Welwyn Garden City just lose out to Harpenden

PUBLISHED: 17:35 29 September 2010 | UPDATED: 13:11 30 September 2010

WGC FC's Billy Dean

WGC FC's Billy Dean


Welwyn Garden City were unlucky to fall to a 3-2 defeat at home to high-flying Harpenden Town in the SSML Division One on Saturday.

WGC FC's Simon Braine

City, who were managed on the day by Reserve boss Simon Braine, will be disappointed not to have come away with a point after battling back from 3-0 down to get in touching distance of their rivals.

With the Reserves with no game Braine was asked to stand in and take care of first team affairs.

His task was made harder with various injuries and work commitments depleting the first team squad and so he was forced to field a majority of the reserves.

Town started the brighter and soon took the lead when Jim Waller beat Luke Nemorin at the near post with an accurate shot on eight minutes.

The dependable Welwyn custodian, who has not put a foot wrong so far this season, was left red faced when misjudging a bounce and allowing Waller to double the lead from close range just before the half-hour mark.

Welwyn found the Town defence hard to break down with a few half chances falling to Dan Zienkowicz and Chris Jones.

Town were three up to another mistake from Nemorin clearing a ball straight to the feet of a Rovers striker to drill home.

Half-time couldn’t come quicker for Braine to read the riot act.

He changed formation to try to make a game of it and soon had the desired effect as a superb header for debutant Billy Dean from a Chris Jones cross put a spring in the Citizens’ step.

More chances fell to Chris Jones and Aide Osubu whilst Nemorin showed his real class with two quality stops to deny Harpenden.

Welwyn playing with more confidence soon got their reward with another goal.

This time Luke Sullivan crossed from the left and was unlucky to hit both posts but striker Osubu followed up to score from close range.

Further chances from Nathan Bowden, Dan Zienkowicz and sub James Bailey also went close but it wasn’t enough to stop Town taking the points.

After the match Simon Braine was full of praise for his young and inexperienced side.

He said: “Today [Saturday] we played a team that will be up there fighting for promotion.

“Whilst I was disappointed with the first half performance the second half my lads were superb and gave a very good Harpenden side the run-a-round.

“A lot of my reserve players played and showed that whoever takes over the first team will have a good squad of local players to choose from.”

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