Nine-man AFC Telford hung on for an opening-day draw at Welling United.

Last season's Conference North champions took the lead in the first half when Kristian Platt drove home a free-kick from 25 yards.

However, they were reduced to 10-men before half-time when Godfrey Poku saw red for a second yellow card and went down to nine when Mike Phenix was sent off six minutes into the second half.

Harry Beautyman levelled from close range via Tyrone Marsh's low cross.

AFC Telford boss Liam Watson told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"I thought the referee didn't show common sense for the whole game, he was card happy - a lot of them think it is about them rather than about the game."

"We were a threat and if we had kept 11 men on the pitch we would have certainly won the game.

"We've created a good work rate with nine men and we should have done more. Our keeper hardly had a save to make and it's disappointing to not have won the game - but we had nine men and our work rate was exceptional.

"I think we have a number of options for our starting 11 and our thoughts turn to Tuesday now, all of our squad has worked really hard in pre-season - and I'm confident with the character, legs and good pace we have and I'm sure we'll be fine."

Lineup, Bookings (8) & Substitutions (4)

Welling United

  • 01 Butcher
  • 14 Jefford
  • 03 Fyfield
  • 06 Bush Booked
  • 08 Beautyman
  • 04 Gallagher
  • 02 Fazackerley Booked (Healy - 86' )
  • 07 Young (Ouani - 78' )
  • 18 Gorman (Williams - 59' )
  • 15 Obafemi Booked
  • 11 Marsh

Substitutes

  • 13 Turner
  • 17 Ouani
  • 23 Williams
  • 27 Day
  • 33 Healy

AFC Telford United

  • 01 Hedge
  • 17 Platt
  • 15 Owens
  • 04 Byrne
  • 05 Akrigg
  • 07 Phenix Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 06 Grogan
  • 20 Poku Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 11 Clancy Booked (Barnett - 89' )
  • 18 Smith
  • 09 Farrell

Substitutes

  • 08 Barnett
  • 10 Gray
  • 12 Cooke
  • 13 Pryce
  • 19 Deacey
Ref: Nigel Lugg
Att: 611

Match Stats

Shots

15 5

On target

4 2

Corners

0 0

Fouls

16 9

Live Text Commentary

+8:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Welling United 1, AFC Telford United 1.

90:00 +6:04 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Welling United 1, AFC Telford United 1.

90:00 +4:47

Corner, Welling United.

90:00 +1:12

Attempt missed. Harry Beautyman (Welling United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Jefford with a cross.

88:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, AFC Telford United. Charlie Barnett replaces Sean Clancy because of an injury.

86:58

Foul by Chris Bush (Welling United).

86:58

Sam Smith (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

85:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Welling United. Joe Healy replaces Loui Fazackerley.

84:29

Offside, AFC Telford United. Sam Smith tries a through ball, but Sam Smith is caught offside.

83:39

Foul by Loui Fazackerley (Welling United).

83:39

Sean Clancy (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

82:32

Foul by Barney Williams (Welling United).

82:32

Sean Clancy (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

81:37

Attempt missed. Jake Gallagher (Welling United) right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Afolabi Obafemi with a cross.

79:46

Attempt missed. Jake Gallagher (Welling United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Harry Beautyman.

79:33

Corner, Welling United.

78:32

Attempt saved. Sam Smith (AFC Telford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

77:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Welling United. Malik Ouani replaces Rod Young.

77:16

Corner, Welling United.

75:22

Foul by Rod Young (Welling United).

75:22

Michael Grogan (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

74:45

Foul by Michael Grogan (AFC Telford United).

74:45

Barney Williams (Welling United) wins a free kick.

72:20 Booking

Booking Loui Fazackerley (Welling United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

72:08

Foul by Loui Fazackerley (Welling United).

72:08

Andy Owens (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

70:29 Booking

Booking Afolabi Obafemi (Welling United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

70:22

Foul by Afolabi Obafemi (Welling United).

70:22

Jonathan Hedge (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

68:52

Foul by Ben Jefford (Welling United).

68:52

Sam Smith (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

68:12

Attempt missed. Loui Fazackerley (Welling United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

66:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Welling United 1, AFC Telford United 1. Harry Beautyman (Welling United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Tyrone Marsh.

