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Welling United secure 2-1 victory at Billericay Town to go six clear in Blue Square Bet South

PUBLISHED: 09:31 18 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:31 18 March 2013

Ross Lafayette helped secure the points against Billericay Town. Pic by David Brown

Ross Lafayette helped secure the points against Billericay Town. Pic by David Brown

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Welling United edged a step closer to the Blue Square Bet South title with a hard-fought win at Billericay Town on Saturday (16).

The 2-1 victory, secured by goals from Fraser Franks and Ross Lafayette, moves the Wings six points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand on second-placed Salisbury City.

It was a hard-fought contest against a team threatened with relegation, but defender Franks settled the nerves with a header after 17 minutes.

Jake Reid was denied his first goal for Welling by a brilliant save from Billericay goalkeeper Sam Beasant, but top scorer Lafayette fired in the rebound to make the points safe five minutes from time.

Lafayette’s shot may have taken a deflection, either off Anthony Acheampong or a Billericay defender, so it remains to be seen who will be credited with the goal.

The home side were rewarded for their performance with a consolation from substitute Nathan Ashton two minutes from time but Welling held on for a precious three points.

The Wings face two away games in the South West in the space of four days as they look to consolidate their lead - Bath City on Tuesday (19) and Truro City on Saturday (23).

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