Citizens held in six-goal thriller
PUBLISHED: 17:35 19 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:09 26 October 2009
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division Cockfosters 3 Welwyn Garden City 3 WGC took the lead three times on Saturday but could not hold on to their advantage as they drew 3-3 away at Cockfosters. Amazingly after 27 games this term, it was the fir
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division
Cockfosters 3 Welwyn Garden City 3
WGC took the lead three times on Saturday but could not hold on to their advantage as they drew 3-3 away at Cockfosters.
Amazingly after 27 games this term, it was the first time the Citizens have drawn a league fixture this season.
They also claimed their first away point of any kind this year.
On the back of defeats to Biggleswade Town and Ruislip Manor, it was a much improved team display by the WGC side.
A draw was maybe not a surprising result from two teams placed just above the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division relegation zone.
Citizens boss Howard Cowley fielded new signings, including Jake Parratt from Colney Heath and a return to Herns Lane for striker Neil Richardson, who had been playing for Berkhamsted Town.
WGC struck first at the weekend. Forwards Craig Tomkins and Parratt chased a long Simon Bartley kick, which the home defence allowed to bounce.
It fell to Tomkins, who had the task of lobbing the ball over the home keeper and in.
Cockfosters got back level on 37 minutes when WGC failed to clear a free-kick and Steve Weldon struck.
However, the pendulum swung back in the visitors' favour just before the break.
A corner was put into the Cockfosters box and their goalkeeper shoved a WGC player out of the way.
The referee pointed straight to the penalty spot. Richardson smashed home the spot-kick on his return for the club.
After the break, the home side equalised for the second time.
Dan O'Conner found the back of the net just before the hour mark. The goal stood despite offside shouts from the away side.
With 15 minutes to go, Richard Morton put WGC in the lead for the third time with a header from a Jordon Lockie corner.
However, a minute later it was all square once again.
There was more than a touch of fortune about Kevin Reade's goal as his high and deep cross from the byline sailed straight in to tie the match.
City now have 31 points from 28 games, with 14 left to play.
They sit in 15th spot in the division and look set for a lower half finish.
Following the match on Saturday, City boss Cowley said: "From our point of view we got the lead three times and let them back in, but they will say they fought back well.
"After the game I said to their manager neither side deserved to lose. He agreed, but said nobody deserved to win.
"After our performance against Ruislip Manor, as one of our players said, at last it was a proper football match.
"The spirit was good on Saturday. For me it was a positive display and a draw was a fair result."
Chalfont St Peter visit Herns Lane on Saturday as WGC begin a run of four consecutive home games.
Next Tuesday night they then entertain Leverstock Green.