Welwyn Garden City head back in right direction against Oxhey Jets

PUBLISHED: 14:19 26 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:19 26 October 2015

John McGrandles (6) heads into make it 2-0

John McGrandles (6) heads into make it 2-0


Welwyn Garden City ended a run of three successive defeats in a week by beating Oxhey Jets 2-0 at Herns Lane in the SSML Premier Division.

Headed goals from central defenders Yasin Boodhoo and John McGrandles earned WGC the much-needed win on Saturday.

In the end, manager Adam Fisher and WGC’s smallest attendance of the season so far - just 60 at Herns Lane - were grateful to the aerial prowess of Boodhoo and fit again McGrandles for the points.

The opening half was fairly evenly contested, although, if anything, Oxhey were the more impressive, certainly belying their lowly league positiion.

Jamie Jackson, back between the WGC posts for the unavailable Grant Beckwith and injured Joe Croft (hand), was called into early action, rushing quickly from goal to snatch the ball off Oxhey forward Eduardo’s toes.

WGC’s reply was a low cross from Josh Bronti that visiting full-back Speer had to clear behind his own post, without anyone on hand to take advantage.

The Watford visitors looked likelier to score at the start of the second-half and WGC survived a penalty appeal against Jay Welsh when he appeared to handle a cross from the left, but referee Wynne ruled it accidental.

Craig Arnott brought a good stop from Baker before WGC had another major escape, Oxhey top scorer Luke Beardsworth bursting between two defenders to shoot past Jackson only to see his effort hit the post and bounce to safety.

That let-off proved to be a turning point. Two minutes later, and with 23 minutes left, Lovell dropped a free-kick into the Oxhey area. It was cleared up into the air, where Boodhoo jumped highest and looped a fine header over Baker into the net.

For the first time in the game, WGC began to dominate and from another free-kick, this time taken by Welsh, Oxhey’s Baker was forced to claw away an effort destined for the top corner.

WGC needed a second goal to seal the win and it came five minutes from time. From a right-wing corner, McGrandles came through a posse of players to meet the ball with a strong downward header that was ruled over the line, before Jason Caswell crashed a rebound back into the net to make sure.

Iut was an unconvincing win, but enough to stop WGC’s poor run.

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