The Peacocks take a break from their National League South campaign when they travel to Welling United in the 2nd Proper of the Isuzu FA Trophy tomorrow evening (21st November), ko 7.45pm.
It will hopefully be a case of second time lucky after the tie originally scheduled for last Saturday had to be postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. This meant a hasty rearrangement for tomorrow night and a long midweek trip to Kent where Town will be aiming to kick start their campaign. They have not enjoyed the best form of late, having not won in the league since the end of September when they beat Eastbourne Borough. Since then they have picked up just two points from five matches and not scored in their past four outings so they will be determined to regain some confidence tomorrow as they look to embark on a profitable run in the FA Trophy.
The Wings of course are stablemates of the Peacocks in the National League South but have struggled this season with three wins from 18 games to lie in 22nd spot. One of those wins came ten days ago when Taylor Curran scored a stoppage time winner to beat Slough Town 4-3, their first league victory since the end of August and a win which halted a run of four successive draws. However a 4-1 reverse at Braintree Town a week ago dampened the mood so tomorrow’s tie provides an opportunity for both sides to put any league concerns on the back burner for 90 minutes as they chase the £3750 prize money for the winner and a home tie against National League North Brackley Town in the next round.
A Zac Smith goal secured the three points for the Peacocks on their first ever visit to Welling last season and a similar outcome tomorrow evening would be more than welcome. Head of Football Rob Dray remarked:” It’s another away tie in a competition we always want to do well in. Our application in both boxes though has to be better than in recent games. Although logistically midweek games of this distance are not ideal, we look forward to it as it gives us a chance to bounce back after ten days without a game.” The squad remains unchanged from the last match against Hemel Hempstead.
If the scores are level after 90 minutes, the tie will be settled by a penalty shoot-out.
Ground: The J Hearnden Skip Hire Community Stadium, Park View Road, Welling, Kent DA16 1SY
Ground to Ground: 181 miles (via A303)
Directions: Travelling via A303/M3/M25, leave M25 at Jnct 2 signposted A2 (W) and A2 (E). Keep left onto A2(W) signposted Bexleyheath. Continue for around 5 miles before taking exit signposted Bexleyheath/Sidcup A221. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Blendon Rd/A210 and at the next roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Danson Upas/A221. Continue on the A221 at the next roundabout before turning left into Park View Road. The ground is on the left.
Admission: Tickets can be purchased online in advance HERE or alternatively at the turnstiles.
Adults £15, Concessions (Over 65’s, Students, Blue Light, Armed Forces) £10, Under 16’s £7, Under 11’s Free when accompanied by paying adult
Match Commentary: live commentary will be available on Peacocks Radio
Last meeting: the Peacocks came out on top by a 1-0 margin when the sides met earlier in the season in the Vanarama National League South at the Somerset Campervan Co Stadium with Nick McCootie scoring the only goal. Relive the match highlights HERE