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Welling United 0-1 Hereford United

Kingsley James' fine strike boosted troubled Hereford's survival hopes as they secured a vital win over Welling.

The Bulls, who were given seven days to settle an outstanding tax bill by the High Court on Monday, almost went ahead when a Frankie Artus long-range effort was tipped over by Lee Butcher.

James scored the only goal of the game on 61 minutes, firing into the bottom left corner from outside the box.

The home side piled on the pressure but Hereford stood firm to claim victory.

The Bulls had not won in 13 matches since 25 January but, after enjoying a first victory for new boss Peter Beadle, the Bulls now sit one point above the relegation zone with four matches left.

That includes what could be a defining game on the last day of the season at fellow strugglers Aldershot.

Hereford United chairman David Keyte:

"What a great feeling it was to listen to the commentary from Welling on the radio as the players and Pete Beadle registered a crucial away win.

"It was only marred by Aldershot winning away from home as well but that now brings Southport and Chester back into the dogfight at the bottom.

"We should not underestimate the job that Pete Beadle and Steve Jenkins have done already in lifting these players, who have only been paid in part payments for the last two months, to such a performance."

Line-ups

Welling

  • 18Butcher
  • 38Taylor
  • 6BenderBooked at 77mins
  • 14Hudson
  • 2Fazackerley
  • 21Beautyman
  • 8Clarke
  • 37AjalaSubstituted forHealyat 76'minutes
  • 32Wakefield
  • 35Sho-Silva
  • 10LafayetteBooked at 18mins

Substitutes

  • 33Healy
  • 27Day
  • 3Obersteller
  • 13Turner
  • 5Karagiannis

Hereford

  • 21Lloyd-Weston
  • 12Collins
  • 6Graham
  • 2LeadbitterBooked at 30mins
  • 7Purdie
  • 4James
  • 16Artus
  • 33Murphy
  • 18PilkingtonSubstituted forBrownat 68'minutes
  • 32Bowen
  • 15RankineSubstituted forSmithat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bush
  • 30Williams
  • 17Brown
  • 11Smith
  • 22Edge
Referee:
Declan Ford
Attendance:
480

Match Stats

Home TeamWellingAway TeamHereford
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home8
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Welling United 0, Hereford United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Welling United 0, Hereford United 1.
Foul by Jarrod Bowen (Hereford United).
Lee Clarke (Welling United) wins a free kick.
Foul by Lee Clarke (Welling United).
Sam Smith (Hereford United) wins a free kick.
Foul by Jonathan Brown (Hereford United).
Loui Fazackerley (Welling United) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Hereford United. Sam Smith replaces Michael Rankine.
Foul by Michael Rankine (Hereford United).
Loui Fazackerley (Welling United) wins a free kick.
Foul by Blaine Hudson (Welling United).
Michael Rankine (Hereford United) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Harry Beautyman (Welling United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Corner, Welling United.
Corner, Welling United.

Booking

Tom Bender (Welling United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Tom Bender (Welling United).
Michael Rankine (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Welling United. Joe Healy replaces Toby Ajala.
Foul by Josh Wakefield (Welling United).
Kingsley James (Hereford United) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Lee Clarke (Welling United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.
Foul by Jonathan Brown (Hereford United).
Loui Fazackerley (Welling United) wins a free kick.
Offside, Hereford United. Michael Rankine tries a through ball, but Michael Rankine is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Hereford United. Jonathan Brown replaces Danny Pilkington because of an injury.
Attempt saved. Kingsley James (Hereford United) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Danny Pilkington with a cross.
Attempt missed. Lee Clarke (Welling United) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Josh Wakefield with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Welling United 0, Hereford United 1. Kingsley James (Hereford United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jarrod Bowen.
Attempt saved. Kingsley James (Hereford United) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Frankie Artus.
Corner, Hereford United.
Foul by Tom Bender (Welling United).
Danny Pilkington (Hereford United) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Jarrod Bowen (Hereford United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Ross Lafayette (Welling United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high.
Foul by Jarrod Bowen (Hereford United).
Tom Bender (Welling United) wins a free kick.
Foul by Ross Lafayette (Welling United).
Daniel Leadbitter (Hereford United) wins a free kick.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Luton42271146392
2Cambridge40211363576
3Grimsby402010101970
4Gateshead411911111768
5Halifax411910122267
6Alfreton4221615-266
7Braintree41198141665
8Barnet42181113865
9Salisbury4218915-663
10Nuneaton42171114-462
11Kidderminster41171014161
12Woking4118716-261
13Forest Green41178161559
14Welling42151215357
15Macclesfield4117618257
16Lincoln City42141315-255
17Wrexham4215918-254
18Southport42121020-2046
19Chester42111318-2146
20Hereford42111219-1945
21Aldershot42141216644
22Dartford4111822-2141
23Tamworth428925-3633
24Hyde United421734-7210
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