Zanone lights spark as Welwyn Garden City find that winning feeling again against Kidlington

PUBLISHED: 10:12 22 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:12 22 October 2018

WGC V Kidlington - Stuart Zanone and Jon Clements celebrate for WGC. 


Picture: Karyn Haddon

WGC V Kidlington - Stuart Zanone and Jon Clements celebrate for WGC. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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It’s been a busy week of comings and goings at Welwyn Garden City but one of the new boys is making an instant impact.

WGC V Kidlington - Ben Spaul congratulates Nick Elliott as WGC make it 2-0 against Kidlington. 


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Kidlington - Ben Spaul congratulates Nick Elliott as WGC make it 2-0 against Kidlington. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Stuart Zanone scored his second goal in two games since arriving from Essex Senior League side Takeley as WGC got back to winning ways with a 2-1 success at home to Kidlington.

WGC V Kidlington - Sean Brettell in action for WGC.


 Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Kidlington - Sean Brettell in action for WGC. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The Oxfordshire outfit came into the game rock bottom of the table but with a new manager and seven new faces of their own, they provided some stiff resistance that was only broken by Zanone’s 62nd minute opener.

WGC V Kidlington - Jon Clements in action for WGC. 


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Kidlington - Jon Clements in action for WGC. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Nick Elliott added a second seven minutes from time with Kidlington’s response coming too late to cause anything but a minor irritation at the loss of the clean sheet.

WGC V Kidlington - Adam Fisher, Welwyn Garden City's manager. 


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Kidlington - Adam Fisher, Welwyn Garden City's manager. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Zanone wasn’t the only new signing in the Citizens’ ranks as Danny May, snapped up from AFC Dunstable, made his debut while the returning Sean Brettell, fresh from a spell with Baldock Town, arrived off the bench.

WGC V Kidlington - Dave Corran in action for Welwyn Garden City.


 Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Kidlington - Dave Corran in action for Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Karyn Haddon

One player not available for selection was Adam Hunt, the impressive right back moving back to his old stomping ground of Biggleswade FC.

WGC V Kidlington - Ionut Radu in action for WGC.


Picture:  Karyn HaddonWGC V Kidlington - Ionut Radu in action for WGC. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Jon Clements was denied by a sharp save by Kidlington keeper Sam Warrell but it was the visitors who came closest in a disappointing opening 45 minutes, with only a fine stop from City’s Dan Green keeping them out.

WGC V Kidlington - Adam Fisher, Welwyn Garden City's manager. 


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Kidlington - Adam Fisher, Welwyn Garden City's manager. Picture: Karyn Haddon

City’s best effort in the first half came forced Warrell into action again, this time from Jay Rolfe.

WGC V Kidlington - Ionut Radu in action for WGC.


 Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Kidlington - Ionut Radu in action for WGC. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The start to the second half was again cagey but it suddenly came to life as Zanone finished off a slick move.

WGC V Kidlington - Jon Clements in action for WGC.


 Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Kidlington - Jon Clements in action for WGC. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Central defender Ionut Radu, on loan from Boreham Wood, sent a good ball along the by-line to Elliott and his cross was first controlled and then skilfully drove home for the opener.

WGC V Kidlington - Sean Brettell in action for WGC.


 Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Kidlington - Sean Brettell in action for WGC. Picture: Karyn Haddon

It was the release that WGC needed and a clever dink by Clements was just inches over the bar.

WGC V Kidlington - Danny May in action for WGC. 


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Kidlington - Danny May in action for WGC. Picture: Karyn Haddon

And last year’s top scorer was involved as City got their second. He outpaced two Kidlington defenders down the right and pulled back a cross that Elliott fired past Warrell.

WGC V Kidlington - Ben Spaul captained WGC against Kidlington. 


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Kidlington - Ben Spaul captained WGC against Kidlington. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Substitute Ashley Kersey headed over a Rolfe cross as they pressed for a third but it was Kidlington who got the final goal of the day as newcomer Declan Benjamin was allowed to waltz around a couple of defenders and fire past Green from close range.


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