Following the victory at Hemel Hempstead Town, United head to Kent to face Welling United on Saturday.
Who’s the boss?
Wings boss Steve King has an outstanding record at National League South level. After taking Lewes from Isthmian League Division One to the Football Conference within five seasons, he enjoyed successful spells at Farnborough and Whitehawk amongst others, prior to succeeding Jamie Coyle as manager of Welling United in May 2018.
How are they doing?
Welling are right in the thick of the fight for promotion in 6th place, with 50 points from their 30 games. Earlier this season, they looked to be one of the main title contenders, however a dip in form in December leaves the club with some work still to do to confirm a play-off place. Although Tuesday’s 1-0 triumph at Oxford was their first away win in four months, they remain a contender primarily because of their superb home form – 11 wins and 2 draws from 15 games.
Players to watch
Forward Bradley Goldberg has established himself as a regular goal scorer for some years now, and it was his penalty that secured all three points at Oxford on Tuesday. Formerly with Bromley and Dagenham & Redbridge, he is a willing runner who has become a fans’ favourite since joining the club in 2017. Experienced left-back Craig Braham-Barrett has been one of King’s ‘go-to’ men during the last decade, having also played under him at Farnborough and Macclesfield. Capped internationally by Montserrat, he is enjoying his third spell with the club.
Ten years on from a brief two-game loan spell with Torquay, 27 year-old Danny Mills has gone on to build up a reputation as one of non-league footballs’ most prominent strikers. Back in 2009, United were adjusting to life back in the Football League under Paul Buckle, whilst Mills was just embarking on a career that would take in goal-laden spells with the likes of Kettering, Whitehawk and Dartford.
United and Welling have crossed paths on five previous occasions, with the Gulls winning all three encounters at Plainmoor, and both Park View Road clashes ending in a draw. Earlier this season, goals from Jake Andrews, Saikou Janneh and Jean-Yves Koue Niate secured a 3-1 home win for Torquay, with a Goldberg penalty the lone Welling reply.
National League South | Welling United Vs Torquay United | 16/02/19 | 3pm KO | Adults £12.00, Concessions £8.00, 12-17 £5.00, U12s FREE
Welling United Football Club, Park View Road, Welling DA16 1SY | The Torquay United Travel Club can be contacted here.