Welwyn Garden City’s development side continue happy beginning to new year

PUBLISHED: 14:56 13 January 2017

Jack Read has a shot. Picture: Mark Long

Jack Read has a shot. Picture: Mark Long


Welwyn Garden City’s development side continued their fine start to the new year with a comprehensive 3-0 away win at second-placed Cockfosters in the SSML’s U25 Development Division on Wednesday night.

They began 2017 with a 4-0 home victory over Winslow United the previous Saturday.

Bolstered by six first-team squad members in keeper Jack Metcalfe, defenders Jason Coughlan and Louis Lee, Juan Cifuentes in midfield and with Jack Read and Marcus Campbell up front at Cockfosters they were fully deserving of the emphatic victory, even though Metcalfe had to produce a series of fine saves to maintain the three-goal advantage.

The mixture of youth and experience showed up well from the early minutes although it took a gift goal in 25 minutes to see the WGC side ahead.

The impressive Cifuentes lofted in a high cross that home keeper Gaither mishandled and dropped at the feet of Read who tapped in from a yard for one of his easiest goals.

Read did well to slip two challenges and whip in a low effort that keeper Gaither did well to save and the home keeper was in action again tipping an Owain Page cross inches away from the incoming WGC skipper Nathan Studholme.

In first-half injury time, the WGC bench and support were shaking their heads in disbelief as to how referee O’Donnell didn’t award a penalty when Campbell appeared to be knocked over by keeper Gaither running on to a through-ball. The official surprisingly waved play on.

It didn’t take the Citizens long in the second half to add a second. Three minutes after the restart, Cifuentes intercepted a through-ball and produced a defence-splitting pass that sent Campbell clean through and he finished smartly beyond the keeper.

Metcalfe maintained the two-goal advantage with a couple of sharp saves from Cockfosters’ Ferguson and Reid before WGC sealed the win with a third 15 minutes from time.

Campbell was put away down the right and worked his way along the by-line but overhit his cross.

Studholme retrieved it, turned inside a defender and lofted a fine effort over the keeper’s head to drop in the far corner to complete a fine night’s work from the young Herns Lane side.

WGC U-25’s: Metcalfe, Rose, McClelland, Coughlan, Evans, Cifuentes, Lee, Studholme, Page, Campbell, Read. Subs - Caliskan, Steedman, Popham, Scott, (all used).

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