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Welling close in on league record

PUBLISHED: 09:48 29 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:48 29 January 2013

Ross Laffayette celebrates his goal against Basingstoke. Pic by David Brown

Ross Laffayette celebrates his goal against Basingstoke. Pic by David Brown

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Welling United are just one win away from beating the Blue Square South record for most consecutive league victories after defeating Basingstoke 1-0 on Saturday.

Despite a lacklustre performance in Hampshire – and two weeks without a game – Jamie Day’s side managed to grind out a 10th straight win to remain second in the league, six points behind leaders Salisbury.

The Wings started strongly at the Camrose with Kurtis Guthrie striking a post from a tight angle, but Basingstoke soon found their feet and began to threaten.

Nathan Smart had Welling goalkeeper Sam Mott beaten from 25 yards before the ball sailed past the outside of the post.

The only goal of the game came on 34 minutes from a counter attack as the Wings hit the home side on the break.

Striker Ross Lafayette’s low, hard drive from the edge of the area found the net.

The second half saw Welling absorb pressure and again they looked to pounce on the break.

Holding on for the final minutes of injury time, the whistle was met with relief by the players who are just 90 minutes away from writing themselves into the league’s history books.

The Wings were due to face Bath City away on Tuesday before returning home to take on Dorchester Town on Saturday.

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