Nice weather for Ducks as Aylesbury United plunge Welwyn Garden City to another Southern League defeat in torrential rain

PUBLISHED: 11:27 07 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:27 07 October 2018

Jon Clements got his first of the season as Welwyn Garden City lost away to Aylesbury United. Picture: MARK LONG

Jon Clements got his first of the season as Welwyn Garden City lost away to Aylesbury United. Picture: MARK LONG

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It never rains but it pours they say and so it proved for Welwyn Garden City as they slumped to a fourth straight Southern League loss at Aylesbury United.

The 3-1 defeat at United’s temporary home in Chesham was played in torrential rain but it was the hosts, ironically and aptly nicknamed the Ducks, who mastered the tricky conditions.

With manager Adam Fisher missing due to family commitments, assistant Steve Rolfe took charge and he left supporters in no doubt as to his feelings afterwards when he called it the “worst display I can remember since I came to the club”.

It was certainly the worst performance the Citizens have put in since their promotion to the step four league with full-backs Josh Holmes and Jon Sexton given a torrid afternoon against the trickery of Max Hercules on one flank and the power of Benji Aghadiuno on the other.

The Citizens did put together a few good moved early on, the first of which saw Dan Bond unable to connect properly with a Josh Bronti cross and a similar scenario followed with Kaan Fehmi tamely heading at Aylesbury keeper Archie Davis from another Bronti delivery.

And they were to regret those missed chances when the hosts took the lead, Hercules sending in a long cross that Aghadiuno met with a fearsome shot that bounced in off the crossbar.

WGC tried a quick response and Nick Elliott, again the pick of WGC’s outfield players, played Fehmi through but he shot across the face of goal.

And the home lead was doubled on the half-hour. Jeanmal Prosper this time provided the cross that put Holmes and Adam Hunt in a tangle and Hercules gleefully snapped up the gift

And it could have been worse as Dan Green made a smart save with his legs to prevent Aylesbury going into the break three goals to the good.

But the second-half started far better and after Jon Clements, introduced for the injured Bond, was foiled by Davis, last season’s top scorer got his first of this campaign with a well-hit drive.

But WGC were only in contention for three minutes before a rare mistake by the dependable Lee Close allowed Aghadiuno to cross for Aaron Berry to finish the scoring.

WGC are in FA Trophy action on Saturday when they go to Chipstead.

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