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Welwyn Garden City

Home of the "Citizens" - Established 1921


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

IT'S been a long time coming. But this home league victory for WGC over Bucks opposition Holmer Green was the Citizens's first for almost five months.


You have to go back to October 24 for when WGC last triumphed at home in the league - a 2-0 victory over struggling Oxhey Jets.


This time the opponents were stronger - Holmer Green just a place and a couple points above Adam Fisher's side in the division's top 10.


And the result also gave the Citizens a measure of revenge for one of their worst away performances of the campaign - the 5-3 loss at Holmer Green, again in mid October.


Then they led at half-time, only to concede five in the second-half, although a couple of late goals gave the final scoreline a veneer of respectability in defeat.


The Herns Lane side began this first of six successive home fixtures well enough, Ashley Kersey nodding an early corner across goal, but Dave Parkinson headed the third minute chance tamely wide.


Five minutes later, they did better to take an eighth minute lead. Again the opening came from a Jay Welsh corner. Holmer Green keeper Butcher flapped it away to the edge of the area, where Kersey looped a header back over the keeper for it to drop in behind him, for 1-0.


Kersey continued to show his aerial prowess and he rose well to another Welsh corner to power a header just wide, moments later.


But Holmer Green were level on 16 minutes - from the penalty spot. Burrell's defence-splitting pass put Andy Shed in behind the home defence and keeper Joe Croft, after hestitating, came racing out to knock over the visiting midfielder. Holmer Green top scorer Dean Allen rammed his side level with the spot-kick.


From that point, the game went into something of a lull after the bright start.


Holmer Green skipper and full-back Gary Lines tested Croft with a low shot, while at the other end, Kersey again flicked on a long goal-kick well to give Josh


Bronti a shooting chance, but Butcher wasn't unduly troubled. But generally there were few chances for either side.


Holmer Green made a lively start to the second-half, WGC skipper on the day Jay Lovell making a vital challenge on Burrell two minutes after the restart and the visitors' Ollie White waltzing round several home challenges before shooting straight at Croft.


But then WGC struck twice in five minutes to effectively seal the points. Danny Payne split the visitors defence to send Parkinson racing through, only for Holmer Green full-back Bradley to send him sprawling. Referee Sandlin pointed to the spot for the second time in the afternoon and Bronti drove home an emphatic penalty, to restore the WGC lead in 63 minutes.


Five minutes later, Payne and Nathan Dimmock combined well to create an opening for Bronti to cut in from the left and drive a low shot past Butcher into the far corner for a 3-1 lead.


Holmer Green hit straight back and Croft made a sharp save when Shed was played in on the left flank, but it was WGC who finished the stronger.


Welsh overlapped well down the left and Luke Robins met the cross, but Butcher turned it over and then Robins tricked his way past almost the entire visiting defence, only to finish weakly with a shot straight at the keeper.


WGC closed the game on the offensive, Parkinson thrashing a late chance wide as the Citizens could have finished with a more emphatic victory, although getting back to winning ways, at home, was clearly the priority.


WGC: Croft, Lovell, Boodhoo, Mensah, Welsh, Payne, Dimmock (Price 73), Parkinson (Smith 84), Bronti (Tring L 90), Kersey, Robins.

Welwyn Garden City FC 3 - 1 Holmer Green