Wing wizard Weekes shines in Welwyn Garden City's win
PUBLISHED: 16:17 30 October 2012 | UPDATED: 16:21 30 October 2012
KIERAN Weekes was in top form for WGC on Saturday as he helped his side to a pleasing 4-2 victory against New Bradwell St Peter.
In truth, the winning margin could have been much wider, but a combination of poor finishing coupled with a cut-up playing surface prevented The Citizens adding to their goal tally.
The victory was certainly a welcome one - it is City’s first win in nine league games and gives them a little breathing space above the bottom sides - with New Bradwell at the basement, on just one point from 13 games played.
And it was skilful winger Weekes who shone at Herns Lane, finishing the game with a brace as well as tormenting the New Bradwell full-backs all afternoon.
The former Barnet Academy player registered the opener with a tremendous bit of skill only five minutes in.
A long ball forward was headed down to Weekes by Ben Awad, and then from 25 yards out, he hit the ball on the half-volley and watched on as it sailed over a shell-shocked S Jay in the New Bradwell goal for a spectacular start.
Only a minute later Citizens striker Ade Osobu should have made it 2-0, but an effort from 10 yards out beat the keeper, but not the pitch as it got caught in the mud on the line and was hacked clear.
WGC were made to pay for that missed opportunity on 15 minutes when New Bradwell’s Dan Finnis capitalised on poor home defending to advance and poke the ball past City custodian Yilmaz Aksay.
Shocked by the equaliser, WGC regrouped well, and edged their noses back in front only five minutes later.
A fluid attacking move saw the ball worked out to captain Ryan Gordon on the left flank, and he cut inside and curled a fine effort inside the far post.
WGC were dominating proceedings, but fluffed a number of chances, and the state of the playing surface didn’t help matters. But the hosts netted a deserved third a minute before half-time through an unlikely source.
The ball was worked forward to the powerful Osobu, and he saw his rasping shot parried out by New Bradwell keeper Jay.
Using his experience, former Hertford Town defender Pablo Ardiles followed in the shot and blasted home the rebound for a 3-1 half-time lead.
The second period followed a similar pattern, with WGC missing a host of chances; Osobu, Issac Oppong and Weekes notably seeing chances spurned.
New Bradwell made it 3-2 in the 55th minute when Danny Winfield beat the offside trap, outpaced a static defence and beat Aksay from 15 yards out.
But Weekes was to have the last laugh with a goal two minutes from time.
Good play from Gordon and Matt McArdle saw the ball worked to the livewire winger, he dribbled past two men in the area, took on the advancing keeper and tapped the ball home to seal a welcome three points for The Citizens.