Bronti and McGrandles on target as Citizens recover to beat 10-man Edgware Town

PUBLISHED: 20:07 10 September 2016 | UPDATED: 12:06 12 September 2016

Welwyn Garden City FC 2016/17

Welwyn Garden City FC 2016/17


Welwyn Garden City made a triumphant return to Herns Lane for their first game of the season back at their ground in front of the new main stand.

With building work over-running, the Citizens played away from WGC for the opening month of the season, but returned with a 2-1 SSML Premier Division victory this afternoon (Saturday) that saw an action-packed second half with three goals, a penalty and a red card.

City, unbeaten in the league this season after five games, had enjoyed far greater possession in the opening 45 minutes; they hit the woodwork twice, but failed to break the deadlock.

However, it was the visitors who went closest first.

The Ware’s Jay Molloy raced through as the ball evaded the WGC back line, but keeper Jack Metcalfe was quickly off his line to deny the striker.

On 11 minutes the home support in the new stand, erected the day before the game, saw their man Joe Foley shoot goalwards and beat keeper Sam Styles, but his effort from the left was cleared off the line.

City went close again soon after as full-back Lewis Endacott went forward for a corner, but his header from close range came back off the bar.

The chances kept coming for City as Foley and Endacott exchanged passes on the edge of the box with the latter denied by visiting stopper Styles.

As WGC’s frustration at not breaking the deadlock increased, midfielder Fitzgerald and forward Ewington then fired chances off target.

The half was heading towards an end when Josh Bronti collected a pass in the Edgware half, turned and hit a fierce drive that flicked off the crossbar on its way over the top.

Almost the final act of the half summed up proceedings as Ewington earned a free-kick on the corner of the Town box, but Bronti hit it way off target.

The start of the second half Edgware punished their hosts for their lack of cutting edge and took the lead.

Molloy flicked the ball on and Jack Smith outpaced the defence, raced into the WGC box and finished wonderfully past Metcalfe into the top left corner.

Just after the hour mark the visitors were reduced to 10 men as Harry Smart crunched into Danny Payne and was given his marching orders.

The away side were aggrieved with the decision and were even more so 10 minutes later as WGC were awarded a penalty as Endacott got forward and was brought down in the box.

Bronti made no mistake from the spot as he drew his side level.

WGC and then Edgware in close succession had the ball in the back of their respective nets, however a foul and an offside decision kept the scores level.

The hosts pushed for a winner and earned a corner.

The ball in saw Dave Parkinson and John McGrandles challenge keeper Styles with the latter touching it home.

WGC could have added to their tally when a quick break resulted in Ewington being blocked by Styles.

The striker should have then have converted from three yards, but missed the target following Taishan Griffith’s low, driven cross.

Following a lengthy spell of added on time the whistle blew and the Citizens marked their homecoming with all three points to climb to fifth in the table.

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