Welwyn Garden City climb to within a point of league leaders
PUBLISHED: 16:59 10 December 2014 | UPDATED: 16:59 10 December 2014
Hosts Langford became the first side to score twice against Welwyn Gardn City in a league game this season, but it didn’t stop Adam Fisher’s side recording their ninth successive win on the road to move to within a point of top of the SSML Division One table.
The Mid Beds side were also the first to lead City in a league encounter this campaign, but that advantage lasted just two minutes as the Citizens turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 half-time lead in five exciting minutes at the end of the first-half on Tuesday night.
Fisher’s policy of his side tearing into opposition from the first whistle, worked again within a minute of the start at Forde Park.
City forced a corner from their first raid of the match and from it, central defender Yasin Boodhoo touched it home from close in.
Fisher played brothers Craig and Marc Arnott together in his line-up for the first time this season and in eight minutes, Marc should have done better running onto his brother’s pinpoint pass, only to screw his shot wide.
Langford showed no threat for the opening half-hour, but on the 30 minute mark their new Spanish recruit Carlos Liroz burst through and away keeper Freddie Hester made a fine save with his knees to prevent an equaliser.
Hester was called upon a second time minutes later when Langford’s Jack Stanton beat the attempted City offside trap and the keeper made another brave block, this time with his body.
An equaliser was looking likely and it came when Stanton got to the by-line and crossed low, Liroz tucking away the effort from close in on 35 minutes.
Two minutes later, WGC were trailing.
Again the long ball down the middle did the damage.
Langford top scorer Matt Kenneford brought it down, cleverly slipped between Boodhoo and skipper Liam Kenna and finished with a strong drive into the corner of Hester’s net.
Finding themselves trailing, WGC sparked into action.
On 39 minutes Craig Arnott produced another inch-perfect pass into the path of Jason Caswell who slotted it wide of keeper Jack Farmer in expert fashion.
Once level, the Citizens’ tails were really up and three minutes from the break, they re-claimed the lead with a picture goal.
Sam Perrin dropped a free-kick onto the head of Caswell, he flicked it on and Daryl Smith came in with a first-time volley that left keeper Farmer helpless.
The early part of the second-half couldn’t match the closing stages of the first period for action, although Marc Arnott skied an effort well over after a fine pass from Perry Stellon had been helped on by Caswell.
Langford were always dangerous and defender Ryan Nicholl struck a fierce effort from distance, but straight at Hester.
Smith was off target with a lobbed finish at the end of one good WGC move and there were great appeals for a penalty when Caswell was sent sprawling by a challenge from home defender Charlie Beale, but referee Nettleton only awarded a corner.
Three minutes from the end, WGC sealed the win. A strong run from Bradley Jenner put Marc Arnott in, but he miscued.
Caswell rescued the move and crossed back into the area where Arnott rammed the ball home at the second attempt.
WGC: Hester, Perrin, Kenna, Boodhoo, Jenner, Cifuentes (Ross 45), Stellon, Smith (James 74), Arnott (C) (Norris 80), Caswell, Arnott (M).
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