Welling crushed by Halifax

PUBLISHED: 11:38 21 October 2013 | UPDATED: 11:38 21 October 2013

Welling crashed to defeat at Halifax. Pic by David Brown

Welling crashed to defeat at Halifax. Pic by David Brown


Welling United came crashing back down to earth with a thrashing at Halifax Town.

A win could have taken the Wings as high as third in the Conference Premier table, but a first-half hat-trick from Lee Gregory put paid to those hopes.

An injury-hit Welling only named four substitutes, and player-manager Jamie Day recalled himself for the injured Alex Dyer while Blaine Hudson came in for the ill Jack Obersteller.

Gregory struck with a header after seven minutes from Adam Smith’s cross.

He doubled his tally with a superb overhead kick halfway through the first-half and completed his treble with an easy tap in nine minutes before the interval.

Welling were shellshocked but had a golden opportunity to reduce the arrears on the stroke of half-time.

Loick Pires was fouled in the penalty area but Kurtis Guthrie effort was saved by Halifax keeper Matt Gleenon.

Welling improved in the second-half but could find no response and drop to ninth in the table.

They travel to Bristol-based Brislington in the final FA Cup qualifying round - with the prize for the winners £12,500 and a place in the first round proper.

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