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Welling United 2-0 Tamworth
FOLLOWING on from their tough win at Braintree in midweek, Welling United had to dig deep again to defeat a very competitive Tamworth.
Jamie Day made one change from Tuesday’s team in leaving himself out in order to restore Jake Gallagher following his one game suspension.
Joe Healy sent Loick Pires away to cross early on and Lee Clarke got up well but headed over.
Clarke headed an Alex Dyer corner from the left wide before reaching to head Jack Obersteller’s corner wide from the other side.
Obersteller then sent Pires clear but his first time shot went beyond the far post.
Lateef Elford-Alliyu gave Welling a scare when his shot was tipped onto the bar by Lee Butcher but Baily Cargill came equally close at the other end when his header from another Dyer corner smashed against the crossbar.
Pires then saw his first time shot, from Obersteller’s deep free kick, saved by Tamworth goalkeeper Cameron Belford.
Gallagher had a shot blocked by Connor Gudger that resulted in a swift break that ended with Butcher pushing away a Lloyd Kerry drive.
One of many free kicks for Tamworth fouls ended with Belford saving from Dyer.
Elford Alliyu burst through for Tamworth and Butcher saved his first effort before the ball was returned for him but the Lamb’s front man’s second attempt flew over.
Healy was sent away by Pires but with no other option, fired towards the far post however Belford got down well to slap the shot away.
Early in the second period, Healy controlled well from Loui Fazakerley’s cross but Jack Evans, who had a spell with Welling two seasons ago, cleared at the cost of a corner.
Kurtis Guthrie knocked down well but Pires’ shot was saved then Butcher did equally well from an Andy Todd effort at the other end.
Evans then had to be stretchered off following a foul by Gallagher for which he was cautioned. Kaiyne Woolery replaced him. Benjamin Richards-Everton of Tamworth was booked shortly afterwards.
Guthrie then became the third player to see an effort crash against the bar, his shot being tipped on to it by Belford.
The deadlock was broken in the 62nd minute when Guthrie’s nodded cross was headed into the roof of the net by Clarke.
Duane Courtney shot wide for Tamworth before substitute Kiernan Hughes-Mason raced away to send Pires through on goal however the Wings’ front man hesitated and allowed the Lambs’ defence to crowd him out.
Pires wasn’t to be denied though, and a flowing Welling move saw Hughes-Mason send Cargill away and his perfect low cross was tucked away emphatically.
Welling’s defence, brilliantly marshalled by Fraser Franks, was not troubled again before the four additional minutes ended.
As a result of the victory, Welling found themselves just one place outside the play-off zone in their first season back in the top tier of non league football.
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Welling United: Butcher, Fazakerley, Jack Obersteller, Gallagher, Franks, Cargill, Dyer (Hughes-Mason 64), Clarke, Guthrie, Pires, Healy. Subs not used: Turner, B. Hudson, Corne, Day.
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