WGC's second string chalk up another Trophy win
PUBLISHED: 09:47 26 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:28 26 October 2009
WGC Reserves romped to their second successive victory in the Subsidiary Trophy with a 4-0 win against Westwell. They followed last week's 6-2 success over Inn on the Green with another excellent and ultimately comfortable performance. WGC's second string
WGC Reserves romped to their second successive victory in the Subsidiary Trophy with a 4-0 win against Westwell.
They followed last week's 6-2 success over Inn on the Green with another excellent and ultimately comfortable performance.
WGC's second string went top of their Group D mini league and look favourites to progress to the knockout stages.
Player-manager Sunny Pal had the luxury of a near full strength squad and opted for an unusual 3-4-1-2 formation with Ashley Pizan playing as a holding midfielder.
Regular centre-back Ross Philips was pushed up to play centre forward.
With Rod Furness dominating midfield, WGC had numerous opportunities to open the scoring.
On 25 minutes, a fine run and cross by Laurence Rispoli was volleyed home by Philips but was ruled offside.
Just a few minutes later, the hosts took the lead when Furness was chopped down in the box and Philips stepped up to stroke home the resulting penalty.
Welwyn enjoyed 80 per cent of the possession with Matt Fitzhenry, Rispoli, Furness and Philips all going close.
The back three were superbly protected by man of the match Ashley Pizan, so much so that keeper Pal only touched the ball twice in the whole match!
Pal stressed the importance of converting possession into goals at half-time, and the game was effectively over as a contest just 10 minutes after the interval.
A fine passage of play involving wingers Rispoli and Musty Fuad resulted in Fitzhenry to hit the goal of the game with a beautiful curling shot from 20 yards.
Just two minutes later, Furness capped a fine performance with low drive to make it 3-0.
The hosts comfortably controlled the remainder of the match, and should have increased their lead on many occasions.
With the clock ticking down, Greg Somerville went on an enterprising run down the right and fed Philips, who dummied the keeper before tucking the ball away to end the scoring.
Pal said: "We were excellent today and dominated the match for the whole 90 minutes.
"The formation worked well and everyone gave a disciplined performance. I'm very pleased.