Welling United 1 Lincoln 0 Jolly Unlucky Imps Deserve Better
Welling United conceded almost everything statistically to the Imps except what really counts – goals. Bitter perhaps but then the side deserved better as the following report will illustrate.
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scorers 53 Gallagher
Attendance 746 (579 Wings 167 Imps)
Ref Mr Martin
Day Goes 4-1-4-1 (4-1-2-3)
2 Fazakerley 5 Franks 14 Hudson 19 Obersteller
8 Clarke (Y-77) 4 Gallagher
7 Hughes-Mason 33 Healey
65 Lafayette on for Hughes-Mason, 73 Bergqvist on for Dyer,
On the bench
17 Webb, 6 Bergqvist, 13 Turner, 26 Cargill, 10 Lafayette
Miller Brown Boyce Newton
Jackson Power Dixon
62 Fairhurst on for Foster, 75 Wright on for Dixon,
On the bench
Fairhurst, Wright, Sheridan, Nolan, Gray,
To the game fellow football fans to the game……………
The Imps kicked off on a rain-sodden surface with Power and Jordan working the ball to Jackson’s but his ball to Tomlinson is poor. Fazackerley gets forward well, beating two but Brown clears the cross with ease. Good work by Dixon forces a corner, the first of three but Franks and Hudson show their credentials as one of the best centre-back pairings in the division.
Lincoln continue the bright start with Miller getting forward and playing in Tomlinson who unloads from the edge of the box only to be denied by the heroics of keeper Butcher. Fazakerley again roasts the Imps left flank sending over a peach that Guthrie puts wide from 6 yards. A twenty-five yard free-kick from Heely forces a fabulous parry from Preece and he claims confidently at the resulting deep corner.
The game is open and end to end with Jordan continuing his great and creative form with a super cross to Jackson, but his goal-bound effort is palmed away by a full-length save from Butcher. Left-back Obersteller gets beyond Miller and sends in a cross for Hudson but his header is also saved by Preece. Guthrie shoots wide from the edge of the box before Preece again saves a fierce free-kick from Dyer on the half–hour.
A series of niggly fouls disrupt what has previously been an evenly contested but lively game before a through-ball from Jordan finds Tomlinson who shoots wide. Jackson’s effort from the edge of the box is saved by Butcher with the ball slipping through his gloves for a corner. Newton then sends a twenty-five yard free-kick just a fiver’s breadth over the bar.
Both managers keep the faith as Preece brilliantly and bravely gathers at the foot Guthrie. Power gives to Newton on the overlap who hits a hay-maker but Fazakerley blocks at the expense of a corner. Eight minutes into the half Heely sends in a great ball, the defence fails to deal with it and Gallagher, unmarked in the centre of the box, beats Preece with a drive into the bottom right-hand corner.
The Imps respond and take the initiative, Jackson conjures a cross for Tomlinson but he can only head it wide. Dixon is caught offside before Heely fouls Miller allowing Newton to curl another free-kick just the wrong side of the left-hand post. On the hour Fairhurst is brought on for Foster as the Imps continue to go for the equaliser and he forces our seventh corner of the game. Moments later Fairhurst has an effort that almost ends up in the flats behind the goal.
The Wings also look to regain the tempo of a first half that seems to have withered in the second period as Lafayette comes on for Hughes Mason. The lull continues until Bergqvist, also on his way back from injury, replaces Dyer and an Obersteller free-kick finds Franks but his header is saved by Preece. After a knee injury to Farman our number two has had a competent display that bodes well.
With 15 minutes to go Nick Wright replaces Dixon with the Imps sending four up front to chase a share of the spoils. Clarke gets a card for a trip on Jordan but Marlon Jackson’s free-kick is too high to trouble the keeper. Butcher is however called on to parry a header from Nick Wright with the Imps winning two further corners to hit a milestone of ten for the match compared to the hosts 2 that equate to three for the contest. Alas none led to shooting opportunities as the fruitless run and poor luck in front of goal continues.
The side do deserve better but 13th place considering the size of the budget and the last few years is well worth keeping the faith for. There is also the Cup game against Plymouth to look forward to, which means the rare visit of a League side at reduced admission prices to boot (just £15 / £8 (cons) or a fiver for kids).
shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed
51% Ball 49%
6 Shots on 9
4 Misses 6
5 Saves 6
3 Corners 10
5 Offside 4
9 Fouls 11
1 Yellows 0
0 Reds 0
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