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Welling United 1-2 Kidderminster Harriers
SEVENTEEN months after Welling United’s last home league defeat, Kidderminster Harriers ended the run with a deserved victory on the annual ‘Non League Day’ celebration of semi-pro and amateur football.
James Dance’s first half brace proved too much for Welling and although Loui Fazakerley netted with nine minutes remaining, the Wings were unable to muster an equaliser.
Blaine Hudson had the first shot of the game saved easily by Nathan Vaughan but the visitors went ahead in the 10th minute through a fine finish by Dance.
Great build up play gave Alex Dyer an opening but his effort flew just wide before Anthony Malbon came close at the other end with an audacious left foot flick.
Mickey Demetriou slammed a free kick into Welling’s defensive wall and Malbon came close again when bringing the ball down before shooting wide.
Joe Healy found Ross Lafayette and although Vaughan spilled his effort, he recovered quickly.
Jake Gallagher was cautioned for a foul before Kidderminster increased their lead in the 25th minute. Lee Vaughan’s run split the Welling defence and he found Dance who finished comfortably.
Doug Bergqvist and Loick Pires combined to give Lafayette another shooting chance but Vaughan was equal to his effort.
Another good passing move allowed Lee Clarke to fire in a shot that wasn’t far wide before Lee Butcher was called into action saving from Malbon.
Jack Obersteller’s shot again found Vaughan’s handling suspect but nobody was on hand to finish.
Hudson followed Gallagher into Mr Kinseley’s book for a foul on Malbon early in the second period then a deep Lafayette cross was headed over by Healy.
Lee Vaughan’s shot was deflected by Fraser Franks into the arms of Butcher before Welling made a double change bringing on Malik Ouani for his Welling league debut, and Kurtis Guthrie. Gallagher and Pires made way.
Four minutes later, Fazakerley replaced Clarke and Welling soon came close to pulling a goal back.
Healy won the ball back well before super work by Ouani gave Lafayette a chance that went just over.
Michael Gash almost caught Butcher out from far out before Guthrie became the third Welling player booked after Lafayette had a penalty claim turned down.
Kidderminster made their own double change bringing on Amari Morgan-Smith, signed three days earlier, and Nathan Blissett for Gash and Malban.
Lee Fowler was then cautioned and substituted almost immediately with Marvin Johnson brought on.
Morgan-Smith almost marked his return to the Worcestershire side with a goal but headed over from Kyle Storer’s cross.
Fazakerley’s great finish from Lafayette’s chest down gave Welling hope and Guthrie had a header saved from Hudson’s nod across goal soon after.
A combination of Healy and Dyer gave Guthrie a chance to put in a teasing cross that Vaughan was relieved to punch over after an initial misjudgement.
Blissett was booked as Kidderminster looked stretched for the first time and one last attack, started by Franks, ended with a brave block by Josh Gowling to thwart Ouani.
Welling United: Butcher, Bergqvist, Jack Obersteller, Gallagher (Ouani), Franks. Hudson, Dyer, Clarke (Fazakerley), Pires (Guthrie 75), Lafayette, Healy. Unused substitutes: Mott, Joe Obersteller.
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