Basingstoke Town 0-1 Welling United

News Shopper: Ross Lafayette scores Welling's winner. PICTURES BY DAVE BUDDEN. Ross Lafayette scores Welling's winner. PICTURES BY DAVE BUDDEN.

WELLING United’s tenth consecutive league victory equalled the Conference South record for consecutive victories whilst reducing the lead of pace-setters Salisbury City.

Ross Lafayette claimed the only goal of the game at Basingstoke Town on a boggy pitch that only passed a pitch inspection four hours before kick-off.

News Shopper: Team-mates congratulate the scorer

Jamie Day and Theo Fairweather-Johnson replaced Scott Kinch and Kiernan Hughes-Mason in the team that had been beaten by Grimsby Town when Welling last played two weeks previously.

In a bright start Fairweather-Johnson collected a pass from Lafayette before firing in an effort that took a massive deflection wrong-footing goalkeeper Ashley Bayes but flying just wide of the near post.

Kurtis Guthrie then struck the outside of the post before his game came to a premature end when a gash on the knee, requiring several stitches, resulted in Hughes-Mason replacing him in the 14th minute.

Tim Sills saw an effort easily saved by Sam Mott, playing his first game since learning of his call up for the England C squad.

News Shopper: Kiernan Hughes-Mason holds off Matt Warner

Shaun McAuley’s cross was then headed onto the roof of the net by Sills then Nathan Smart shot wide from distance.

Joe Healy played in Hughes-Mason with a delightful pass and Bayes, coming out, could only block the ball out as far as Lafayette.

Welling’s leading scorer shot first time was unable to find the target with his effort.

Mott then made a reaction save from Manny Williams before Welling scored the only goal of the game.

Hughes-Mason again caught out the Basingstoke defence and squared to Lafayette who made no mistake this time round, steering home off Bayes’ outstretched hand.

The first half continued to be an end-to-end saga.

Rob Rice landed a header onto the roof of the net for the Dragons then Lafayette had a shot parried away by Bayes.

Jide Ogunbote shot wide before Richard Kendall enraged Welling with some awful refereeing.

News Shopper: Wings captain Lee Clarke challenges for the ball with substitute Jordace Holder-Spooner

Fairweather-Johnson’s run across the field 20 yards out was ended with a foul but the official decided that the Welling player had dived and then compounded his error by booking the wrong player, with Lafayette being the unfortunate player to be shown the yellow card.

Basingstoke came out strongly in the second period and Mott made a save from Sills then Fraser Franks made a vital clearance in the penalty area, as he and Anthony Acheampong answered all questions asked of them.

McAuley screwed wide from the edge of the area then Sills’ cross was met by the head of Williams but he was unable to find the power needed to worry Mott.

News Shopper: Wes Daly sends his penalty on to the outside of the post with Sam Mott beaten

Having weathered the storm, Welling came back and Loui Fazakerley’s strong run earned a corner.

Jack Obersteller’s delivery found Lee Clarke but the Welling captain headed wide.

Clarke was in the thick of things again, moments later, when heading Day’s free kick over the bar.

Healy shot over following good work by Fairweather-Johnson before the hosts were given a gilt edged opportunity in the 90th minute.

Franks blotted an otherwise fine performance by diving in on a tackle and conceding a penalty.

Wes Daly stepped up but saw his spot kick come back off the post and Welling saw out the four additional minutes without further alarm to write their name into the league’s record books.

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Welling United: Mott, Fazakerley, Jack Obersteller, Day, Franks, Acheampong, Fairweather-Johnson, Clarke, Guthrie (Hughes-Mason 14), Lafayette, Healy. Unused substitutes: Kinch, Martin, Main, Turner.

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1:36am Sun 27 Jan 13

BexleyAddick says...

I read on twitter this is now an all time league record for consecutive wins? Ten?

Basingstoke were in the play offs last season, so to win and get a clean sheet shows that Welling are still in incredible form despite the enforced winter break and not playing for the last couple of weeks. Also saw its clawed back 3 points on the team above them..
I read on twitter this is now an all time league record for consecutive wins? Ten? Basingstoke were in the play offs last season, so to win and get a clean sheet shows that Welling are still in incredible form despite the enforced winter break and not playing for the last couple of weeks. Also saw its clawed back 3 points on the team above them.. BexleyAddick
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9:37am Sun 27 Jan 13

SidcupResident says...

