Youthful Welwyn Garden City impress despite Cup exit

PUBLISHED: 10:25 23 September 2010

WGC scorer Laurence Rispoli

WGC scorer Laurence Rispoli


A YOUTHFUL Welwyn Garden City side was beaten 2-1 by Bedford Town Reserves in the SSML Division One Cup last night (Wednesday).

In the aftermath of Phil Reid’s exit as the Citizens’ boss, six first team players featured in Bedfordshire with the rest of the side filled with Reserves, who did a fine job when called upon.

The early stages belonged to the hosts as the unfamiliar looking City side, who were overseen by Reserve manager Simon Braine, took time to gel.

Bedford tried their luck from distance on several occasions but failed to trouble keeper Luke Nemorin.

City began to then get a feel of the game and were unlucky not to go ahead when Marc Arnott just failed to convert a right wing cross.

They then began to ask more questions of their hosts.

Vince Rispoli picked out Luke Sullivan in behind the right full-back and his centre was side-footed wide by Dominic Hinds.

Sullivan proved creator once more as he slipped in Arnott who was denied by the Bedford number one.

WGC got to half-time on level terms thanks to stopper Nemorin who tipped a free-kick around the post just before the break.

After the interval the game could have gone either way, but it was Bedford who went ahead.

Nemorin saved one effort from a free-kick only for City to give away another to the left of their area.

From that one a cross was turned in by Manny Richardson on 68 minutes.

Town virtually sealed the tie on 85 minutes from the penalty spot after a forward went down in the area and skipper Tom Damon converted.

City did pull back one themselves in the last minute with a spot kick of their own.

Sullivan was felled in the area and Laurence Rispoli smashed the ball home.

All in all it was a fine display from the inexperienced WGC outfit, who can be proud of their efforts despite the result.

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