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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

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EVEN at this very early stage of the season, this seems a very decisive victory for WGC in their quest for promotion from the SSML Premier Division.


Visitors London Colney, last season’s SSML champions, have put the trevails of a very turbulent close season behind them with a start of three wins and a draw from their opening four league games of the new campaign to go top of the early season table.


WGC had won their first two league games – both away from home – to the tune of five goals scored and none conceded, so this first home league game had a real six point feel to it.


But from the moment that skipper Danny Payne fired the Citizens in front in just four minutes, WGC never really looked back and dominated the top of the table clash,


From a Jon Sexton free-kick, central defender John McGrandles won a towering header, knocking it down for Payne to swivel and despatch a low shot into the far corner for an outstanding WGC start.


Top scoring Jon Clements, who notched over 40 goals in Colney’s title success lst time, before his move to WGC, was just blocked out by visiting defender Armstrong, before McGrandles’ power in the air saw him head a corner goalward, only for full-back Luther to hack off the line.


WGC keeper Olly Leslie had his first action of the game, doing well to keep out a dipping Kit Brown effort at full stretch, but it was the home team who were on top.


Clements turned provider with a strong run through the visiting defence to cross over the face of goal, but neither Josh Bronti or George Ironton were able to apply the finishing touch, before in stoppage time at the end of the half, WGC doubled their lead.


This time Bronti and Ironton made the assists, swopping passes to play Clements in, who took it around a defender to bury a low shot into the bottom corner.


Colney keeper Joe Simmonds was brought to a full length save in the opening minutes of the second-half to push away Ironton’s dangerous cross-shot at full length, but seven minutes after the restart, it was 3-0 to WGC.


Clements made a strong run down the right, lobbed a clever effort over two defenders and saw it drop over Simmonds into the net for his eighth of the season.


The Citizens had a huge let-off with 20 minutes remaining, keeper Leslie missing his kick as the ball bounced up dangerously. It set Colney substitute Anton Johnson free, but he put a golden chance wide of an unguarded goal!


WGC introduced Ashley Kersey for Clements and within seconds he made a buccaneering run almost the length of the field, but wasted all the good work with a weak finish straight at keeper Simmonds.


Three minutes from the end, WGC had a fourth. A long cross in from Jay Rolfe saw Ironton rise and loop a header over Simmonds, the ball dropping in behind the keeper.


As the game entered stoppage time, London Colney got a consolation, when Kambo Smith’s long cross-shot eluded the home defence and keeper Leslie to find the far corner.


It was the first league goal, WGC’s impressive defence had conceded this season, but this third successive league win leaves them as the only side with a 100 per cent record in the division, with only a handful of games gone.


WGC: Leslie, Rolfe, Boodhoo, McGrandles, Sexton, Spaul, Payne (Brettell 88), Long, Bronti (Griffith 66), Clements (Kersey 77), Ironton.

Welwyn Garden City FC 4 - 1 London Colney