the ball across the face of goal, but it just evaded Keats in the middle.
As we approached half-time, Harvey and Cooke linked up well again for the latter to go close.
The visitors had a spell of pressure just before the break but we stood firm to go in at the interval 3-1 to the good.
With the wind and rain continuing to lash down, we were looking solid as the visitors hunted for a way back into the game.
A header from Onyemah went just over for Dartford as they started to up the tempo.
Another raid from them saw Jamie Richards block bravely before Tom McHale did well to punch clear as the ball came back in.
Both sides were showing plenty of endeavour and there were chances at either end as Murphy’s strike had the sting took out of it by Billy Palfrey, whilst Keats was denied from close range by a deflection from the visitors.
It was a case of rolling our sleeves up and working hard as Dartford pushed men forward but we stood firm with everyone putting in a shift.
With time running out, Brown went close for the visitors and then in stoppage time McHale saved well as we held on to claim a hard-earned and deserved three points to move up into third place in the table.
WHITE TIGERS: McHale, Palfrey, Riley-Lowe, Palmer, Gerring, Richards, Lamont, Keats, Harvey, Cooke, Harding. Subs not used: Harding, Yetton, Copp, Neal, Thompson.
Having done well to come back from two down, they fell to the sucker punch of a late goal that was totally against the run of play.
Even in the early stages they had looked bright yet went behind from Truro’s first attack when Aaron Lamont tricked his way through some half hearted challenges before firing home with the aid of a deflection.
Christian Nanetti might have equalised immediately but probably hit his shot too sweetly and Tom McHale was able to save.
McHale was a relieved spectator soon afterwards when Joe Healy’s shot flashed just the wrong side of the post after Nanetti had again been too hot for the right side of the Truro defence.
Defensive frailties then came to the fore when short centre forward Niall Thompson was allowed to bring a long ball down unchallenged before turning and looking at his options. His shot that went wide may not have been the best choice.
Chris Lewington then had to be watchful as a River Allen shot took a nasty bobble in front of him and he had to see it out for a corner.
Healy had a shot blocked, Ben Jefford had a cross that was caught in the wind and had to be taken by McHale, and Tom Bradbrook headed over from Connor Dymond’s cross as Welling looked for an equaliser.
Having failed to level, they went further behind just before the break when they again allowed Thompson to bring a long ball down unopposed. This time he did not waste the opportunity and found Allen whose crisp first time pass sent Cody Cooke free to finish with aplomb.
Stunned Welling could have conceded again when Lamont fired over from the edge of the area.
At half time, player-manager Jamie Coyle made a substitution that allowed Dymond more freedom and as a result, Welling bossed the second period.
Almost immediately, McHale made a stunning save from Bradbrook who had redirected Bradley Goldberg’s shot.
Coyle then pulled one back five minutes into the second half when heading home Nanetti’s corner. Nine minutes later, he equalised with another header from Nanetti’s long free kick.
Although chances were few and far between, Welling enjoyed more of the possession and substitute Alfie Pavey caused a threat every time it came to him.
Ian Gayle was disappointed not to hit the target with a header from a Dymond corner but that paled into insignificance when Truro went ahead in stoppage time with a bizarre goal. Allen’s hopeful deep cross caught in the wind and held up enough to clip the top of the far post and go in.
There was no time for a response and the final whistle blew consigning Welling with a long journey home with nothing to show for it.
Truro City: McHale, Palfrey, Hartridge, Todd, Gerring, Richards, Lamont (Neal 67), Allen, Thompson (Yetton 67), Cooke (Copp 67), Harding.
Subs not used: Booth, Riley-Lowe.
Welling United: Lewington, Dymond, Jefford, Parkinson, Coyle, Gayle, Nanetti (Pattisson 80), Healy, Bradbrook (Pavey 66), Goldberg, Ajala (Durojaiye 46).
Subs not used: Joseph-Dubois, Francis.
Goalscorers: Lamont 10, Cooke 45, Allen 90
Yellow cards: None
Red cards: None
Goalscorers: Coyle 50, 59
Yellow cards: Parkinson, Durojaiye, Healy
Red cards: None
Referee: Tom Reeves
Assistants: Ciaran Barlow and Scott Robertson
Welling star player: Connor Dymond
Pictures supplied by Dave Budden.