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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

THERE was no hold-up to WGC's progress, with their ninth successive league win, despite a quartet of their players being late arriving on the 50 mile trip to Buckingham on Saturday, held up by heavy traffic.


Manager Adam Fisher put the foursome on the bench and had to make rapid changes to his line-up, but such is the overall strength of the WGC squad these days, the move was almost seamless.


The Citizens bossed this game from start to finish and lowly Buckingham went the way of their other county neighbours - Stony Stratford, Winslow and Amersham - against whom WGC have now scored 19 goals this season and conceded none in reply.


Buckingham's beefy forward Booden had the first shot of the match, with a neat effort on the turn that was straight at Joe Croft, but the home side didn't get another sniff at the WGC goal, for a further 30 minutes.


In between times, the Citizens pressed relentlessly and made the breakthrough in 16 minutes, with a goal of real simplicity. A long goal-kick from Croft, was neatly headed down by Craig Arnott into the path of Jason Caswell, who cleverly made room for himself, before driving a low shot past keeper Grasso into the bottom corner.


Reggie Ross then made a strong run in-field, before finishing with a shot over the bar, Arnott forced Grasso to turn away a snapshot and centre-half Jack Dekanski met a Sam James corner with a bullet header that cleared the crossbar by inches.


WGC came closest to a second when Caswell outstripped home defender Menday to set up Arnott to pick his spot, but his deliberate effort was cleared off the line by home full-back Bone.


The Citizens needed and deserved a second and got it eight minutes after the restart, Caswell robbing Menday on the edge of his own area and powering into the area to smash his and the side's second past Grasso.


Manager Fisher introduced three of his late arriving quartet at various periods of a second-half totally dominated by his side.


including Joel Norris and he brought two fine full length saves from a very busy Grasso between the home posts.


Caswell thrashed the chance of a hat-trick goal wide from a tight angle and Sean Brettell broke clear onto a pass from Norris, but again the keeper foiled him, clawing the effort away.


Eventually, five minutes from time, WGC got their third, Norris collecting, switching passes with strike partner Caswell and racing through to complete another impressive victory, with a powerful shot into the corner.


WGC: Croft, Lovell, Kenna, Dekanski, Brettell, James (Perrin 59), Cifuentes, Stellon (Boodhoo 77), Ross, Arnott (Norris 65), Caswell.

Buckingham Athletic 0 - 3 Welwyn Garden City FC

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