New boy Dance at the double on Welwyn Garden City debut
PUBLISHED: 09:33 12 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:33 12 October 2015
New signing Bobby Dance left a lasting impression on Welwyn Garden City FC with two spectacular goals in the final 10 minutes of a 3-0 home win over Leverstock Green that completely revitalised the Citizens’ performance.
WGC v Leverstock Green
Josh Bronti for WGC
Jay Welsh puts a cross in
Josh Bronti for WGC
Bobby Dance for WGC
Craig Arnott smashes an effort just over
Nathan Dimmock fires a shot in
Bobby Dance for WGC
Bobby Dance is congratulated after scoring his first goal
Craig Arnott in action
Bobby Dance celebrates after scoring a stooping diving header
Bobby Dance is congratulated after scoring his second goal
Dave Parkinson for WGC
Dance, who was with manager Adam Fisher at his former club Barton Rovers and is son of the former Stevenage FC striker Danny Dance, was introduced for the final 25 minutes of this previously rather tame affair replacing Aaron Cato.
He immediately hit it off with his new team-mates, in particular, fellow substitutes Craig Arnott and Dave Parkinson, who laid on his brace of goals and WGC became a much more dangerous threat on his introduction.
Prior to that, they had comfortably held onto the lead given them by Jason Caswell’s 12th minute powerful header, when he escaped what lax marking there was from the Leverstock Green defence, to head in on the far post.
The Hemel Hempstead visitors didn’t produce a shot on target until past the half-hour mark and the biggest concern in the first 45 minutes to the Herns Lane side was that they were consigned to playing the last 65 minutes of the game without a recognised central defender, when John McGrandles went off with a hamstring pull.
WGC were already without Carl Mensah (damaged foot) and Yasin Boodhoo (unwell).
But Jay Lovell, not for the first time this season, did magnificently well at the heart of the defence, aided by skipper Daryl Smith, who dropped back to play alongside him.
Leverstock Green stirred themselves at the start of the second-half and midfielder Reece McArthur had the ball in WGC’s net from a rebound off keeper Joe Croft, but was clearly offside, despite his protestations.
The game changed dramatically upon the introduction of Dance with 25 minutes to go, although the visitors did go close through their outstanding player, Louis Bircham, who firstly looped a header over Croft and onto the roof of the net and then set up Curtis Donaldson for a powerful shot towards the top corner, that Croft saved excellently.
Full-back Jay Welsh got over a cross from the left, that Dance chested back into the path of Arnott, who blazed a fearsome shot inches wide, before the same pair combined to create the goal that sealed a WGC victory with eight minutes left.
Arnott slipped out left, checked inside a challenge and hit a dropping cross to the back post, where new boy Dance let it bounce before unleashing an unstoppable volley that gave Green keeper Jordan I’Anson not a chance, for a memorable goal.
Leverstock Green came back strongly and Donaldson hit a 20 yard free-kick just wide, but as the game entered stoppage time, WGC scored their third that ended any hopes the Hemel side might have had of a revival.
Substitute Dave Parkinson outpaced the visiting defence down the left and pulled over a low cross that new hero Dance dived full length to meet and glance a clever header past I’Anson into the far corner.
Boss Fisher said: “Bobby hasn’t been playing in a while and is far from match fit, but given a couple of months to get himself up to speed, should be a real asset to us in coming weeks.”
After a search since the early weeks of this season, WGC might have, at last, found a successor to the much missed forward Joel Norris.
WGC: Croft, Perrin, Lovell, McGrandles (Arnott 25), Welsh, Cifuentes, Smith, Dimmock, Bronti, Caswell (Parkinson 80), Cato (Dance 65).
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