Zanone lights spark as Welwyn Garden City find that winning feeling again against Kidlington
PUBLISHED: 10:12 22 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:12 22 October 2018
It’s been a busy week of comings and goings at Welwyn Garden City but one of the new boys is making an instant impact.
Stuart Zanone scored his second goal in two games since arriving from Essex Senior League side Takeley as WGC got back to winning ways with a 2-1 success at home to Kidlington.
The Oxfordshire outfit came into the game rock bottom of the table but with a new manager and seven new faces of their own, they provided some stiff resistance that was only broken by Zanone’s 62nd minute opener.
Nick Elliott added a second seven minutes from time with Kidlington’s response coming too late to cause anything but a minor irritation at the loss of the clean sheet.
Zanone wasn’t the only new signing in the Citizens’ ranks as Danny May, snapped up from AFC Dunstable, made his debut while the returning Sean Brettell, fresh from a spell with Baldock Town, arrived off the bench.
One player not available for selection was Adam Hunt, the impressive right back moving back to his old stomping ground of Biggleswade FC.
Jon Clements was denied by a sharp save by Kidlington keeper Sam Warrell but it was the visitors who came closest in a disappointing opening 45 minutes, with only a fine stop from City’s Dan Green keeping them out.
City’s best effort in the first half came forced Warrell into action again, this time from Jay Rolfe.
The start to the second half was again cagey but it suddenly came to life as Zanone finished off a slick move.
Central defender Ionut Radu, on loan from Boreham Wood, sent a good ball along the by-line to Elliott and his cross was first controlled and then skilfully drove home for the opener.
It was the release that WGC needed and a clever dink by Clements was just inches over the bar.
And last year’s top scorer was involved as City got their second. He outpaced two Kidlington defenders down the right and pulled back a cross that Elliott fired past Warrell.
Substitute Ashley Kersey headed over a Rolfe cross as they pressed for a third but it was Kidlington who got the final goal of the day as newcomer Declan Benjamin was allowed to waltz around a couple of defenders and fire past Green from close range.