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Welwyn Garden City

Home of the "Citizens" - Established 1921

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

RISBOROUGH Rangers became the first side this season to keep the Citizens goalless in both their league meetings, with this scoreless draw in Buckinghamshire in midweek.

 

There was a 3-0 Div 1 Cup win for Adam Fisher's side in between, but the defensive abilities of the Bucks side have managed to thwart WGC now twice in what is hoped will become a promotion campaign.

 

Fisher's men had almost total territorial dominance of this game, but couldn't make that advantage count.

 

They made a bright start with a seventh minute Daryl Smith drive from 20 yards just clearing the bar and then Smith and Aaron Cato combined for Cato to cross accurately and Jason Caswell flash a header inches over the bar.

 

But gradually that bright start began to fade. Marc Arnott was off target with an effort after Caswell had cleverly touched the ball off to him and then Caswell himself drove over, but the game became something of a gruelling midfield battle with little to excite the 72 spectators.

 

The closest either side came was when Arnott met a Sam Perrin corner with a flashing header that came back off the bar, with Risborough keeper Steve Clark beaten.

 

Arnott left the field with a foot injury five minutes into the second-half, moments before WGC found the net with their best move of the night, Cato slipping Smith in to shoot home, only for the effort to be ruled out for a marginal offside.

 

Risborough rarely threatened, although their top scorer Martin Griggs did strike a powerful volley just past a post, in their most dangerous raid of the night, but the game meandered to its goalless conclusion after the final quarter failed to produce anything of note other than an 88th minute sending- off for WGC midfielder Juan Cifuentes.

 

Having been booked earlier in the half for dissent, referee Ballantine took exception to a tackle from Cifuentes late in the game, to issue a second yellow and reduce WGC to 10 men, albeit only for the final five minutes.

 

WGC: Croft, Perrin, Kenna, Boodhoo, Brettell, Cato, Cifuentes, Smith (Dekanski 88), James (Norris 69), Arnott (M) (Ross 50), Caswell.

Risborough Rangers 0 - 0 Welwyn Garden City FC