City's superb second-half revival
PUBLISHED: 14:08 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:56 26 October 2009
Molten Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division Holmer Green 3 Welwyn Garden City 3 A HIGH-SCORING game at Watchet Lane saw WGC stage a remarkable comeback from three goals down to draw 3-3 with lowly Holmer Green. On the face of it a draw doesn t
Molten Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division
Holmer Green 3 Welwyn Garden City 3
A HIGH-SCORING game at Watchet Lane saw WGC stage a remarkable comeback from three goals down to draw 3-3 with lowly Holmer Green.
On the face of it a draw doesn't appear a great result.
However, when you consider caretaker manager Dave Lewis' men were 3-0 down after only 35 minutes, coupled with the fact that the point secured their Premier Division status for another season, it was a job well done.
After the game, Lewis gave credit for the second-half performance.
"At half-time strong words were said, and the performance wasn't anywhere near as good as it should have been," he said.
"I switched to a 3-5-2 and all the credit to the lads as they dominated from the off and should probably have won the game."
Credit though is most certainly owed to Lewis for the tactical switch which brought about the turnaround, this despite having no substitutes on the bench.
True to form, City fell behind after only nine minutes. Green striker Simon Williams was given far too much space in the box to turn and he fired past Tim Trebes to put the home side one up.
Trebes was standing in for Simon Bartley, who was again unavailable for the midweek game.
And Williams only had to wait seven minutes for his second of the game, when a ball over the top saw him one-on-one with Richard Teixeira.
Williams used his pace and skill to get past the WGC captain and then beat the oncoming Trebes to make it 2-0.
The Citizens tried, but failed to move the ball, their only effort of note being a header from the returning Dan Griggs which crashed off a post and was cleared away from danger.
In the 35th minute, Chris Hurst looked to have wrapped the game up early when again some poor defending and positional play left him free in the area to make it 3-0.
Lewis made his tactical masterstroke at the break, switching from 4-4-2 to a 3-5-2 by pushing Richard Teixeira into midfield and suddenly WGC looked a team galvanised.
The only surprise was that they didn't score until the 76th minute as they dominated possession and played some neat football.
It came from target-man Craig Tomkins, who found himself unmarked in the area to head home a cross from the right.
And 10 minutes later the Citizens were right back in the game when a Holmer defender was penalised for handball in the area from a Liam Kenna cross.
Jake Parratt stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot to give WGC some hope.
As the clock ticked away, it appeared the fight back and huge improvement on a poor first half might be all in vain - but step forward Adam Purcell.
Normally a full back, Purcell was switched to the left-wing for last Tuesday's game.
And he sealed a thrilling point for the visitors in stoppage time when he stabbed home a Richard Teixeira cross, much to the delight of Lewis.
"I am very pleased at the turnaround after a poor first half, and am delighted to get a point," he said.
"But I do feel we could have even won the game in the second half, such was our domination and movement all over the field.
"Saturday is another day, and another game, and there might be one or two changes.
"I was delighted with the performance of the returning Dan Griggs. He was exceptional."
City face St Margaretsbury at home on Saturday.
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