Wings look to soar on Conference Premier return
PUBLISHED: 12:33 07 August 2013 | UPDATED: 12:33 07 August 2013
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Saturday is the day Welling United fans have been looking forward to for the last three months - it's the start of the Conference Premier season.
It will be the club’s first fixture at this level since the Wings were relegated in 1999/2000.
And what a way to start the season, with a trip to last term’s losing play-off finalists Wrexham.
It has been a mixed pre-season campaign, with four wins, four defeats and three draws, but the players, management and fans alike are raring to go for a crack at the big boys such as Luton Town, Cambridge United and Grimsby Town.
Recent years have been a rollercoaster ride for Welling – from the brink of bankruptcy in 2010 to champions in April.
The core of last season’s squad has signed on for another year, including top scorer Ross Lafayette, long-serving wing-back Loui Fazakerley and goalkeeper Sam Mott.
Fazakerley, the club’s longest serving player, said: “I can’t wait to get started. It’s a new challenge for the club and for me, I’ve never played at this level.
“We’ll be expected to struggle after promotion but we’re confident within the camp.
“It will be a baptism of fire against a strong team like Wrexham but hopefully we can surprise a few people.”
There have been a number of additions who player-boss Jamie Day hopes will make an impression. They include defender Doug Bergqvist on loan from Exeter City and forward Loick Pires who has returned to the club after a season at Woking.
After Wrexham, the first league game of the season at Park View Road is against Cambridge United on Wednesday at 7.45pm.