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Welling United 1-0 Aldershot
SUCCESSIVE 1-0 victories over Hyde and Aldershot proved that Welling United can grind out results as well as winning open matches.
Two consecutive Saturday trips to the north west of England and two midweek games to follow each would prove a challenge to Premier League clubs with their massive squads so it represented quite some achievement for the part-timers of Welling to claim 10 points out of twelve.
Jamie Day named an unchanged team from the one that won at Hyde and was rewarded by a gritty performance by a team who won through their desire.
For the first 15 minutes, the two teams looked to try and work each other out. Blaine Hudson headed wide from a Welling corner then Jack Obersteller needed to be sharp to get the ball away when Aldershot broke.
Welling went ahead after quarter of an hour with the first clear shot on goal.
The ball pinged around the penalty area before falling well for Alex Dyer to fire cleanly into the bottom corner.
Two minutes later, a foul by Jake Gallagher on the edge of his own penalty area resulted in a fourth booking of the season for the impressive midfielder.
Manny Oyeleke took the free kick and curled it just past the angle of post and bar.
Dead ball situations looked likely to cause Aldershot problems and another Hudson header from an Obersteller free kick required a hurried clearance.
Brett Williams’ deep cross was headed out brilliantly by Loui Fazakerley at the far post who recovered quickly enough to win a throw in as the Shots tried to build some pressure.
Jordan Roberts became the first visiting player to be cautioned before Dyer caused a back-pedalling Glenn Morris to push the ball over his own crossbar.
Ross Lafayette headed wide of the near post from a cross fizzed in by Fazakerley then Hudson was called upon to make a deep header out and Joe Healy tidied up with a defensive clearance.
Kurtis Guthrie had the last shot of the first half, self made by excellent close control, but he could not muster the power to worry Morris.
Guthrie followed up with Welling’s first effort after the break but Fazakerley’s cross was just behind him and he could only flick his header over the bar.
Brilliant work by Lee Clarke deserved a second Welling goal when he retrieved a deep cross and returned it for Fraser Franks to nod back to Hudson.
Unfortunately, the towering centre half was unable to keep his close range header below the bar.
Roberts through ball sent Matt Paterson away but Lee Butcher rushed out causing the Shots striker to hurry his chip wide.
Dyer came close for Welling but didn’t get enough on his header to deflect Healy’s cross inside the near post and after Welling had survived two corners Lafayette found the space to get in a shot that was well blocked by Jake Goodman.
Williams then looked to break clear from Hudson, but the centre half stayed with him allowing Butcher and Franks the opportunity to block the shot.
Gallagher made a great block tackle to thwart Mark Molesley before substitute Loick Pires cleared off the line.
Despite the referee adding five minutes, the expected Aldershot onslaught didn’t happen and, instead, a series of petty Aldershot fouls made it easy for Welling to see out time.
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Welling: Butcher, Fazakerley, Jack Obersteller, Gallagher, Franks, Hudson, Dyer, Clarke, Guthrie, Lafayette (Pires 69), Healy (Hughes-Mason 88). Subs not used: Turner, Joe Obersteller, Corne.
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