Full Report: Valenti at the double as Welwyn Garden City see off Heath
PUBLISHED: 14:16 07 April 2009 | UPDATED: 22:06 26 October 2009
South Midlands League Premier Division Welwyn Garden City 3 Colney Heath 0 John Hutchinson reports A FABIO Valenti double helped WGC to a comfortable 3-0 derby victory against Colney Heath on Saturday. The home win sees Del Deanus Citizens up to 13th
South Midlands League Premier Division
Welwyn Garden City 3 Colney Heath 0
John Hutchinson reports
A FABIO Valenti double helped WGC to a comfortable 3-0 derby victory against Colney Heath on Saturday.
The home win sees Del Deanus' Citizens up to 13th in the Premier Division of the South Midlands League, level on points with the three teams above them.
Colney could have taken the lead in the 10th minute, when a ball through found former Potters Bar striker Richie Howard.
He found himself one-on-one with City custodian Darren Bonfield. However, the home keeper pulled off a superb save to deny the Magpies hitman.
On 25 minutes, livewire striker Adam Wallace came even closer to breaking the deadlock for City.
He got his head on the end of a Rob Blackburne ball in to crash a header against the foot of the post which was then cleared by a shaky-looking Magpies defence.
On the half hour it was 1-0 to the hosts.
The referee gave a free-kick to WGC for a foul on industrious midfielder Matt Thompson.
Valenti showed his quick-thinking to strike an effort into the bottom corner of Tom Blackman's goal for the opener.
The first half was devoid of much in the way of real goal-scoring chances, with the ball tending to be played in midfield, with both teams contesting well.
Wallace and Valenti were linking up well for the Citizens but the final ball into them was often wayward.
However, only 53 seconds into the second half Valenti had scored his second of the afternoon.
Poor defending by Magpies full-back Mark Teasdale saw him lose possession in his own box to Valenti.
The talented forward kept his composure to beat an onrushing Blackman to give the home side a two-goal cushion.
Colney Heath came close to getting themselves back into the game only five minutes later, when former WGC player Jake Parratt crashed a free-kick against the foot of Darren Bonfield's post and clear.
Mark Blackburne, captain for the day, then showed his talent with a superb burst forward from the wing-back position.
He dribbled infield from the left, cut inside two defenders, and let fly from 20 yards out.
The shot took a deflection on its way through, and nearly wrong-footed Blackman, but the young stopper recovered well to tip the ball onto the post and a defender hoofed clear.
On 65 minutes the impressive Bonfield got himself involved to maintain a clean sheet. Substitute Jon Donoghue, who had looked lively after being brought on, found himself free in the box with just the keeper to beat.
His first effort was saved by Bonfield down to his right.
Then the big number one was on hand down to his left to deny the Colney forward with a terrific double save.
Hotshot Wallace made the game safe for the Herns Lane club only three minutes later after an impressive move with strike partner Valenti.
Wallace picked up the ball on the halfway line and laid it back to Valenti.
Wallace then charged forward, and was picked out beautifully by the technically-gifted Valenti with a fine ball.
The powerful forward did the rest, slotting past Blackman in the Heath goal.
The closing 10 minutes of the game saw the hosts have three further chances to extend their lead.
Rob Blackburne picked out Wallace with an intelligent ball on 80 minutes but he saw his 15-yarder well saved by Blackman.
Then two minutes later Richard Morton came close when he rose highest to a Valenti free-kick, but his effort flashed wide.
Finally, midfielder Paul Marks picked up the ball just inside the box and hit a rasping half-volley which the keeper could only parry out to Wallace, but he was in an offside position.
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