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Lee Clarke revelling in happy atmosphere at Welling United

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Rejuvenated Lee Clarke has revealed that a better atmosphere at the club is behind Welling's improvement in form.

The Wings have won their last three Blue Square South games, and Clarke has played a pivotal role in the wins at Worcester and against Staines in Jamie Day's first match in charge.

It is a far cry from the start of the season when Clarke struggled for form under former boss Andy Ford, who said after the defeat at Thurrock in August that "my missus has got more movement than him (Clarke) at the moment."

After a loan spell at Cambridge City, Clarke has returned to Park View Road firing on all cylinders.

"The bad start took its toll at the start of the season," said Clarke. "There was a lot of negativity around the place but all that's gone now.

"I think the fans can see the difference and the closeness between the players now.

"Winning games gives confidence. The atmosphere is a lot better, not just in the training room but around the club, everyone is happier.

"When you are not winning games, people start analysing everything and the back-biting happens."

Clarke also stressed the importance of beating Staines last weekend, a game where he put in a man-of-the-match display which was capped by scoring the second goal.

"We knew before the game that they were four points ahead of us," he added. "While it was impressing the new gaffer, the bigger picture was about moving up the table.

"That puts us one point behind them so we're slowly creeping up there.

"Being a striker, it's nice to score goals. I managed to get on the end of a fumble from their keeper and was delighted to put it in."

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