Tom Smith returned from injury and saved two penalties to help Welling United progress in the London Senior Cup over the weekend.

Tom Smith playing for Arsenal (Photo via Getty)
Tom Smith playing for Arsenal (Photo via Getty)

Arsenal loanee Tom Smith has been out of action for Welling United’s recent fixtures through injury, and we reported in late August that he was set to miss a couple more weeks.

After those weeks were up, Smith returned to fitness and to the pitch over the weekend for a London Senior Cup match between Welling United and Hanwell Town.

Smith made a number of saves throughout the match, but Welling weren’t at their best and had to settle for 1-1 in the 90 minutes. With no replays or extra time, the game went straight to penalties to decide the result.

It was a great opportunity for Smith to make himself a hero on his return from injury, and he took full advantage. The Arsenal teenager made two impressive saves as Welling won the shootout 4-3.

Smith will now hope his performance has earned him a spot in the team when Welling face Harrow Borough in the FA Cup Second Round of qualifying on Saturday at 15:00 BST.

Thank you to Welling United fan and non-league reporter Mark Doig for his help with this report.

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