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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 Reserves moved into the second round of the SSML Reserve Trophy with an emphatic 4-1 away win over New Bradwell Res in this first round tie.


Neil Draper's side will now host Wodson Park Res from Ware in the second round, after Wodson came through their first round tie with Tring Corinthians Res on a penalty shoot-out, 6-5.


Following two defeats in as many defeats, boss Draper was looking for a quick turnaround in fortunes and his strong side didn't let him.


The WGC side lost youth player Dylan Plati, after an impressive start, to a late challenge. Jordan Tring replaced him.


They took the lead in 32 minutes when fine work by Sam James and Joe Price played veteran striker Adie Osobu in, before he was upended in the area. Price slotted in a good penalty to break the deadlock.


The WGC defence rarely allowed the New Bradwell attackers any scope and five minutes later the visitors had doubled their lead, Adam Wright carved open the home defence with a pass to Osobu who smashed home the second.


Five minutes after the restart it was 3-0 as Osobu added his second, finishing off good work by Tring and Sam James and a little while later, Osobu completed his hat-trick, breaking the attempted New Bradwell offside trap to round the keeper and finish neatly.


The home side were awarded a fortunate penalty 10 minutes from time, when Dean Sadler was adjudged to have handled, despite a shot being driven at him from close range.


Keeper Jamie Jackson saved the penalty superbly, but the rebound went back to the taker, who netted at the second attempt.


WGC Res expect a tougher encounter this weekend, when they entertain Sun Sports Res at Herns Lane on Saturday.

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