Double Easter win boosts Welling United promotion chances
PUBLISHED: 09:56 02 April 2013 | UPDATED: 15:40 02 April 2013
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.