Welwyn Garden City battered by Baldock Town as Herts Trophy dream expires
PUBLISHED: 17:02 16 December 2014 | UPDATED: 17:19 16 December 2014
WGC may be reeling off the wins in the SSML Division One, but their luck was out as they were knocked out of the Herts Senior Centenary Trophy quarter-finals by Baldock at Hitchin’s Top Field on Saturday.
The visitors shuffled the pack for this trophy clash and were ultimately made to pay for their team selection.
Despite the disappointing scoreline, City were still in the game at the break, trailing by just one goal - a stoppage-time penalty.
The result could have been different as WGC struck early in the second half through substitute Sean Brettell but their eventual capitulation led to a cup exit.
A scrappy opening did not produce a real effort on target until Craig Arnott struck the post midway through the half.
That was to be WGC’s best chance in the first phase and they fell behind as Juan Cifuentes felled Lee Pateman in the area. Up stepped Luke Gregson to put Baldock ahead from the spot.
WGC introduced Brettell for Yasin Boodhoo immediately after half-time and within four minutes, Brettell made his presence felt, latching onto an Arnott pass to drive his shot through keeper Nick Stilwell for the equaliser.
From there, it was all the hosts though as they peppered the WGC goal and got a breakthrough.
Tom Oram found himself in space and as City keeper Freddie Hester got caught in no-man’s land, the striker drove past him for 2-1 on 74 minutes.
Nine minutes later, Oram had a second, Barker pulled a cross back to him and the Baldock forward drove hard and low into the bottom corner.
Two minutes from time, Jack Gregson dragged three WGC defenders into the corner and tricked the lot but followed it up with an elaborate dive.
Mr Ball awarded the free-kick that was touched past keeper Hester from short range by Luke Gregson for his second.
For all WGC’s cup defeats this season, this was to be the most abject of them all.
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