Couple of Charlies keep Welwyn Garden City’s superb league form going with narrow victory over Cockfosters

PUBLISHED: 16:05 19 October 2017

Charlie Joy got the late winner against Cockfosters. Picture: DANNY LOO

Charlie Joy got the late winner against Cockfosters. Picture: DANNY LOO

Danny Loo Photography 2017

It may have been their ninth win in 10 Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division games but Welwyn Garden City’s 2-1 success at Cockfosters left manager Adam Fisher with mixed feelings.

The City boss took to Twitter after Tuesday night’s victory saying: “We were poor tonight & a point was the most we deserved.

“But we showed a different side tonight & kept in there and grinded it out - huge win.”

The decisive moment came with just five minutes left.

A peach of a long cross by Charlie Rome found Charlie Joy at the back post and he volleyed in the winner much to the delight of the large visiting following.

Mid-table Cockfosters had made them fight tooth and nail for the three points after a battling second-half performance that they felt deserved a share of the spoils.

Former Citizen Piero Bagarone had got their equaliser on the hour, driving a fierce effort low past Charlie May.

That cancelled out a freakish opener from WGC on 25 minutes.

Top scorer Jon Clements put in a cross from a long way out on the left aiming for the head of Ashley Kersey.

The big striker stooped in front of keeper Lee Walker but made no contact and this was enough to distract the Cockfosters’ keeper who also missed it and to the surprise of all the ball finished in the net.

Certainly, it was the most surprising of Clements’ 17 goals of the season so far.

A Cockfosters’ free-kick from full-back Grant, also from way out, beat everyone in the area to hit May’s far post and bounce back across the area in one let-off and then Kersey, back in defence, came to WGC’s rescue hacking a Peter Roseman effort off the line to preserve the Citizens’ lead at the interval.

Bagarone’s goal certainly boosted the home side for last half-hour and during this spell it was they who looked the more likely to find a winner.

But City manager Fisher made his changes and his substitutes, the two Charlies, combined for the winner.

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