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Welling United 1 Macclesfield Town 0

03 March 2014
by Matthew Panting

Blaine Hudson scores his first Welling goal against Macclesfield Picture David Brown

Blaine Hudson scores his first Welling goal against Macclesfield Picture: David Brown

Blaine Hudson scored his first goal for Wellling as they made it back-to-back league wins for the first time since October on Saturday.

Hudson headed in Harry Beautyman's right-wing cross from close range just after the hour mark to reward the Wings for a patient display in front of goal.

Like Gateshead before them on Tuesday, Macclesfield struggled in the second half and it took them until the 75th minute to register their only effort at goal during the second 45 minutes.

Chances were few and far between in the first half although Tobi Sho-Silva was prominent early on and Ross Lafayette saw an early drive saved by keeper Rhys Taylor.

Toby Ajala takes on the Macclesfield defence Picture David Brown

Toby Ajala takes on the Macclesfield defence Picture: David Brown

Macclesfield threatened midway through the half when Connor McLaren was booked for a foul on Danny Andrew. When Paul Turnbull's free-kick was deflected wide for a corner, Andrew then volleyed straight at keeper Jamie Turner - deputising for the injured Lee Butcher - when left unmarked from a near-post corner routine.

Hudson should have scored straight after the restart but, with space at the far post from a short corner, he somehow blazed over when it a goal seemed certain.

Alfie Mawson was denied his second goal in a week when his header was cleared to safety before Welling went ahead on 62 minutes as Toby Ajala set up Beautyman, whose cross was converted by Hudson.

Sho-Silva nearly got a deserved second goal four minutes later when his persistence took him past Andrew but keeper Taylor was out smartly to save.

Lafayette headed over, Sho-Silva was penalised for handball amid claims that he was fouled when racing clean through and then Lafayette shot weakly at Taylor.

Welling comfortably closed the game out as Macclesfield failed to put Turner under any serious pressure.

Welling captain Ross Lafayette strides forward Picture David Brown

Welling captain Ross Lafayette strides forward Picture: David Brown

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