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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

WGC's youth team made an outstanding start to life in the Southern Floodlit Youth League, with an emphatic 4-0 away win at Cockfosters, in their season's opener.


The side shorn of a quartet of their leading players and with midfielder Nathan Dimmock, currently playing in the club's first-team, rested, had built up a 3-0 lead by the interval with the match star Reggie Ross, another WGC youngster in the first-team squad, who scored a hat-trick, including two fine individual goals.


WGC Yth dominated from the opening minutes, playing a slick blend of football to create a couple of good openings before they took a 12th minute lead, Ross cutting back a cross for midfielder Dan McGoohan to strike a well placed shot into the corner.


Cockfosters Yth keeper Tom Curra was kept busy making a good stop on the line from a downward header from WGC skipper Laurence Bearman and from another effort from Jarvis Nutt, before WGC doubled their lead, Reggie Ross picking the ball up 30 yards out to strike home a vicious, dipping effort through Curra's arms, into the top of the net.


Two minutes from the break, WGC Yth looked to have sealed the points with a third. Fast raiding full-back Seb Melandez was brought down by a clumsy challenge just inside the area and Ross stepped up to put away the penalty, for his second of the game and the side's third.


Cockfosters Yth rallied at the start of the second-half and hit a post in the opening minutes, when WGC's defence failed to deal with a corner and keeper Marcus Bourne had to make a sharp save soon afterwards, turning Cockfosters' Cspoisto's shot into the side netting as the home side pressed.


WGC Yth netted a fourth time, when substitute Nathan Isherwood put away a close-in chance, only for an assistant's flag to rule it out for offside, but a WGC fourth wasn't long in coming , just before the end.


Five minutes from time, full-back Josh Dixon's long through ball found the outstanding Ross, who stepped inside a couple of challenges, rounded the


keeper and rolled in his hat-trick goal to complete a good result and a good night's work for coaches Stuart Johnson and Tim Ball's side.


WGC Yth: Bourne, McQuaid, Melendez, Bearman, Duncan, McGoohan, Foster, Ross, Plati, Parker, Nutt. subs;- Isherwood, Dixon, Eamons (all used).

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