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By Matthew Panting
Welling moved top of Blue Square Bet South with a comfortable home win over play-off hopefuls Farnborough on Tuesday night.
The Wings are now above Salisbury on goal difference, with a game in hand, although their rivals visit Boreham Wood on Wednesday with the chance to regain top spot.
There were few chances in the first half with the game played at a quick pace and both defences on top.
Wings keeper Sam Mott did well to turn behind Daniel Bennett’s low drive while, at the other end, Jack Obersteller’s free-kick evaded everyone and Joe Healy fluffed his shot after another free-kick caused problems.
It was no surprise that Welling made the breakthrough from a set-piece with six minutes of the half remaining. Obersteller’s free-kick fell to Ben Martin and his low cross-shot was turned in at close range by Anthony Acheampong (pictured).
The game opened up after the break but it was always Welling who looked more threatening. They wrapped the points up on 64 minutes when Obersteller intercepted Nic Ciardini’s wasteful pass and Kiernan Hughes-Mason fed Ross Lafayette. The striker created space for himself on the edge of the box and brilliantly curled his left-foot shot beyond former Charlton keeper Ross Warner for his 16th goal of the season.
Farnborough missed a good opening to get back into the game when an excellent move saw substitute Dave Tarpey fire just wide of the near post but, for all their neat play, they lacked a cutting edge with young full-back De’Reece Vanderhyde enjoying an excellent game for the home side.
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