Advantage Welwyn Garden City in title race after huge morale boosting win over Berkhamsted

PUBLISHED: 09:48 05 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:52 05 February 2018

Paul Marks turns away after scoring for Welwyn Garden City against Berkhamsted. Picture: RAY CANHAM

Paul Marks turns away after scoring for Welwyn Garden City against Berkhamsted. Picture: RAY CANHAM

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Welwyn Garden City took a huge stride towards the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division title and promotion after crushing leaders Berkhamsted 4-0 on their own patch.

Ash Kersey takes the congratulations after scoring Welwyn Garden City's second against Berkhamsted. Picture: RAY CANHAM Ash Kersey takes the congratulations after scoring Welwyn Garden City's second against Berkhamsted. Picture: RAY CANHAM

It came on the back of a thrilling 4-3 Herts Charity Shield success against the Comrades at Herns Lane just three days earlier and leaps the Citizens to the top of the pile and with games in hand.

Manager Adam Fisher knows that promotion is far from won with this outstanding team performance, and especially with the return league game scheduled for next Wednesday, but he was

Speaking on Twitter the WGC boss said: “I know today wasn’t a cup final or in anyway a league decider but in such a big game for us to perform like we did is massive credit to all the boys and my management team.

“Really proud of all of them and all the support we had there today. Different class.”

Dan Bond and Ash Kersey scored the first two goals for Welwyn Garden City against Berkhamsted. Picture: KEVIN LINES Dan Bond and Ash Kersey scored the first two goals for Welwyn Garden City against Berkhamsted. Picture: KEVIN LINES

This morale-boosting victory, the first defeat for the hosts at their Broadwater ground this term, was similar to WGC’s last league win against Edgware Town – in that it was done and dusted inside the first 30 minutes.

City were at it from the opening moments, central defender John McGrandles heading on a free-kick that Dan Bond, missed by a whisker.

Bond wasn’t to be denied long and after 12 minutes he jabbed a Jon Clements cross in at the second attempt.

The second followed eight minutes later, and it was a memorable solo goal from big forward Ashley Kersey.

Jon Sexton’s ball from the back sent Kersey racing from half-way. His strength held off a challenge as he broke into the area and then he judged his shot perfectly to place it past keeper Carl Tasker and into the far corner.

It preceded a remarkable 10-minute spell for WGC and Paul Marks in particular as he scored twice to put the game well beyond Berkhamsted.

The defensive midfielder rammed in his first from a corner and the second was nodded in with Tasker and his defence getting in a horrible tangle.

Berkhamsted rallied at the start of the second-half and Ashton Campbell twice brought sharp saves out of keeper Charlie May in the opening minutes.

But WGC weathered that early storm and coasted home.

Their next game is at home to Oxhey Jets on Saturday.

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