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Lee Clarke nods Welling into FA Cup first round

PUBLISHED: 10:15 28 October 2013 | UPDATED: 18:01 28 October 2013

Lee Clarke’s header sent Welling into the first round of the FA Cup for the first time in eight years

The skipper scored the only goal halfway through the second half to see of a brave challenge from Brislington, who are four levels below the Wings in the football pyramid.

The reward for Saturday’s narrow 1-0 is a home tie against fellow Conference Premier outfit Luton Town, who are five points above Welling in the league table.

Clarke nodded in from close range after Brislington keeper Chris Humphries failed to clear Jake Oberseller’s free-kick.

Welling struggled to test Humphries, although defender Blaine Hudson fired just over and Loick Pires rounded the keeper before fluffing his lines.

It is the first time Welling have reached the first round since 2005 when they were knocked out by Huddersfield Town, and they have won £12,500 for their troubles.

Luton were last year’s giantkillers, winning 1-0 at Premier League side Norwich City - the first time a non-league side has won away in the FA Cup against a top flight team in 27 years.

The tie will be played at Park View Road on the weekend of November 9 and 10.


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