Welwyn Garden City go six games unbeaten
PUBLISHED: 17:05 14 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:05 14 March 2017
Welwyn Garden City extended their unbeaten run to six games and moved up to fifth in the SSML Premier Division table with a 2-0 home win over lowly Holmer Green.
But the first hour of the match was the poorest they have played in recent times, as listless WGC struggled to string any passes together and failed to threaten the Green goal.
The opening stages were poor, with in-form Marcus Campbell dithering over a shot on 11 minutes and seeing it blocked.
Green’s Elliott Derby threatened at the other end, but the combined efforts of Jason Coughlan and Danny Payne snuffed out the danger.
The visitors were much sharper and the fact Adam Fisher’s side turned around on level terms was largely due to a large slice of luck after the visitors hit the woodwork and Jack Metcalfe made a fine save just before half-time.
Green captain Gary Lines saw his shot crash past Metcalfe, only to hit the crossbar and bounce back into the grateful keeper’s arms.
Then WGC conceded a free-kick on the edge of their area and Derby arrowed it for the corner, but a diving Metcalfe pushed it away impressively to keep the Herns Lane side on terms.
Fisher tweaked things at the break, bringing on left-back Jay Welsh to play in the centre of defence in place of the injured Coughaln – and do an excellent job – while Josh Bronti pepped up the attack for out-of-sorts Luke Robins.
Welsh was straight into the action, denying Martyn Lancaster, before chipping in with WGC’s best effort to date as he forced visiting keeper Sam Butcher into action to flip the ball over the crossbar.
And WGC were ahead just before the hour as a pinpoint corner from George Brinkman found Daril Ngwala stooping to net a downward header past Butcher at his near post.
The goal galvanised WGC and they played their best football in the final half-hour, but they had to survive a scare when Jake Plumridge-Dell created a chance for Green substitute Jonty Summerell to fire past the far post, while Brinkman had to clear a Dan Hunt header off the line.
WGC’s Payne found Ben Long in the closing minutes and he put Campbell in with a good chance of a second, but Jamie Burrell’s goal-saving challenge foiled the move.
He wasn’t denied for long, though, as Welsh made a clearance three minutes into stoppage time that found fellow sub Bronti and he put Campbell clear from halfway to shake off a challenge and avoid onrushing keeper Butcher, before running the ball into an empty net for his fourth goal in three games to secure the points.
WGC: Metcalfe, Griffith, Coughlan (Welsh 46), Payne, Morris, Brinkman, Long, Brettell, Ngwala (Coxall 83), Campbell, Robins (Bronti 46).
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