Welwyn Garden City top the Christmas charts after dominant win

PUBLISHED: 14:03 22 December 2014 | UPDATED: 14:18 22 December 2014

Joel Norris celebrates scoring the only goal of the game

Joel Norris celebrates scoring the only goal of the game


Number One at Christmas. That was Welwyn Garden City’s wish and it was granted, courtesy of this expected routin 5-0 win at Amersham.

The Citizens have scored 11 past the Bucks opposition this season with none in reply - and near neighbours and previous leaders Hatfield’s heavy demise at Baldock saw WGC go top.

Adam Fisher’s side go into next Saturday’s much anticipated big derby at Herns Lane, a point ahead of their rivals and neighbours, having caught up on fixtures.

However, WGC began very shakily in this one and were on the back foot in the opening 15 minutes against the second-bottom home team.

Yasin Boodhoo miskicked after four minutes to let Amersham’s Furneaux-Harris bring a save out of Joe Croft, and Croft had to exert himself further with a fine tip-away save.

WGC needed a goal to settle them and it duly came.

Reggie Ross found Craig Arnott who, in turn, set up Joel Norris for an expertly chipped finish beyond home keeper Butcher.

Two minutes later they doubled their advantage, Juan Cifuentes’ through ball was neatly headed through by Jason Caswell and Norris ran clear to slip his second wide of an exposed Butcher.

Amersham were hanging on bravely but six minutes from the break, WGC added a third.

Sam Perrin’s long cross to the back post was retrieved by Daryl Smith who lofted in a neat cross that saw Arnott rise well and plant a header back into the far corner.

The second-half was a tale of total WGC dominance. They created countless chances to have notched more, but scored just twice.

This prolifigacy continued until manager Fisher introduced Marc Arnott for an out-of-touch Caswell, and in the closing quarter the substitute gave his teammates a lesson in finishing.

Four minutes from time, Norris made good progress down the flank, crossed hard and low and Marc Arnott turned it in from close range for 4-0.

On the stroke of time, substitute Carl Costain set up Marc Arnott for number five and seal the victory.

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