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