Welwyn Garden City triumph against Codicote in trophy derby battle

PUBLISHED: 13:32 17 October 2011 | UPDATED: 13:37 17 October 2011

Tommy Kiernan, who scored the first for WGC on Saturday, closes down Codicote's Tegana James

Tommy Kiernan, who scored the first for WGC on Saturday, closes down Codicote's Tegana James


WELWYN Garden City FC came from two goals down on Saturday to defeat derby-rivals Codicote 4-2 in the first round of the Herts Senior Centenary Trophy.

It was Herts Senior County league side Codicote who came out of the blocks the quickest, and in truth they more or less dominated the opening 25 minutes of the encounter and the Gosling Stadium.

This led to Liam Errington’s men taking a 2-0 lead with barely 15 minutes on the clock with both goals coming from former WGC striker Marcus Cumberbatch

But WGC displayed a fine never-say-die spirit in the well-contested clash, and got themselves back into it courtesy of a fine Tommy Kiernan strike from 25 yards out just after the half-hour.

Despite the Citizens pretty much dominating the encounter from then on in, it wasn’t until a minute from full-time that they equalised, Leigh Nymm nodding home a terrific Ade Osobu corner.

With extra-time now on the agenda, WGC’s superior fitness levels began to tell.

Seven minutes into the first period, Osobu again made a nuisance of himself to the Codicote backline, and his scuffed shot fell straight to Nymm who fired home for WGC to take the lead for the first time.

And safe passage into the second round of the trophy was made sure of in the fourth minute of the second period when lively substitute Sam Cockhill got his head on the end of a Kiernan corner to secure a 4-2 victory.

For further coverage, including more pictures from the game, see this week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times.

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