Welwyn Garden City defeat Codicote to book second cup final spot

PUBLISHED: 09:32 24 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:32 24 March 2016

Jason Caswell & Sam James

Jason Caswell & Sam James

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Welwyn Garden City are through to their second cup final of the season after beating rivals Codicote 3-1 in the SSML Challenge Trophy last four at Herns Lane on Wednesday night.

In a game originally scheduled to take place at Gosling Stadium at the beginning of the month, but moved due to fears of further postponements, “visitors” WGC looked much more at home in their surroundings and struck as early as the eighth minute.

Jay Welsh’s whipped corner found the head of Dave Parkinson who powered an effort past keeper Andrew McEwan.

Adam Fisher’s men continued to have the better of the tie and 13 minutes before the interval it was two. Ashley Kersey’s deviously delivered ball arrowed onto Josh Bronti’s waiting right peg and he beautifully guided the ball home from 15 yards.

After Cod’s comeback heroics at Premier Division AFC Dunstable in the previous round, where the Reds scored three second-half goals to progress 3-2, WGC would have been wary of a similar scenario in this one.

However, the away side continued to play solid, yet unspectacular, football and trebled their lead on the hour.

Keeper Joe Croft’s hoof upfield bounced kindly to Parkinson who had the foresight to tee up Jason Caswell. His rifled shot gave McEwan no chance once more.

There was still time for Codicote to make things nervy in the final 15 minutes as Tom Gornall’s 35-yarder beat the shellshocked Croft to make it 3-1.

That was the extent of the mini revival though and WGC cantered to the finish line.

They will face fellow Premier Division outfit Berkhamsted in the final at Harefield United FC on Wednesday, April 20.

The Citizens could head into that game with the opportunity of securing a historic double with the Dudley Latham Cup final clash against Premier leaders Hoddesdon Town two weeks prior on Wednesday, April 6.

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