WGC beat Bedford FC to move closer to Spartan South Midlands League Division One summit

PUBLISHED: 10:04 13 November 2014 | UPDATED: 11:27 14 November 2014

Joel Norris flicks a header on

Joel Norris flicks a header on

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Welwyn Garden City moved a step closer to the SSML Division One pacesetters following an feisty victory over Bedford FC in front of their biggest home attendance of the season on Wednesday night.

While the Citizens racked up three goals and three points, their high-flying opponents racked up a sending off and seven bookings before 128 spectators.

Adam Fisher’s men took a seventh-minute lead thanks to quick thinking from Jack Dekanski.

Joel Norris’ header was expertly saved by Bedford keeper Aaron Bodger but Dekanski was on hand to nod the loose ball home.

Nine minutes later and Welwyn could afford to enter cruise control as they doubled their advantage,

Sean Brettell was fouled 25 yards out and from the resulting set piece, Norris lashed a thunderbolt that crashed in off the crossbar.

Bedford began to lose their discipline and caution followed caution, as Norris almost made it three with a similiar effort 10 minutes from the break, but this time Bodger was able to turn it over.

Ten minutes after the restart, WGC effectively sealed the points with a bizarre own goal.

Again their free-kick routine caused problems. Brettell’s kick was met by Dekanski, Bodger turned the effort onto the bar, but as it dropped, the keeper could only fumble it into his own goal.

Frustrations finally boiled over and the away side’s player-manager Luigi Rocco was dismissed for a second yellow, leaving his side to fend off WGC for the final 30 minutes with 10 men.

The visitors did net a consolation at the end as James Hilsden finished off good work by substitute Russell Preston, but the points had long since been decided.

WGC: Croft, Perrin, Kenna, Dekanski, Lovell, Cato, Cifentues (Stellon 79), Smith, Brettell (James 85), Norris, (Boodhoo 72), Caswell.


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