Wings clipped by in-form Sutton
PUBLISHED: 09:54 13 February 2013 | UPDATED: 09:54 13 February 2013
Welling slipped to a second defeat in four days to dent their Conference South promotion charge.
Ross Lafayette’s late goal was nothing more than a consolation as two early second-half goals for Sutton United clinched a 2-1 victory.
After winning 12 games in a row, Welling need to find form again for the promotion push.
De’Reece Vanderhyde, on loan from Leyton Orient, made his debut and second top scorer Kiernan Hughes-Mason was replaced with Scott Kinch in a tactical switch as the Wings made a sluggish start against in-form United.
The home side had the chance to take the lead on the stroke of half-time when Craig Dundas was brought down to earn a penalty.
Sam Rents stepped up to take it but Welling goalkeeper Sam Mott pulled off a superb save.
Lafayette had an excellent chance to open the scoring soon after the break but after rounding Sutton goalkeeper Wayne Shaw, he shot high and wide after losing his balance.
Welling were made to pay on the hour mark as Dundas converted a cross and five minutes later, Harry Ottaway doubled the lead.
The visitors struggled to created opportunities despite the introduction of Hughes-Mason and Jon Main.
The latter did set up Lafayette superbly as the striker bagged his 13th of the season with two minutes remaining, but it was not enough to salvage a point.
Any disappointment will be slightly tempered by news that league leaders Salisbury City lost 1-0 at Eastleigh.
Welling remain three points behind in second place, with two games in hand.