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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

ON a windy night down at Herns Lane, under floodlights and on a seemingly immaculate pitch, WGC's Under 25 Development team took on St Margaretsbury.

 

St Mags are second top of the table, but the Citizens' youngsters are second top of the Under 25 division form table in 2017.

 

With the club's first team playing on the same night - away at Crawley Green - there was still a good crowd of over a 100 people turned up.

 

The game started well for WGC against the wind, as they kept a clean sheet in the first-half.

 

They should have been 1-0 up, when Tom Grey should have done better from close range.

 

The Herns Lane youngsters lifted their game in the second-half with a change of personnel and formation, which led to oncoming substitute Nathan Isherwood to score with his first touch, within 30 seconds of being introduced.

 

St Mags were limited to long distance efforts due to the tireless defending of Robbie Steedman, Mitchell Popham, Bailey, Rose, Ross Evans and returning goalkeeper Marcus Bourne.

 

With 20 minutes to go, fine work from Grey led to Owain Page being brought down in the area, giving new captain Sav Caliskan the opportunity to convert from the spot to make it 2-0 to WGC and to tie up the three points.

 

Manager Russ Giblin said: "To beat the second placed team in the table and continue our great run of form is fantastic. The biggest compliment came from their management asking how many first-teamers we had fielded. We said none, but potentially it's 16 ".

Welwyn Garden City FC U25's 2 - 0 St Margaretsbury U25's