Welling United 4 Nuneaton Town 1
Saturday 11th October, 2014
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
So, Liam Daish will have to wait a little longer to make it three wins on-the-spin as Boro boss.
Not since November last year has a Nuneaton manager managed to earn nine points out of nine in the Conference – and truth be told the Boro never realistically looked like matching that effort on Saturday.
They were in the match at 1-1 before Reice Charles-Cook was sent to the stands in the first half, but Welling were always the team asking questions and the Boro did have to come back from 1-0 down to draw themselves level before the dismissal.
Simply told, the Boro were not the same team they had been in the previous two matches, the confidence that was expected to be oozing from the side did not make the journey down to Kent with the Nuneaton players.
Boro were caught woefully short and manager Daish knows that there is a lot of work still to be done if those two wins are to be turned into anything like a meaningful push away from the relegation zone in the coming weeks.
It was clear from the kick-off at the weekend just how much Daish had to do as Welling took control early on.
They deservedly took the lead in the 19th minute as Harry Beautyman curled in a free kick that somehow evaded everyone in the Boro box to nestle into the back of the net.
The goal seemed to bring a response out of Nuneaton as they were level four minutes later.
Skipper Gaz Dean grabbed the goal as he was left all alone in the Welling box after a set-piece, and he did not waste the chance, heading past Jamie Turner with ease.
The Boro did not kick-on after drawing level though, as it was the home side who retook the initiative after Dean's header.
They had a couple of chances to go back ahead, but it took the dismissal of Charles-Cook in the 43rd minute for Nuneaton to see their defensive line breached again.
The Boro keeper saw red after he brought down Aristide Bassele when the Welling frontman had rounded him on the edge of the area.
The first action of sub keeper James Wren was to pick the ball out of the net as Welling took immediate advantage of their hosts lack of numbers, Beautyman once again finding the back of the net with a deflected free-kick.
That goal, on the stroke of half time, all but put an end to Nuneaton's chances of taking anything from the game.
They hung on until 18 minutes before the end, but eventually Welling saw their dominance rewarded.
Beautyman was once again involved, but this time as goal provider, he sent Tyrone Marsh clear before he fired past a helpless Wren in the visiting goal.
Then, to rub salt in the wounds, Marsh grabbed a second two minutes later, the on-loan man from Oxford stealing in inside the box to poke home past Wren with the Boro defence caught napping.
The 4-1 scoreline may have flattered Welling a little, but the victory was a deserved one on the balance of play throughout the 90 minutes.
The result leaves Daish with more questions than answers in a week which started off so brightly for the Boro boss.