Youngsters show yet more fighting spirit as WGC pick up another hard-earned point

PUBLISHED: 16:57 21 January 2019 | UPDATED: 10:43 22 January 2019

Charlie Pattison of Welwyn Garden City looks to get to the ball first in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOO

Charlie Pattison of Welwyn Garden City looks to get to the ball first in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Dean Barker’s second game in charge of Welwyn Garden City went the same way as his first – with another battling display earning another point.

Ivan Agyaakwah of Welwyn Garden City in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOOIvan Agyaakwah of Welwyn Garden City in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOO

The 0-0 draw at home to Aylesbury United followed the 1-1 stalemate with Sutton Coldfield Town in midweek with both games showing a similar never-say-die attitude.

Okem Chime of Welwyn Garden City in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOOOkem Chime of Welwyn Garden City in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOO

The rebuild continued as well, with four new faces in the starting line-up and one making his debut off the bench. Another new signing at Herns Lane, George Batney, was an unused substitute.

Lewis Todd in goal in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOOLewis Todd in goal in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOO

And the match hinged on two moments inside two second-half minutes.

Taishan Griffith of Welwyn Garden City tries to make a tackle in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOOTaishan Griffith of Welwyn Garden City tries to make a tackle in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOO

The first arrived on 65 minutes when Jordan Edwards clipped a beautiful effort over Aylesbury’s Archie Davis but could only watch as it thumped against the crossbar and was cleared.

Jonny Sexton of Welwyn Garden City in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOOJonny Sexton of Welwyn Garden City in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOO

And the Ducks could, and perhaps should have taken the lead just a minute later when Taishan Griffith brought down Tre Mitford in the box.

Isaac Ebelebe of Welwyn Garden City in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOOIsaac Ebelebe of Welwyn Garden City in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOO

However, Ollie Hogg’s spot-kick also thundered off the woodwork and bounced out to safety.

Jay Rolfe of Welwyn Garden City in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOOJay Rolfe of Welwyn Garden City in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOO

The frame of the goal had also been struck in the first half, Aylesbury’s Harry Jones the unlucky party this time with a rising shot, but this time it was an offside flag which broke the pressure.

Dave Keenleyside of Welwyn Garden City plays a through ball in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOODave Keenleyside of Welwyn Garden City plays a through ball in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOO

Goalkeeper Lewis Todd, one of the stand-out performers in Tuesday’s draw with Sutton Coldfield, was extended twice late in the game as the visitors tried to find a way through.

Jordan Edwards of Welwyn Garden City is tackled in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOOJordan Edwards of Welwyn Garden City is tackled in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOO

But both times he pulled off fine full-length saves to deny Mitford and preserve WGC’s point.

Romelle Alomenu of Welwyn Garden City runs at the defence in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOORomelle Alomenu of Welwyn Garden City runs at the defence in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOO

The rest of the game though was a case of more of the same as the new-look and young Welwyn side, the average age just being 20, showed the same fighting spirit as from their first outing.

Harry Andic of Welwyn Garden City in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOOHarry Andic of Welwyn Garden City in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOO

They were led again by the three remaining Citizens, Jay Rolfe, Jon Sexton and captain Dave Keenleyside and there were impressive debuts from Barnet pair, Ivan Agyaakwah and Okem Chime, and Milton Keynes’ Charlie Pattison.

Josh Williams of Welwyn Garden City in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOOJosh Williams of Welwyn Garden City in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOO

The MK youngster in particular looks a good prospect with the trio all using their time at Herns Lane to develop their game and get used to men’s football.

Brodie Carrington of Welwyn Garden City in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOOBrodie Carrington of Welwyn Garden City in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOO

And there was another outing for one of Welwyn’s own youth players, Brodie Carrington entering the fray with 18 minutes to go.

WGC manager Dean Barker and first-team coach Ben Anderos on the touchline in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOOWGC manager Dean Barker and first-team coach Ben Anderos on the touchline in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOO

And the youngsters will need all their battling abilities again when WGC host high-flying Corby Town on Tuesday night.

Manager Dean Barker and first-team coach Ben Anderos on the touchline in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOOManager Dean Barker and first-team coach Ben Anderos on the touchline in the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOO

The new look WGC side prepare for kick off before the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOOThe new look WGC side prepare for kick off before the game between WGC v Aylesbury United. Picture: DANNY LOO

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