Welling United

Welling United V Grimsby Town

Welling United 1


Grimsby Town 0

Attendance: 807

Welling got their first win back in the Conference after a late Ross Lafayette goal earned the Wings a 1-0 victory over touted Grimsby Town.

The away side were poor throughout the game but the Wings defending very well throughout and grabbed a late goal with five minutes to go.

Blaine Hudson returned to the side after missing the midweek game against parent club Cambridge United replacing Loui Fazakerley. New signing Harry Beautyman started on the bench.

Grimsby started well utilising Aswad Thomas’ pace on the left to cross which was well defended by Hudson to deny Lenell John-Lewis.

Thomas was at fault though on 10 minutes where he allowed Alex Dyer to run into the box finding Lafayette whose poor touch let the chance go by.

Grimsby’s captain Craig Disley was finding space deep in midfield and was trying to run the show from midfield but Hudson was always there to stop John Lewis in the air and on the ground.

It took 20 minutes for either side to hit their first clear shot at goal as Joe Colbeck’s effort from distance after another good break from Disney was straight at Lee Butcher.

A minute later, the Wings had the best spell of the match as they caused the Mariners numerous problems from three straight corners. The visitors first made a hash of clearing a loose ball allowing Lafayette to toe poke a shot at James McKeown. Then Hudson had two good headers but neither could break the deadlock.

Grimsby were still looking good on the wings with Colbeck delivering some good crosses but they continued to only find thin air in the box.

As the game progressed, the quality of both sides’ passing diminished with the Wings giving the ball away with long diagonal balls and whilst the Mariners held onto the ball better, they still missed a number of easy passes in the final third.

The game’s quality was summed up by Alex Rodman’s theatrical dive on the edge of the box and Jake Gallagher’s silly challenge in the middle of the park which earned him a yellow card.

It seemed that set plays were going to be both sides best chance of opening the scoring as McKeown palmed away an Obersteller free kick and with a minute to go until half time, Clayton McDonald hit the bar with a good header from a Patrick McLaughlin corner.

It took two minutes after the restart for a rather passive match to suddenly burst into life as a collision between Fraser Franks and John-Lewis sparked a huge flare up between the two sides. In the resulting melee both Bergqvist and Scott Kerr were booked as well as John-Lewis.

The bruising half continued as just 10 minutes into the half both Lee Clarke and John-Lewis were forced off after a terrible clash of heads from a corner. Beautyman and Andy Cook came on.

Loick Pires replaced the ineffective Kurtis Guthrie and almost immediately shot a highly ambitious effort from 35 yards out that grazed harmlessly wide.

Since coming on, Beautyman had been finding good space just outside the box and got two good shots away that well blocked by the impressive McDonald and Kerr – the latter with a suspicion of a handball.

Dyer’s good game continued as a great touch got him clear of Chris Doig and his curling shot just crept wide. With 11 minutes to go, Dyer’s mazing run in the final third drew a foul from Doig to win a free kick just outside the semi-circle which Franks blazed over.

Grimsby had been flat for the majority of the half but with 10 minutes to go, Butcher just tipped over Kerr’s cross which some fans thought was in and from the resulting corner, Scott Neilson’s overhead kick flew over.

With five minutes the game appeared to be heading to a 0-0 draw but Dyer once again had other ideas. After another run, he was brought down on the edge of the box and despite pleas from the fans, referee Hicks played a great advantage. The ball fell to Lafayette who slipped past McDonald and drove his shot into the bottom corner to give Welling a late lead.

With five minutes of added time remaining, Dayle Southwell got a shot away on the left wing of the box and although it was straight at him, Butcher parried straight back into the danger zone and Franks just managed to clear the loose ball.

Although there were some nervy moments for the Wings’ fans, Franks and Hudson dealt with every cross that was put into the box which allowed the Wings to pick up their first three points of the season.

Welling United: Butcher, Bergqvist, Franks, Hudson, Obersteller, Gallagher, Clarke © (Beautyman 56), Dyer, Healy, Guthrie (Pires 64), Lafayette:      Turner, Webb, Obersteller,

Grimsby Town: McKeown, Bignot, Doig, McDonald, Thomas, Kerr (Southwell), Disley ©, McLaughlin, Colbeck, John-Lewis (Cook 56), Rodman (Neilson 87):     Hatton, Thanoj,


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