Welwyn Garden City's battling qualities vital in promotion push says Jesse Walklin

PUBLISHED: 09:19 25 November 2019 | UPDATED: 09:24 25 November 2019

Jesse Walklin skippered Welwyn Garden City in their win over Yaxley. Picture: KARYN HADDON

Jesse Walklin skippered Welwyn Garden City in their win over Yaxley. Picture: KARYN HADDON

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Jesse Walklin believes Welwyn Garden City have all the tools at their disposal to mount a serious promotion bid in Southern League Division One Central - they just need to add consistency to that arsenal.

WGC V Yaxley - Romelle Alomenu in action for WGC.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Yaxley - Romelle Alomenu in action for WGC. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The Citizens had to summon up all of their resilience and battling qualities to record a 3-2 win over Yaxley on Saturday having squandered a 2-0 lead in three crazy second-half minutes.

WGC V Yaxley - Eusebio Da Silva celebrates scoring for WGC 1-0.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Yaxley - Eusebio Da Silva celebrates scoring for WGC 1-0. Picture: Karyn Haddon

And it hauled them back into fifth place and a play-off spot with a quarter of the season played.

WGC V Yaxley - Charlie Payne in action for WGC.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Yaxley - Charlie Payne in action for WGC. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Walklin was skipper for the day in the absence of Dave Keenleyside, one of a number missing for the game along with the likes of George Ironton and Lee Close.

WGC V Yaxley - Charlie Payne in action for WGC.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Yaxley - Charlie Payne in action for WGC. Picture: Karyn Haddon

And that, according to the vice-skipper, shows there is good strength in depth to continue their push.

WGC V Yaxley - Nick Ironton , Manager WGC.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Yaxley - Nick Ironton , Manager WGC. Picture: Karyn Haddon

He said: "There are two or three really good teams but we can match them and beyond that, I think we should win every week.

WGC V Yaxley - Eusebio Da Silva scores for WGC 1-0.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Yaxley - Eusebio Da Silva scores for WGC 1-0. Picture: Karyn Haddon

"At this stage the play-offs should be where we are aiming and we'll see where that takes us at the end.

WGC V Yaxley - Charlie Payne in action for WGC.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Yaxley - Charlie Payne in action for WGC. Picture: Karyn Haddon

"We've got the nucleus of a good team. There were some good players missing but everybody who has stepped in has done well, we just need that consistency.

WGC V Yaxley - Callum Stead in action for WGC.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Yaxley - Callum Stead in action for WGC. Picture: Karyn Haddon

"We've won the last two and it's a tough run until Christmas but we'll see where we can go."

WGC V Yaxley - Charlie Payne in action for WGC.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Yaxley - Charlie Payne in action for WGC. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Goals from Eusebio Da Silva and Elliot Bailey put City in front in the first-half and they could have bagged more too, the latter also hitting the crossbar with the final touch of the half.

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 Jack Bradshaw in action for Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Yaxley - Jack Bradshaw in action for Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Karyn Haddon

But in the rainy conditions and on a heavy pitch Yaxley came back after the break, first through Joe Butterworth and then a Daniel Cotton penalty drew them level.

WGC V Yaxley - Charlie Payne in action for WGC.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Yaxley - Charlie Payne in action for WGC. Picture: Karyn Haddon

And it needed a goal six minutes from time from Callum Stead to seal the three points.

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 Jack Bradshaw in action for Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Yaxley - Jack Bradshaw in action for Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Walklin said: "On a pitch like that we needed to battle. We were professional two weeks ago against Kidlington and we won easily but we let Yaxley back in and lost our way for 10, 15 minutes and then needed a smash and grab at the end.

WGC V Yaxley - Eusebio Da Silva in action for WGC.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Yaxley - Eusebio Da Silva in action for WGC. Picture: Karyn Haddon

"We won ugly though and we haven't done that yet. We've either won easily or drawn those games.

WGC V Yaxley - Eusebio Da Silva in action for WGC.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Yaxley - Eusebio Da Silva in action for WGC. Picture: Karyn Haddon

"And momentum is also huge on a pitch like that. We scored first and we had it and when they scored, they had it for a bit.

WGC V Yaxley - Eusebio Da Silva in action for WGC.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Yaxley - Eusebio Da Silva in action for WGC. Picture: Karyn Haddon

"It's hard to turn it on and off so we lost our way but a win is a win."

WGC V Yaxley - Eusebio Da Silva celebrates scoring for WGC 1-0.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Yaxley - Eusebio Da Silva celebrates scoring for WGC 1-0. Picture: Karyn Haddon

WGC V Yaxley - Eusebio Da Silva in action for WGC.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Yaxley - Eusebio Da Silva in action for WGC. Picture: Karyn Haddon

WGC V Yaxley - Elliot Bailey in action for WGC.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Yaxley - Elliot Bailey in action for WGC. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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