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Welwyn Garden City FC

Home of the "Citizens" - Established 1921

The BP Mitchell Stadium, Herns Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL7 1TA

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WGC showed signs of returning to their impressive early season away form in this emphatic victory at Oxhey Jets, in a game that could easily have been ruined by a gale force wind.

 

In a strong second-half display, WGC ran away with this fixture after the sides had been tied at 2-2 at the break, struggling Oxhey Jets being very fortunate to be on level terms, having scored two deflected goals to beat Freddie Hester in the Citizens' goal.

 

In fact, the home side were ahead in two minutes of the start, from the first corner of a wind-blow afternoon. The flag kick reaching Jets' Koomson, whose shot saw Jason Caswell's attempted clearance slice past keeper Hester for 1-0.

 

WGC responded immediately and had the ball in the net in six minutes through Caswell, but the striker had handled it in, rather than headed in and was booked for his trouble by referee Dolton.

 

Eight minutes later, a Jay Lovell free-kick was deflected into Caswell's path and he again put the chance away, only to be pulled back by an offside flag this time!

 

The visitors kept pressing and Ashley Kersey's fine shot on the run brought a truly outstanding save from home keeper Jacks in the 14th minute, when he somehow turned the thunderbolt over the bar.

 

But on 19 minutes, WGC finally got the equaliser their almost constant pressure deserved, when Josh Bronti turned well and played in Kersey with a neat pass and this time the striker's fierce effort left Jacks with no chance.

 

Six minutes later the Citizens were ahead. A long Lovell throw-in was headed on by Kersey and Caswell got up above the keeper to nod in from close range for 2-1.

 

Bronti brought another sprawling save from Jacks with a low effort from 20 yards and was just wide with another effort set up by good work from Kersey, so it was totally against the run of play when six minutes from the break, Oxhey made it 2-2, Martin Netzer's shot taking a deflection off Mensah to divert past Hester for a rather unjust 2-2 scoreline at the interval.

 

WGC soon remedied that, two minutes after the restart. Another long Lovell throw was missed by everyone in the area until it reached Dave Parkinson, who was unmarked to tap home for a 3-2 WGC lead.

 

The visitors also thought they had claims for a penalty when Kersey was pulled down by Oxhey defender Wyatt, but referee Dolton judged it to be just outside the area.

 

Oxhey made a rare foray forward and Hester made a good save with his knees when Gladdy played Netzer in, but the Oxhey man was denied a second goal.

 

WGC made the game safe with a second from Kersey 11 minutes from the end. Good inter-play between WGC's Price, Bronti and substitute Dimmock played Parkinson in. His strong shot was turned aside by keeper Jacks, but only to Kersey who put the rebound away.

 

As the game moved into stoppage time, WGC notched their nap hand. Teenager Dimmock produced a defence-splitting pass that put Parkinson away and as keeper Jacks came off his line, the winger chipped him beautifully for his second of the game and to complete a satisfying double over the struggling Oxhey line-up.

 

WGC: Hester, Lovell, Mensah, Boodhoo, Welsh, Price, Payne (Dimmock 69), Caswell, Bronti (Tring L 82), Kersey (Ross 78), Parkinson.

 

 

 

Oxhey Jets 2 - 5 Welwyn Garden City FC