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Hyde 0-1 Welling United
JOE Healy’s first half goal was sufficient for Welling to claim three points at Hyde and pushed them into the top half of the table.
Jamie Day was forced into making one change as a result of Doug Bergqvist’s injury, but the returning Blaine Hudson was a natural replacement.
Tom Collins was given more space than he should have been early on, but curled wide from 20 yards.
When Welling put together their first meaningful attack, they came very close to going ahead.
Loui Fazakerley slung in a cross which was met by Lee Clarke’s accurate header but Nick Liversedge, signed on loan from Burnley the previous afternoon, dived full length to tip the attempt onto the far post and away.
Louis Almond posed a constant threat to Welling and his cross from the right just evaded Connor Hughes at the far post.
Clarke made a brave stop from Almond as Hyde attempted to put their mark on the game.
Healy came close following good work from Jake Gallagher and Kurtis Guthrie, but Hyde again looked dangerous when Lee Butcher clawed out a cross that swerved late and Fraser Franks was alert to block Hughes’ follow up.
Again Healy did well on the break, cleverly beating the offside trap but his delivery was just too deep for Alex Dyer to get an attempt on target.
Welling went ahead after 37 minutes when the outstanding Gallagher’s cross was met by Healy, who gave Liversedge no chance.
Two minutes later, Clarke’s goal-bound shot was adjudged to have been touched home by Lafayette in an offside position and the strike was disallowed.
Hudson then failed to hit the target when heading a Jack Obersteller corner as Welling finished the first half strongly.
When the game resumed, the two teams serves up 15 minutes which were probably the scrappiest experienced by Welling supporters this season.
Emmanuel Dieseruvwe made space for himself outside the area but summed up the period of play by scuffing his shot well wide.
Gallagher’s superb pass sent Lafayette away but uncharacteristically for him, a heavy first touch allowed Liversedge to rush out to block.
Fazakerley then whipped in a shot from wide that was deflected away for a corner.
Substitute Kiernan Hughes-Mason tested Liversedge with a shot at the near post among a flurry of changes and another replacement, Loick Pires was foiled by another excellent save by Liversedge.
Pires then saw a tremendous cross take a slight deflection that took the ball away from Lafayette when he would have been clear through, then showed his defensive qualities when making an outstanding tackle when covering for Obersteller.
Will Haining’s long throw was flicked on to substitute Scott Spencer and he connected perfectly only to see Lee Butcher preserve his clean sheet with a brilliant tip over.
Ashworth’s defected shot did not bother Butcher and Welling looked more likely to score on the break in the four additional minutes.
Welling United: Butcher, Fazakerley, Jack Obersteller, Gallagher, Franks. Hudson, Dyer, Clarke, Guthrie (Hughes-Mason 66), Lafayette, Healy (Pires 80). Unused substitutes:Turner, Joe Obersteller, Webb.
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