Takeley up next as Citizens march to FA Vase first round

PUBLISHED: 15:58 25 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:58 25 September 2017

Ash Kersey sealed Welwyn Garden City's passage to round one of the FA Vase with the second in a 2-0 win at Abingdon United. Picture: KEVIN LINES

Ash Kersey sealed Welwyn Garden City's passage to round one of the FA Vase with the second in a 2-0 win at Abingdon United. Picture: KEVIN LINES

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Welwyn Garden City will host Takeley in the first round proper of the FA Vase after securing passage with a 2-0 win over Abingdon United.

The Essex Senior League Premier Division side, who have a 100 per cent record so far in the league, will visit Herns Lane on Saturday, October 21.

It followed the Citizens’ second win over a Hellenic League side on Saturday after knocking Brackley Town Saints out three weeks earlier.

And Adam Fisher’s side deserved to make it through, dominating most of this tie against opponents who are in midtable in their own league.

Their place was secured by goals from Paul Marks, playing in a midfield role in place of injured skipper Danny Payne, six minutes from the interval and a clinching goal four minutes into lengthy stoppage time from substitute Ashley Kersey.

A fairly tame opening half-hour was highlighted by some outstanding long-range shooting from WGC’s Charlie Joy who looked the Citizes’ main attacking threat at this stage.

Joy struck their first meaningful effort with a fierce 20-yard volley just over the home crossbar, after Ben Long’s throw had been headed on by the outstanding Yasin Boodhoo.

And five minutes later, Joy latched onto a Jon Sexton pass and unleashed another powerful effort just wide of the post.

Jon Clements put two efforts wide and Joy curved a free kick over the defensive wall only to see his shot crash against the crossbar.

But WGC got the reward their efforts deserved six minutes from the break.

A Sexton free-kick dropped invitingly for Marks, who crashed it high beyond home keeper.

Abingdon made a lively start to the second 45 minutes and Moss almost brought them on terms three minutes after the restart, but shot straight at Charlie May in the visitors’ goal.

Joy continued to pepper the away net to no avail and WGC had to survive a disallowed effort for offside.

WGC replaced JoshBronti and top scorer Clements with Brandon Carney and Ashley Kersey for the final stages and deep into lengthy stoppage time, Kersey sealed the tie and their place in the next round.

Good build-up between Sexton and Ben Spaul fell for Kersey to blast high beyond Cavanagh.

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