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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

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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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