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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

WELWYN GC underlined a return to form after their FA Vase victory, by scoring the highest total from a Herns Lane side in the club's recent history.

 

They so convincingly thrashed near neighbours Colney Heath, that the village side's manager, ex-Hatfield and Broxbourne boss Micky Nathan, felt compelled to resign minutes after the final whistle.

 

WGC's goal difference got a welcome massive boost as they took their lowly neighbours apart in the first-half, turning around at the interval with a 1- 6 lead.

 

And the Herns Lane side achieved this crushing victory without suspended duo James Ewington and Martin Standen and with defender Lewis Endacott and new striker Lee Armitt, both unavailable.

 

Josh Bronti, scorer of a brace in the FA Vase triumph over Saffron Walden, opened the scoring in five minutes direct from a left-wing corner. Bronti's flag kick cleared everyone in a crowded area, hit the far post and rebounded into the Colney Heath net.

 

Five minutes later the lead was doubled. Bronti was provider this time, getting down the right to cross and Luke Robins breasted down the effort and volleyed past Colney keeper Neil Cheek in one movement.

 

Colney Heath responded at this stage and their skipper Chancey Dash got up to reach a Davis cross and plant a downward header past WGC keeper Olly Leslie for 2-1.

 

But WGC restored their two goal advantage inside two minutes. The alert Bronti intercepted a misplaced pass from home defender Aalit and raced clear to plant his shot beyond Cheek for 3-1.

 

Three minutes later it was four, Ashley Kersey got in on the act, bursting through. He was temporarily stopped, but forced home a rebound to stretch the winning margin to three.

 

That became four and a 5-1 lead when Robins added a second, doing well to reach a right-wing corner and plant a well placed header into the far side of the net.

 

On the stroke of half-time, Taishan Griffith, filling in for the unavailable Lewis Endacott at right-back, won a tackle and played a fine ball down the line that sent Bronti racing clear again to put away the chance to clinch a first-half hat-trick.

 

There were signs of an all too brief Colney Heath comeback in the opening minutes of the second-half, Tremayne Charles getting on to end of a Lewis Davis free-kick to flick home the home side's second.

 

But WGC weren't in any mood to release their stranglehold and they added a seventh 10 minutes after the restart, Robins' head flicking a corner goalwards and although a couple of efforts were blocked on the goalline, central defender John McGrandles forced the ball in.

 

McGrandles supplied a fine through ball from defence that sent Kersey through and the big striker fairly crashed home his second and the side's eighth with 15 minutes still to play.

 

WGC were relentless even though manager Adam Fisher replaced skipper Danny Payne, an impressive Ben Long and three goal Josh Bronti for the closing stages.

 

It was one of the substitutes Jack Read who added the ninth, his low shot through a crowded area completing WGC's sky high scoring and Colney Heath's humiliation.

 

WGC: Leslie, Griffith, Boodhoo, McGrandles, Welsh, Payne (Foley 59), Long (Gajjer 66), Melford-Rowe, Bronti (Read 68), Kersey, Robins.

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