Another fantastic win and their incredible league run just keeps on going!

Welling are proving excellent value for money at the moment. Especially in such difficult financial times. To be able to take a whole for family to a football match for just £24 (£12 adults, kids free) is almost unheard of in the football league.

I would strongly recommend taking the family to a Welling game. Either as a new day out experience or as an alternative to the extortionately priced Premiership and Championship football. You'll be surprised how entertaining Welling's style of football is.

The next game at Park View Road is next Saturday against Dorchester Town at 3PM. Come down and support the local team. :-)

I can't wait for the match highlights to come up. Come On You Wings!!!
Another fantastic win and their incredible league run just keeps on going! Welling are proving excellent value for money at the moment. Especially in such difficult financial times. To be able to take a whole for family to a football match for just £24 (£12 adults, kids free) is almost unheard of in the football league. I would strongly recommend taking the family to a Welling game. Either as a new day out experience or as an alternative to the extortionately priced Premiership and Championship football. You'll be surprised how entertaining Welling's style of football is. The next game at Park View Road is next Saturday against Dorchester Town at 3PM. Come down and support the local team. :-) I can't wait for the match highlights to come up. Come On You Wings!!! SidcupResident
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1:46pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Mister Blobby says...

Great effort from the boys to shake off the rust and pull off a win having not played for a couple of weeks. Looking forward to the next home game v Dorchester on Saturday.

COYWs!
Great effort from the boys to shake off the rust and pull off a win having not played for a couple of weeks. Looking forward to the next home game v Dorchester on Saturday. COYWs! Mister Blobby
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1:50pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Sidcup Matt says...

I've been watching for 20+ years and since Jamie Day has been at the helm we look very solid and look like we can beat anyone. I would urge anyone who has not seen welling who perhaps follow a premier league or Charlton or Millwall to come down and take a game in. I think you might be surprised with the quality!
I've been watching for 20+ years and since Jamie Day has been at the helm we look very solid and look like we can beat anyone. I would urge anyone who has not seen welling who perhaps follow a premier league or Charlton or Millwall to come down and take a game in. I think you might be surprised with the quality! Sidcup Matt
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6:12pm Sun 27 Jan 13

SidcupResident says...

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS + PLAYER AND MANAGER INTERVIEWS.

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MATCH HIGHLIGHTS + PLAYER AND MANAGER INTERVIEWS. http://wellingunited .activeboard.com/t52 410215/video-highlig hts-basingstoke-town -v-welling-united-pl us-jami/ SidcupResident
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12:55pm Mon 28 Jan 13

the_knows says...

This is the stuff of dreams really! I had to pinch myself to believe we had won 10 games in a row! Playing so good at the moment. I think welling could actually win the world cup
This is the stuff of dreams really! I had to pinch myself to believe we had won 10 games in a row! Playing so good at the moment. I think welling could actually win the world cup the_knows
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12:32pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Dartbored says...

Good luck in the promotion push, it would be good to get another local team into the BSP, especially as Ebbsfleet look almost certain for relegation back down to the BSS.
Good luck in the promotion push, it would be good to get another local team into the BSP, especially as Ebbsfleet look almost certain for relegation back down to the BSS. Dartbored
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12:21am Thu 31 Jan 13

Delboy1212 says...

If Welling United can win again this Saturday 2nd Feb 2013 at home to Dorchester Town a new record will be achieved for reaching 11 consecutive wins in the BSBS. The club deserve a massive crowd to turn up and see this game, as the players are giving good value for money week in, week out. Meridian Radio and Supreme Engraving are in attendance together with the winner of the Match day Mascot Competition.This should be a fantastic way to spend Saturday afternoon. Kick Off 3pm.
If Welling United can win again this Saturday 2nd Feb 2013 at home to Dorchester Town a new record will be achieved for reaching 11 consecutive wins in the BSBS. The club deserve a massive crowd to turn up and see this game, as the players are giving good value for money week in, week out. Meridian Radio and Supreme Engraving are in attendance together with the winner of the Match day Mascot Competition.This should be a fantastic way to spend Saturday afternoon. Kick Off 3pm. Delboy1212
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