WELWYN GC moved up a place to fifth in the SSML Premier table with a comfortable home win over midtable Cockfosters, in a game that couldn't help but have an end-of-season feel to it, after the thrills and excitement of their remarkable League Challenge Trophy victory three days before.
In effect, this match was decided in the opening five minutes when the Citizens twice breached a very rocky Cockfosters defence to build a 2-0 lead.
The north Londoners never really recovered from these early reversals, but to their credit, by midway through the half were making a real fist of it and had they scored then, it might have been a much closer outcome.
The game opened with Cockfosters on the attack and WGC keeper Joe Croft had to make an unorthodox save, 'heading' away a difficult. bouncing ball in the game's first raid.
WGC responded by taking the lead in the second minute, gifted an opening goal when Cockfosters keeper Dunne and his central defender Massey got in a terrible tangle - leaving it to each other - trying to halt Dave Parkinson and Josh Bronti rolled in a tap-in for the easiest of his 26 goals this season.
The visitors defence wasn't much better three minutes later. The lively Parkinson burst through down the middle onto Danny Payne's through ball and as Dunne advanced, Parkinson tipped it past him into the net for his 18th of the campaign.
WGC were now very comfortable and could have a third on the quarter-hour, a fine challenge by skipper Daryl Smith sending Parkinson away. He pulled back a good cross that saw defender Jay Lovell come onto and drive powerfully just past a post.
At the other end, keeper Croft wasn't tested until the 25th minute, when he went down impressively to hold a Massey header as Cockfosters gradually clawed their way back into the game.
At the other end, Parkinson brought a good diving save from Dunne from a driven free-kick to be denied his second and then the winger drove a low cross across the face of goal that inches away from the incoming Ashley Kersey.
The half closed with another good Dunne save to, this time keeping out a close range Parkinson header from Bronti's cross.
Dunne was back in action early in the second-half to foil Bronti before Parkinson got a deserved second and the side's third nine minutes after the resumption.
Again the impressive Payne delivered a peach of a pass over the Cockfosters defence, that Parkinson cleverly ran around to collect and drive past Dunne into the far corner.
That was the result sealed with still 35 minutes to go and although manager Adam Fisher tried to introduce fresh legs in the form of Nathan Dimmock, Yasir Rashid and Craig Arnott for a clearly tired Luke Robins, Kersey and Payne, the game petered out to its inevitable conclusion - a WGC win.
The only action of note in the final 20 minutes being Parkinson scorning the chance of a hat-trick, when he strongly bustled through several Cockfosters challenges to go clear, only to blaze his final effort wildly over the bar.
WGC: Croft, Lovell, Boodhoo, Mensah, Welsh, Payne (Arnott 82), Smith, Robins (Dimmock 65), Bronti, Kersey (Rashid 73), Parkinson.