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Woking 2-4 Welling United
CONSTANT rain produced a greasy pitch in which Welling recorded their first away victory of the season in an entertaining and open match.
Harry Beautyman for Lee Clarke was the only Welling change from the team that beat Grimsby Town in their last fixture.
Gavin Williams had the first opportunity of the match when Beautyman was adjudged harshly, to have committed a foul. The chance came to nothing as Williams curled well over.
Another chance fell to Woking when Kevin Betsy was foiled at the far post by Lee Butcher who scrambled the ball away for a corner by blocking with his legs at close range.
After that, Welling enjoyed 25 minutes of domination in which they netted three times.
Doug Bergqvist broke away from Kevin Betsy and was allowed to cut in before curling a shot over the crossbar.
Jake Gallagher picked up a poor pass out of defence to forge forward and fire in a daisy-cutter that was pushed around the post unconvincingly and from the corner, Welling went ahead.
Beautyman slung in an inswinging delivery Aaron Howe punched into his own net under pressure from Ross Lafayette in the 15th minute.
Former Welling captain, Jack Parkinson was a little unlucky to be shown a yellow card for a tackle for which an award of a free seemed sufficient punishment.
Bergqvist's first goal for Welling followed in the 19th minute when he headed Joe Healy's deep cross down and beyond Howe.
Jack Obersteller had a shot knocked out uncomfortably by Howe before he made a superb save when Kurtis Guthrie tried to lift the ball over him when latching onto a through ball from Beautyman.
Butcher was twice called into action at the other end, first claiming a threatening cross shot from Anthony McNamee before producing a superb save from an Adam Newton curler.
Another defensive error brought about Welling's third goal. Uncertainty from Brett Johnson allowed Ross Lafayette to get away and the Wings' talisman did well to await the arrival of support from Beautyman who finished clinically.
Obersteller then had a free kick saved before Woking finished the first half strongly.
Johnson had a header deflected wide before atoning for his earlier error when finishing after terrific work by Gavin Williams.
Parkinson, having suffered from an earlier clash of heads with Lafayette, had to be brave to head a way a goal-bound shot from the Welling striker.
Just 17 seconds into the second half, Woking were reduced to ten men when Parkinson was deemed to have lead with his elbow when going up for a header. Again, the decision appeared harsh but referee Daniel Cook may still have been reeling from the abuse he received from the Woking crowd and assistant coach Steve Thompson at half time.
Their temperatures rose further when Lee Sawyer was booked shortly after.
Loick Pires came on as substitute for the injured Beautyman on the hour before a nasty tackle by Newton on Blaine Hudson resulted in another yellow card for the hosts.
Pires scored Welling's fourth, just seven minutes after coming on, when he rose to head another delicious Healy cross beyond Howe.
Two minutes later, the Cards pulled another back when substitute Joe McNerney converted from close range.
Alex Dyer shot over for Welling then Betsy had an effort saved by Butcher as the game became more stretched.
Butcher was called upon to make a save from McNamee while Fraser Franks and Blaine Hudson made a serious of crucial defensive headers and blocks to maintain Welling's two goal advantage.
There was still danger when Welling broke and Joe Obersteller, who had replaced Guthrie, found Healy who played in Lafayette. For once, Welling's leading scorer failed to trouble the goalkeeper when he fired well over.
Hudson made one more brave and crucial header ahead of McNerney as Welling held firm to claim three well deserved points.
Welling United: Butcher, Bergqvist, Jack Obersteller, Gallagher, Franks. Hudson, Dyer, Beautyman (Pires 60), Guthrie (Joe Obersteller 80), Lafayette, Healy. Unused substitutes: Clarke, Turner, Webb.
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