It was another disappointing afternoon for Welling United as they were well beaten by the promotion chasing Dorking Wanderers.
Hopes of a lift from their return to Eastbourne Borough have been dashed as they have conceded four, or more, for the eighth time this season.
James McShane exploded for Dorking with less than thirty seconds on the clock before seeing a header saved by Coniah Boyce-Clarke from Jordan Cheadle’s cross.
Alfie Rutherford opened the scoring in the thirteenth minute when a long ball was played over Aaron Barnes and the Dorking striker released before shooting just inside the far post.
Coniah Boyce-Clarke then made a superb save from Rutherford before Nicky Wheeler traded passes with Rutherford but his shot was blocked by Boyce-Clarke on the crossbar and wide.
Harvey Bradbury fired Tom Derry’s hitter for Welling before Jamie Sendles-White made a final Rutherford clearance with Jason Prior awaiting a tap-in.
Dan Gallagher took a wide header from Darren Oldaker’s corner before Dorking made it two. A questionable offside decision was taken against Welling and a quick free-kick sent Prior squared for Rutherford to head home.
Rutherford completed his hat-trick in the first half with a shot that went under Boyce-Clarke and into the net.
After the break, Dorking played a less expansive game and chances were few. Wheeler for Dorking and Dipo Akinyemi for the Wings were off target and Ben Allen shot high and wide.
Three minutes into added time, Dorking scored again when Davide Rodari headed home from the corner of Luke Moore.
Welling will return to Park View Road on Saturday to entertain Havant and Waterlooville.
Welling United: Boyce-Clarke, Statham, Barnes (Margetson 46), Shokunbi, Sendles-White, Pearce, Matthews, Stevenson, Bradshaw, Derry, Akinyemi. Unused captions: Burnett, Jackson.