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First team report
Sat 27th Aug 2016
Spartan South Midlands Premier Division
Sponsored by John Brannan TAFC First team 1-1 Welwyn Garden City TAFC goals: Sam Jolliffe (pen)
Athletic started the game with a first team debut for striker Adam Scotcher and without the injured Dan Steadman.
The first few minutes saw City on the front foot, winning a free kick and two corners but it was Athletic who nearly opened the scoring.
Following a back pass visiting keeper Joe Croft had his clearance charged down by Chris Vardy with the ball hitting the post before being hacked away.
Athletic were victims of severel late challenges in these early stages that may have led to a yellow card if it were later in the game. City then had a shot cleared off the line by Sam Joliffe in the 13th minute.
Athletic put a good move together before Luke Dunstan was fouled just outside of the area, the resultant free kick was easily cleared. There was little flow to the game although the visitors were seeing more of the ball with Athletic conceding a number of corners.
Athletic again put together a good move before Adam Scotcher shot from the edge of the area, however keeper Joe Croft spilled the ball but fortunately managed to gather the ball before striker Chris Vardy could benefit from this slip up.
In the 31st minute City opened the scoring. A free kick was floated into the area eluding everyone except Sam Doolan at the far post who easily planted the ball into the net.
The visitors looked to score again winning several corners in quick succession, Athletics only corner of the half came in the 43rd minute. Overall however the first half belonged to City.
Half Time: Tring Athletic 0 1 Welwyn Garden City
Athletic looked to improve at the start of the second half and just 9 minutes into the re-start equalised. The ball was played to Adam Scotcher who ran into the penalty area before being brought down for a blatant penalty. Skipper Sam Joliffe stepped up and scored with confidence. Score 1-1
The visitors came right back putting Athletics defence under pressure, keeper Jack Hopwood pulled off a great save following Josh Brontis’ powerful long shot. Athletics Chris Vardy was played through down the left but City managed to clear the danger. City broke quickly from defence and were unfortunate not to score in the 80th minute, Josh Bronti heading just wide.
Athletic then had their best spell of the game. First Luke Dunstan saw his superb header just clear the goal and then Chris Vardy having a shot blocked by some desperate defending. From the resultant corner Luke Dunstan just headed wide of the unguarded goal post.
Full Time: Tring Athletic 1 - 1 Welwyn Garden City
Although City probably had more possession during the game, and look to have high expectations this season, they had few clear chances, with Athletic defending well against a well organised side and then creating a number of chances themselves.
TA: Jack Hopwood,Jack Seaton,Chris Mason(Paul Jeffrey 72),George Brinkman(Kane Axten 85),David O’Connor, Lessa Boka, Ryan Sturges, Sam Joliffe(c), Chris Vardy, Adam Scotcher(Lanrewajh Ladipo 54), Luke Dunstan.
Welwyn Garden City: Joe Croft,Lewis Endacott,Jay Welsh,Danny Payne(Craig Arnott 82),John McGrandles,Sam Doolan,Josh Bronti, Danny Fitzgerald, Ashley Kersey,Luke Robins(Ross Collins 82), David Parkinson(James Ewington 76).