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Draw specialists Welling United claim a point at Slough Town

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Claiming a point at Slough Town cemented Welling United’s position as the draw kings of the Vanarama National League South.

Eighteen times they finished games tied for victory and the season ended with them in seventeenth place in the table, eight points ahead of the bottom four.

In Slough, neither team had a chance to go up or down, yet the players from both teams put in a hundred percent effort in swirling windy conditions.

In the first half the home team had by far the better ball possession and goal chances. Welling goalkeeper Reice Charles-Cook was busy making regular saves from Matt Lench and Nathan Minhas (twice). He was then called upon to create a more difficult angle when Johnny Goddard’s corner picked out Dan Bayliss at the near post and the Wings custodian did well to hold on to his header from close range.

Leon Chambers-Parillon tried his luck with a shot from twenty yards with the outside of his boot. Charles-Cook could only watch and was relieved when the ball went past the far post. The Welling goalkeeper was again helpless as Goddard got on the end of David Ogbonna’s low cross, but Slough’s top scorer skied over it from inside the six-yard box when it looked easier to score.

Charles-Cook then made a good low save from Chambers-Parillon before Welling had a great chance himself. Jason Adigun’s glorious pass across the pitch split the Slough defense and sent Gene Kennedy through, but the young Colchester United loanee’s effort flew just past the far post.

Ogbonna then went close with a curler that beat Charles-Cook but came back off the post. As the first half drew to a close, Welling’s goalkeeper made another excellent save to deny Minhas.

After the break, Welling emerged more lively as an attacking force and Anthony Grant’s shot from an Antony Papadopoulos pass fizzled inches wide before Adigun’s well-struck shot was beaten by Dan Lincoln and Cameron Green’s first follow-up was off target.

Lincoln saved well from Reece Grant before Goddard hit wide at the other end.

Less than twenty minutes remained when the deadlock was broken. Adigun’s skills on the wing allowed him to escape. He played it inside against Papadopoulos and ran on to receive the return pass before driving across goal for Reece Grant to finish from close range.

Six minutes later, however, things were back in order. Ogbonna made his way into the penalty area and when Green came in to challenge, the Slough winger went to ground and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Goddard stepped up and sent Charles-Cook the wrong way.

In the closing stages Welling looked for a winner and Lincoln got down well to save a Papadopoulos free-kick before Adigun almost scored a late winner. He saw Lincoln standing outside his line and his first attempt from over fifty yards was only just off target.

There were no further chances and Welling shook hands on a well-deserved point.

Welling United: Charles-Cook, Johnson (Williams-Lowe 78), Green, A. Grant (Munns 66), Burchell, Byrd, Adigun, Kennedy, Amoo (Bramble 60), R. Grant, Papadopoulos. Subs not used: Lema, Roscrow.