City show Green no Charity

PUBLISHED: 12:23 21 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:36 26 October 2009

Howard Cowley

Howard Cowley

Herts Charity Shield Quarter-final Leverstock Green 1 Welwyn Garden City 4 WGC are through to the last four of the Herts Charity Shield after knocking out holders Leverstock Green 4-1 at Pancake Lane on Tuesday night. Striker Kevin Chakaodza bagged a bra

Herts Charity Shield Quarter-final

Leverstock Green 1 Welwyn Garden City 4

WGC are through to the last four of the Herts Charity Shield after knocking out holders Leverstock Green 4-1 at Pancake Lane on Tuesday night.

Striker Kevin Chakaodza bagged a brace for the Citizens, while Ben Cain and Craig Tomkins also netted against their South Midlands League rivals.

To reach the final and have a chance of winning some silverware this season, WGC now have to overcome Watford-based Oxhey Jets.

After watching the quarter-final victory, City boss Howard Cowley said his side, who are in the bottom half of the SML Premier Division, will do all they can to try and lift the Shield.

He said: "It was an excellent performance and a great win.

"We are very much up for the cup. We realise we can't do much in the league, so we will give it everything."

The score was 1-1 at the break after Chakaodza's first put the visitors in the lead. The Green levelled through a Steve Boad header.

Cowley shuffled his pack at half-time and this decision was to pay dividends.

He changed his one man up front tactic and brought on Cain to play alongside Chakaodza in attack.

Richard Morton hit the post from distance for the Herns Lane club in the second period before they regained the lead.

It was substitute Cain who found the back of the Leverstock net following a cross from the left around the hour mark.

As City began to boss the tie, Morton hit the woodwork again, this time from a free-kick.

Late on in the game, WGC sealed their passage into the next round of the competition.

With around 10 minutes left to play Chakaodza grabbed his second with a close-range finish.

There was still time for Tomkins to lob the keeper and seal a fine 4-1 triumph.

If Cowley's men make it to the final they will face either Royston Town or Tring Athletic, who meet in the other semi-final.

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