Josh Bronti swoops in to nick Citizens win at Bedford in superb defensive display
PUBLISHED: 12:19 02 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:21 02 September 2018
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A goal five minutues from time handed Welwyn Garden City a huge 1-0 win away to Bedford Town in Southern League Central Division One.
Substitute Josh Bronti got it a mere three minutes after coming on, picking the ball up 30 yards out and firing low into the corner.
It was the Citizens third win from four since their promotion to step four, and their first away from Herns Lane, and propels them to fifth in the table, and above their weekend hosts.
The performance was built on a solid defensive performance which neutralised the twin striking threat of Paul Benson and Dan Walker.
Key in amongst that was the central defensive pair of Jay Lovell and Lee Close, with midfielder Close particular outstanding on his second start in the unfamiliar position.
The first-half was an evenly-matched clash with both sides cancelling each other out,
A clever shot on the turn from the returning Nick Elliott, playing his first game of the season in a Claret shirt, went just over the bar and was WGC’s best effort in the first period.
That came on 17 minutes but City did have other chances, last Monday’s hero Tony Williams doing well to rob Mason Watkins-Clark but just overhitting his final pass to Jon Clements.
Brett O’Connor had his best showing in a WGC shirt and he slipped several challenges before seeing his low effort saved by Kyle Forster just before the break and shortly after Lovell, marauding forward at a set piece, flashed a good header just wide.
Bedford relied on the aerial prowess of Benson and Walker but although both got opportunities, their final efforts were all off target.
The second 45 minutes followed a similar pattern.
Adam Hunt burst forward menacingly into the Bedford area, but was halted by a fine challenge from the home side’s captain Gavin Hoyte, while Benson, once of Charlton, Swindon and Luton, volleyed wide when set up by striker partner Walker.
WGC keeper Dan Green kept the game scoreless 10 minutes from time with a fine save to turn away a Walker effort after the home striker had linked up with full-back Brett Longden.
The keeper repeated the feat as the game entered stoppage time, turning away a Callum Donnelly effort at full stretch, to protect the lead and clinch the three points.