Another win and more goals as Welwyn Garden City keep pressure on at the top

PUBLISHED: 14:53 16 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:53 16 October 2017

Yasin Boodhoo (left) is mobbed after scoring the third WGC goal. Picture: KEVIN LINES

Yasin Boodhoo (left) is mobbed after scoring the third WGC goal. Picture: KEVIN LINES

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Victory over Hadley on Saturday was the best league performance in weeks for Welwyn Garden City according to manager Adam Fisher.

Jon Clements has a dig at goal. Picture: KEVIN LINESJon Clements has a dig at goal. Picture: KEVIN LINES

The 4-1 success at home kept the Citizens hot on the heels of Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division leaders Berkhamsted.

The Herns Lane outfit continued their goal-hungry ways of late with these four goals taking their tally to 22 in the opening nine games of the season.

A now typical strong start saw WGC ahead on seven minutes.

Bronti, who had already had a goal disallowed for offside, got on the end of an Ashley Kersey flick and he flicked his shot beyond Davis Boateng.

John McGrandles for WGC. Picture: KEVIN LINESJohn McGrandles for WGC. Picture: KEVIN LINES

John McGrandles struck the post shortly after but they didn’t have to wait long for a second, and when it came it was a gift.

Hadley defender Harry Sedgeley unwisely took the ball off his keeper and tried to trick Bronti on the edge of his own area. He was dispossessed and the winger had a simple job of crashing his second past an exposed keeper.

Hadley though weren’t out of this contest and gave City a fright when they pulled one back before half-time, Kerkstun McPherson deflecting an Ivan Machedo cross over WGC keeper Charlie May.

The Citizens opened the second-half with a series of corners and from one of them, Boateng made a fine close-in save with both Jon Clements and McGrandles trying to force the ball over the line.

George Ironton has a shot at goal against Hadley. Picture: KEVIN LINESGeorge Ironton has a shot at goal against Hadley. Picture: KEVIN LINES

And 20 minutes into the half the two-goal cushion was restored.

Bronti was again involved and it was his free-kick that was powered home by Yasin Boodhoo.

WGC still needed the comfort of a fourth to finally kill Hadley off, something that was clearly evident when Lewis Francis hit a post with 13 minutes to go.

So they were delighted when it came just a minute later.

Hadley keeper makes a fine save from Ash Kersey. Picture: KEVIN LINESHadley keeper makes a fine save from Ash Kersey. Picture: KEVIN LINES

Fine inter-play between top scorer Clements and sub George Ironton saw them switch passes twice before Ironton found Clements in the area and he drove a cross-shot past Boateng into the far corner.

It was his 16th of the season and made the three points safe.

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