Citizens set to do battle against Biggleswade sides

PUBLISHED: 16:59 17 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:09 26 October 2009

City midfielder Tom Lewis is suspended for the trip to Biggleswade Town

City midfielder Tom Lewis is suspended for the trip to Biggleswade Town

WELWYN Garden City have two matches against Biggleswade sides lined up this week. Del Deanus' side are due to host Biggleswade United tonight (Tuesday) at Herns Lane. They then travel to Biggleswade Town in the Premier Division of the South Midlands Leagu

Defensive rock Ben Hayden is still missing through injury for the Citizens

WELWYN Garden City have two matches against Biggleswade sides lined up this week.

Del Deanus' side are due to host Biggleswade United tonight (Tuesday) at Herns Lane.

They then travel to Biggleswade Town in the Premier Division of the South Midlands League on Saturday.

It will be a welcome return to match action after Saturday's latest postponement against Cockfosters.

Deanus said: "It's very frustrating, but what can we do about it?

"But we made the most out of it as I had the boys in training for two hours on Saturday.

"It was a really good session, and the team spirit and atmosphere was superb."

Tom Lewis will sit out Saturday's game against Biggleswade Town as he serves a one-match ban for accumulating five yellow cards.

Deanus also has doubts over City stalwart Richard Teixeira, who came off injured in the 3-2 victory against Tring recently.

Ben Hayden is still out as he looks to build up his match fitness.

But former Leyton number one Deanus added: "We practically have a full squad to select from now.

"Players are coming back from injury, and we have signed up Matt Thomson too.

"We will have to shuffle the pack though to the end of the season so I can have a look at the players we have here. It gives me a good chance to assess what we have got."

Thomson returns to Herns Lane after catching Deanus' eye when he played for a Barnet Academy side against the Citizens a few weeks ago.

But there is some bad news on the player front.

Dennis Maharjan has suffered a setback in his return from an operation on his leg.

He was expected to be given the all-clear to resume full training a number of weeks ago, but instead has only been able to do light jogging.

He is now awaiting an appointment from a specialist to start life as a Citizen.

Looking ahead to Saturday's tough tie at Biggleswade Town, Deanus said: "The boys are really looking forward to it.

"On our day we can match anyone in the league, especially with the squad we have got now.

"They (Biggleswade Town) are a good side, but we always look forward to playing the so-called better sides in the league.

"They are also one of the favourite to go up, so it will be a good game.

"But I honestly believe that with the players I have here at the club, we are as strong, if not stronger, than the side I had when we won the treble at Edgware Town.

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