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Welwyn Garden City

Home of the "Citizens" - Established 1921


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

BOTH clubs were desperate to see some action after three weeks total inactivity due to postponements, in this hastily arranged friendly, played on a synthetic pitch at the University of Herts, Hatfield, on Saturday afternoon.


But WGC showed no sign of rustiness as they burst into a two goal lead in the opening 10 minutes of this fixture against SSML Div 1 neighbours Codicote, with defender Jay Lovell tapping in the opener after a couple of minutes, before Ashley Kersey finished off a good passing movement for 2-0, with around 10 minutes gone.


Codicote settled to deny the Citizens any further reward, although a Craig Arnott effort was inches wide of the upright on the half-hour mark and Codicote's Sam Stephenson struck the WGC bar with a rising shot moments later.


WGC stretched their lead to three seven minutes from the break. John McGrandles won a vital challenge on the edge of his own area and struck a long ball that put Jason Caswell away to beat his marker and net a good effort from a very tight angle.


The 3-0 lead was reduced two minutes after the restart, when WGC defender Yasin Boodhoo miskicked in front of goal and Stephenson made him pay, ramming home the loose ball for 3-1.


Back came WGC for Caswell to strike the Codicote bar from a Dave Parkinson cross before the villagers gifted Adam Fisher's side a fourth, their keeper trying to take on Kersey on the edge of his own area, slipped and lost possession and the striker walked his second into the net.


Codicote again reduced arrears, when Sean Mboto's shot from the edge of the area took a wicked deflection off Caswell to wrong-foot Marcus Bourne in the WGC goal and go into the opposite corner, for 4-2.


Back came the Premier side for Kersey to become the third player to hit the crossbar with a rising effort, while Arnott hit a golden chance straight at the keeper.


But when Joe Price picked off a through ball and found Arnott, the midfielder set up a shooting chance that Parkinson blazed in for the fifth.


WGC added a sixth just before the end, Arnott picking up a loose clearance to strike an effort the keeper couldn't hold and Carl Mensah, up for a previous set piece, rammed in the rebound.


WGC: Jackson, Lovell, Mensah, McGrandles, Welsh, Price, Smith, Arnott, Gunn, Kersey, Caswell. Subs:- Bourne, Perrin, Boodhoo, Parkinson (all used, 45 mins).







Welwyn Garden City FC 6 - 2 Codicote