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Welling deservedly saw off higher-league opposition in the FA Trophy after beating Newport at a rain-soaked Park View Road on Saturday.
Goals either side of half-time by Joe Healy and substitute Ben Martin, pictured, ensured the Wings were in Monday’s draw.
Chances were at a premium in the first half, although Welling were indebted to a stunning save from keeper Sam Mott to keep out Michael Smith’s third-minute header.
Welling were quickly on top against a side who started the day joint-top of the Blue Square Bet Premier. Jamie Day and Jake Gallagher won the midfield battle and Ross Lafayette and Kurtis Guthrie again showed signs of forming an excellent partnership.
It was a Guthrie run forward, that was stopped by centre-back Ismail Yakubu, that led to the opening goal after 36 minutes. Day delivered an excellent ball into the box and Joe Healy was left unmarked to power his header beyond former Gills keeper Alan Julian.
The home side were dealt a blow just before half-time when centre-back Fraser Franks was stretchered off after being clattered by his own keeper, Mott.
Keirnan Hughes-Mason then replaced the injured Theo Fairweather-Johnson at the start of the second half and had an immediate impact, feeding Healy whose left-foot shot was turned behind by Julian at full stretch.
Day’s resulting corner was only half-cleared and the Wings player-boss curled a second ball into the area for Martin to meet and head into the bottom corner.
Substitute Jake Harris missed a good opportunity to pull one back but a goal looked more likely at the other end as Hughes-Mason was twice denied by Julian when left with just the keeper to beat. Lafayette forced a double save from the keeper and also saw his header from Healy’s cross come back off the bar.
It could have been a much more convincing scoreline had some of those chances gone in but it would have been the manner in which Welling dominated the game that pleased Day most.
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