No disgrace for new-look WGC as they kick off their pre-season friendly fixtures

PUBLISHED: 15:30 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:30 11 July 2017

Josh Bronti scored WGC's only goal. Picture: MARK LONG

Josh Bronti scored WGC's only goal. Picture: MARK LONG

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Adam Fisher's new-look Welwyn Garden City were by no means disgraced as they started their pre-season campaign with a 4-1 loss at Wingate & Finchley.

The Blues play two divisions higher than WGC and that was almost three as they were beaten in the Ryman League Premier Division play-off final by Bognor Regis Town.

And it was that gulf in class that told in the end – but only in the closing stages of the game at Barnet Lane.

For the most part the Citizens gave a very good account of themselves.

City boss Fisher began with seven of his new close-season captures, including former Cockfosters trio of Ben Spaul, George Ironton and Jon Sexton.

Jon Clements, last year’s top scorer in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division when he was with London Colney, also started as did ex-Edgware skipper Paul Marks, former Stotfold midfielder Ben L’Honore and defender Dave Corran, ex-Hitchin and Barton Rovers.

WGC looked sharp in the opening stages, but suffered a setback when they fell behind on eight minutes.

That was the only goal of the game until almost the hour mark when Wingate doubled their lead.

City had their chances both before and after the half-time break with Clements, L’Honore and Josh Bronti all going close.

Manager Fisher made seven changes for the second half with another newcomer, Charlie Joy, recruited from Biggleswade United, also sent into the fray.

Brandon Carney, a trialist formerly of AFC Dunstable was brought on and had a hand in WGC’s only goal when his cross was knocked in from a couple of yards by Bronti.

But just when it looked as though the visitors were right back in the game, Jack Metcalfe was beaten a second time by a spectacular 30-yard effort into the top corner.

To add insult to injury, the home side added a fourth from the penalty spot in the dying minutes.

WGC still have Ben Long, Yasin Boodhoo, John McGrandles ,Ashley Kersey and newcomer Jay Rolfe, to come into their line-up for future warm-up pre-season games which continue with a trip to Eynesbury Rovers on Saturday.

They then host Saffron Walden Town at the Hertfordshire Sports Village on Tuesday.

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