Citizens thrashed 8-0

PUBLISHED: 15:43 08 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:07 26 October 2009

Spartan South Midlands League Beaconsfield SYCOB 8 Welwyn Garden City 0 MARK HEMMINGS reports WELWYN Garden City suffered a humiliating 8-0 defeat at the hands of promotion chasing Beaconsfield SYCOB on Saturday. City boss Howard Cowley could do nothi

Spartan South Midlands League

Beaconsfield SYCOB 8

Welwyn Garden City 0

MARK HEMMINGS reports

WELWYN Garden City suffered a humiliating 8-0 defeat at the hands of promotion chasing Beaconsfield SYCOB on Saturday.

City boss Howard Cowley could do nothing to stop his side from trailing 4-0 at the break before watching on as his young players shipped another four in the second period.

SYCOB, who were relegated from the Southern League last season, showed a physical presence and desire to win which left WGC as exposed as the scoreline suggests.

The Herns Lane side actually managed to make a game of it in the first 20 minutes.

However, the first real chance fell to the home team on 10 minutes and it was a sign of things to come.

Teenage winger Oliver Godwin got his head to a cross from the right but City keeper and skipper Simon Bartley palmed it around the post.

Shortly after WGC could have gone in front, but striker Craig Tomkins saw his effort cleared off the line after good work on the right by Alex Kinsley.

The visitors fell behind on 20 minutes in unfortunate circumstances.

After failing to clear a ball from the edge of their area, it fell to Rams midfielder Adrian Sear who shot towards goal.

Bartley looked like he would collect the strike but the ball deflected off City's Dean Mason and went in past the wrong-footed custodian.

Bartley was not in for a good afternoon. Goal number two came just after the half-hour mark. Another cross from the right was volleyed first time by Stuart Swift.

The City custodian looked to have the ball safely in his grasp but made a hash of it and the shot squeezed over the line.

Godwin soon made it three with a neat control on the chest and volley into the WGC net.

It was four on the stroke of half-time. Swift played a classy through ball past the away back-line.

Forward Arron Lennon - not to be confused with the England and Spurs star - outpaced centre-half Craig McKay and fired first time with his left foot beyond a stranded Bartley.

With the game already settled, the Citizens had only pride to play for after the break.

Even this proved impossible as Beaconsfield scored their fifth of the afternoon with their first foray into the Welwyn half.

Bartley clipped the ankles of a home attacker as he made his way to the byline in the 18-yard box.

The ref pointed to the spot and Swift made no mistake with his penalty kick.

Godwin, causing problems every time he got into the WGC half, grabbed his second of the day after collecting a pass from full-back Steve Dell. He poked it into the net.

Rams striker Michael Currie got his name on the scoresheet with five minutes to go, firing hard and low into the bottom corner following a pull back from the byline.

Winger Godwin wrapped up his hat-trick in the last minute.

A shot from the edge of the boxed looped up into the air. WGC players failed to react as Godwin knocked it home to complete the rout.

Saturday sees the Herns Lane club travel to Harefield United in the Premier Division.

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