Goalscoring hero back at Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 10:14 12 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:21 12 January 2018

Joel Norris is back at Welwyn Garden City after signing on loan from Bedford. Picture: KEVIN LINES

Joel Norris is back at Welwyn Garden City after signing on loan from Bedford. Picture: KEVIN LINES

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A Welwyn Garden City goalscoring hero is back at Herns Lane for the remainder of the season after signing on loan.

Joel Norris, City’s fifth-highest goalscorer of all time, notched 76 goals in claret and blue in three seasons, as the Citizens rose from Spartan South Midlands League Division One mediocrity to secure both the league and League Challenge Trophy for the first time.

He switched to Southern League football with Bedford Town two years ago and went on to play for Cambridge City, but a serious knee injury ruled him out for an entire season.

He resumed at the start of this campaign, again with Bedford, but hasn’t played recently during a hamstring injury.

He’s now left the Southern League outfit and rejoined WGC’s promotion push for the second-half of the season.

Manager Adam Fisher said on Twitter: “It’s a great deal for Joel and us. He is coming back after a horrendous time with injuries and we will help him get back to full speed whilst also providing a top quality support and option to the lads we have and who are doing such a good job.”

Norris played an hour in a hastily arranged midweek friendly at neighbours Codicote, in which he hit the woodwork twice, as an understrength WGC went down 1-0 to a late header.

The Citizens also had gave a debut for former Ware and London Colney Tom Coulton.

WGC played the game without eight of their regular first-team with Charlie May, Jay Rolfe, Yasin Boodhoo, Danny Payne, Ben Spaul, George Ironton, Dan Bond and Jon Clements all absent.

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