Welling United 3 Dorchester Town 2
By Matthew Panting
Ross Lafayette had the last laugh as Welling
made it a record 11 Blue Square Bet South wins in a row on
Joint-leading scorer Lafayette
(pictured) was the subject of a number of robust challenges
from a physical Dorchester side throughout but managed to escape
his marker to fire in the winner with 12 minutes left.
Welling had earlier twice led only to see
Dorchester level with virtually their only two efforts at goal.
The Wings were without defenders Loui
Fazakerley (broken foot) and Anthony Acheampong (groin) as well as
striker Kurtis Guthrie (knee). But they had enough to overcome a
Dorchester side who beat them by the same scoreline earlier in the
Weling went ahead inside six minutes as Theo
Fairweather-Johnson’s cross was headed back across goal by Kiernan
Hughes-Mason for Fraser Franks to head in.
Lee Clarke went close and the impressive
Barney Williams then fed Hughes-Mason but his low shot was
Dorchester’s only attack early on saw Ben
Watson dive theatrically in the area but referee Lloyd Wood – who
booked three players in Welling’s Boxing Day win at Hornchurch for
diving – opted to wave away the penalty appeal and keep his
cards in his pocket.
The visitors did level on 24 minutes when
Ashley Nicholls let fly with a stunning 20-yard shot that went past
keeper Sam Mott before he had a chance to react.
Lafayette was the victim of an off-the-ball
elbow that went unpunished while Charlie Clough was cautioned for a
foul on the striker before half-time, although the card count could
have been much higher.
Welling regained the lead five minutes after
the break as they kept the ball alive on the edge of the box and it
was worked to Joe Healy, whose excellent finish was his 14th goal
of the campaign.
Dorchester equalised with 16 minutes left with
their only noteworthy effort of the half, Neil Martin’s excellent
free-kick headed in by the unmarked Clough from close range.
But Welling restored their advantage four
minutes later as Healy’s backheel found Lafayette in space and he
drilled a low left-foot shot beyond keeper Alan Walker-Harris.
Welling could have extended their lead but
Lafayette’s near-post header came back off the crossbar and
substitute Jake Gallagher fired a right-foot shot inches over.
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