“Good Friday's trip to bottom club Bishops Stortford is now a must win”
The Vanarama National South league table made grim reading for Alex Pike and all at Gosport Borough after the final whistle.
The Boro' remain four points from safety with four games remaining after another deeply disappointing defeat away from home which had an all-too familiar feel to it.
As they did at Chelmsford City a fortnight ago, Gosport went in at half time level after an encouraging first half display. But in a Groundhog Day moment, Boro' collapsed in the second half - just as they did in Essex - leaving them needing two wins from their two Easter matches to stand any chance of beating the drop.
Once the troublesome Alex Cathline set up Pierre Joseph-Dubois to score The Wings opener after just a minute of the second half, Boro' were in trouble.
Tony Lee almost had them back on level terms within seconds as his diagonal shot was smartly saved by home goalkeeper Lewington but Dubois doubled the advantage after 53 minutes to effectively make it game set and match. A brace from Cathline inflicted further damage and misery and left the visiting entourage eyeing results from elsewhere to see what the survival situation would be afterwards.
There was one change for Gosport going into this crucial game on a unseasonably warm afternoon in South East London. Josh Carmichael returned from injury to reclaim a starting spot in place of the injured Aaron Dawson. Otherwise the team was unchanged.
The game's opening opportunity fell to Alex Cathline who did well to make space for a shot and he brought a fine save out of Nick Jordan. Sam Hatton's powerful effort grazed the post with Jordan beaten at full stretch.
Welling were asking the right questions but continued to be denied by Nick Jordan who produced another top drawer save denying a towering Ben Martin header from a corner.
Gosport's display had been creditable but they came undone just 20 seconds into the second half in a damaging blow. Cathline powered his way into the box before squaring the ball to Dubois who had the easiest of chances into the roof of the net.
Gosport almost equalised instantly as the busy Tony Lee's diagonal shot was well saved by Lewington. This proved to be the game's real turning point.
Joseph-Dubois doubled the lead and wrapped up a brace, effectively winning the game. Dan Walker made a predatory run into the box, crossing for Joseph-Dubois who turned the ball home from close range. Pike responded with a double substitution bringing on Ollie Bailey and Adam Brice for Suraci and Lanahan.
Alex Cathline added a third for The Wings in the 60th minute picking the ball up on the edge of the area before thumping a low effort underneath Jordan.
Welling were in full control and Dan Walker hit the post but a fourth goal wasnt long in arriving. A cross from the left was met by Joseph-Dubois, Jordan kept out his header with a fine save but Cathline was first to react and prodded the ball home.
Boro', despite being four down still had their chances but Lewington again made a low save from Lee, before palming Ben Wright's free kick from 25 yards around the post.
The only good news was that Whitehawk's late home defeat to Hungerford meant Boro' didn't lose ground and remain four points adrift of safety.
But with games and time running out, overturning that four point margin will be tougher than before with Good Friday's trip to bottom club Bishops Stortford is now a must win.
WELLING: Lewington, Fish, Brown, Hatton, Martin (Crawford 81), Walsh, Walker, Waldren, Cathline, Joseph-Dubois (Marsh 71), Murrell-Williamson (Richards 80). Subs not used: Fuseini, Leacock.
GOSPORT: Jordan, Lanahan (Bailey 57), Bird, Carmichael (Martin 67) , Sanders, Oastler, Lea, Harding, Lee, Wright & Suraci (Brice 57). Subs not used: Walters & Watch.
Updated 09:21 - 10 Apr 2017 by Site Manager