Advantage Welling after Healy winner

11:15 03 May 2012

Joe Healy (right) bagged the winner in the play-off semi-final first leg with Sutton United. Pic: David Brown

Joe Healy (right) bagged the winner in the play-off semi-final first leg with Sutton United. Pic: David Brown

Archant

Sutton United 1 Welling United 2

Welling take a one goal lead into the second leg at Park View Road on Sunday after a narrow victory at Sutton United.

Loick Pires had the game’s first chance as he headed a Ben Martin flick-on straight at keeper Kevin Scriven.

Pires then went close again with a free-kick, but Scriven did exceptionally well to tip the ball behind for a corner.

Stefan Payne recorded Sutton’s only shot in the opening stages, but put an audacious effort over the bar.

Welling opened the scoring in the 27th minute after a lovely passing move. Lee Clarke burst into the area and met Dean Cracknell’s glorious cross with a diving header that flew past Scriven.

Paul Telfer then hit a free-kick high and wide as Sutton tried to recover.

Welling nearly made it two just before half-time when Joe Healy’s delicate chip from the byline was met by Luis Cumbers at the far post, only to see it blocked on the line by Telfer.

Sutton improved after the break as Leroy Griffiths scuffed a shot wide, before Holloway made a marvellous save from a low Craig Dundas drive.

However, Sutton where to level shortly afterwards. A low cross took several deflections on its way into the Welling area which caught keeper Holloway out and he was unable to prevent the ball squirming under his body and into the net.

Seven minutes later though, Welling regained the lead. Pires broke away in the middle of the park and went on a powerful run, before crossing for the on-rushing Healy who delicately poked past Scriven.

Sutton went in search of the equaliser after the goal and Holloway had to be at his very best to tip a Dundas curling effort past the post.

But Welling dug in and claimed the win knowing that it’s only half-time in the tie.

Welling United: Holloway, Fazakerley (Sambrook 84), Obersteller, Day, Martin, Parkinson, Cracknell, Clarke, Cumbers (Baker 73), Healy, Pires. Unused subs: Kinch, Acheampong, Turner.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest football news

Monday, March 30, 2015
England's Harry Kane (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Theo Walcott has praised Harry Kane’s instant impact for England and insists the Tottenham striker’s “level-headed” personality will help him keep his feet on the ground.

Monday, March 30, 2015
Manchester United's Chris Smalling in action against Arsenal (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Chris Smalling insists he wants to stay at Manchester United despite reported interest from Arsenal.

Monday, March 30, 2015
Sam Saunders of Wycombe Wanderers and Jamie Cureton of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Warren Hackett reflects on 1-0 loss to Wycombe, Jamie Cureton’s opportunity and overall performance

Monday, March 30, 2015
Juan Cuadrado, Kurt Zouma, Loic Remy and Eden Hazard of Chelsea pose with the trophy.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has revealed Jose Mourinho demands “perfection” from his Chelsea players.

Monday, March 30, 2015
West Ham's Alex Song in action against Crystal Palace (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Read our round-up of the latest transfer news and gossip on the London clubs from around the web.

Quizzes

Fulham Wikipedia quiz

Prove your credentials as a true Fulham fan by taking our Whites Wikipedia quiz.

Read more

Don't Miss...

What is this?

Near You Now