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Last-gasp Welling United stay top of the pile

PUBLISHED: 09:49 11 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:49 11 March 2013

Jake Gallagher (front) celebrates his equaliser against Basingstoke

Jake Gallagher (front) celebrates his equaliser against Basingstoke

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An injury-time Jake Gallagher equaliser against Basingstoke ensured Welling United stay top of the Conference South on Saturday (9).

It was the second consecutive game Gallagher had rescued the Wings and the 1-1 draw preserved their unbeaten home record in the league at Park View Road.

Manny Williams had given Basingstoke the lead just before half-time and it looked like being enough for the team who beat Welling’s title rivals Salisbury City four days earlier.

The home side had a strong penalty appeal three minutes into the second half when Kurtis Guthrie’s run took him past two defenders before Nathan Smart appeared to bundle him over in the box. The referee chose not to book him for diving or give him a penalty, awarding a goal kick instead.

But Basingstoke’s persistent time-wasting saw the referee add four minutes on to the end of the game and that was enough time for Gallacher to fire into the bottom corner through a crowded penalty area to claim a point.

The result sees Welling stay ahead of Salisbury on goal difference, but they have three games in hand.

One of those is against Tonbridge Angels on Tuesday night (12) at Park View Road.


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