Early blitzkrieg from Welwyn Garden City puts Edgware Town to the sword

PUBLISHED: 14:50 28 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:54 28 January 2018

Ash Kersey scored twice in Welwyn Garden City's win over Edgware Town. Picture: KEVIN LINES

Ash Kersey scored twice in Welwyn Garden City's win over Edgware Town. Picture: KEVIN LINES

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Four goals inside the first 30 minutes helped Welwyn Garden City to a fine 5-2 home win over Edgware Town and kept their promotion bid on track going into the vital month of February.

Adam Fisher’s side showed no ill effects from their first league defeat of the season 10 days earlier as they tore into an understrength Edgware from the start.

The North Londoners, who battled throughout and pulled a goal back at the end of each half, had their veteran goalkeeping coach Darren Bonfield between the sticks and he had a torrid afternoon.

In total he fished the ball out of the net nine times but four of those strikes were disallowed, three for offside and one for a foul in the build-up.

WGC took an immediate lead in the game’s opening attack. Ben Spaul lofted a dangerous ball into Edgware area and Dan Bond cleverly lifted it above Bonfield into the top corner of the net.

In seven minutes the lead was doubled. Full-back Jay Rolfe overlapped to good effect and got over a fine cross that saw Jon Clements time his run perfectly to drive a low shot firmly past Bonfield for 2-0.

On 19 minutes, a beleaguered Edgware found themselves three in arrears.

Carl Mensah switched passes with skipper Danny Payne and the big defender’s cross was fired home in emphatic style by Ashley Kersey.

And on 29 minutes, Kersey had a second and WGC a fourth.

A left-wing cross from full-back Jon Sexton was pulled down by Kersey and volleyed instantly in off the far post.

Edgware pulled one back two minutes from the break through Rio Beech and Ryan Carruthers bagged a second 10 minutes from full-time.

But in between there was a fifth for City.

Substitute Joel Norris had already struck a post when he slipped a fine ball to fellow replacement Charlie Joy who sent a low effort under Bonfield.

The victory, in which WGC gave new signing from Biggleswade United Nick Elliott his debut, proved absolutely necessary.

The rest of the top five in the SSML Premier Division all won with long-time leaders Berkhamsted, who WGC now meet twice in a week with Wednesday’s Herts Charity Shield semi-final being followed by a league trip on Saturday, also scoring five.

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