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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 made short work of St Margaretsbury in their second SSML Premier clash of the season, particularly after the host club were reduced to 10 men just past the half-hour mark.

 

Home captain Ryan Wade was dismissed for a very heavy challenge on WGC full-back Jay Rolfe that referee Andrew Tregoning ruled was a two-footed lunge and Wade was sent to the dressing rooms.

 

The Citizens were already a goal up at that stage, having taken the lead inside 50 seconds, in their first attack of the game.

 

Central defender Dave Corran burst forward menacingly on a 30 yard run deep into St Margaretsbury territory before finding Jon Clements. The strike hit a rising effort that home keeper Adam Seymour tipped away spectacularly, but ball flew into the ball for George Ironton to come in and loop home a header over the fallen keeper.

 

The Saints responded with a Rian Carroll lofted shot that landed on the roof of the WGC net before the Herns Lane side really took a stranglehold on the game.

 

Striker Brandon Carney was denied a second of the season, after his winner on Saturday, when Seymour parried away his shot well, but WGC’s defence still had to be on their toes and returned skipper Danny Payne, back after a three match ban, got in one crucial challenge as home striker Di Lieto burst into the box,

 

The marauding Corran headed a Jon Sexton free-kick just off target before Wade’s dismissal effectively ended the game as a competition.

 

Six minutes later, WGC doubled their lead when from a Ben Long throw, Carney got in a good back header and the ball deflected to Clements to squeeze home the second from close in.

 

Three minutes later the Citizens effectively sealed the points with a third, two minutes from the break. Payne split the home defence with a fine, through ball to Ben Spaul, who hooked his effort wide of Seymour and into the far corner for a 3-0 interval lead.

 

On the hour it was 4-0 with a well constructed WGC fourth, Sexton and Ironton worked it down the left before Long burst between two defenders to reach the cross and power a header past Seymour from short range.

 

Taishan Griffith and Ashley Kersey were introduced in the final half-hour and WGC could have had more in a dominant performance on a ground, where they were beaten 5-2 in an awful performance last January.

 

Full-back Sexton drove in a cross that deflected off Long and almost ended in the net before Seymour made another sharp save before the end, to deny Kersey a goal 10 minutes from time.

 

WGC: Leslie, Rolfe, Boodhoo (McGrandles 25), Corran, Sexton, Spaul, Payne, Long, Ironton (Griffith 62), Clements (Kersey 67), Carney. Subs:- (unused), Welsh, Arnott.

St Margaretsbury 0 - 4 Welwyn Garden City FC