Hopes of advancing in the F.A. Trophy were dashed when Welling United fell to defeat at Yeovil Town.

Rob Swaine returned from injury and replaced Jay Rich-Baghuelou and Korrey Henry returned and came in Adam Coombes as Mark Goldberg made two changes to the team that beat Hemel Hempstead Town one week earlier.

James Tilley had Yeovil’s first chance but Dan Wilks made a great save tipping onto the bar and over.

Tom Bradbury then headed wide when well placed before Chris Dagnall got in behind the Welling back four but Ejiro Okosieme got back well to make a great challenge.

Wilks then made a brilliant double save to thwart Bradbury and then Albi Skendi as Yeovil caused Welling further concerns from a corner.

Soon after another Yeovil corner gave Welling more worries but Wilks pushed it out at the near post and Matthew Worthington screwed the follow up high and wide.

Once again Dagnall got in behind but Okosieme’s quick recovery and Wilks’ good positioning caused him to shoot beyond the far post.

Just as it looked as though Welling had weathered the storm, they went behind. Remeao Hutton was allowed to cross from the right and Rob Swaine and Wilks distracted each other. Courtney Duffus appeared to know little about it as it hit him and went in.

Skendi had a shot beaten out by Wilks and had another opportunity soon after but sliced high and wide.

Finally, Welling looked as though they were going to create something when Bradley Goldberg broke through but Gabriel Osho recovered well to force him out.

Goldberg then dispossessed Skendi and picked out Anthony Cook but his shot screwed away and went out for a throw.

Having finished the half in more encouraging style, the chances of Welling getting back into the game were thwarted when the Glovers scored again two minutes into the second half. Lawson D’Ath sent over a corner and Chris Dagnall appeared to push Joe Anderson in the back to give himself room to rise unmarked to head home inside the near post.

Okosieme again did well to get back and crowd out Duffus but the Yeovil striker was not to be denied for much longer. Hutton played the ball over the top and Duffus gave Wilks no chance with a fierce drive.

Stuart Nelson, the Yeovil goalkeeper, was called into action for the first time when making a brilliant save from Korrey Henry then soon after, Welling came close again when Nathan Green’s shot was blocked on the line.

D’Ath was then sent clear but Wilks made a great save then Tilley clipped an effort onto the roof of the net.

Tilley had further chances but spun and shot wide before he was again off target shortly after.

Another Tilley shot was deflected wide before Welling pulled one back. Theo Widdrington delivered a free kick to the far post and Swaine rose to head home his first Welling goal.

One minute later, Welling might have scored again when Sanchez Ming burst down the wing but having got to the bye-line he couldn’t pull it back far enough to get it beyond Nelson.

As the game went into injury time Skendi headed over from a Tilley free kick then Duffus got in behind but delayed his shot and missed the chance to complete his hat-trick

Welling now have a week to prepare for their game away to National League South leaders Wealdstone.

Welling United: Wilks, Johnson (Ming 74), Anderson, Dymond, Swaine, Okosieme, Emmanuel, Agyemang, Henry, Goldberg (Green 61), Cook (Widdrington 61). Subs not used: Copeland, McCallum, Cosgrave, Coombes.