66:12

Corner, Welling United.

63:17

Attempt missed. Ben Jefford (Welling United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Harry Beautyman.

63:05

Corner, Welling United.

62:40

Attempt blocked. Jamal Fyfield (Welling United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

61:28

Attempt missed. Ben Jefford (Welling United) left footed shot from outside the box.

61:15

Corner, Welling United.

61:00

Attempt blocked. Jamal Fyfield (Welling United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamal Fyfield with a cross.

60:35

Corner, Welling United.

59:01

Attempt saved. Rod Young (Welling United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

58:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Welling United. Barney Williams replaces Charlie Gorman.

57:39

Foul by Afolabi Obafemi (Welling United).

57:39

Steve Akrigg (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

54:48

Attempt saved. Tyrone Marsh (Welling United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

52:14

Foul by Rod Young (Welling United).

52:14

Neill Byrne (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

51:42 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Michael Phenix (AFC Telford United) for a bad foul.

51:21

Foul by Michael Phenix (AFC Telford United).

51:21

Ben Jefford (Welling United) wins a free kick.

50:58

Foul by Sean Clancy (AFC Telford United).

50:58

Loui Fazackerley (Welling United) wins a free kick.

49:29

Offside, Welling United. Afolabi Obafemi tries a through ball, but Afolabi Obafemi is caught offside.

46:05

Attempt missed. Afolabi Obafemi (Welling United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

45:00

Second Half begins Welling United 0, AFC Telford United 1.

45:00 +5:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Welling United 0, AFC Telford United 1.

45:00 +4:34

Foul by Jake Gallagher (Welling United).

45:00 +4:34

Neill Byrne (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

45:00 +3:21 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Godfrey Poku (AFC Telford United) for a bad foul.

45:00 +3:01

Hand ball by Godfrey Poku (AFC Telford United).

45:00 +0:42 Booking

Booking Chris Bush (Welling United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:23

Foul by Chris Bush (Welling United).

45:00 +0:23

Sam Smith (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

43:27 Booking

Booking Godfrey Poku (AFC Telford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

42:48

Foul by Godfrey Poku (AFC Telford United).

42:48

Charlie Gorman (Welling United) wins a free kick.

39:39 Booking

Booking Sean Clancy (AFC Telford United) is shown the yellow card.

39:16

Foul by Harry Beautyman (Welling United).

39:16

Steve Akrigg (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

36:58

Attempt saved. Harry Beautyman (Welling United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

36:04

Foul by Godfrey Poku (AFC Telford United).

36:04

Jamal Fyfield (Welling United) wins a free kick.

35:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Welling United 0, AFC Telford United 1. Kristian Platt (AFC Telford United) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

34:02

Foul by Rod Young (Welling United).

34:02

Godfrey Poku (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

31:55

Offside, AFC Telford United. Sean Clancy tries a through ball, but Sean Clancy is caught offside.

30:47

Foul by Godfrey Poku (AFC Telford United).

30:47

Tyrone Marsh (Welling United) wins a free kick.

30:01

Offside, Welling United. Afolabi Obafemi tries a through ball, but Afolabi Obafemi is caught offside.

28:54

Foul by Loui Fazackerley (Welling United).

28:54

Godfrey Poku (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

26:22

Attempt missed. Jake Gallagher (Welling United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

22:09

Attempt missed. Michael Grogan (AFC Telford United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

20:24 Booking

Booking Michael Phenix (AFC Telford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

20:15

Hand ball by Michael Phenix (AFC Telford United).

19:11

Foul by Ben Jefford (Welling United).

19:11

Sam Smith (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

17:53

Corner, Welling United.

17:12

Foul by Andy Owens (AFC Telford United).

17:12

Afolabi Obafemi (Welling United) wins a free kick.

16:07

Attempt missed. Michael Phenix (AFC Telford United) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

14:58

Offside, AFC Telford United. Sam Smith tries a through ball, but Sam Smith is caught offside.

14:10

Attempt missed. Harry Beautyman (Welling United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

13:44

Corner, Welling United.

12:58

Corner, Welling United.

5:18

Attempt missed. Neill Byrne (AFC Telford United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Andy Owens with a cross.

5:00

Foul by Ben Jefford (Welling United).

5:00

Adam Farrell (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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