Welwyn Garden City beat London Lions 3-0 to climb further towards the summit of Spartan South Midlands Division One

PUBLISHED: 15:42 18 November 2014 | UPDATED: 15:53 18 November 2014

Aaron Cato for WGC

Aaron Cato for WGC


Welwyn Garden City won their sixth successive league away game to move to third in the SSML Division One title race and close up further on the sides above them.

They have four games in hand on Risborough Rangers, who have moved second and three on leaders and neighbours Hatfield, who lead the Citizens by seven points.

The game was a fairly tight affair until just before the half-hour mark, when Sean Brettell freed Jason Caswell wide on the right and his driven cross took out the entire Lions’ defence for Marc Arnott to net a tap-in on the far post.

The Lions responded with Benji Weinberger making space cleverly to create a chance, but he struck it straight at stand-in keeper Chris Benton, in for the injured Joe Croft.

Then on 37 minutes, the home side truly gifted WGC a second.

Keeper Mario Cenolli, trying to find his full-back Lawrence Judah with a clearance, only found Aaron Cato instead and the WGC winger punished the mistake heavily, driving his effort straight back past the keeper for 2-0.

WGC made a change at the break, replacing full-back Jay Lovell with midfielder Perry Stellon, and soon after, keeper Benton was called into action, blocking the path of Lions’ dangerman Max Kyte as he tore through on goal.

With 12 minutes to go, WGC ensured the victory was secure, as Daryl Smith rose perfectly to a Brettell corner to head home the third.

Lions were reduced to 10 men when full-back Judah received a second yellow card for a heavy foul on WGC substitute Reggie Ross.

There was still time for Caswell to head a left-wing cross from Ross against the foot of a Lions’ post two minutes from time and for a low drive from home striker Kyte, that beat Benton, to suffer the same fate, deep in stoppage time.

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