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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

FOR the third time in the first five games of this fledgling season, WGC scored five goals to become the only side with a 100 per cent record in the SSML Div 1, even at this early stage of the campaign.

 

Boss Adam Fisher is clearly aware there are many sterner tests than previous victims Hadley - in the Herts Charity Shield - Stony Stratford and Saturday's opponents Winslow present, but is little doubt that the Citizens are already shaping up as real contenders.

 

Fisher made five changes to the line-up that came through the hard won FA Cup replay win over Hadley, but the changes did little to halt the march of his team.

 

Again it was a very strong second-half performance that assured the points here.

 

Leading by just a single goal at the interval, WGC fairly demolished a Winslow side, clearly in transition after a managerial change, in the second-half.

 

The first-half should have seen the Citizens much further ahead than a 23rd minute opener from Sam James, the recalled midfielder tapping a goalbound Joel Norris header over the line just to make such, from Jason Caswell's long cross.

 

Norris, Daryl Smith and Craig Arnott all brought sharp saves from Winslow keeper Darren Booker.

 

James had a second three minutes after the restart, exchanging slick passes with Caswell, who played him through to pick his spot in the bottom corner of the net.

 

Norris looked to have added a third almost immediately from a Craig Arnott corner, but referee Smith ruled it out for a push.

 

But Norris wasn't to be denied for long. Three minutes later a strong header from Jack Dekanski sent him down the middle, he held off two challenges and buried a low strike.

 

Winslow were hardly having an attack at this stage and were soon four down in 66 minutes when Sean Brettell netted a brave header just three minutes after being introduced, when a Norris shooting chance was deflected off keeper Booker into the air.

 

Fellow substitute Yasin Boodhoo was narrowly over with another header and Arnott struck a further, swerving effort just past a post.

 

Six minutes from the end, Norris brought up the nap hand after a fine solo run by Caswell. He tricked two defenders with a clever move, sped to the by-line and laid it on a plate for Norris to tap in his second and complete the afternoon's work.

 

WGC: Croft, Jenner, Costain, Dekanski (Taylor 82), Lovell, Cifuentes, Smith (Brettell 63), Arnott, James (Boodhoo 68), Norris, Caswell.

Welwyn Garden City 5 - 0 Winslow