Welton Rovers knocked out of Les Phillips Cup by Gillingham Town
MATCH REPORT: Welton Rovers 0, Gillingham Town 2
Welton Rovers more than held their own against high-flying Premier Division opponents Gillingham Town but eventually succumbed to a 2-0 defeat in Saturday's Les Phillips Cup preliminary round tie at West Clewes.
On a wet and heavy pitch, Welton threatened first when a great through ball from Byron Lismore put the visiting defence under pressure and Anthony Conradi was only inches away from connecting with the ball. Minutes later, Conradi broke through but skewed his shot wide.
On 15 minutes, Gillingham were awarded a penalty when the lively Phillip Ormrod was brought down in the Welton box but the spot-kick from Ryan Murray was brilliantly saved by Welton keeper Andy King.
The game went from end to end, with both sides playing quality football. An effort from Gillingham's James Hatcher was saved by King, while Conradi's shot on the turn hit the side-netting.
Welton continued to press and good work from James Cooper found striker Andy Keen but his header flew just over the Gillingham bar.
Further good play from Welton saw the ball fall to Tom Pawley and his first-time effort was brilliantly palmed away by Gillingham keeper Jamie Beale.
The second half started with both sides going all out to break the deadlock. Gillingham's Steve Smith was found in space in the Welton area and his shot flashed across the box, while Dan Cottle's effort on goal was saved by Beale's legs.
Welton should have opened the scoring when quality play from Keen on the right saw his cross find Conradi unmarked at the far post but the striker headed his effort wide of the open goal.
Gillingham went in front on the hour mark when Aaron Rodriguez's corner was headed home by the dangerous Ormrod.
Rovers looked to respond and Conradi's first-time shot rattled the Gillingham bar.
However, the visitors started to close the game down and Welton found it hard to penetrate their defence.
To rub salt intp the wound, Gillingham were awarded a penalty deep into stoppage time when Lismore handled in the area and Smith calmly slotted home from 12 yards.