Josh Bronti and George Ironton on target as Welwyn Garden City open pre-season account with London Colney win

Ben Spaul of Welwyn Garden City holds off a London Colney challenge.
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Ben Spaul of Welwyn Garden City holds off a London Colney challenge. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Welwyn Garden City scored their first win of the new season with a 2-0 success at old Spartan South Midlands League rivals London Colney.

Josh Bronti in action for WGC.
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Josh Bronti in action for WGC. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

City were minus half-a dozen players at cotlandswick who are likely to be in Adam Fisher’s first-team squad for their Southern League opener on August 18.

George Ironton in action for WGC.
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George Ironton in action for WGC. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

But the Citizens did include new signing Josh Holmes from Biggleswade FC in the heart of the defence alongside Dave Corran while ex-Arlesey Town man, Tony Williams, was given another outing on the left wing.

Tony Williams in action for Welwyn Garden City.
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Tony Williams in action for Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

It was another new capture though, Adam Hunt, who was first into the action, slipping past a couple of challenges before blazing high over the Colney crossbar.

Johnny Sexton in action for WGC.
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Johnny Sexton in action for WGC. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Williams then slipped a neat pass through to Jon Clements but the top scorer’s cross to the far post was just out of reach of trialist Dan Ferrigno.

Welwyn Garden City manager Adam Fisher.
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Welwyn Garden City manager Adam Fisher. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant


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London Colney’s first serious attack didn’t materialize until the half-hour mark, but a strong cross-shot was safely held by new WGC keeper Dan Green.

And moments later, the Citizens missed the best opening of the first-half, when another good Clements cross was stabbed wide by Brett O’Connor.

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Hunt set up Ben Spaul only for him to be denied by ex-City keeper Jack Metcalfe and then Clements fired over the top as the Citizens closed a half they had dominated on top.

Manager Fisher introduced Fabian Brown-Johnson, another trialist, as well as George Ironton and Dan Bond for the second-half but it was Green made his best save of the game, timing his run perfectly to snatch the ball off the feet off a home forward.

Josh Bronti also appeared as a substitute after the break and he fired WGC ahead from the penalty spot after Corran was adjudged to have been pushed in the area at a corner.

Three minutes later the Citizens had doubled their advantage.

Brown-Johnson showed great speed in outpacing the home defence down the left, but over-hit his cross.

However, Bond retrieved it and found Ironton, who took it down and struck a low shot into the bottom corner.

City go to Oxhey Jets on Wednesday while they host Hertford Town at the Hertfordshire Sports Village on Saturday.

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