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Welwyn Garden City

Home of the "Citizens" - Established 1921


Herns Way, Panshanger, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL7 1TA

WGC slogged their way to another three points towards promotion with a comfortable four goal victory over a clearly improved Stony Stratford on Saturday.


In the Citizens' first Saturday home game since just after Christmas, they found the very heavy Herns Lane surface more of a test than a Stony side that is much improved from the one that they put five past in Buckinghamshire on the season's opening day.


They also did it with an understrength side, lacking skipper Liam Kenna, striker Jason Caswell and Craig Arnott, in midfield, who were all unavailable and the still suspended Daryl Smith.


Adam Fisher's side never looked back from the moment they were gifted a second minute opener by a goalkeeping howler. Stony's Nathan Chase came out to collect a Sean Brettell free-kick it, fumbled it and dropped it behind him and Yasin Boodhoo had a simple task of tapping in for 1-0.


Chase did better 10 minutes later, hanging onto a well struck 20 yarder from the impressive Brettell, but on 18 minutes, WGC doubled their lead. Brettell slanted over another free-kick and Marc Arnott anticipated well to divert it with his header beyond Chase for a 2-0 lead.


Stony looked dangerous on the break and WGC keeper Joe Croft had to improvise to kick clear off the feet of visiting striker Chris Weah, when he broke through. Then Stony's MIke Jones turned inside Sam Perrin, but struck his shot straight at Croft.


Boodhoo struck a fierce 25 yarder inches wide at the other end and then the midfielder got on the end of Brettell corner, but his downward header was saved by Chase on the line.


In stoppage time at the end of the half, Croft had to make an impressive double save, first blocking another Weah effort and make a sharp diving save from Liam Oakes, from the rebound.


Boss Fisher introduced new signing Oscar Gibbon 10 minutes after the restart and the newcomer made an instant impression with some powerful, driving runs and linking up well with his new teammates.


In fact, when WGC had a goal disallowed on 65 minutes, Perrin's dipping free-kick to the far post, seemingly getting a final touch off Gibbon before going in, it seemed the newcomer had been deprived of a debut goal, by an assistant's flag.


But five minutes later, Gibbon played a huge part in WGC's third that sealed the points. He won a full blooded tackle on Stony winger Blair, dispossessing his opponent and hooking the ball on to teammate Marc Arnott, who capped a fine move by expertly swerving his shot around keeper Chase, for his second and a 3-0 lead.


Substitutes Bradley Jenner and Reggie Ross were brought on for the final stages and five minutes from time, young Ross capped his introduction with a finely taken goal.


When found by another Brettell free-kick, Ross cleverly lifted his effort over Chase for it to drop in behind the keeper and complete the scoring.


WGC: Croft, Perrin, Costain, Dekanski, Lovell, Cato (Ross 77), Cifuentes, Boodhoo (Gibbon 55), Brettell, Arnott (M), Norris (Jenner 71).

Welwyn Garden City FC 4 - 0 Stony Stratford