TWO goals in the final 12 minutes of this fifth league encounter of the season for unbeaten Welwyn GC, saved the Citizens’ record, after they had trailed for more than half the game.
WGC’s fourth away league fixture out of five, was played throughout in torrential rain and with a near tornado – strength wind, blowing down Edgware’s synthetic Silver Jubilee Park pitch.
But it didn’t deter a WGC side who had won handsomely 4-1 on the surface last season and they tore into their mid-table opposition, looking likely to do the same.
Home keeper Cain Davies gave notice of an outstanding display with a slick save in six minutes from WGC top scorer Jon Clements, who drove in low from a Josh Bronti cross.
Moments later, a Bronti free-kick was met by a solid header from marauding central defender Yasin Boodhoo, but the effort was just wide.
Davies pulled off a second fine save to thwart a Bronti effort after Paul Marks and Brandon Carney had combined well and Carney miscued another good opening with his left foot, as the game was almost one-way traffic.
So it was all the more of a shock when Edgware took the lead just past the half-hour with their first serious effort on goal – a powerful downward header from midfielder Manitou, past keeper Charlie May, into the far corner, from Mooney’s accurate free-kick.
WGC were clearly stung and George Ironton set up a shooting chance for fellow midfielder Ben Long, that was luckily deflected just past a post.
A minute from the break, WGC had their clearest chance when Clements was put clean through, but again keeper Davies came to Edgware’s rescue with a crucial save with his feet.
The second-half was a story of relentless pressure, as conditions deteriorated.
At one stage, WGC forced seven successive corners in a five minute spell, as they bombarded the home goal.
Ashley Kersey and Charlie Joy were introduced for an out-of-sorts Carney and Ironton and WGC clearly stepped up the play.
Just when a most frustrating and potentially damaging evening looked to be unfolding, the Herns Lane side struck twice in as many minutes.
From yet another corner - one of umpteen in the second-half for the Clarets - a bout of head tennis ensued in a crowded area. Kersey headed forward to cause an almighty scramble on the goalline and top scorer Clements turned it in from very short range for 1-1, in 78 minutes.
Barely had Edgware recovered, before WGC snatched the lead two minutes later.
Almost naturally it was from another corner. This one was delivered by Joy straight onto the head of the incoming Boodhoo, whose powerful, placed header beat Davies into the final corner to send the WGC contingent in the sparse crowd into delight.
From that point, Adam Fisher’s side were never going to surrender a game, in which they enjoyed a 90 per cent territorial advantage and three more vital points had been secured.
WGC: May, Rolfe, Boodhoo, Marks, Sexton, Spaul, Ironton (Joy 63), Long, Bronti (Corran 85), Clements, Carney (Kersey 55).