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Welwyn Garden City

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

WELWYN GC's development side continued their fine start to the new year with a comprehensive 3-0 away win at second placed Cockfosters, in the SSML's Under 25 Development division.

 

They began 2017 with a 4-0 home victory over Winslow United the previous Saturday.

 

Bolstered by half-a-dozen first-team squad members in keeper Jack Metcalfe, defenders Jason Coughlan and Louis Lee, Juan Cifuentes in midfield and with Jack Read and Marcus Campbell upfront at Cockfosters, they were fully deserving of the emphatic victory, even though Metcalfe had to produce a series of fine saves to maintain the three goal advantage.

 

The mixture of youth and experience showed up well from the early minutes, even though it took a gift goal in 25 minutes to see the WGC side ahead.

 

The impressive Cifuentes lofted in a very high cross that home keeper Gaither mishandled and dropped at the feet of Read, who tapped in from a yard for one of his easiest goals.

 

Read did well to slip two challenges and whip in a low effort that keeper Gaither did better with, to save and the home keeper was in action again tipping an Owain Page cross inches away from the incoming WGC skipper Nathan Studholme.

 

In first-half injury time, the WGC bench and support were shaking their heads in disbelief as to how referee O'Donnell didn't award a penalty, when Campbell appeared to be knocked over by keeper Gaither running on to a through ball. The official surprisingly waved play on.

 

It didn't take the Citizens long in the second-half to add a second. Three minutes after the restart, Cifuentes intercepted a through ball and produced a defence-splitting pass that sent Campbell clean through and he finished smartly beyond the keeper.

 

Metcalfe maintained the two goal advantage with a couple of sharp saves from Cockfosters' Ferguson and Reid before WGC sealed the win with a third 15 minutes from time.

 

Campbell was put away down the right and worked his way along the by-line, but overhit his cross. Studholme retrieved it, turned inside a defender and lofted a fine effort over the keeper's head to drop in the far corner to complete a fine night's work from the young Herns Lane side.

 

WGC U-25's: Metcalfe, Rose, McClelland, Coughlan, Evans, Cifuentes, Lee, Studholme, Page, Campbell, Read. subs:- Caliskan, Steedman, Popham, Scott, (all used).

Cockfosters U25's 0 - 3 Welwyn Garden City FC U25's