Welwyn Garden City show off new look in convincing home win over North Leigh
PUBLISHED: 09:15 26 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:20 26 November 2018
Adam Fisher’s new-look Welwyn Garden City side powered to a fine 3-0 win over North Leigh as they look to cement their position in the top half of the Southern League Division One Central.
This result over the lowly-Oxfordshire outfit lifts them up to the fringes of the play-offs, two places outside them in seventh.
And it owed much to a dominant second-half performance.
Fisher gave league debuts to both David Keenleyside and Charlie Smith, newly-arrived from Hitchin Town.
Another new face in Andrew Iwediuno came off the bench while Stuart Zanone kept up his fine scoring record in a Citizens shirt with the opening goal at Herns Lane.
That came after just five minutes.
The striker had already put the ball in the net but was ruled offside, however, he made no mistake with a glancing header from a Smith cross.
North Leigh’s day got worse when top scorer George Seacole limped off after 12 minutes but the visitors did grow into the game.
A good save from Dan Green kept them out shortly after Seacole’s departure before skipper Ben Brown headed over and a fiercely-struck free-kick from Harry Landers smacked off a post.
City’s lead at the break looked precarious but could have been a bit more comfortable had a Jon Clements effort not been hacked away goal in the closing minutes.
But supporters needn’t have worried as WGC turned on the style in the second period.
Danny Payne saw a rising effort thump the North Leigh crossbar 10 minutes after the resumption but just two minutes later his radar had been adjusted and he sent a flashing header beyond Eddie Cavanagh from a Zanone cross.
A miss-kick in defence allowed Zanone to set-up Clements for number three and although that was to be the end of the scoring, WGC continued to press.
Jay Rolfe burst through the middle of the field but his smart effort struck a post. the same fate that befell a Lee close-header.
Dan Green preserved the hosts’ clean sheet with a save five minutes from time, turning the dangerous Noah Alabi’s shot round a post, but it was a rare incursion by the visitors as WGC remained in total control until the final whistle.