Zanone strikes again as Welwyn Garden City earn deserved point at AFC Dunstable
PUBLISHED: 09:10 05 November 2018 | UPDATED: 09:10 05 November 2018
A goal five minutes from time for Welwyn Garden City’s new cult hero rescued a point away to AFC Dunstable.
It was Stuart Zanone’s third goal in as many games since joining the Citizens and made sure their battling performance gained a 1-1 draw.
Remarkably it was the visitors’ first draw of the season and came after a strong second-half showing cancelled out BJ Christie’s first-half opener.
City paid for that poor start to the game as their Bedfordshire hosts swarmed all over them in the opening quarter of the game.
Keeper Dan Green was forced to save at the feet of Joel Norris and their former favourite also stuck a header wide from a good position.
All this happened in the opening three minutes so it came as no surprise when Christie got the better of Lee Close and fired the hosts into a sixth-minute lead.
It took until almost midway through the half for WGC to settle, Danny May having a shot that flew wide and a sharp cross-shot from Nick Elliott suffered the same fate.
Norris limped out of the game after 27 minutes and City ended the half by forcing former Harpenden Town stopper Connor Sansom to stop a low drive from Elliott.
And the Citizens continued their improvement after the break too.
Dave Corran started the 45 minutes of pressure with a header past a post and they continued to press relentlessly.
The surprise was it took until the 85th minute before they found a way through.
Corran threaded another ball through from the back, giving Zanone the chance to control and take it on before driving it low past Sansom into the corner.
The leveller sparked a frantic end to the game. Christie, who had been subdued by Close after his goal, turned sharply and shot just past a post in an immediate Dunstable response.
WGC hit back with Elliott sending a deep cross over from the right which Ben Spaul met with a powerful header that flew just over the home crossbar.
And substitute Ashley Kersey almost made an immediate impact, shaking off AFC’s central defenders and bursting through to hit a powerful effort that Sansom had to beat away with his fists.
WGC are now seventh in the EvoStik South Central Division One table and will travel to Yaxley on Saturday.