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Welling United 1 Wrexham 1

21 December 2013
by Matthew Panting

Kurtis Guthrie Picture Keith Gillard

Kurtis Guthrie Picture: Keith Gillard

Kurtis Guthrie scored his long-awaited first goal of the season on Saturday but Welling had to settle for a point in the Skrill Premier on Saturday against Wrexham at a rain-lashed Park View Road.

Guthrie had gone 23 games without a goal this campaign - his Welling tally is now just five in over a year - but he was left unmarked to head in Harry Beautyman's 28th-minute free-kick to put the Wings ahead.

However, their joy was short-lived as Johnny Hunt scored a spectacular equaliser 10 minutes later, although the goal was hotly-disputed by the hosts who felt referee Robert Whitton missed a foul on Joe Healy that led to the build-up.

Welling keeper Lee Butcher was called into action early on, turning away Hunt's header after a smart free-kick from the visitors, who showed more quality than their league position suggested.

Andy Bishop had a goal disallowed for offside and Rob Ogleby clipped the top of the bar as Wrexham continued to press until Welling went ahead against the run of play.

Once infront, they nearly doubled their lead straight away but skipper Lee Clarke shot wide of the target following Ross Lafayette's cut-back and keeper Andy Coughlin got back in time to keep out Jake Gallagher's speculative 45-yard wind-assisted effort.

Chances proved harder to come by after the break and once Beautyman curled an early free-kick wide, Welling struggled to get out of their half for long periods.

Fraser Franks was on hand to deny Bishop a tap-in while Butcher tipped over Joe Clarke's long-range shot.

Welling nearly snatched the points late on when Joe Healy's stoppage-time corner fell to on-loan substitute Aristide Bassele but his shot was somehow kept out on the line when he seemed certain to score.

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