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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

WHEN Adam Fisher's WGC side were enjoying their early season goal glut, they knew there were sterner tests to come - and this game was one of them.

 

Broxbourne came to Herns Lane after three successive wins and with ex-Hatfield boss and former WGC player Micky Nathan in charge and were determined to dent the Citizens' 100 per cent league record.

 

The fact they didn't, was due to a 47th minute downward header from Joel Norris that bounced in high over visiting keeper Emmanuel Olajidi to decide the points.

 

The result seemed just about right. Broxbourne's tigerish approach meant that WGC had just about their toughest test to date, but just about deserved the points by virtue of the better chances.

 

The points could have been sealed and Broxbourne's resistence ended 17 minutes from the end with a WGC second, when Olajidi stopped but couldn't hold Craig Arnott's 20 yard snapshot.

 

Sam James, impressive in the Citizens' midfield, latched onto the rebound in a flash and unleashed a fierce effort that beat Olajidi, crashed against a post and bounced to safety.

 

WGC were straight at their visitors from the opening minutes when Arnott hit a 20 yarder that bounced awkwardly in front of Olajidi, who just managed to spoon it way from the incoming Sean Brettell.

 

That set the trend for WGC to go close several times through Caswell, Norris and an overhead kick by James, all just wide, before home keeper Joe Croft was called into rare action in the home goal, nine minutes from the break, to excellently tip over a deflected Luke Strahan effort.

 

The action ended with James forcing a tip-over save from Olajidi in the final attack of the half.

 

WGC began the second-half in similiar vein and scored within two minutes of the restart, but the expected goal rush didn't materialise and 20 minutes from

 

the end, they were grateful to a second fine save from Croft, with his knees, when Broxbourne substitute Fox broke clear.

 

The Citizens finished back on the offensive, Arnott just over with a clever back header from a Brettell free-kick, as they came through their stiffest test to date with their perfect league record in tact.

 

WGC: Croft, Lovell (Perrin 89), Costain, Dekanski, Brettell, James, Cifunetes, Smith, Arnott (Jenner 86), Norris (Ross 78), Caswell.

Welwyn Garden City 1 - 0 Broxbourne Boro