It was party time for Sheppey United as they enjoyed taking the scalp of Welling United.

Twice, the Wings were guilty of playing Musical Statues when defending corners but there can be no doubt that Sheppey were deserved victors.

However, it might have all been different for the Wings had they had a little bit more luck in the first five minutes. Twice Dipo Akinyemi hit the woodwork, first hitting the post with a powerful drive and then seeing his header pushed onto the same upright by the excellent Adam Molloy.

Therefore it was a little against the run of play when Sheppey went ahead. A corner deceived all at the near post and Jahmal Howlett-Mundle was left unmarked to side foot home from close range.

That lifted the Ites visibly. Although Nathan Green had a long shot saved by Molloy, the hosts looked more of a team and Danny Leonard had a shot saved by Dan Wilks before curling his next effort just beyond the far post.

Montel Agyemang side-footed over for Welling at the end of a good move before Sheppey’s marquee summer signing, Jack Midson, missed the target with a header when well placed.

Akinyemi skied over after clever play by Anthony Cook before Leonard was given the space to aim a shot but Wilks tipped over.

Billy Bennett has been on hot form this season with seven goals already but he fired wide when well placed before he turned provider when putting Midson clear. He clipped it past Wilks but Richie Danquah got back to clear off the line with a miraculous hook over.

Having started the first half well, Welling came out for the second period purposefully and it was Danquah’s turn to be thwarted when his header was saved brilliantly by Molloy. Akinyemi then went close with an effort that rippled the side netting just outside the post.

After that, the hosts again settled and Harrison Carnegie had a shot tipped over before Bennett had a shot deflected beyond the post with Wilks beaten. Welling’s escape was brief though, as from Leonard’s corner, Danny Devine was given the freedom of the penalty area to stoop and head home.

Welling had to chase the match from then on and it became stretched but they thought that they had pulled one back when Cook’s shot was beaten out by Molloy as far as Kaleem Simons and he netted but he was deemed to have been in an offside position when Cook let fly and the goal was disallowed.

Bennett missed a great chance with a header for Sheppey before Rowan Liburd was denied by another excellent save by Molloy at the other end. Wilks then made an excellent save of his own from Bennett then Marcel Barrington had a header tipped over by Molloy.

Although it made no difference to the outcome, Wilks was determined not to be beaten again and thwarted Leonard with his legs deep into injury time.

Welling United: Wilks, Atwotwi (Liburd 73), Green, Mata, Danquah, Beeden, A. Cook, Agyemang (Simons 51), Barrington, Akinyemi, Clark (Ainsworth 61). Subs not used: R. Cook, McLean, Ilic, Ryan.