Welwyn Garden City beat Kentish Town’s 10 men
WELWYN Garden City defeated Kentish Town 3-2 yesterday (Saturday) in an action-packed game at Herns Lane.
Kentish had midfielder Fabion Simms sent off after only 17 minutes for deliberate handball after he stopped Shane Manogue’s goalbound header on the line.
Citizens centre-half Darren Wells stepped up to blast the resultant penalty past Kentish keeper Ryan Bishop for 1-0.
However, 10-man Town were level only five minutes later when former Southend United man Anthony Clarke outpaced a static City defence to fire past custodian Mark Jessop.
The hosts then retook the lead when livewire Stuart King dispossessed Town full-back Felix Murray, sped into the area and fired low past Bishop.
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Phil Reid’s City side were not finished with the scoring, and in some style.
Impressive new signing Samuel Gomez picked up the ball some 30-yards out, and showing incredible vision and skill, lobbed Bishop for a truly spectacular goal.
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The second half was scrappy, and in truth it was difficult to tell which side had the 10 men.
The visitors netted their second on the 90-minute mark, with that man Clarke again proving his much- talked about talent as he fired home a curling 20-yard effort past Jessop in the City goal.
Despite Kentish ensuring a nervy last few minutes of injury time for WGC, Reid’s young side held on to record a vital victory in their quest to move off the bottom of the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division.
* For further coverage and pictures from the game, see this week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times – out on Wednesday.