Welwyn Garden City deliver against Sun Postal Sports
PUBLISHED: 14:35 16 December 2010
WELWYN Garden City caretaker management duo Simon Braine and Adam Fisher guided their side to an impressive 3-0 home victory over fourth in the table Sun Postal Sports on Saturday.
Regular reserve team boss Braine, assisted by former Codicote manager Fisher, has taken over in the Herns Lane dugout since the departure of ex-City manager Rob Pattwell.
The victory was the club’s first in eight SSML Division One matches and should lift spirits in the camp following a poor run of results.
In their first game together in charge, the new pair could not have asked for more from their Citizens players as they looked to lift themselves from their second bottom of the league position.
Sun Postal started the better of the two sides and kept City keeper Joe Croft busy in the opening stages.
Croft had already saved a low Joe Hansard effort before tipping over a driven Paul Haynes free-kick.
The WGC number one then held a Luke Lloyd attempt from distance as he kept his team in the game.
However, in their first real attack the hosts took the lead against the run of play.
Centre-half Dan Archer slid a delightful through-ball to striker Phil Haywood.
The front-man outpaced two defenders before calmly slotting past keeper Ryan O’Grady on 14 minutes.
Back at the other end Sun Postal should have levelled when an Alan Boulger free-kick to the far post found the head of Stacey Dunn but he put it over.
City replied again as Phil Downton released Haywood once more.
This time rather than go alone he squared from the right of goal for partner Ade Osobu.
His attempt was brilliantly turned around the post by the alert O’Grady.
Sports ended the half as they had started it, on the attack.
Luke Elridge’s free-kick was saved low by the busy Croft.
Finally visiting midfielder Ben Poulton got away from the home defence, although he was pulled back by Shane Manogue he stayed on his feet but saw his shot stopped by Croft.
WGC suffered a blow in the opening stages of the second period.
Keeper Croft, who had impressed, was forced off injured after being caught late by a Postal player after collecting the ball following a free-kick.
Substitute Billy Dean replaced him between the sticks.
With that a major concern for the home team, they almost immediately doubled their lead.
A Keiran Preddie free-kick from 25-yards was hit with venom and deceived O’Grady as it dipped over his head and in to the delight of the hosts.
It could have been 3-0 just minutes later.
Haywood had an effort blocked by O’Grady, but he collected the loose ball and drilled it across the area for Preddie whose drive was deflected over.
Now two-goals to the good City were hungry for more.
Preddie this time teed up Haywood but his driven shot was saved.
With 10 minutes to go Sun Postal won a corner, the ball into the box was cleared and WGC counter-attacked in numbers.
Preddie carried the ball down the centre of the pitch.
The winger played it to Haywood in the Sports’ half.
He then picked out Osobu to slot in and secure the three points.
The entertainment at Herns Lane was still far from finished.
Sports thought they had pulled one back as Poulton ran through and beat Dean only for the linesman’s flag to rule it out for offside.
At the other end Haywood won the ball off a defender and fed Osobu who was once more denied by the diving O’Grady.
In the 89th minute Downton was harshly adjudged to have tripped an attacker in the box and a penalty was awarded.
Skipper Ben Cowan took the kick, however his effort was saved by sub stopper Dean.
As the game drifted into a lengthy period of added on time, due to Croft’s injury, chances continued to be created.
Haywood had another effort saved, then Preddie’s jinking run down the left wing ended with his shot being turned around the post by O’Grady.
The final whistle was greeted with delight by Braine and Fisher as they began their caretaker period in style.
After the victory Braine said: “Adam [Fisher] and I are chuffed with the result and the way the lads performed.
“We now need to carry that kind of form into the next league game which is away to Stony Stratford on Saturday.”