Arnott hits four for Citizens at Wodson Park
PUBLISHED: 08:47 09 October 2014 | UPDATED: 08:47 09 October 2014
Criag Arnott struck four times as Welwyn Garden City kept up their unbeaten start to their SSML Division One campaign with a 5-0 win at Wodson Park for their seventh league win from seven games.
Arnott scored a six minute hat-trick, either side of the interval, to end the home side’s initial resistance and went on to complete a personal quartet of goals on the hour mark, before being withdrawn to make way for Juan Cifuentes.
The result, WGC’s fourth five goal or better win in their seven league games, lifted the Herns Lane side to third in the table with as many as five or six games in hand over some of their promotion rivals.
That they achieved a win by such a margin with five first choice players - Joe Croft, Jack Dekanski, Sean Brettell, Daryl Smith and Joel Norris - all unavailable, speaks volumes for the depth of Adam Fisher’s squad.
First-team coach Chris Benton had to play between the posts as both first choice keepers were unavailable.
For the opening half-hour it wasn’t much of a spectacle.
Striker Jason Caswell shot weakly straight at home keeper Tuzzeo in the game’s opening attack, but it was 25 minutes before WGC carved another opening, Caswell going down under challenge from home skipper Norton, but referee Clements waving away any penalty appeals.
Five minutes from the break WGC hit the woodwork when Yasin Boodhoo rose highest to an Arnott free-kick to smack a header against the bar.
Three minutes later, they were ahead.
Perry Stellon played Caswell through with a slick through ball, keeper Tuzzeo beat out the shot, but couldn’t hold it and Arnott was first on the spot to turn the rebound home for an interval lead.
Two minutes after the restart, he had two.
From a pinpoint Sam Perrin corner to the back post, Arnott was left unmarked to head just inside the angle for 2-0.
Scarcely had the sides’ re-grouped, than Sam James played in a fine ball from the right to find Arnott again and he gave Tuzzeo no chance from short range.
In six minutes either side of the break, the game was over, but WGC were still hungry for more to add to their league goal difference that stands at 26 scored, just one conceded after this game.
On the hour, James was again the provider with a smart pass in from the right and Arnott picked his spot, driving his shot strongly past Tuzzeo.
On the 70th minute they brought up their nap hand, as Stellon picked out a fine pass and Isaac Oppong, making a rare appearance for WGC these days because of work committments, slipped through the Wodson Park back-line, rounded the keeper and rolled in number five.
Boss Fisher immediately replaced four-goal Arnott and Boodhoo with Cifuentes and defender Matt McArdle and saw his side net a sixth time, when Liam Kenna headed in from distance, only for it to be ruled out for offside against Caswell.
In the closing minutes, Wodson Park’s Jordan Halls got away to put in his side’s only dangerous shot of the night, but stand-in keeper Benton beat it away and preserved his clean sheet.
WGC: Benton, Perrin, Kenna, Costain (Lovell 33), Jenner, James, Stellon, Boodhoo (McArdle 68), Arnott (Cifuentes 68), Oppong, Caswell.