WELWYN GC’s under 25 side overcame having their keeper Ben Watson sent off inside half-an-hour of the start of this game and from a goal down, to bounce back and record a resounding victory.
Watson got his marching orders – a straight red card for dissent to referee Marsh – disputing that the ball had gone out of play before Biggleswade United’s Ethan Mosley forced it home for the game’s opening goal in 28 minutes.
The keeper’s over-vociferous comments to the match official saw him sent off, the goal stood and central defender Billy Sherwood had to play the final hour between the posts.
And the stand-in keeper did remarkably well as the Citizens’ youngsters hit back to dominate the rest of the game.
They levelled five minutes from the break, when Jack Francis crashed in an outstanding daisy-cutter of a drive past visiting keeper Adam Counihan, from fully 30 yards.
Reggie Ross saw WGC ahead with an equally spectacular second, a 30 yard lob over Counihan’s head that dropped in perfectly behind the keeper.
With 15 minutes to go, Counihan could only palm a long distance cross-shot onto his bar and substitute Bradley Dimmock came in to smash home the rebound for 3-1 and a minute from time, another substitute Odayo Dixon was very brave going in with the keeper to toe-poke home a fourth to complete the recovery.
The win lifts WGC U-25’s to second in the table, but they have played four more games than some of the other leading sides – Harpenden, Hertford and Hoddesdon.
WGC U-25’s: Watson (Sherwood 28), Milliken (Budge H 28), Caliskan, Isherwood, Rose, Francis, Makoni, Grey, Ross, Richardson. Subs:- Dimmock, Budge (J), White, Dixon.