Solid and unspectacular will do if Welwyn Garden City continue climb up the table
PUBLISHED: 09:18 10 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:57 10 October 2017
Danny Loo Photography 2017
Welwyn Garden City kept their unbeaten start to the season going with a solid, if unspectacular, 2-0 win away to Stotfold.
There was none of the style and swagger that accompanied the 6-0 midweek Dudley Latham Memorial Cup victory against Leverstock Green but with promotion the aim, management will not be worried too much about how the points build up.
The goals bookended the match, with Charlie Joy putting the Citizens ahead in the third minute and George Ironton putting the seal on proceedings with two minutes remaining.
Josh Bronti paved the way for the opener, as he scooted past two Stotfold defenders before pulling the ball back to Joy who struck his left-footed effort past Stotfold keeper Matt Fallon.
Joy then turned provider six minutes later as he attempted to return the compliment but Bronti, leaning back, skied the chance of a second.
And that set the tone for the rest of the half as WGC poured forward.
Danny Payne was foiled by Fallon and the keeper made another good block to deny Joy while Charlie Rome headed over.
New signing Tom Silford showed up well with a fine ball from left flank that found his full-back counterpart Jay Rolfe raiding forward.
Rolfe got into the area, but again Fallon stopped the effort.
The shot of the half came just two minutes from the break, when Rome collected the ball 30 yards out and hit a thunderbolt that flew inches past the post.
The second-half couldn’t match the first 45 minutes for entertainment and became a scrappy affair as both sides rang the changes to lift it. WGC brought on Ashley Kersey for Rome and latterly, Ironton and Yasin Boodhoo replaced new boy Silford and Bronti.
Top scorer Jon Clements was having a quiet afternoon by his own high standards but just when WGC had needed a second goal to make the points safe, he came up with the goods with a terrific assist.
Collecting a Kersey flick down the left, he outpaced two defenders before cutting the ball back for Ironton to crash the clincher past Fallon.
The win keeps WGC in third place in the SSML Premier Division with a home game against St Margaretsbury next up on Wednesday.