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


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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