Woking move into playoff spot with draw at home to Welling

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Woking 2-2 Welling United
Vanarama Conference
Kingfield Stadium
4th April 2015

Woking moved a step closer to the playoffs with a point a home to a gutsy Welling United, who more than deserved their point, however it still leaves them lingering around the drop zone, six points from safety.

The Cards looked poised to pull off another of their familiar comeback victories when they turned over a half-time deficit to lead 2-1 with a Scott Rendell penalty and Yemi Odubade’s close-range strike, only for the relegation battlers to snatch a 2-2 draw with 13 minutes remaining.

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Woking feel behind early, in the 9th minute, when former loanee Ross Lafayette headed home. It was an all too familiar scene, with Woking again conceding from a set play this season.

Welling were good for their lead throughout the first half, but nearly conceded when a poor goal kick was knocked straight back through the defence and Scott Rendall was through on goal, only to see his attempted lob come to nothing. It was a let off for Welling, who managed to see the half out and take their lead in with them.

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In the second half Woking took the game to Welling and were rewarded when Gallagher tripped Odubade in the box. Rendall duly dispatched the penalty, although goalkeeper Henly will be disappointed he wasn’t able to pull of the save.

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It wasn’t long until Woking went on to take a 2-1 lead, with Odubade finishing well from close range after unselfish play inside the box from Rendell, after good work from Betsy and Goddard.

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However, Welling weren’t finished and after a corner was only half cleared, a quick thinking first time cross was headed home well by Tashan Adeyinka for 2-2.

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There was still time for more drama, after Rendall put the ball in the back of the net only to have the linesman’s flag wipe the strike out for offside.

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However, 2-2 was a fair reflection of what was an entertaining game. Both teams now have tough fixtures on Easter Monday, with Woking travelling to Dover and Welling with a home tie against Woking’s playoff rivals Eastleigh.

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