Five more goals against as Welwyn Garden City suffer another difficult friendly outing

PUBLISHED: 14:17 12 November 2018

Dan Bond scored the first goal for Welwyn Garden City against Great Wakering Rovers. 

Picture: Karyn Haddon.

Dan Bond scored the first goal for Welwyn Garden City against Great Wakering Rovers. Picture: Karyn Haddon.

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For the second time this season a hastily-arranged friendly saw Welwyn Garden City ship five goals.

Ash Kersey got his first start of the season for WGC against Great Wakering Rovers. Picture: KEVIN LINESAsh Kersey got his first start of the season for WGC against Great Wakering Rovers. Picture: KEVIN LINES

Great Wakering Rovers won 5-2 at Herns Lane as both sides had a free weekend after their exit from the FA Trophy.

Admittedly, the WGC boss has played weakened, experimental sides in both matches, games that have only served to underline that his regular Southern League line-up is in fact his best one.

Fisher gave Danny May the day off while full-back Jon Sexton tweaked a muscle in the warm-up and was rested.

Regular starters Jon Clements, Ben Spaul, Dave Corran and Stuart Zanone were all on the bench.

Ashley Kersey got a first start of the season after a troublesome ankle injury, Dan Bond also started and new signing Andrew Iwediuno and Josh Holmes came into defence.

Trialist Dara Dada was also given an outing.

The Kersey-Bond combination started well when Kersey headed down for Bond to race through and shoot across the face of the Wakering goalmouth.

Nick Elliott hit a couple of long-range efforts well off target before Dan Green was called into making a brave save.

And the hosts were hit by double whammy shortly after, Rovers capitalising on a misplaced pass from Elliott to make it 1-0 before a spectacular overhead effort from a corner doubled their lead.

The double salvo clearly shocked WGC but they responded with a goal on 26 minutes, Bond forcing home a left-wing cross just in front of team-mate Lee Close.

And George Ironton confirmed the improvement just before the break as City went close to an equaliser.

Fisher brought on Zanone, Clements and Spaul at half-time but eight minutes in Great Wakering restored their two-goal advantage City did get back to within one again with 20 minutes to go, Zanone meeting a swinging cross from Jay Rolfe but just as an exciting finale looked in prospect, defensive blunders cost the Citizens.

Firstly, six minutes from the end the entire defence stopped expecting an offside flag that never came and then two minutes later Rolfe got dispossessed on the byline as the Essex side made it five.

WGC are back in competitive action on Saturday when they host Coleshill Town in the league.

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