Citizens cut down by Harefield

PUBLISHED: 16:11 15 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:10 26 October 2009

South Midlands League Premier Division Harefield United 4 Welwyn Garden City 2 HAREFIELD United inflicted a fifth league defeat in a row upon WGC on Saturday as they ran out 4-2 winners at Preston Park. A brace each for home pair Michael Livesey and Sean

South Midlands League Premier Division

Harefield United 4 Welwyn Garden City 2

HAREFIELD United inflicted a fifth league defeat in a row upon WGC on Saturday as they ran out 4-2 winners at Preston Park.

A brace each for home pair Michael Livesey and Sean Sonner guided their side to victory over the Citizens, who had hit back through debutant striker Stuart Blackburne and Dan Griggs.

Good form has deserted Howard Cowley's team and they have won three and lost seven of their last 10 league games.

They were hammered 8-0 away at Beaconsfield SYCOB the previous Saturday in what was their biggest loss of the season.

At the weekend they faced another stern test against a strong Harefield team who are in the promotion chasing pack.

City boss Cowley welcomed back experienced duo Dan Griggs and Nathan Dawes, who both missed the Beaconsfield game.

He also brought another pair on loan from Edgware Town in the shape of Blackburne and Anil Salih.

The hosts took the lead after half an hour when Livesey grabbed his first of the afternoon.

Just after the break WGC levelled through Blackburne's first goal for the club.

After an hour Sonner put the Middlesex outfit back in front.

The Citizens responded well and came close to scoring through Alex Kinsley, who shot wide.

Blackburne also had an effort tipped over the bar.

Despite pressure from the visitors, it was Sonner who found the net for his second goal 10 minutes from time to make the score 3-1.

Griggs grabbed one himself for WGC from the penalty spot after Paul Killick had been hauled down in the area.

There was to be one more goal in the game, but unfortunately for the visitors it was not an equaliser.

United sealed the win as Livesey netted to make the final score 4-2.

After the game WGC boss Cowley said: "When we levelled in the first minute after half-time I thought 'right we are OK' and as the half wore on I thought we could go and win it.

"After the 8-0 debacle it was a good response, but I came off thinking how did we lose that 4-2?

"Even the linesman said to me 'you didn't deserve that'."

After a poor run of form, Cowley is sure his struggling side can soon get back on track.

He said: "For the last two years here we have had a lot of success and we are just going through a bit of a sticky patch.

"There is a good team spirit amongst the lads, so we will come through it."

Despite Saturday's defeat, WGC remain 14th in the table.

City are back in league action on Saturday when they entertain Leverstock Green in a Spartan South Midlands Premier Division clash at Herns Lane.

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