Welwyn Garden City beat the mist and Baldock Town to remain hot on the heels of the league pacesetters

PUBLISHED: 10:47 27 November 2014 | UPDATED: 10:47 27 November 2014

Daryl Smith WGC

Daryl Smith WGC


Daryl Smith’s eighth-minute goal helped Welwyn Garden City defy the gloom to beat Baldock and maintain their unbeaten league start on Wednesday night.

Due to cup commitments, WGC have been playing catch-up in the league and there were pre-match concerns that this one would again add to their scheduling problems as heavy mist engulfed Herns Lane.

Nevertheless, referee Grant Mathias confirmed the game would start, but perhaps not finish.

Visibility may have been limited but WGC did manage to find the net early on.

Sam Perrin’s corner was swung in and after a solid touch, the ball landed in the goal.

From the mist, referee confirmation deemed that Smith had vitally steered home. Either way, the Citizens were not worried. The battle of Hertfordshire was swinging the way of the hosts.

From there, WGC dominated and could have doubled their lead had Perrin’s rasper not whistled just over on half hour.

The hosts boast an almost immaculate defensive league record, conceding just three goals in their first 12 matches, and but for Sean Morrison’s hopeful charge forward, intercepted by keeper Joe Croft, they again looked untroubled.

WGC’s biggest worry going into the break was whether the game would end due as the mist failed to lift significantly.

The half-time interval came and went and with the game back underway, Adam Fisher’s men continued to dominate.

Mark Arnott fired over after good work from Jason Caswell while Sam James was outfoxed by Baldock keeper Nick Stilwell when bearing down on goal.

WGC were somewhat under the cosh in the final 10 minutes as the visitors looked to grab a valuable point from their Herts rivals.

Substitute Jay Lovell was called upon late to preserve their one-goal advantage and in the end, the home side hung on to register yet another win.

It’s 12 wins in 13 league games now for WGC but with five successive games on the road, starting at Southall on Saturday, there may be rockier times ahead.

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