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Welwyn Garden City FC

Home of the "Citizens" - Established 1921

The BP Mitchell Stadium, Herns Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL7 1TA

IT'S a mark of the strength of Adam Fisher's current Citizens' squad that the manager could leave his captain and vice-captain out for this game, rest a further couple of likely starters on the bench, have two other regulars on holiday and still win this match 6-0.


WGC extended their 100 per cent league record and their unbeaten start to this season with a late barrage that took their league goals tally to 19 with just one against.


Amersham made a fight of it for just under an hour, but once Joel Norris added his second and the side's third in 56 minutes, the game was over as a contest.


It was Norris who had started the ball rolling in five minutes, when he caught the Amersham defence napping from a free-kick, driving in a low effort from 15 yards before the Bucks visitors had formed up a defensive wall.


Carl Costain, in for rested skipper Liam Kenna, headed in the second from a Craig Arnott corner in 19 minutes. Amersham's Craig Drew cleared off the line, but referee Lauszkin awarded the goal, after an assistant's flag indicated it had crossed the line.


The visitors threatened briefly with a Ryan Jones header wide and a well struck Joe Newman effort that was straight at WGC keeper Joe Croft, while Yasin Boodhoo got up well to a long Paul Taylor cross, only to head straight at Amersham keeper Sam Butcher just before the break.


Craig Arnott began the second-half with a solo run past several defenders, only to pull his final shot wide and then hit the foot of the Amersham post with a curling effort through a packed defence.


Perry Stellon forced keeper Butcher to a full length save with a rising effort as WGC sought a third, which came 11 minutes into the half, Arnott's pass splitting the visitors defence to send Norris down the right for him to crash in his second and effectively end the game as a contest.


Amersham tempers became frayed and they picked up a couple of bookings as manager Fisher rang the changes.


He brought on Isaac Oppong and Noel Ortega Morales and with the little Spaniard's first tough, he produced an inch-perfect ball that sent Jason Caswell through to swerve number four around keeper Butcher.


WGC scored two in the last three minutes to add insult to injury for a now demoralised Amersham.


A Stellon free-kick was knocked down by Caswell for Norris to drive in his hat-trick goal for 5-0 and two minutes into stoppage time, Caswell raced clear, ignored Ortega Morales and Norris in seemingly better positions, to fire in his second via a deflection and a rebound off the far post, to complete the scoring.


WGC: Croft, Perrin, Costain, Dekanski (James 58), Taylor (Oppong 70), Cifuentes, Stellon, Boodhoo, Arnott (Ortega Morales 70), Norris, Caswell.

Welwyn Garden City 6 - 0 Amersham