You can’t lose sight of the fact this is a complete rebuild of a team and sometimes it takes a little time for things to start to move how you want them to, but I feel happy with where we are at, says Welling United assistant Hugo Langton

Friday 11th August 2017

WELLING UNITED assistant manager Hugo Langton says there’s no reason to panic after losing their opening two league games.

The Wings are sitting in the bottom five in the Vanarama National League South table after losing 3-2 at Truro City on the opening day of the season, before going down to a 1-0 home defeat to Chelmsford City on Tuesday night.

“Whilst results haven’t gone our way, we’ve actually been pleased with our progress,” said Langton. 

“You can’t lose sight of the fact this is a complete rebuild of a team and sometimes it takes a little time for things to start to move how you want them to, but I feel happy with where we are at.

“Against Truro we were the dominant team and were beaten by a last minute cross that dropped in at the back post.

“To be fair, our defending for all three goals was naive but it was much better on Tuesday night against Chelmsford.

“That was a tight game, not much in it.  We defended brilliantly I thought but with 10 minutes to go we made the one mistake that, if made, was always going to separate the team teams and gave them a penalty.

“Whilst we lost there were many positives to take from the game.  I think Chelmsford can win this league.  They are better than last year for me and have a bit more about them.

“But we reduced them to a few long distance shots and we dealt with their bombardment of long throws and long balls.”

Bognor Regis Town arrive at Park View Road tomorrow having won promotion from the Isthmian League Premier after inflicting on more play-off pain on Dulwich Hamlet and their manager Gavin Rose.

The south coast outfit are renowned of playing an attractive brand of football and Langton is relishing the game against a side that started with a 3-2 home win over Bath City, before coming away from Poole Town with a point in a 2-2 draw in midweek.

Langton said: “Bognor will be a different problem, tactically different to the other two teams we have played. They’ve done well in their opening two games and we are looking forward to playing them.

“We’ve a full fit squad to choose from, we trained well on Thursday and we’ll be doing our best to kick start our season points wise on Saturday.”

Welling United then travel to Eastbourne Borough next Tuesday, 15 August, a side that have lost their first two games 3-2, at home to relegated Braintree Town on the opening day, before going down to last season’s Isthmian Premier champions, Havant & Waterlooville.

Langton was at Eastbourne Borough before joining Welling United, where he now works alongside Jamie Coyle, who scored both of Welling’s goals at Truro, and Jack Parkinson.

“I’m looking forward to going back to Eastbourne Borough on Tuesday.  I loved my time there and was made at home from day one by everyone associated with the club,” said Langton.

“Eastbourne will be strong and I’m expecting nothing but a top-seven finish from them, so we’ll have to be on our toes for 90 minutes.”

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Welling United  v  Bognor Regis Town
Vanarama National League South
Saturday 12th August 2017
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Park View Road, Welling, Kent DA16 1SY

SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER 2017 (15:00)
at Princes Park Stadium, Dartford, DA1 1RT

SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER 2017 (15:00)
at Mayplace Road East, Barnehurst DA7 6JT

SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER 2017 (15:00)
at Foxbury Avenue, Chislehurst BR7 6SD