DISJOINTED Welling United put in a performance that belied the reputation of Park View Road being a fortress when hosting Conference basement club Hyde.
The Wings were fortunate to go in level at the break against a team who had amassed a mere four points before this game but two second half goals ensured the visitors could enjoy a good journey home.
Injuries have not helped Welling’s cause, but Jamie Day will not use that as an excuse and knows he has a big job to lift his squad before Saturday’s game with Woking.
Danny Carlton made his presence felt early on when a late challenge on Doug Bergqvist earned him a booking but Welling had the first opening when Luis Cumbers’ cross was half cleared as far as Loui Fazakerley but his left foot effort went wide.
Carlton then had a shot blocked well by Blaine Hudson at the cost of a corner before a double save by Lee Butcher kept the scores level.
Scott Spencer’s long range shot moved wildly in the air and Butcher did well to beat it out before saving Carlton’s follow up header.
Bergqvist was then cautioned for a foul and from the free kick, Butcher had to be alert to save Josh Brizell’s effort.
Baily Cargill attacked for Welling and having played a one-two, fired in a shot at the near post that needed a save by Lawrence Vigouroux.
After Hudson headed wide from a Harry Beautyman corner he was needed at the other end to clear from Connor Hughes who had rounded an onrushing Butcher.
Hughes had a golden opportunity to open the scoring just before the break but he headed a corner over from short range.
Connor McLaren over-hit a cross early in the second period and Vigouroux had the be alert to push it over the bar, then he had to be sharp again when tipping over Kurtis Guthrie’s header.
McLaren was the next player to be cautioned for a cynical pull back before Guthrie again tested the Tigers’ keeper with a near post effort that needed to be turned over.
Hyde went ahead in the 58th minute with a stunning long range shot from Louis Almond that left Butcher helpless.
Day made a double change bringing on Lee Clarke and Kiernan Hughes-Mason for Beautyman and Guthrie and the former almost made an immediate impact with a shot from Cargill’s cross that was saved.
After a Cargill corner hit Bergqvist and looped over the bar, another Clarke shot tested Vigouroux who made a fine diving save.
Hudson headed over from another Cargill corner before Hyde scored the crucial second goal.
When a corner was half cleared Hughes launched an effort every bit as spectacular as Hyde’s first and again Butcher had no chance.
Butcher made another excellent save from substitute James Kirby before Welling should have been awarded a penalty.
A horrible defensive mix-up left Hughes-Mason clear on goal but when he was pushed blatantly referee Daniel Cook waved play on to the amazement of Welling players and supporters alike.
Two Hyde players were booked for time wasting but they didn’t need to be as Welling failed to threaten again.
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Welling United: Butcher, McLaren, Cargill, Bergqvist, Franks, Hudson, Fazakerley (Joe Obersteller 83), Beautyman (Clarke 62), Guthrie (Hughes-Mason 62), Cumbers, Healy. Subs not used: Turner, Jack Obersteller.