There was more disappointment for Welling United on Saturday when they were defeated at home by Hemel Hempstead Town.

It was particularly galling as they were the better team, especially in the second half, but profligacy in front of goal and losing concentration when defending corners cost them dearly.

Elliot Johnson made his Welling league debut in the centre of defence and D’Sean Theobalds came in for his league bow in midfield as Peter Taylor rang the changes.

They might have gone ahead in the opening exchanges. Kristian Campbell sent in a diagonal free kick and Craig King might have been optimistic in going for it as he was beaten in the air by Arthur Penney and chaos ensued. As Welling tried to force it home, there appeared to be a handball by a defender and when it was eventually cleared there were three players prone in the area, including King. After receiving treatment, all were good to continue.

Samir Carruthers was well off target before he found Craig Fasanmade who fired over.

However, the best chance of the first half fell to Welling’s Ade Shokunbi. Dipo Akinyemi squared across the area, but Shokunbi skied his shot that clipped the bar on the way over.

After an uneventful first half, the second period burst into life with a goal in the third minute. Kristian Campbell delivered, and Penney brought it down, swivelled and shot. Although it was blocked it fell into the path of Akinyemi. Somehow, King saved his first effort, but he stretched to prod home the rebound.

Akinyemi then turned provider as Welling should have scored a crucial second goal. First, he put Tom Derry through, but the returning striker wanted too many touches and lost the chance. Then Akinyemi created another gilt edge chance for Shokunbi but he shot straight at King.

King then thwarted Akinyemi by pushing his powerful drive, from a tight angle, onto the outside of the post and out for a corner. After his first delivery had been cleared for another corner, his second one beat King only for Gus Scott-Morriss to hook off the line.

Another Akinyemi shot was deflected for a corner before the visitors stunned Welling by levelling. A deep corner from Carruthers picked out an unmarked Joash Nembhard and he rose to send a towering header back into the far corner.

Peter Taylor reacted by bringing on Ben Allen for his second Welling debut and Brad Stevenson came on shortly afterwards. Soon after, King fumbled a corner, and it came out to Stevenson, but he volleyed over from close range.

Fasanmade blasted over for Hemel before King did brilliantly to claim off Allen’s toes

Two minutes remained when the Tudors silenced the crowd by grabbing the winner. A corner was half cleared to an unmarked Dan Wishart, and he blasted, first time, beyond a helpless Jack Sims.

Welling United: Sims, Statham, Campbell, Durojaiye, Johnson, Penney, Barnes (Stevenson 79), Theobalds, Akinyemi, Derry (Allen 74), Shokunbi. Subs not used: Saunders-Henry, Davis, Jackson.