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Welwyn Garden City FC

Home of the "Citizens" - Established 1921

The BP Mitchell Stadium, Herns Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL7 1TA

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THERE seem to be goals galore whenever WGC play and so there were again, as Adam Fisher's side got their league season back on track with a crushing away win at Biggleswade United, after the previous week's home disappointment against London Colney.

 

Two opening away games in the SSML Premier have produced 12 goals - WGC scoring 11 of them - and this was a very impressive display, despite the side still lacking a quartet of players unavailable and the heart of their midfield, Danny Payne (hamstring) and skipper Daryl Smith (knee ligaments), both injured.

 

Boss Fisher blooded 17-year-old Nathan Dimmock in his midfield, after the teenager had scored twice for the reserves last weekend and had another youngster Liam Tring on the bench.

 

It was Dimmock, who immediately took the eye seven minutes into the game with a sensational goal. Skipper for the night Sam Perrin put in a fine, dipping cross to the far post, that the teenager met with a first-time volley. Home keeper Mortas got hands to it, but couldn't keep the effort out.

 

A perfect start for WGC and the youngster, but it only lasted four minutes. WGC failed to stop home skipper Martin Russell overlapping down the left, he put in a cross that striker Lee Bilcock pulled down and struck past Joe Croft, that hit the far post and rebounded in for 1-1.

 

The goals kept coming in a very lively start and WGC re-took the lead in 16 minutes. The giant Carl Mensah claimed most attention as the Citizens forced a corner, but his co-central defender Yasin Boodhoo peeled off at the far post, reached the corner kick to head home under the bar. Craig Arnott touched it in, but the goal was deservedly credited to the defender, having crossed the line.

 

Ten minutes later WGC were within a whisker of a third, a poor clearance from keeper Mortas was seized on by Jason Caswell who set up Josh Bronti to hit a rising effort back past the keeper, only for it to hit the bar and bounce out.

 

Then the visitors effectively clinched the points with two goals in as many minutes just before the interval.

 

Keeper Joe Croft provided the assist for the first, with a long clearance that seemed to somehow elude nearly every player on either side, to find Bronti running through. He held off a challenge to stab it past Mortas for 3-1.

 

Before Biggleswade United could recover, Bronti turned provider, supplying the pass for Arnott to loft in an excellent effort that also cleared the keeper to go in off the bar and maintain his current goal-a-game ratio for 4-1 at the interval.

 

WGC had to replace Croft between the posts at half-time, suffering from shin splints, with the experienced Jamie Jackson, who was soon called into action.

 

The new keeper made a fine save getting down on his line to hold a shot through a crowded area, to prevent Bilcock scoring his second of the night.

 

Then Jackson raced 40 yards from goal to meet home substitute Elliott full on and make a fine block that saw both players grounded. Biggleswade's Matt Cooper took aim at the unguarded net, but his long-range effort was just wide, in a let-off for the Citizens.

 

WGC replaced Bronti with Ashley Kersey and the striker missed a chance almost as soon as he came on, charging down Kimbi's clearance to go clean through, only to shoot straight at Mortas.

 

At the other end, Jackson was kept busy, tipping over a goalbound Bilcock header and from the resulting corner, saving Cooper's effort on the line.

 

A fine game continued end to end and Kersey put Aaron Cato through, but he screwed his final effort wide before WGC finally bagged a fifth five minutes from the end.

 

Kersey again played Cato in the clear. This time, his shot was blocked, but when the rebound came out, Caswell, following up, cleverly swerved his effort over the fallen keeper and defenders to find the net.

 

WGC: Croft (Jackson 45), Perrin, Mensah, Boodhoo, Welsh, Cato, Dimmock, Cifunetes, Arnott (Tring L 75), Bronti (Kersey 62), Caswell.

Biggleswade United 1 - 5 Welwyn Garden City FC