Citizens left frustrated as Tigers employ gamesmanship to wipe out perfect record
PUBLISHED: 17:30 07 September 2017
Welwyn Garden City lost their 100 per cent record in Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division but remained unbeaten after a frustrating 0-0 draw at London Tigers.
The Tigers disrupted WGC’s flowing football that has brought 16 goals in their last five games by employing gamesmanship tactics through the match.
It led to over 10 minutes of added time played during the encounter but despite the game’s length, City could not find a way through.
Wasteful finishing was one reason for that but so was some outstanding saves from home keeper Klebis Ramas.
The best WGC chance arguably came with the opening attack of the game inside the first minute.
Jon Clements played Josh Bronti through but he struck the good chance wide.
They couldn’t fashion another decent opening for 20 minutes when full-back Jon Sexton ended a good move with an accurate cross. Clements chested it down into the path of midfielder Ben Long but the ball didn’t drop accurately for him and he struck his shot straight at Ramas.
The home side did have chances of their own and the best came when the powerful Ardalan Ghamkhar hit a shot wide.
A well-rehearsed long throw move saw Long hurl the ball in for the head of Yasin Boodhoo. His knock-down found Clements but he dragged his shot wide.
And on the stroke of half-time, another cross by Boodhoo was headed over by Jay Rolfe.
WGC had to thank new keeper Charlie May, signed last week, for a sensational save seven minutes after the restart for keeping them on terms.
Tigers full-back Ashkan Abbasi got a fortunate rebound off Bronti to cross in a fine centre and Ghamkar came in and met it perfectly with a header destined for the top corner, but May got across and clawed it away in spectacular style.
At the other end, Ramas foiled WGC’s best efforts with a string of saves, his best being an outstanding double stop to twice thwart Clements.
Manager Adam Fisher introduced fit-again Brandon Carney, Manny Melford-Rowe and Ashley Kersey in the last 25 minutes to try and break the deadlock, but the trio couldn’t find a way through and WGC ended the afternoon with the feeling that this was two points dropped, rather than one gained.