REPORT: Welfare suffer 8th successive league defeat

Welfare suffered their 8th successive League defeat as they went down 3-1 to resurgent Skegness Town at the Vertigo Stadium, writes Steve Pennock.

After being unfortunate not to take a point from last week’s game against Parkgate, Welfare made a positive start to this game with Jordan Buckham seeing his 18 yard shot deflected just wide on 5 minutes. Buckham swung over the resulting corner which saw Tom Finley power a header just inside the near post to give Welfare the lead.
However, the lead didn’t last long as less than 2 minutes later the Welfare defence failed to clear a cross from the Skegness right and the ball was teed up for Josh Morrall to fire a low 25 yard shot just inside the left hand post.
Welfare continued to be positive with Finley seeing a 25 yard shot fly just wide of the top right hand corner on 15 minutes but at the other end Ryan Bedford made a couple of good saves with his legs to deny Daniel Stevens when the striker was clean through.
Gareth Roberts volleyed over from 25 yards following a half-cleared free-kick on 35 minutes whilst a minute later Craig Aspinall and Liam Radford combined 20 yards out for Aspinall to burst into the box but he was denied by an excellent tackle as he shaped to shoot.
Finley and Buckham then combined before Buckham saw his low 18 yard shot smothered by the ‘keeper on 39 minutes.
Two minutes after half time Roberts went close again when his close ranger header at the near post from a Buckham free-kick hit the top of the cross bar.
The returning Luke Williams had replaced Liam Radford at half time and he fired an angled 18 yard shot into the side netting on the hour but, after looking comfortable, disaster struck for Welfare on 68 minutes when Stevens got the luck of the bounce of the ball as a high cross from the left came over for him to nod the ball into the net from close range.
Josh Dodd and Callum McKeown came on for Finley and O’Neill respectively but it was Skegness who found the net again when James Wroot sealed the win with a dipping angled shot from the right that left Bedford rooted to the spot with then minutes to play.
With 5 minutes left tempers frayed when McKeown was clearly stamped on but the referee deemed a free-kick as the only outcome.
Welfare : Bedford, Loftus, Vinten, O’Neill (McKeown 78 mins), Roberts, Lumley, Walker, Aspinall, Finley (Dodd 72 mins), Radford (Williams 45 mins), Buckham. Unused subs. Betts, Jackson.

Referee : Mr. C. Unwin
Attendance : 86

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