Southern League: Welwyn Garden City brought back down to earth by Peterborough Sports defeat

PUBLISHED: 21:42 21 August 2018 | UPDATED: 21:42 21 August 2018

Ben Spaul took the captain's armband for Welwyn Garden City at Peterborough Sports. Picture: DANNY LOO

Ben Spaul took the captain's armband for Welwyn Garden City at Peterborough Sports. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Two second-half goals brought Welwyn Garden City back to earth as they lost 2-0 to Peterborough Sports.

Their second-ever Southern League game, and the first on the road, was on a knife-edge for most of the Lincoln Road encounter.

It became increasingly evident that the first effort to find the net would prove crucial and so it proved as Josh McCammon and Joshua Moreman struck, giving the Turbines their second win of the year.

The performance from the orange-shirted Citizens seemed flat in contrast to Saturday.

And if it was the emotion of their first game at this level, coupled with the memorial of club legend Terry Hayes that had carried them to victory over Didcot Town, then this was a wake-up call for life in the Southern League.

The first half was a case in point.

Gone was the slick passing that had so impressed at Herns Lane three days earlier and in its stead was a backs to the wall performance with a not so insignificant slice of luck.

Peterborough dominated matters in the first 45 minutes and had two massive chances to take the lead.

The first from Avelino Vieira was perhaps harshly ruled out for offside as it seemed from the press box, placed just 17 yards from the goal-line, that he had timed his run to perfection.

The number seven also had the second chance.

Welwyn had given the ball away cheaply deep inside their own half and a quick one-two between Vieira and Mark Jones saw the former slam the ball flush off the crossbar.

However, for all the home side’s possession, Welwyn goalkeeper Dan Green only had the one save to make, and he did it well, raising a big paw to block a Jones header on the line.

Welwyn had a couple of snapshots, one from Brett O’Connor and the other from stand-in skipper Ben Spaul, but both were dealt with by Lewis Moat in the home goal.

The second half was more of the same although this time it was Welwyn who had the better chances early on.

Two fell to the one man you want would to see in front of goal with the ball, Jon Clements.

But both saw last year’s top scorer just take one touch too many and the chances were lost.

Mind the second one brought a corner from which Jay Rolfe saw a header bounce off the bar.

It was to prove a pivotal moment.

Two minutes later the hosts were ahead as a deep cross from the right to the back post was nodded back across goal and McCammon swept it home.

And the lift it gave Peterborough brought a second 11 minutes later, credited in the ground as an own goal from Jon Sexton although that was harsh on the full-back as he flew into block Moreman’s shot.

It left Welwyn with a mountain to climb, one they never looked like doing.

Dan Bond had their only chance as the clock ticked down but it was saved by Moat.

Welwyn Garden City: Green, Hunt, Sexton (Holmes 83), Close, Lovell, Corran, Rolfe (Bronti 68), Spaul, Clements (T.Williams 77), Bond, O’Connor.

Subs (not used): Karagozlu, Payne.

Booked: Lovell 90+3

Peterborough Sports: Moat, Griffiths, Marshall, Wall, Jones, Lawlor, Vieira, McCammon (Malone 89), Newman (Brown 55), Jones, Moreman (Webb 72).

Subs (not used): Bucciero, A.Williams

Goals: McCammon 60, Moreman 71

HT: Peterborough Sports 0 Welwyn Garden City 0

Attendance: 207

Referee: Ruebyn Ricardo (Narborough, Leics)

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