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Welling United slip to defeat at Bath City

PUBLISHED: 09:41 20 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:41 20 March 2013

Ross Lafayette missed an open goal against Bath City. Pic by David Brown

Ross Lafayette missed an open goal against Bath City. Pic by David Brown

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Welling United missed the chance to stretch their lead at the top of the Blue Square Bet South to nine points with defeat at Bath City last night.

The home side’s Sekoni Simpson scored the only goal of the game nine minutes before half-time to condemn Jamie Day’s side to their second defeat in seven games.

Wings’ top scorer Ross Lafayette missed an open goal after 13 minutes and it was to prove a costly opportunity when Simpson went around Welling goalkeeper Jamie Turner.

The visitors struggled to create clear-cut chances, despite being the division’s top scorers on 72 goals.

Turner made good saves to deny Elliott Chamberlain and Adam Connolly extending Bath’s lead.

Welling’s misery was compounded when substitute Giannoulis Fakinos was shown a red card just before the end for a crude challenge on Connolly. He had only been on the pitch for 13 minutes.

They travel to the South West again on Saturday, hoping to pick up a crucial three points against bottom of the table Truro Town.

Welling remain six points clear of Salisbury with eight game remaining, and every game will be crucial from now until the end of the season, especially as the Wings face their title rivals at the start of next month.

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