Hat-trick for Dave Keenleyside helps Welwyn Garden City forget striker woes

PUBLISHED: 10:00 09 December 2019 | UPDATED: 10:08 09 December 2019

Dave Keenleyside hit a hat-trick for Welwyn Garden City in their win over Bedford Town. Picture: DANNY LOO

Dave Keenleyside hit a hat-trick for Welwyn Garden City in their win over Bedford Town. Picture: DANNY LOO

©TGS Photo tgsphoto.co.uk +44 1376 553468

An injury crisis among the Welwyn Garden City strikers was soon forgotten as skipper Dave Keenleyside hit a hat-trick to sink play-off rivals Bedford Town in a 4-2 win.

Dylan Ebengo got his first Welwyn Garden City goal in 26 appearances against Bedford Town. Picture: DANNY LOODylan Ebengo got his first Welwyn Garden City goal in 26 appearances against Bedford Town. Picture: DANNY LOO

The Citizens went into the contest minus the suspended Eusebio Da Silva, the injured duo of Elliot Bailey and Brodie Carrington and the unavailable Stuart Zanone, back for a second spell at Herns Lane.

But Keenleyside, himself only just returned from a bout of illness, converted two penalties before completing his treble with a piece of individuality in stoppage time.

The home fans even had Dylan Ebengo's first goal in City colours to celebrate on a good day at the Isabel Hospice Stadium.

Ollie Carey was required to lead the line, playing his first game since the first weeks of the season, and still carrying a troublesome back injury.

But he did his job with aplomb as the Citizens moved up to fifth in the table.

Lee Close and Romelle alomenu both brought Bedford keeper Dan Benney into early action with efforts although Close was also required to clear one visiting shot off the line on 21 minutes.

A foul on Callum Stead brought the first penalty of the afternoon, Keenleyside making no mistake, but the lead lasted just four minutes, Close this time unable to prevent a goal as his deflected header skewed beyond Marco Tavares.

WGC began the second-half in lively fashion, Keenleyside blazing over the bar and Stead having a goalbound effort deflected away, before the Citizens restored their lead, again from the penalty spot.

Willing runner Carey chased a through ball but was floored by Benney and Keenleyside once again made no mistake.

Carey had to be helped from the field after lengthy treatment to be replaced by Ebengo but he had only been on the pitch for three minutes when he crashed a corner home at the back post.

Tom Hitchcock made it a nervy final 20 minutes as he pulled Bedford back to within one but with Close and Jay Rolfe outstanding at the back and WGC still happy to attack, it was the hosts who finished things off.

The Bedford defence got into a tangle over a high ball, allowing Keenleyside to dart between them and after racing clear and going round the keeper, he rolled the ball into the empty net to clinch all three points.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Welwyn Hatfield Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Welwyn Hatfield Times