Cowley's tinkering pays off

PUBLISHED: 13:32 21 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:33 26 October 2009

Craig Tomkins scored one of City's goals against Leverstock Green

Craig Tomkins scored one of City's goals against Leverstock Green

A TACTICAL tinker at half-time by WGC boss Howard Cowley guided his side to the semi-finals of the Herts Charity Shield on Tuesday. With the score 1-1 at the break against holders Leverstock Green, Cowley changed his formation and sat back as his team w

A TACTICAL tinker at half-time by WGC boss Howard Cowley guided his side to the semi-finals of the Herts Charity Shield on Tuesday.

With the score 1-1 at the break against holders Leverstock Green, Cowley changed his formation and sat back as his team went on to win 4-1 at Pancake Lane.

The City boss said: "There was not a lot in it at half-time.

"I made a tactical substitution and changed it from having one up front to two up.

"Neil Richardson came off and I put Ben Cain in attack."

The boss also moved Dan Griggs from playing wide to in the centre of midfield, with Adam Reid switching to the wing.

Just over 45 minutes later Cowley had seen his side grab three more goals to seal a fine quarter-final success.

"We dominated the second half, hit the woodwork and missed a couple of easy chances," said Cowley.

"They huffed and puffed and found themselves 2-1 down. They improved a bit but you could not argue that we dominated the second half.

"It was an excellent performance and a great win."

WGC have been inconsistent in the league and are 15th in the division.

They are looking to finish the season as high as possible.

"We'll see if we can get into the top half of the table," said Cowley.

"We have some difficult home games coming up but we will do what we can.

"It depends who we have available, although we should have the hard core of players available now.

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