WGC survive early dismissal to land sixth place with win over Broxbourne youngsters
PUBLISHED: 12:47 05 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:47 05 May 2017
A narrow 2-1 victory over FC Broxbourne Borough means WGC concluded their 2016-17 SSML Premier Division campaign with a sixth-placed finish.
And they did so despite playing the last 60 minutes with just 10 men, midfielder George Brinkman earning a straight red card for a challenge on Broxbourne full-back Christian Anuygu.
But even though WGC earned full points despite this depletion, it was visitors who were perhaps the moral victors.
Relegated weeks ago and cast adrift by 17 points at the foot of the table, the East Herts club, promoted alongside WGC two seasons ago, have turned to youth in the closing months of the season.
They fielded seven members of their youth side that reached the last 16 of the FA Youth Cup before losing to Aston Villa earlier in the year and were far the slicker team here for long periods of this game.
WGC manager Adam Fisher made several changes to his line-up after the defeat at Hadley and they made a promising start as Craig Arnott and Sean Brettell both went close.
But that soon faded and Broxbourne set up a good chance for midfielder Charlie Ruff, but he struck it over.
WGC lost influential midfielder Ben Long on the half-hour, taken off with a suspected broken wrist.
Brinkman replaced him, but only stayed on the field three minutes, before being dismissed for what manager Fisher described as “a ridiculous, wild tackle”.
On 51 minutes, WGC were somewhat undeservingly ahead, when Ashley Kersey was pulled down on the edge of the Broxbourne area and 18-year-old Charlie Rome showed commendable maturity and technique to clip the ball over the defensive wall and into the far corner.
But the lead lasted barely a minute as winger Corey Stewart slipped a couple of challenges to equalise.
Jack Metcalfe made a good save to preserve parity before WGC grabbed the winner 11 minutes from time.
Taishan Griffith worked the ball out to Josh Bronti wide on the left. He flighted in a pinpoint cross onto the head of Ash Kersey, who came through two Broxbourne defenders to head down and in.