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Welling United 1-1 Barnet
SUPPORTERS of both clubs left Park View Road on Saturday wondering whether the draw between Welling United and Barnet represented a point won or two points dropped.
Noises emanating from the respective dressing rooms gave a clue as to how the clubs’ management teams and players felt. Whilst the Barnet room resounded with applause, the Welling players were on the end of a dressing down.
Injuries to centre backs Doug Bergqvist and Blaine Hudson meant the Jamie Day had to look for cover and he did so by bringing in Baily Cargill on a one month loan from AFC Bournemouth.
Within four minutes, further injury woe struck the Wings when leading goalscorer Ross Lafayette went down to be replaced, a minute later, by Loick Pires.
Kieron Cadogan, recently signed from Crystal Palace, made some space for himself but scuffed his effort wide.
Mauro Vilhete put a dangerous low centre across the face of the goal but nobody was able to get on the end of it.
Andy Yiadom hit a shot that was deflected wide by Jack Obersteller and from Cadogan’s cross, Jack Saville rose to head over via the top of the crossbar.
Cargill was then on hand to clear off the line as a slow lob cleared Welling goalkeeper Lee Butcher and Cadogan’s corner flicked the bar on its way out.
In the 26th minute, the game was turned on its head when a needless two footed challenge on Loick Pires by Yiadom saw the Barnet full back dismissed by referee Amy Fearn.
Three minutes later, Welling went ahead with a bit of good fortune. Joe Healy was played into space and what appeared to be an over-hit cross floated over the stranded Graham Stack and into the back of the net.
A shaken Barnet almost conceded again, but former Arsenal and Reading goalkeeper Stack made a brilliant save from Alex Dyer as had fed on a delightful pass from Lee Clarke.
As the game now became more end to end Keanu Marsh-Brown had a shot tipped over by Butcher and Fraser Franks rose well to head away Cadogan’s cross.
Pires held the ball up well in Welling’s next attack and marauding full back Loui Fazakerley fizzed his effort narrowly wide.
Marsh-Brown saw another shot pushed away by Butcher and Curtis Weston headed wide from the corner.
Jake Gallagher was cautioned for a foul on Marciano Mengerink before Kurtis Guthrie headed a Fazakerley cross just wide on the stroke of half time.
Early in the second half, Edgar Davids gave the ball away when trying to play out from the back and Clarke again gave Dyer a shooting opportunity that was struck over the angle at the near post.
Guthrie then played a dangerous low ball across the face of the goal that Pires was unable to reach at the far post.
Twice David Stephens covered for the increasingly erratic Davids, and the Barnet player/head coach/captain talked his way into the referee’s notebook soon after.
Healy had a shot blocked and Dyer’s follow up had the same fate as Welling enjoyed a good spell.
On the break Mengerink hit a powerful drive directly into the mid-drift of Butcher before the visitors were gifted a chance of an equaliser.
Marsh-Brown burst into the penalty area and was pushed to the ground needlessly by Fazakerley. The Barnet player picked himself up and although Butcher guessed the right way, the pace and accuracy was too good for him.
Weston and substitute Harry Crawford both failed to trouble Butcher with shots before substitute Kiernan Hughes-Mason cut in and put in an effort that beat Stack but went wide of the outside of the post.
Marsh-Brown was cautioned for time wasting before Welling were frustrated by the final whistle just as they were about to cross from a dangerous position.
Welling United: Butcher, Fazakerley, Jack Obersteller, Gallagher (Hughes-Mason 76), Franks, Cargill, Dyer, Clarke, Guthrie, Lafayette (Pires 5), Healy. Unused substitutes: Corne, Day.
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