Thumping win for Welwyn Garden City at Biggleswade United
PUBLISHED: 10:18 19 August 2015 | UPDATED: 10:23 19 August 2015
New boys Welwyn Garden City proved they are a force to be reckoned with in the SSML Premier Division this season with a stunning 5-1 victory away to Biggleswade United.
First half strikes from debutant Nathan Dimmock, Yasin Boodhoo, Josh Bronti and Craig Arnott put the visitors in control with Jason Caswell wrapping up the scoring late in the second half on Tuesday night.
Both sides had gone into the encounter with an identical record from their three games this season; one defeat and a victory in the league and safe passage through the FA Cup extra-preliminary round.
However, it was the Citizens, promoted after winning SSML Division One last term, that bossed this clash.
WGC manager Adam Fisher handed 17-year-old youth team player Dimmock a first start following his brace for the reserves at the weekend.
The teenager took just seven minutes to get forward and send a crashing volley into the top corner past keeper Joachin Mortas after connecting with captain Sam Perrin’s high and deep delivery from the right flank.
It was some introduction to senior football.
City’s delight at taking the lead though was short lived as the hosts got back on terms minutes later as striker Lee Bilcock converted a ball in from the left.
In a frantic opening half WGC forced a corner and Perrin whipped in a ball to the far post where Yasin Boodhoo headed superbly back across goal and into the far corner for 2-1.
Two City goals in a minute killed off any hopes of a Biggleswade comeback.
Firstly keeper Joe Croft’s long goalkick somehow skidded all the way through the hosts’ backline on the wet surface and Bronti collected the ball and tucked home.
With the celebrating away supporters barely back on their seats, Arnott let fly with a stunning effort from all of 30 yards to put his side 4-1 up at the break.
It maintained the former Colchester United player’s fine scoring start to the season with five goals in five games.
WGC were forced into a half-time substitution with keeper Croft suffering from shin splints and being replaced by Jamie Jackson.
The second period was less frantic with the hosts pushing to get back in the game, but the City backline of Jay Welsh, Boodhoo, Carl Mensah and Perrin were comfortable.
When United did breakthrough though, Jackson thwarted Bilcock on two occasions.
WGC did have good chances themselves to add to the tally, but substitute Ash Kersey was twice unable to beat the keeper when through one-on-one and Aaron Cato shot off target after Kersey squared to him inside the box.
The fifth goal was to come as striker Caswell finished neatly after Mortas parried a Cato effort to wrap up a satisfying evening for WGC.
WGC host Wembley at Herns Lane on Saturday.
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