Southern League: Relief and delight for Adam Fisher as Welwyn Garden City begin with Didcot win
PUBLISHED: 20:24 18 August 2018 | UPDATED: 20:26 18 August 2018
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Adam Fisher was delighted to finally get Welwyn Garden City’s season under way – and the manner of performance as well as the result simply added to the emotion.
The Citizens picked up a 2-1 victory at home to Didcot Town in their Southern League Division One Central debut.
The opening weekend for the EvoStik leagues was a week behind their Isthmian counterparts and two behind the National League sides.
And the relief at finally being able to play a competitive fixture saw WGC produced a stunning display of attacking football.
Fisher said: “We’ve been waiting so long to get going and had such a big build-up.
“It felt like it was never going to come. Everyone else has started and you see them on social media and everything else and it was just frustrating.
“But we’ve trained really well and everybody was looking forward to it.
“For us it was about turning up with nothing to fear and relaxing and enjoying the day.
“And I thought we were outstanding in the first half and by far the better side.
“We probably should have gone in more than 2-1 up but second half we knew it was going to be a battle and they were going to come at us.
“But we saw a different side to us where we had to dig in and defend really well.
“To get the three points on the opening day and our first time at this level is just a bonus.”
The manner of the performance was enough to delight the big crowd at Herns Lane and impress at the same time.
Fisher, though, says the passing display is still a work in progress and can only get better and added that the big squad will all get their chance to shine.
He said: “We’ve had to change a little bit but we’ve been working through pre-season on looking after the ball more and working it more.
“We’ve carried on from where we left off against AFC Dunstable. The lads are buying into it although there’s still a lot to do.
“But you can’t grumble at that first half and we created loads of chances that I would have liked to see us score from.”
“There was one or two we changed as we wanted to be balanced but if you look at our bench, it was probably the strongest it’s ever been and that’s still with three or four lads to come in.
“We’ve got the strength in depth and it was difficult but we’ve spoke to the lads and they know it’s a long season and they will get minutes.
“Everyone will get a chance to impress.”