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Welling's winning run ended
AFTER winning three games in a row, Welling came unstuck at Macclesfield.
Chris Holyrod got in front of Lee Butcher from Peter Winn's cross but the Wings' keeper had his angles right so there was no chance of the lone striker scoring with his flicked attempt.
Danny Whitaker was fortunate to escape a yellow card for a wild tackle on Welling's Ross Lafayette but Alex Dyer's free kick sailed harmlessly wide.
Both teams were guilty of not keeping the ball and Joe Healy collected a sloppy pass out and found Lee Clarke but the Wings' skipper scuffed his shot beyond the far post.
Peter Winn slung in a dangerous low cross just beyond the reach of Holroyd then, at the other end, the referee made another curious decision when awarding a free-kick to the Silkmen's keeper Rhys Taylor as he took the ball and Kurtis Guthrie when clearing from a cross, which resulted in the Welling man needing treatment.
Once again Healy won the ball and sent Jack Obersteller away, but the Wings full back chose to use his stronger left foot and was unable to get his shot on target.
Disaster struck for Welling in the 24th minute when Blaine Hudson pulled up with a hamstring injury.
Welling were already without the injured Doug Bergqvist so Jake Gallagher had to go back to centre back, Healy into central midfield, and substitute Loick Pires filled the left midfield vacancy.
Obersteller put in a cross that Guthrie headed wide before Connor Jennings burst through for Macclesfield but failed to hit the target.
Whitaker escaped with another ticking off for a foul on Dyer who got up to take the free kick that was flick headed wide by Fraser Franks.
Dyer had a shot half blocked by Paul Turnbull and followed up but Taylor claimed as Welling picked up the pace.
Loui Fazakerley came desperately close to putting Welling ahead when he dug the ball out before unleashing a drive from 20 yards that came back of the base of the post with Taylor well beaten.
At the start of the second half, Dyer also attracted the referees attention when he caught Whitaker. It seemed ironic that the Macclesfield midfielder felt that further action was required after his escapes.
Lee Butcher made a great save to keep the scores level when Hoylrod was sent away by Connor Jennings then Jack Mackreth cut in and with team-mates screaming for a pass, shot wide of the far post from an ambitious angle.
Franks headed forward and found Dyer. He played a clever ball in to Guthrie but the Welling striker failed to find the target despite his effort deflecting off team-mate Pires.
Dyer and Guthrie then combined for Healy, but his shot was deflected away for a corner.
Andy Halls headed over from a deep free kick before Macclesfield went ahead in the 71st minute.
Architects of their own downfall, one of many mis-placed passes on the day was intercepted by the lively Holroyd and as he burst through, Butcher mis-timed his dive at the strikers feet and brought him down.
Before the referee had a chance to blow his whistle, Jennings slotted the loose ball home.
Butcher was cautioned in a show of leniency much to the disgust of the supporters behind the goal.
Healy was then cautioned for an offence nowhere near as bad as earlier tackles before the Silkmen doubled their lead.
Halls put in an excellent cross and Holroyd pealed back to finish with a cushioned far post header.
It could easily have been three when Danny Andrew's corner was met at the near post by Joe Connor but Butcher got across well to parry away.
Pires had a shot blocked on a rare break after the referee had cautioned Macclesfield player, Carl Martin.
In the 82nd minute, Welling gave themselves some hope, Fazakerley curled in a great cross and Lafayette headed from close range.
Macclesfield killed time well until the last minute of extra time when Pires escaped his marker but headed another superb Fazakerley cross over the bar.
Welling United: Butcher, Fazakerley, Jack Obersteller, Gallagher, Franks. Hudson (Pires 24), Dyer, Clarke, Guthrie (Hughes-Mason 75), Lafayette, Healy. Unused substitutes:Turner, Joe Obersteller, Cornes.
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