Debutant Armitt helps Citizens maintain unbeaten SSML Premier start
PUBLISHED: 14:27 27 September 2016 | UPDATED: 14:31 27 September 2016
Adam Fisher expressed his satisfaction after his Welwyn Garden City side maintained their unbeaten start to the season on the road at promotion rivals Berkhamsted.
Striker Lee Armitt, formerly of London Colney and Oxhey Jets, notched on his Citizens debut while Olly Leslie saved his fourth penalty in a week, after last Wednesday’s heroics in the League Challenge Trophy shoot-out victory against The 61FC, as WGC held their own.
Following the gritty point, Fisher said: “This is always a tough place to come and we lost here last year so it’s a point gained really.
“They were well-organised and a constant threat going forward.
“My lads were terrific in how they responded to the goal though and then came out and dominated a good chunk of the second half.”
The game started at a ferocious pace with both teams fully committed and creating good chances early on.
The home side then started to take control of the game and got their reward on 35 minutes.
Wide man Josh Bronti worked hard to chase his opposite number back over 40 yards but then, after originally winning the ball back, he slipped to allow the attacker into the box.
Trying to recover he dragged the player down and left the referee with no choice but to award a penalty.
Berkhamsted’s number nine Ashton Campbell stepped up but Leslie thwarted him with a fine save.
Unfortunately the ball spilled back to the striker who finished the rebound.
WGC responded and after an excellent 10-minute spell they were level.
Jay Welsh’s corner was headed clear but full-back Lewis Endacott won a strong header 30 yards out which fell to Armitt inside the box and he swivelled and smashed the ball past keeper Anthony Ladyman.
WGC started the second half as they finished the first – in complete control – and for 20 minutes they arguably played their best stuff of the season.
They created four good chances with goalscorer Armitt missing a one-on-one when put through by the returning Ben Long, defender John McGrandles had a header cleared off the line and another just wide and James Ewington blasted over from 12 yards.
Berkhamsted would have felt relieved to still be in the game and this allowed them to regain their confidence and fight back.
They went on to create two great chances in the final minutes which were brilliantly saved by Leslie and the sides had to settle for a draw.