Matt Turpin was given a start with Marvin Hamilton and Darren Baker
unavailable, Ollie Rowe
shifting right to cover at right-back. The Sports were playing up the steep Welling hill for the opening 45 and in the opening minute Louis Fazakerly blocked a James Walker through ball aimed at the advancing Charles Ademeno. The hosts caused problems in the Boro box on 5 minutes before the game settled into a disjointed and often brushing pattern.
The best of the chances went to Welling and Keirnan Hughes-Mason lifted the ball over the bar when it would have been easier to score on the half hour. On 34 minutes an Anwar Uddin free kick, awarded for another foul, had the sting taken out by a deflection straight into the arms of Sam Mott.
On 41 minutes the Chris Hephard finally left the park after another stiff challenge, Gary Hart
Early in the 2nd 45 the hosts took the lead. A great Fazakerly cross from wide right was nodded home at the far post by Ross Lafayette. Mr. mute finally started to show his cards Jamie day and Scott Kinch the recipients.
Dan Carr slipped into the Welling box and as he slipped his pass away is upended, no penalty awarded with Boro adjudged to have advantage, Welling flooding back to cover. Gary Hart
is hauled to the floor from behind as he races into the area to meet a cross, again not a flicker from any of the officials, Hart dismayed and angry in equal measure. To cap a series of decisions to baffle the Boro faithful Scott Kinch escaped a second caution for a clear foul, and as he receives his lecture is substituted to prevent any further indiscretion.
Boro were on top at this point and a 10 man Welling may have been a different proposition, but on 75 minutes Hughes-Mason atones for his earlier miss prodding home a long ball past Danny Potter for 2-0.
Boro, via David Knight, struck the bar for the second time in the second half 9 minutes from time, the first an Ademeno effort on 56 before the clock ran down and the whistle signalled the end of a difficult evening.
The fluidity of the opening games was not in evidence this evening, but the series of decisions from penalties to cards, coupled with deflections onto the frame of the goal, indicated that this was never going to be Boro's night.
Welling: Mott, Fazakerley, Williams, Day, Acheampong, Franks, Kinch (Fairweather-Johnson 65), Clarke, Hughes-Mason (Main 83), Lafayette, Healy
Unused Subs: Turner, Baker, Obersteller
Cards: Kinch Y, Day Y
Goals: Lafayette 49, Hughes-Mason 74
Borough: Potter, Turpin, Rowe, Uddin, Cole, Gorman, Johnson, Carr (Knight 58), Walker, Ademeno (Morgan 82), Shephard (Hart 41)
Unused Subs: Gilbert, Jordan
Cards: Turpin Y
Ref: Mr G. Muge
Website MOM: Anwar Uddin