Comeback kings City at it again with another dramatic never-say-die victory

PUBLISHED: 11:15 20 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:20 20 November 2017

Lee Armitt had put Colney Heath ahead but Yasin Boodhoo netted the late winner for WGC. 

Picture: KARYN HADDON

Lee Armitt had put Colney Heath ahead but Yasin Boodhoo netted the late winner for WGC. Picture: KARYN HADDON

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For the second time in four days Welwyn Garden City scored two goals in the dying stages to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

WGC's Jon Clements battles for possession against Colney Heath. Picture: KARYN HADDON WGC's Jon Clements battles for possession against Colney Heath. Picture: KARYN HADDON

On Wednesday they were trailing 3-2 in stoppage time against Crawley Green in the League Cup, before winning 4-3.

And on Saturday, having gone behind to an early Lee Armitt goal at Colney Heath, they pounced first with an equaliser on 88 minutes and then the winner three minutes into stoppage time to win 2-1 in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division.

Manager Adam Fisher said: “I’m not quite sure how we’re doing it but our spirit is unquestionable and this side never knows when it’s beaten.

“We encourage them to go right to the end and in several games this season already, we’ve rescued ourselves.”

Welwyn Garden City's Danny Payne battles with Jack Woods for Colney Heath. 

Picture: KARYN HADDON Welwyn Garden City's Danny Payne battles with Jack Woods for Colney Heath. Picture: KARYN HADDON

And what made the final comeback so remarkable was City did it with 10 minutes, having lost Ben Spaul to a head injury a few minutes before the equaliser with all their substitutes used up.

It was one of those subs, Ash Kersey, who started the fightback.

Full-back Dave Corran put fellow substitute Sean Brettell away down the left and his low cross was stabbed home by the big striker, despite desperate Colney Heath efforts to clear off the line.

City still had a moments anxiety though as they waited for referee Stuart Smith to give the goal on the advice of his assistant.

Josh Bronti for WGC shields the ball from Colney Heath's Lee Armitt. 

Picture: KARYN HADDON Josh Bronti for WGC shields the ball from Colney Heath's Lee Armitt. Picture: KARYN HADDON

The winning move started with WGC skipper Danny Payne breaking up a Magpie attack.

He set Josh Bronti away down the right and the winger’s long cross found central defender Yasin Boodhoo raiding upfield at the far post.

His downward header beat home keeper Steven Cunningham into the bottom corner.

And the news got even better for the Citizens on their return to the dressing room when they heard leaders Berkhamsted had been held to a 2-2 draw at Biggleswade United, third-placed Biggleswade FC had lost 5-3 at improving Leverstock Green and the sides in fourth and fifth, Harpenden Town and Leighton Town had tied 2-2 with each other at Rothamsted Park.

George Ironton in action for WGC.

 Picture: KARYN HADDON George Ironton in action for WGC. Picture: KARYN HADDON

It means Welwyn are now two points off the top with a game in hand.

WGC are away again in the league this Saturday, when they go to Wembley.

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