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Double Easter win boosts Welling United promotion chances

PUBLISHED: 09:56 02 April 2013 | UPDATED: 15:40 02 April 2013

Jake Reid (left) celebrates his second goal against Chelmsford City with Lee Clarke, which helped put them on the verge of promotion. Pic by David Brown

Jake Reid (left) celebrates his second goal against Chelmsford City with Lee Clarke, which helped put them on the verge of promotion. Pic by David Brown

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Welling United took a giant leap towards promotion from the Conference South thanks to two comprehensive Easter victories.

The Wings followed up a 3-0 win at home to Chelmsford City on Good Friday with a similarly comprehensive victory at Eastbourne Borough yesterday.

The lead at the top of the table is now 11 points with a crucial trip to second-placed Salisbury City on Saturday (6).

The Easter programme got off to a cracking start as a season-record crowd of 1,065 saw Welling go a goal and a man up against Chelmsford within 10 minutes.

Visiting captain Kenny Clark was sent off for a rash challenge after just three minutes and Jake Reid made the numerical advantage pay with his first Welling goal six minutes later.

The striker doubled his tally after half-time and substitute Kiernan Hughes-Mason rounded off the easy victory with 15 minutes remaining.

Welling then travelled to Sussex on Easter Monday and took an early lead through a Scott Kinch header.

Prolific defender Anthony Acheampong made it 2-0 with his seventh goal of the season and Hughes-Mason came off the bench to score his second goal in four days as a substitute. Ben Martin saw red for Welling in stoppage time.

Victory in Wiltshire will as good as clinch promotion to the Conference National for the first time in 13 years.

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