A solitary goal by Ade Shokunbi was enough to give Welling United a vital victory against Chippenham Town.

Having gone five games without a win, the Wings have been dragged into the relegation dog-fight so the three points that they claimed gave them some much needed breathing space.

Dipo Akinyemi fired over from out wide in the early exchanges then Welling’s claim for a penalty, when Chi Ezzenlim’s shot appeared to have been blocked by a defender’s arm, fell on deaf ears much to manager Peter Taylor’s dismay.

Danny Parish shot just wide from twenty-five yards before Chippenham had their first real chance. Alex Bray found space in the penalty area and his well struck shot was saved superbly by Jack Sims before falling to Arthur Penney who cleared.

Oluwasegun Lawal gained possession in a dangerous area but his shot was saved easily by Sims then, at the other end, Akinyemi controlled well but his close range shot lacked power and Will Henry got down to save.

Shokunbi broke the stalemate early in the second half when Akinyemi’s inch perfect through ball sent him clear and, despite the best efforts of Joe Hanks, he slotted it home.

Alefe Santos D’Abadia tested Sims with a powerful cross but he was equal to it and held on well, then the talented Chippenham player shot high and wide. The visitors continued to press and when Luke Russe was sent clear by Young, he rounded Sims but fired into the side netting.

It was then Russe who turned provider when finding Young but his low shot was saved by Sims. The Welling goalkeeper again had to be alert when Young shot from well out but it was straight at him and he saved comfortably.

Brad Stevenson had a chance to finish the contest as it moved into the latter stages when through on goal. Henry did brilliantly to keep out his initial effort then his follow up was cleared off the line miraculously by Danny Greenslade.

Young then shot wide before the visitors had a gilt edged chance in stoppage time. Bray was not picked up from a far post cross but he headed wide and Chippenham’s last chance was gone.

Taylor will now have an anxious wait to see what knocks were picked up in the game before selecting his team for their Tuesday evening game at home to Dulwich Hamlet.

Welling United: Sims, Statham, Ezennolim, Durojaiye, Davis, Penney, Barnes, Shokunbi, Akinyemi, Parish (Drais 77 (Saunders-Henry 87)), Campbell. Subs not used: Pearce, Derry, Jackson.