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Lincoln City 1 Welling United 2

12 March 2014
by Matthew Panting

Welling's on-loan midfielder Josh Wakefield

Welling's on-loan midfielder Josh Wakefield

Two goals in three first-half minutes handed Welling victory at Lincoln on Tuesday night in Skrill Premier.

Josh Wakefield's excellent 20-yard curler and Harry Beautyman's deflected effort were enough for the WIngs to eventually run out comfortable winners.

Under the cosh early on, Welling trailed to Kris Bright's fifth-minute opener after the visitors twice failed to clear a right-wing cross.

It could have been 2-0 on 15 minutes but, after Joe Healy gave the ball away, Ben Tomlinson drove forward but dragged his right-foot shot wide of the far post.
Welling came into the game midway through the half, Beautyman firing wide and Loui Fazakerley firing straight at keeper Nick Townsend.

The equaliser came on 37 minutes. Tom Bender drove down the left-wing and set-up Wakefield, and the Bournemouth midfielder cut inside to curl an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

The Wings were ahead three minutes later as on-loan Charlton forward, playing in a central role with leading scorer Ross Lafayette on the bench, chased a lost cause and pulled the ball back for Beautyman, whose shot took a deflection to beat Townsend.

Welling should have had a penalty two minutes before half-time as Healy was taken o542ut in th e box by Nat Brown but referee Karl Evans, who was well away from the incident, was unmoved.

There was still time for Townsend to turn away Blaine Hudson's header from Beautyman's free-kick on the stroke of half-time.

Chances were few and far between after the break but those that did come went to the visitors, who looked a threat on the break. Sho-Silva led a quick attack and set up Beautyman but Townsend produced a terrific one-handed save to deny him.

It took the hosts until nine minutes from the end to register their first effort at goal in the second half but Sean Newton's free-kick was actually a mis-hit cross that keeper Jamie Turner turned away for a corner.

Alfie Mawson, impressive in the Welling defence alongside the ever-reliable Blaine Hudson, saw his downward header from Beautyman's corner tipped over by the keeper with seven minutes left.

Lincoln did have two attempts in stoppage time, but Turner was equal to Charlee Adams and Alan Power's attempts.

The result means Welling, who host FC Halifax on Saturday, remain in 11th after completing the double over The Imps this season.

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