City captain rues failure to capitalise

PUBLISHED: 17:56 01 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:28 26 October 2009

City skipper Nathan Dawes

City skipper Nathan Dawes

CAPTAIN Nathan Dawes believes the Citizens undoing against Tring Athletic was not scoring in a confident first-half showing. WGC lost out to Tring 1-0 in the Herts Charity Shield Final at the County Ground in Letchworth on Tuesday night. The centre half

CAPTAIN Nathan Dawes believes the Citizens' undoing against Tring Athletic was not scoring in a confident first-half showing.

WGC lost out to Tring 1-0 in the Herts Charity Shield Final at the County Ground in Letchworth on Tuesday night.

The centre half said: "We didn't capitalise in the first half, and we should have gone in at the break a goal or two up.

"I felt we were all over them in the first 45, and we should have taken our chances.

"In the end, that's why we didn't get the victory."

In torrential weather conditions, the Citizens went in at the break looking the most likely to grab the victory.

However, Mark Burfoot headed past City keeper Simon Bartley after only three minutes of the second half and Tring held on for the win.

Dawes added: "It's very disheartening letting in such a soft goal.

"I am extremely disappointed with the defeat. In the second half we just didn't get going at all.

"Although we didn't embarrass ourselves, I think second half we looked off the pace, and although the conditions weren't the best, it's definitely not an excuse."

Nathan has played for WGC for over two years now, and has established himself as a certain starter when available, as well as being an inspirational captain.

Fans will be hoping he will be a permanent fixture as the club look to progress next season.

He also paid tribute to outgoing management duo Dave Lewis and Graham Wallis.

Dawes said: "I can understand that it can't have been easy coming in when they did, and I think they have done a good job, so all credit to them.

"I have enjoyed playing for them, and wish them every luck in the future.


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