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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

WGC hit four for the third time in six pre-season warm-up games, as they prepare for the new season which starts in a week's time.

 

The Citizens looked in good shape for the opening week of the new campaign which sees them in a county town away cup double, with next Tuesday's trip to Hertford in the Herts Charity Shield - the tradtional pipe-opener to the season - followed by an FA Cup visit to Bedford the following Saturday.

 

Manager Adam Fisher will have been particularly pleased with the opening half-hour, in which WGC effectively sealed this fourth win in six games, this time against Enfield Borough, who will be newcomers to the SSML Division 2 in the new season.

 

The Herns Lane boss also had Ashley Kersey and Danny Fitzgerald unavailable and Lewis Endacott injured, for this clash.

 

After a bright start, WGC were ahead in 12 minutes, new striker James Ewington getting over a fine cross from the left that Josh Bronti stretched to jab home past the Enfield Boro keeper.

 

Three minutes later it was 2-0 when Luke Robins, WGC's outstanding performer on the night, cut inside two challenges and exploded an unstoppable effort past the keeper into the far corner.

 

It was one-way traffic at this stage and only an excellent stop by the Enfield keeper prevented a WGC third, new midfielder Ben Long meeting a fine Jay Welsh left-wing cross with a goalbound header, that the keeper turned away in fine style.

 

Yasin Boodhoo came forward to good effect and he hooked a well taken effort just over the bar as the dominance continued, before 10 minutes from the break when the home side did add a third.

 

There was good inter-passing between Robins and Bronti in the Enfield area before they set up Ewington with a short range chance that would have been hard to miss. He put it away with aplomb.

 

Boss Fisher introduced Danny Payne, Jamie Arlick and triallist Ives Luhasu after the break and 10 minutes in, John McGrandles and Sam Perrin were also brought on.

 

The changes seemed to unsettle the side's balance and Enfield Boro enjoyed a much bigger share of the second-half play.

 

They almost reduced arrears when their striker slipped both McGrandles and Boodhoo and looked certain to score, but for a fine save from new WGC keeper Jack Metcalfe who somehow managed to push the effort onto the bar and over.

 

Payne and Robins both drove fine efforts from fully 25 yards just over the bar, before Enfield Boro missed another golden chance to pull a goal back, putting a close-in effort wide of a post.

 

Newcomer Luhusa turned on a loose ball and was only just over from distance, while Arlick couldn't turn in a close range chance created by good build-up involving Bronti and Long.

 

Then in the game's final minute, Bronti pulled back a neat ball to Luhasu, fully 25 yards out, for him to crash home the second unstoppable goal of the night, to complete a satisfactory night's work for the Citizens.

 

WGC (starting line-up): Metcalfe, Power, Standen, Boodhoo, Welsh, Collins, Long, Robins, Parkinson, Ewington, Bronti. subs:- Payne, Arlick, Luhasu, McGrandles, Perrin (all used).

 

*The only downside to the evening was that WGC favourite and former top scorer Joel Norris further damaged his knee in the warm-up, an injury which is likely to delay his return to a claret and blue shirt for another month.

Welwyn Garden City FC 4 - 0 Enfield Borough