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Brislington 0-1 Welling United
LEE Clarke’s winner at Brislington Town booked Welling United a home first round FA Cup tie with Luton Town.
Despite playing a club four leagues below them, Welling were pushed all the way by a resolute Brislington and were happy just to come away with a hard-fought victory.
As expected, the hosts came out looking lively on a very difficult Brislington Stadium pitch.
They won the first corner of the game as Fraser Franks was forced to head out a long punt.
The Foxes did not make anything of it when Tom Godsell’s first delivery was returned to him, and the second planted into the safe hands of Lee Butcher.
It was then the turn of the visitors to put some pressure on the potential giant killers and desperate defending caused Brislington to have to defend a number of corners.
Jamie Day's first delivery was headed wide by Blaine Hudson.
Then Jack Obersteller swung one in that was flicked on by Jake Gallagher but deflected wide by John Hughes.
After just 14 minutes, Brislington had to make a change when Alex Lambert limped off to be replaced by Omari Simms.
Day put in a dangerous free kick that was half cleared but nodded back by Joe Healy for Hudson to twist and volley just over.
Lively substitute Simms sent Dave Peters away but his cross drifted wide of the near post.
Luke Meacham played in Frank Gingell but Obersteller's block took the sting out of his shot and Butcher was able to claim the loose ball.
Kiernan Hughes-Mason worried the hosts with his direct running and a cross on the run was well claimed by Chris Humphries as Lee Clarke looked to finish.
Loui Fazakerley then caused problems in the Brislington defence, who looked vulnerable when being run at, and Clarke was twice thwarted by blocks, first from Godsell, and then Hughes.
Meacham registered an attempt on target when blocking a clearance that flew straight into the hands of Butcher.
Gingell had an early second half opportunity on the break but failed to make the most of it before Loick Pires broke through at the other end.
Although he was able to round Humphries, he was pushed out so wide that he could not get a shot in and good marking meant he could not tee up a team-mate.
Humphries was forced into making his first save when Hughes-Mason held up well before playing in Gallagher to sting the custodian's hands.
Obersteller slung in another corner that was headed over by Pires then Franks made a crucial well timed tackle as Simms looked to get on the end of Gingell's pass.
Simms came close when finding himself clear but Butcher came out quickly and forced him into shooting into the side netting.
Unfortunately, the lively cup atmosphere was ruined by some locals who took things too far midway through the second half.
Smoke flares caused the game to be held up as stewards had to try calm the situation and which could well have caused the distraction to the home team which saw Welling go ahead.
Humphries failed to punch Obersteller’s corner away convincingly and Clarke only needed to head towards goal for the all important score.
Dean Gifford became the second Brislington player to be cautioned, Danny Barwood having been booked earlier for a wild challenge on Fazakerley.
Hudson headed wide from Obersteller's free kick and Pires was thwarted by a block as he got on the end of Gallagher's pass.
Gingell got free for Brislington but snatched his shot wide.
Joe Healy tumbled in the penalty area but referee David Rock showed no interest before the hosts had their best opportunity of the match.
Hughes’ flick on gave Godsell the opportunity to volley but his perfect connection flew straight at Butcher who held the effort well.
Another fan disruption with more flares and pitch invasions prolonged the game but there were no further alarms for the Wings.
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Welling United: Butcher, Fazakerley, Obersteller, Day, Franks, Hudson, Gallagher, Clarke, Pires, Hughes-Mason (Guthrie 85), Healy. Subs not used: Turner, Dyer, Webb. Att:
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