City shoot down Jets with 10 men
PUBLISHED: 18:18 21 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:55 26 October 2009
Molten Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division Oxhey Jets 2 Welwyn Garden City 3 WGC caretaker manager Dave Lewis has blasted some members of his playing squad for letting the club down, following the Citizens superb comeback win away to Oxhe
Molten Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division
Oxhey Jets 2 Welwyn Garden City 3
WGC caretaker manager Dave Lewis has blasted some members of his playing squad for "letting the club down," following the Citizens' superb comeback win away to Oxhey Jets.
The Herns Lane side were, not for the first time this season, unable to field any substitutes following a no-show from a number of unnamed players.
And boss Lewis is in no doubt where that leaves their future.
He said: "Players that can't be bothered turning up for games have no future at this football club as long as I am in charge.
"I want committed and dedicated players here, and unfortunately that is not the case with certain individuals."
The revelation somewhat overshadowed a superb second-half performance from the Citizens.
They came from two goals down at the break to claim a sensational 3-2 victory.
They fell behind after only eight minutes when a scramble in their box saw the ball fall to Jets midfielder Sam Warrell, and he poked past keeper Simon Bartley.
Only two minutes later, Jackson Fossi, who started the game despite carrying an injury, was forced off and City were down to 10 men with no replacements on the bench.
The hosts then began to pound the Citizens' back line, and only some excellent saves from Bartley kept the score at 1-0.
Two minutes before the break, the Jets extended their lead when 10-man City were stretched at the back and winger Wayne Gladdy stole in to put the home side two goals up.
In all honesty, the score could have been greater in what was a hugely disappointing first-half showing by City.
Lewis said: "I honestly felt relieved it was only two, as at one point I thought we were facing annihilation.
"Graham (Willis) and I had a word with them at half-time and demanded an improvement, and we certainly got that."
WGC came out looking like a team with a point to prove, and began to move the ball around, despite only having nine outfield players.
They pulled a goal back in the 64th minute when a floated corner was met by Eric Gbio, who thumped his header past the Jets keeper.
And things got even better for the Citizens 15 minutes later when Craig Tomkins scored a great goal.
He picked up the ball on the edge of the box and fired in a sweet left-foot shot that beat the keeper and tied the game.
The drama was certainly not over and City scored a somewhat controversial winner.
Tomkins picked the ball up just inside the opposition's half, with the home defence claiming offside.
He then ran on, with no defender in sight, drew the keeper out, and slotted the ball past him and into the net for his second to cap the most unlikely of comebacks.
The Oxhey side were furious, clearly believing Tomkins to be coming from an offside position.
Even the Citizens striker himself had a few nervous glances to the officials, but the goal stood, and City held on to record a memorable win.
After the game, Lewis was quick to praise the side's second-half effort.
"What was said at half-time seemed to stir the players up, and it was a nice performance in the second 45.
"However, it is worrying how the first half was not up to the level we expect.
"But I can put it down to circumstance, with players missing and late withdrawals."
Oxhey Jets will be sick of the sight of WGC, having now lost to them twice in the league and in the Herts Charity Shield semi-final last week.
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