Clements hits hat-trick but sending off helps Welwyn Garden City to Oxhey Jets win
PUBLISHED: 14:38 07 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:38 07 March 2018
A hat-trick from Jon Clements gave Welwyn Garden City a 4-1 win at Oxhey Jets in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division – but a sending off in the second half also played a huge part.
The win keeps WGC second in the table although they are now just one point behind leaders Berkhamsted with four games in hand.
However, after 10 minutes of the second period they were still tied at 1-1 with lowly Oxhey were doing a fine job of frustrating them.
But then Jets’ midfielder Patru Marius-Cosmin was sent off after a clash with Ash Kersey in an unseemly melee and the game changed in an instant.
Clements had already got one and once Dan Bond made it two, he went on to complete his treble.
His first arrived on 22 minutes when he got ahead of Kersey to latch onto a fine pass from Nick Elliott and lob the keeper.
But a slip from the otherwise impeccable Dave Corran allowed Chris Blunden to supply Jahobi Maher with the equaliser just before half-time.
And the hosts started well in the second half until the sending off.
WGC manager Adam Fisher promptly introduced Tyler Hatherly and George Ironton for Danny Payne and Kersey and within minutes Hatherly made a big impact, his cross being flicked on by Clements for Bond to finish on the far post.
The Citizens never looked back from that stage and made it three on 77 minutes.
Jay Rolfe’s high ball put two home defenders in a terrible tangle and Clements slipped between them for a simple second.
Ten minutes later it was four. Ryan Keeley did well to stop the impressive Hatherly’s free-kick but he couldn’t hold it and Clements pocketed the rebound.
City will be as delighted with the win as they would be with the fact they were actually had a game to play.
They had been out of action since February 10 when ironically Oxhey were the visitors to Herns Lane.
They still face a daunting task to complete promotion with 16 league games and two cup finals to play in the remaining seven weeks of the season.
A trip to Leverstock Green starts things off on Saturday with Herns Lane welcoming Cockfosters on Wednesday night.