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Farnborough 0-3 Welling United
AFTER Welling’s early double knocked the stuffing out of Farnborough, they were able to enjoy a relatively straight forward win on a warm Hampshire day.
Joe Healy’s brace and Kiernan Hughes-Mason’s second goal of the season helped Welling to record their third win on the trot, catapulting them from 17th to 3rd in the league.
Healy’s run and cross in the first minute was almost rewarded with an opener but Hughes-Mason was unable to stretch out and prod the ball home.
Three minutes later, Welling did go ahead when Ross Lafayette’s shot was beaten out by Craig Bradshaw but Healy was quickest to react and the Wings’ midfielder lashed the ball into the back of the net.
Jamie Day’s fantastic through ball sent Hughes-Mason beyond the Farnborough back four and Bradshaw was forced to make a crucial double save.
Sam Mott made a more routine save from Dan Bennett before Welling doubled their lead.
Hughes-Mason’s pace again troubled the hosts’ defence and his cross into the danger area evaded Bradshaw and sneaked just inside the far post.
The cushion allowed Welling to relax and they played some entertaining passing football.
Anthony Acheampong burst through and found Healy whose intelligent ball in was chested down by Lee Clarke but the Welling captain volleyed over.
Lafayette gave Boro’s central defenders a tough time without any protection from the referee and he was very harshly treated when booked for what looked a reasonable challenge.
A rare defensive lapse allowed Dave Tarpey in but the assistant referee’s flag was up early and although he netted the goal did not stand.
Welling were soon on the attack again and Bradshaw made another save from Hughes-Mason following another good passing move.
Bradshaw saved Scott Kinch’s header from Loui Fazakerley’s throw in before Fraser Franks intercepted an attempted through ball and started another promising counter attack and Kinch looked like he might score but for s desperate block by Alan Inns.
Once more Hughes-Mason left Smith in his wake after being sent away by Lafayette but this time his cross went just beyond the far post then Jack Obersteller, returning from injury, delivered a free-kick that caused chaos in the penalty area before being scrambled away for a corner.
After the break, Welling continued to control the match but had to make do without Kinch after a collision saw him hurt and replaced by Jake Gallagher.
Spencer Day made a double change for Farnborough, but to little effect and Welling added a third on 64 minutes.
Leading scorer Lafayette was the provider when his cross was met by a flying scissor kick volley from Hughes-Mason. Although the spectacular effort came back off the crossbar, Healy brought down the rebound before finishing clinically.
Another Lafayette cross almost resulted in a fourth goal but Smith made a brave block to deny Gallagher.
Ben Martin replaced Acheampong, still suffering following the collision that had seen Kinch replaced.
Joseph N’Guessan shot well wide for Farnborough before Day was booked for kicking the ball away.
Alfred Bosch committed one foul too many and was cautioned when he went through Lafayette from behind.
Theo Fairweather-Johnson, who had replaced Hughes-Mason, almost embarrassed a hesitant Scott Day before Farnborough had two chances in injury time.
Nic Ciardini should have done better when sent clean through before shooting well wide then Mott was called into action to save a long shot that took a big deflection and preserve his clean sheet.
Welling United: Mott, Fazakerley, Obersteller, Day, Acheampong (Martin 69), Franks, Kinch (Gallagher 58), Clarke, Lafayette, Healy, Hughes-Mason (Fairweather-Johnson 73). Unused substitutes Baker, Main.
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