Deanus and Newing suffer first league loss as Welwyn Garden City bosses

PUBLISHED: 17:52 23 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:45 26 October 2009

Steve Newing

Steve Newing

Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division Aylesbury Vale 3 Welwyn Garden City 2 WGC threw away a two-goal lead on Saturday to lose at Aylesbury Vale 3-2. The defeat is joint managers Del Deanus and Steve Newing s first in the Premier Division of the

Del Deanus

Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division

Aylesbury Vale 3 Welwyn Garden City 2

WGC threw away a two-goal lead on Saturday to lose at Aylesbury Vale 3-2.

The defeat is joint managers Del Deanus and Steve Newing's first in the Premier Division of the South Midlands Football League since they took charge at Herns Lane.

The Citizens were ahead after only five minutes with a spectacular long-range strike from Fabio Valenti.

He picked up the ball in his own half straight from a goal-kick by Vale keeper Aaron Usami, and seeing the custodian slip on the floor smashed the ball goalwards.

To everyone's astonishment, the effort was perfectly aimed, and it looped over Usami, bounced off the post and into the net.

Both sides had chances in a well-contested first 45, but the visitors went in at the break 1-0 up.

Only four minutes after the restart striker Stuart Blackburne made it 2-0 to City when he beat the offside trap and went on to lob keeper Usami.

Blackburne is on fire with nine goals in seven games.

Then came the collapse. Blackburne went off injured on 53 minutes, and only two minutes later Justin Gordon's corner went straight in to pull one back for the hosts.

James Baxter then tied the game in the 64th minute when he got on the end of a corner to thunder a header home.

With the referee seconds from blowing for full-time, the Herns Lane club switched off from another corner to allow Kyle Kilmartin to rise unchallenged to cap a remarkable comeback from the home side.

It was a City side depleted by injury and suspension, so much so that joint manager Newing had to name himself on the bench - and came on in the latter stages.


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