Another game on the road ended in another defeat for Welling United as they were beaten at Dorking Wanderers.

Despite going ahead in the first thirty seconds when Kristian Campbell pulled it back for Tom Derry to fire home, the game ended in another disappointment for the travelling Wings supporters.

Three minutes after Welling had gone ahead, the scores were levelled when Niall McManus hit a twenty-five yard volley into the top corner giving goalkeeper Jack Sims no chance.

After that, Peter Taylor’s team were forced into a lot of defending as Alfie Rutherford, in particular, gave them problems. He first had a shot that Sims was able to gather comfortably before heading a McManus cross back towards the far post only for Jason Prior to nod wide.

He was then off target from well out before Billy-Joe Taylor’s shot went wide when a touch may well have deflected t home. Once again Rutherford was in the midst of things when he headed into the back of the net only for his celebrations to be cut short by an offside flag.

Taylor again tried his luck but Sims saved comfortably before the Welling custodian was again called into action when getting there first as Rutherford burst through.

Disagreements in the first half between the two managers boiled over at half time and an apparent escalation in the tunnel ended with both being banned from the dug-out for the second period.

That seemed to overflow onto the pitch early in the second period as Campbell was cautioned for dissent and Wanderers Matt Briggs followed for a wild challenge.

Once everyone had settled down the hosts started to up the pace and Sims made a good save from Josh Taylor before Briggs stabbed a shot that was deflected past the post.

Just shy of the houri the hosts went ahead. A near post corner found Barry Fuller and his header flew into the roof of the net. Shortly after it could have been three when both James McShane and Alfie Rutherford came close with the latter hitting the post.

A triple Welling substitution followed giving them some joy. Josh Wilson in the Dorking goal dropped a cross from Mason Saunders-Henry and chaos in the penalty area followed ending with Dipo Akinyemi seeing his shot come back off the post. He then did well to win a loose ball but his chip flew just over the angle of post and bar.

As Welling pushed forward they left openings at the back and Sims was called into action producing a string of saves. He did well to save with his right boot to stop Briggs from scoring then saved a deflected shot from Nicky Wheeler. Once again his outstretched foot came to the rescue from a Rutherford effort before Jordan Cheadle went close with a free kick.

Well into injury time Welling gave the ball away cheaply and it was played forward to McShane the assistant referee’s flag stayed down and he had all the time in the world to pick out Rutherford to finish from close range.

Akinyemi had a shot saved with the last meaningful action of the match before the referee ended proceedings.

Due to Welling’s early elimination from the F.A. Trophy, Taylor now has two weeks to prepare his team for the busy Christmas period, starting with a Boxing Day home game against Dulwich Hamlet.

Welling United: Sims, Barnes (Krabbendam 67), Campbell, Statham, Durojaiye, Penney, Muscatt, Shokunbi, Derry (Akinyemi 67), Parish (Saunders-Henry 67), Drais. Subs not used: Ezennolim, Stevenson.