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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 made the best possible start to life back in the South Midlands Premier Division with a resounding 6-0 opening day away win against London Tigers at Greenford.


With five new players making their first league starts for the club, it would have been easy to allow them a settling-in period, but from the first whistle they forced Tigers into plenty of mistakes and dominated possession.


They created three good chances in the opening 10 minutes through new signings Josh Bronti and Ashley Kersey, with Kersey, seemingly, having a perfectly good headed goal disallowed for an supposed push. New signing Bronti was on hand five minutes later to put the Citizens into a deserved lead, when he flicked a Jay Welsh free-kick home with his head from 10 yards.


That lead was soon doubled when fellow debutant Kersey, who had also seen a stinging volley hit the woodwork, climbed highest at far post to nod into an empty net for a 2-0 interval lead. Kersey continued in same vein after the break when he gambled on long ball from central defender Carl Costain, which he brought down and coolly slotted past the Tigers keeper to make it 3-0.


Jason Caswell, then got in on the act, making a driving run past two players into the area, only to be bought down by a third defender. He got up to slot the resulting penalty in for WGC fourth.


Craig Arnott was introduced just past the hour mark and finished the afternoon's scoring with two goals five minutes apart.


Almost as soon as he had come on, Arnott netted a second spot-kick, as Kersey once again got in behind the home defence, only to be dragged down by a Tigers defender which also earned the home player a red card.


His second came shortly afterwards. When played down the channel by left back Jay Welsh, Arnott expertly placed his finish past the on rushing keeper into the far corner to complete the tally.


Manager Adam Fisher was obviously content with his side's return to Premier Division football, after an absence of six seasons. Afterwards, he said: "I was very happy with the result and the performance.


"I had a few reports on London Tigers and their set up, but didn't truly know what to expect. So to come away from home in our first game in a new division and win as we did, is obviously very pleasing. I couldn't have asked for much more.


"The players from last season carried on the momentum and the new lads adapted and fitted in brilliantly. It's an excellent start, but that's all it is. We have a run now of games against teams that are widely expected to challenge for the title, so I think that after those, we will have a good idea of where we are."

London Tigers 0 - 6 Welwyn Garden City FC