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Braintree Town 3 Welling United 0

By Matthew Panting
Jamie Turner
Jamie Turner

A much-changed Welling side were comfortably eased out of the FA Trophy at the first round stage by fellow Skrill Premier side Braintree on Saturday.

League survival and next weekend's FA Cup second round trip to Plymouth are high on Welling boss Jamie Day's agenda and it showed as he rested several key men at Cressing Road.

The Wings made six changes from the team beaten at Luton the previous weekend with back-up keeper Jamie Turner given his first start of the campaign. Also coming into the line-up were loan signings Dereece Vanderhyde and Artistide Bassele, youngsters Sam Corne and Josh Ekim and Callum Webb, who operated at wing-back.

Braintree went ahead on 18 minutes when Turner failed to hold on to a through ball and Dan Holman fired into the far corner.

Welling, who were outplayed during the first half, started brightly after the break and Ekim had a long-range free-kick turned behind by keeper Nik Hamann.

But the hosts put the tie beyond doubt with just over 20 minutes left when a long throw-in was helped on and Sean Marks fired home. Then, with two minutes remaining, they added a third goal when substitute Jordan Cox beat Turner at the near post.

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