Southern League: Mature Welwyn Garden City performance at Kempston Rovers delights boss Adam Fisher
PUBLISHED: 08:56 02 December 2018 | UPDATED: 08:56 02 December 2018
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Adam Fisher hailed the maturity of his Welwyn Garden City side after their 3-2 win away to Kempston Rovers kept them on the fringes of the Southern League Division One Central play-off places.
The Citizens were undoubtedly helped by the 24th-minute sending-off of Iuean Riley but sometimes the hardest thing in football is beating 10 men and Welwyn showed plenty of character to first take the lead and then reclaim it when the win looked to be slipping away late on thanks to Mason Spence’s thunderbolt.
And Fisher believes that is a sign that his players are finally getting to grips with their new surroundings.
He said: “The sending off did change the game because I thought they were the better side before.
“But we changed our formation quite quickly and I thought we then dominated the game although we still allowed them little half chances to get back in.
“When we scored the second I was thinking we should be able to see the game out.
“But we lost the ball up front, they’ve broke and the lad has hit a great strike and then the thoughts were it was going to be another two points dropped.
“But we didn’t panic at 2-2 as we knew there was still 18 minutes or so to go and get another one.
“And eventually we got there and I think we just about deserved it.
“It was a bit more of a mature performance and that pleases me almost as much as the three points because we’re learning what it takes to win games at this level now.”
The victory, secured thanks to goals from Stuart Zanone, David Keenleyside’s first for the club and Lee Close’s header, was just City’s second win away from the comforts of Herns Lane.
And according to the boss, that is another sign of the growing confidence in his team.
“Our away form hasn’t been great and granted we’ve played four of the current top six already but we know we need to improve,” admitted Fisher.
“These places are hard to come to and get results. Kempston will take points off people.
“The lads are absolutely buzzing in the changing room because they know they’ve ground it out.
“They know in this league you have to work hard.
“It’s taken them 10 minutes to get in the shower because they are absolutely knackered but that’s what it is all about.