Pennock: We are capable of getting into play-offs

Thursday 09th February 2006

Adrian Pennock has vowed Welling United can secure a play-off spot after being knocked out of the FA Trophy, reports

The Wings lost 3-2 at Woking last weekend after the Nationwide Conference club fought back from two down to win with a Tom Hutchinson goal in the final moments.

But despite his disappointment, Pennock is confident Welling can maintain their current play-offs status, especially after Tuesday night's 2-0 victory over Bognor Regis Town.

"We want to be in the play-offs come the end of the season and that's what we've got to aim for now," Pennock said.

"If we get a bit of luck regarding injuries, I believe we are capable of doing it."

Pennock added: "Tuesday night's win was an excellent result because Bognor are the best footballing side in our league by far and they can destroy teams. But we had a game plan and the boys did really, really well. I was very pleased."

The Wings chances of overcoming Bognor were given an early fillip when Matt Bodkin cut in from the left to fire a sweetly struck shot that flew past keeper Craig Stoner.

And for the first quarter of the game, the visitors struggled to keep hold of the Wings and Danny Kedwell, presented with the Conference South player-of-the-month for January before kick-off, twice went close.

In the 14th minute, the striker got on the end of Lee Gledhill's cross but headed just wide.

Midway through the half, Kedwell went alone cutting inside Darren Budd before rolling his shot just wide.

The visitors' one chance of the half came when Richard Hudson stole in unmarked, but was denied by goalkeeper Jamie Turner's feet.

The second half produced few chances until Bodkin was played in after 66 minutes, but Stoner came quickly out of his area to clear.

Having been denied any joy by the Welling defence, Bognor were given a glimmer when Barry Ashby was dispossessed by Hudson, but his cross was cut out by Turner before Ben Watson could pounce.

On 77 minutes, Hudson's well struck free-kick was turned over by Turner after Ashby was penalised.

In a bid to kill the game off, Pennock made a double change as Daniel Moore and Steve Perkins replaced Kedwell and Che Stadhart.

Kedwell was clearly unhappy with the decision, but his manager was vindicated four minutes later as Perkins rose to head home Jamie Day's inswinging free-kick.

Welling United visit Cambridge City this Saturday.

Welling United: Turner, Gledhill, Solomon, Ashby, C Moore, Bodkin, Owen, Kedwell (Perkins 79), Pinnock, Stadhart (D Moore 79), Day. Subs not used: Shearer, Ibrahim, Rowland. Att: 417.