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Shildon 26th July

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Super Shildon hit the Blues for six !!

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Welfare's makeshift side were hit for six in Saturdays pre-season friendly at Shildon's Dean Street ground in County Durham . The blues made the journey without either of the first team keepers and missed a host of others , but the side that did play should have been good enough to avoid the chasing a very impressive home side gave them . Two down inside the first six minutes and with two more efforts coming back from the woodwork the visitors never settled . Lee Parker was unlucky when he was clean through on goal and despite being waved on by the linesman was stopped for offside by a referee 30 yards behind play . Mattison , Ward and Brown were forced to work tirelessly to combat the hosts superior passing . Shildon always had a man free to take possession and they used it well .

HT 2-0 .

Welfare came out ready to compete in the second half but within minutes ex Hartlepool and Spenymoor striker Lee Ellison went down as James Mooney's well timed tackle sent the ball out for a corner . However, in an incident that was reminiscent of last years vase clash , the referee awarded a highly contentious penalty . That the officials were harsh on the Blues was noticed by even the home crowd . When John Ward blasted a free Kick high wide and not very handsome one wag in the stand yelled out , "That's why he's not giving you any free kicks No 11 " . A mistake from young keeper Gavin Smith gifted a 4th goal and a sharp six man move let in Ellison for a very good fifth . Ward wriggled through the home defence on 82 minutes to provide DOMINIC BLAIR for a consolation goal but in stoppage time another great move let Shildon finish a good days work with a sixth goal .

WELFARE : SMITH; MOONEY CALDERWOOD BAKER DUTTON MATTISON CRESSEY LIVERSEDGE ARKLE FOX BROWN WARD PARKER NOTEMAN BLAIR

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John Ward in action at Shildon
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Welfare in the Yellow

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WELFARE MAN OF THE MATCH

PAUL MATTISON just ahead of John Ward