Welling Utd 1 Nuneaton Town 2
Saturday 16th November 2013 (Skrill Premier)
Match Report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
FREDDIE Ladapo scored with his first touch to give Nuneaton Town an injury time win at Welling on Saturday.
Ladapo came on for Louis Moult in the 86th minute to race on to Danny Sleath’s long ball and lob Lee Butcher for a first win in 11 games.
James Armson had equalised a minute after Boro fell behind to Ross Lafayette’s 53rd minute penalty.
It was a highly competitive game that could easily have ended in a draw but a tremendously hard working performance meant the visitors probably deserved it. They are now eighth in Skrill Premier, one point off the play-offs.
There was one change to the team beaten 1-0 at Forest Green Rovers as Adam Walker replaced Wes York in midfield.
That meant James Armson moved to the right wing with Walker partnering Phil Trainer in midfield.
Goalkeeper Kelle Roos and striker Richie Barroilhet were once again not in the squad as they were awaiting international clearance from the Dutch FA still.
Boro started the game well and competed thereafter in the first half. Dave Hibbert missed the target twice from distance in the first 10 minutes, but the visitors’ best chance broke down before it got going.
Tremendous play by Phil Trainer released James Armson to race through midfield.
He had Hibbert in acres to his right but he looked to play a reverse ball to Louis Moult and Welling picked the pass off.
From there the home side came back into the game as a Joe Healy free-kick was flicked on by Kurtis Guthrie but Layfayette could not apply the finishing touch.
James Belshaw was largely untroubled but he was called into a couple of decent saves.
The first saw him gather in an Alex Dyer shot at the second attempt before he pushed away Lafayette’s 20-yard drive that went low to his left.
Boro got off to a terrible start in the second half as Theo Streete gave away a penalty for a clumsy foul on Lafayette as he cleverly cut across the right-back.
There were few complaints from the away side as Lafayette took responsibility and sent Belshaw the wrong way to put Welling 1-0 up.
Nuneaton were level just over a minute later though as Amari’i Bell fed a low cross in that was actually scuffed.
It fell for Moult though and he showed great composure to lift the ball over Butcher, only for it to bounce back off the post.
However, Armson was there to take a touch and volley over the line from two yards.
Boro came desperately close to taking the lead after 63 minutes when Gaz Dean flicked on Armson’s free-kick but Butcher made a tremendous reaction save.
It would have been a goal if he had been able to make a more significant contact.
Kevin Wilkin’s men were well on top for a spell but they could not work Butcher. In fact it was Welling who almost took the lead as Lafayette flicked a cross from the left wide.
Hearts were in mouths were three minutes left as Bell missed a simple chance to clear. Dyer was in on goal but he shot wide with the offside flag up.
The game looked set to end in a draw but Sleath hooked on a long ball that was perfectly weighted for Ladapo to race onto between the centre halves. He showed great composure to lob Butcher from 20 yards and win the game.