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Injury-hit Welling crash out of FA Trophy

PUBLISHED: 15:31 02 December 2013 | UPDATED: 15:31 02 December 2013

A depleted Welling United were thrashed 3-0 by Braintree Town to crash out of the FA Trophy.

Suffering from a host of injuries, player-manager Jamie Day handed debuts to Callum Webb, Sam Corne, Josh Ekim and Artisde Bassele.

He also started De’Reece Vanderhyde, on loan from Leyton Orient for a second time, and gave goalkeeper Jamie Turner a first appearance of the season.

Welling won at Braintree in October but with Lee Butcher, Loui Fazakerley, Jack Obersteller, Doug Bergqvist, Fraser Franks, Loick Pires and Harry Beautyman all out as well as long term injury victims Luis Cumbers and Connor McLaren, a repeat was never likely.

After an even first 15 minutes, Braintree took the lead. Turner parried a shot from James Mulley and Dan Holman finished comfortably.

The home side increased their lead in the second half as Welling tired. Substitute Dan Sparkes scored after taking down a long ball from Kenny Davis.

Fellow substitue Jordan Cox added some gloss to the scoreline when he burst through in stoppage time.

The match against Grimsby Town, due to be played on Tuesday, has been postponed due to the Mariners FA Trophy replay against Coalville Town.

The Wings travel to League Two outfit Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup second round on Saturday.

The incentive is a place in the third round and £27,000 prize money.

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