Welwyn Garden City back to winning ways as Barton Rovers are knocked out of the Southern League Cup
PUBLISHED: 13:09 04 October 2018 | UPDATED: 13:09 04 October 2018
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Welwyn Garden City returned to winning ways after three successive league defeats with a 2-1 success in the Southern League Challenge Cup over Barton Rovers.
The Citizens took a rather fortunate 1-0 victory over the Bedfordshire side on August Bank Holiday Monday in the league but this victory was much more deserved.
Manager Adam Fisher rang the changes in his goal-shy side for this game.
Stalwarts of last season’s promotion side, top scorer Jon Clements and acting skipper Ben Spaul, were both relegated to the bench, as Fisher gave recent signing Kaan Fehmi his first full outing.
Josh Holmes also came back into the defence, pushing the attack-minded Adam Hunt into midfield.
City began brightly enough and could have been ahead on six minutes, Lee Close racing onto a left-wing break but being denied by the legs of Barton goalkeeper Dan Gould.
But that encouraging start was rocked back on its heels when Rovers went ahead just two minutes later.
A long cross from the right eluded defender Holmes and Barton’s former Harpenden man, Jimmy Hartley, got in behind him to power a header beyond Dan Green.
WGC responded well to the setback with Nick Elliott hitting a fearsome effort inches past the post.
But he had better fortune on 15 minutes with a sharp drive from Dan Bond’s left-wing cross bringing City level.
And from the Clarets enjoyed the better of the game.
Gould pulled down a 20 yard drive from Hunt and then used his legs again to stop Bond.
And the Barton keeper was also required to foil another Elliott effort.
But he could do nothing to prevent a sparkling winner from the hosts 18 minutes from time.
The outstanding Elliott was involved again to free Bond and he delivered an equally-impressive cross that Josh Bronti nodded gleefully into the back of the net.
Dan Green had to make made a fine full length save from a Victor Osobu free-kick but it was WGC who almost grabbed a third late on,
Clements hitting the post with a curling effort around Gould and the ball bouncing back into the keeper’s grateful arms.
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