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Welling United first team coach Paul Barnes says teams more streetwise after third league win in a row

Welling first-team coach Paul Barnes feels his team are finally becoming streetwise in the National League.

The Wings made it three wins in a week as they moved five points clear of the drop zone on Saturday, defeating FC Halifax 2-0 at Park View Road.

Barnes feels that the young squad are learning from their mistakes.

Ricky Wellard runs at FC Halifax on Saturday. Picture; David Brown
Ricky Wellard runs at FC Halifax on Saturday. Picture; David Brown

"You're not always going to have things your own way," said Barnes.

"At times you need to stand up and be counted. At times, it's not about playing pretty football, it's about doing the right thing at the right time and being effective. That's what we are slowly starting to do, we're effecting games at important moments.

"The boys have learnt from the experiences so far this season.

"Finally results have started to go our way. Performance-wise we felt it was good before but we needed to fine-tune defensively.

"We're still far away from where we want to be. There's lots of work to be done but it's a nice position to be in.

"There were times in previous weeks we might have let our heads drop or let a silly goal in but against FC Halifax everyone was at it."

Barnes also praised striker Sahr Kabba, who scored twice to take his tally for the season to four since joining Welling in the close season.

"Kabs is a brilliant lad on and off the pitch," said Barnes. "He is great to have around the place.

"We know he can score goals. The first half was fizzling out but he was electric in the box. He was the first to react and then the finish for the second goal was second to none."

The win gives Welling plenty of confidence ahead of the trip to lowly Kidderminster next weekend but Barnes insisted that the Wings management were always positive.

"Even if you go back seven days, we were always looking up," he claimed.

"People may say if you are down the bottom you can only look up but we were always positive.

"It was more 'when' we were going to get the performance. We thought it was going to come against Tranmere but now we're finally taking those chances and keeping the door shut at the back."

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