WELWYN GC’s impressive run of just one defeat in their last nine games – five of them won – came crashing down with a meek second-half performance in their first meeting with Wembley this season, at Vale Farm.
The north Londoners are also strong contenders for the coverted fourth spot in the SSML Premier table that earns exemptions in the FA Vase next season, but this heavy defeat was a major blow to Adam Fisher’s side, who drop back to seventh as a result of this loss and wins for Tring and Biggleswade United, who are also in contention.
The Citizens restricted the lively home side to a single goal, scored by Zaied Sabti 10 minutes from half-time in a contested first 45 minutes, but in the second period were overrun by a Wembley team, who scored further goals from Carl Pearce, just before the hour, Adam Humphries on 66 minutes and substitute Adrian Dinham four minutes from time.
It was the Herns Lane’s side worse loss since the opening games of 2017, when they were well beaten by St Margaretsbury and champions elect London Colney, 5-2 and 6-2 respectively.
To add to the WGC woes, striker Ashley Kersey sustained a badly cut head just before the interval and had to be taken to hospital. Thankfully, the big striker was discharged the same evening.
Kersey was replaced for the second-half by teenage midfielder Jack Francis, making his WGC first-team debut, after impressive displays in the Under 25 development side. New signings, Lewis Croucher and Tatenda Makoni were also included on the bench, with Croucher replacing Josh Bronti for the final 10 minutes.
Yasir Rashid, had his first outing for the club this season, replacing George Brinkman in the final quarter.
Welwyn GC have a chance of revenge on Wednesday, April 12, when they meet Wembley at Herns Lane.
Welwyn GC: Metcalfe, McClelland, Boodhoo, Payne, Morris, Brinkman (Rashid 77), Long, Robins, Bronti (Croucher 80), Kersey (Francis 46), Campbell. Subs:- Leslie, Makoni (not used).