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Welling United slip up at Salisbury City in Blue Square Bet South

PUBLISHED: 09:52 08 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:52 08 April 2013

Joe Healy's penalty proved academic for Welling. Pic by David Brown

Joe Healy's penalty proved academic for Welling. Pic by David Brown

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Welling’s Blue Square Bet South title hopes were put on ice following a 2-1 defeat at nearest challengers Salisbury City on Saturday.

The away side were lacklustre for much of the game and perhaps the magnitude of the occasion got to the players - victory would have virtually clinched their promotion to the Blue Sqaure Bet Premier for the first time in 13 years.

The league’s second top scorer Jamie White fired Salisbury into a two goal lead with strikes on 20 and 72 minutes.

Welling failed to create much for a lot of the game but they were handed a lifeline with six minutes remaining when Salisbury goalkeeper Sam Puddy conceded a penalty, for which he was sent off for.

With all of their substitutions used the home side had to put an outfield player in goal. Joe Healy scored from the penalty spot but despite the man advantage Welling could not find the equaliser.

Their lead at the top of the table was reduced to eight points, and Salisbury have a game in hand. Both teams are in action tomorrow night - Welling away to Staines Town, and Salisbury at home to Dover Athletic, whose title hopes were extinguished with a shock 5-0 defeat at home to Basingstoke Town at the weekend.

Welling’s next home game is against Weston-Super-Mare on Saturday as they look to take a step towards the title.

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