Cowley bemoans bad finishing

PUBLISHED: 17:26 04 December 2007 | UPDATED: 21:47 26 October 2009

Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division Welwyn Garden City 0 Aylesbury Vale 1 WGC boss Howard Cowley blamed wasteful finishing for costing his side the points as they went down 1-0 at home to Aylesbury Vale in the league. A solitary Paul Talbot g

Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division

Welwyn Garden City 0 Aylesbury Vale 1

WGC boss Howard Cowley blamed wasteful finishing for costing his side the points as they went down 1-0 at home to Aylesbury Vale in the league.

A solitary Paul Talbot goal for the visitors with 15 minutes left to play sealed the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division points for the team from Bucks.

"It was a very frustrating evening," said Cowley after the match last Tuesday.

"We must have had 65 per cent of the play and in the first 20 minutes they hardly got a touch.

"We had two glaring misses and Aylesbury rode their luck, they worked hard but we played really, really well. I don't think they had an effort on goal in the first half.

"We gave them a sloppy goal. To be fair to them a goal had been on the cards and they defended as if their lives depended on it."

He added: "We lacked the final touch and just have been wasteful in front of goal."

The result meant the Citizens slipped to their second consecutive narrow home defeat following a 2-1 loss at the hands of Biggleswade Town the Saturday before.

A stubborn Moles defence became the first team to keep a clean sheet against City in the league since they lost 3-0 to Hanwell Town on October 20, eight games ago.

The Herns Lane club had dominated much of the game and missed two very good scoring opportunities in the first period.

Midfielder Joe Tabiri hit a shot over the bar after the visiting keeper had parried a Michael Bakare effort.

Jason Williams could have put the Citizens in the lead later on but he sliced wide from a good position.

The decisive moment of the game came on 75 minutes when a defensive mix up by the home side proved fatal.

Talbot got free and was left alone to lift the ball into the net to seal victory.

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