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Champions Welling United clinch unbeaten home season with Eastleigh draw

PUBLISHED: 09:55 29 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:55 29 April 2013

Kurtis Guthrie (right) gives Welling the lead.Pic by David Brown

Kurtis Guthrie (right) gives Welling the lead.Pic by David Brown

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Welling United lifted the Blue Square Bet South trophy in front of more than 1,500 fans on Saturday.

The 1-1 draw against Eastleigh at Park View Road ensured they finish unbeaten at home in the league for the first time in the club’s history.

Striker Kurtis Guthrie continued his recent good form when he gave the Wings the lead after just 12 minutes.

The game had an anticlimatic feel to it and was played at a slow tempo. Welling were celebrating the league title and Eastleigh had clinched a play-off spot.

With seven minutes remaining, the visitors equalised to prevent the Wings signing off their 50th season with a win.

Home goalkeeper Sam Mott made a superb save from Dale Binns’ shot, tipping it onto the bar, but in-form striker Craig McAllister tapped in the rebound.

The final whistle was greeted with wild celebrations as Welling fans got to see their heroes lift a league title for only the second time in the club’s history.