Momentum building for Welwyn Garden City after Charlie Joy edges competitive fixture with rivals Hertford Town
PUBLISHED: 13:05 30 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:10 30 July 2018
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Welwyn Garden City bounced back from a horror show against Oxhey Jets to beat Hertford Town in their latest pre-season friendly - something skipper Danny Payne said was vital in terms of building momentum.
Charlie Joy’s late volley settled a tight and competitive fixture against the Citizens’ long-time rivals.
But the boys in the claret shirts were good value for that and Payne was delighted with the response.
He said: “It was much better than Wednesday night against Oxhey Jets [lost 2-0]. We had a bit of a reality check then and as a group we decided that it wasn’t good enough.
“And there was no better way to react than that.
“We looked a bit like our old selves from last season, we were direct, worked hard and the boys are buzzing.
“But now isn’t about resting on our laurels, we’ve just got to continue with that, keeping gelling with the new boys, both on and off the pitch, and get used to the new system.”
Pre-season fixtures are known for being played slightly below maximum as players and teams work on fitness, new tactics and the breaking in off new signings.
That said it probably wasn’t a surprise that this fixture at the Hertfordshire Sports Village had a bit of an edge against two teams that know each other well and have often had fiery encounters.
Manager Adam Fisher felt the fixture was perfect in WGC’s preparations ahead of their first season at step four.
He said: “We put that in deliberately because after playing the first couple of games where we were trying people out, we knew it was important to have something that was going to be a bit edgy and a bit competitive.
“We knew that it was going to happen and so you look at different things, how you control yourselves in those moments where it gets heated, how to manage the game so I’m pleased.
“I think both teams booked it in because it was going to be competitive.”
City had the better chances throughout in windy conditions, although it took Joy’s hit from the edge of the area to decide the contest in their favour.
Jon Clements and Josh Bronti were both denied by the Blues’ goalkeeper Simon Dent and while Hertford did have their share of possession, new signing Dan Green in the WGC goal wasn’t unduly tested.
They are back at Herns Lane for the next two friendlies, hosting Biggleswade Town tomorrow (Tuesday) and Premier Division Watford’s U23 side on Saturday.