London ball

Eastbourne District 3-3 Welling United

After looking dead and buried at three down, Welling United stormed back to claim a point from Eastbourne Borough.

Three goals in eleven minutes in the first half seemed enough for the in-form hosts, but the Wings showed courage to come back and get something out of the game.

Charlie Walker and Jake Elliott were both off target early on, then Brad Pearce made an important intervention from a dangerous free kick. Walker fired a free-kick past the near post and James Hammond headed past a diagonal cross from Greg Luer.

Midway through the first half, the hosts’ goal streak began. Hammond had a blocked shot but Charley Kendall showed great technique to turn and shoot into the top corner.

Hammond fired in before Eastbourne doubled their lead when Mitch Dickenson finished at the far post when a low free kick went through him.

Four minutes later it became three when Kendall grabbed the last man in possession, broke away and put him past Coniah Boyce-Clarke and into the bottom corner.

Dipo Akinyemi fired for Welling after smart work from Harvey Bradbury before Chris Whelpdale had the last chance of the first half, but Boyce-Clarke forced him from a tight angle and he couldn’t find target.

Walker continued to search for a goal after halftime, first shooting it and then having a long-range effort saved easily. Greg Luer also had a shot saved easily by Boyce-Clarke before Chi Ezzenolim made a vital block to keep Kendall out.

They paid for not adding to their lead when they let Welling back on the hour mark. He fell on Akinyemi in the penalty area and although he was facing the wrong direction he spurred on in the unguarded net.

Kendall was lucky enough to complete his hat trick when he was sent one-on-one, but Boyce-Clarke did just enough to push him away as the striker tried to round him. Although Kendall fell claiming a penalty, the referee understood and waved play.

It looked like Eastbourne was going to see the game come to an end, but with seven minutes left Welling pulled another one off. Brad Stevenson swung a deep ball towards the far post and trying to clear, Trent Mahorn could only turn it into his own net.

Boyce-Clarke made another good save, this time from Joel Rollinson, before Welling surprised the home crowd with a leveler. Alfie Matthews found Akinyemi, and he fired an unstoppable shot past goalkeeper Lee Worgan.

The point won saw Welling lose last place and gave them hope of escaping the fall ahead of their Easter Monday game at home to Dorking Wanderers.

Welling United: Boyce-Clarke, Barnes, Ezennolim (Derry 71), Statham, Sendles-White, Pearce, Shokunbi, Wells (Matthew 61), Akinyemi, Saunders-Henry (Bradbury 32), Stevenson. Unused submarines: Allen, Jackson.