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Welling United travel to Salisbury City looking to make huge promotion step

PUBLISHED: 17:45 05 April 2013

Jake Reid (left) celebrates his second goal against Chelmsford City with Lee Clarke, which helped put them on the verge of promotion. Pic by David Brown

Jake Reid (left) celebrates his second goal against Chelmsford City with Lee Clarke, which helped put them on the verge of promotion. Pic by David Brown

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It has been 13 years since the Wings last graced the Blue Square Bet Premier (or the Vauxhall Conference as it was in 2000) and victory against the second-placed Wiltshire outfit will leave them at least 13 points clear with five games remaining.

Both Salisbury and Dover Athletic, who sit 11 and 13 points behind Welling respectively at the start of the weekend, have a game in hand but it will be a big ask to overturn such a deficit at this late stage of the season.

Welling won both games over the Easter weekend 3-0 and are on a run of only one defeat in their last eight games and their success this season has been built largely on the home form, where the Wings are unbeaten in the league and have dropped only eight points all season.

They were last in the highest division of non-league football at the turn of the century when Welling were relegated on goal difference. They have been in the Blue Square Bet South or its equivalent ever since and in 2010 the club almost went out of business after accruing significant debts but the fans bailed the club out.

And they have been rewarded in the three years since with steadily improving performances which look like culminating in promotion.

For updates of the match, which starts at 3pm, follow @wellingunited.

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