Deanus prepares for pitch battle at Herns Lane after Cockfosters win

PUBLISHED: 15:51 01 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:32 26 October 2009

WGC boss Del Deanus

WGC boss Del Deanus

Herts Senior Challenge Cup First Round Welwyn Garden City 1 Cockfosters 0 WGC manager Del Deanus believes the pitch at Herns Lane is becoming a major obstacle to success. Speaking after the Citizens 1-0 win over Cockfosters in the first round of the Her

Herts Senior Challenge Cup First Round

Welwyn Garden City 1 Cockfosters 0

WGC manager Del Deanus believes the pitch at Herns Lane is becoming a major obstacle to success.

Speaking after the Citizens' 1-0 win over Cockfosters in the first round of the Herts Senior Cup, Deanus is hoping for major improvements on the playing surface.

"The game against Cockfosters was a battle on a dreadful pitch," said the 34-year-old manager.

"It wasn't an entertaining game at all, and if I'm honest the pitch is becoming a leveller in our matches now.

"If we were playing on a better pitch we would be winning games much easier, and some people just don't realise how bad it actually is out there."

City won through to the next round in the County Cup thanks to a goal after 16 minutes from in-form striker Stuart Blackburne, who coolly lobbed visiting goalkeeper Danny Curbelo.

The hitman has hit the back of the net five times in three games, and had another couple of opportunities in a scrappy opening 45 to add to his tally.

On one occasion, finding himself clear of the last defender, the ball bobbled up from the turf and onto his knee and into the grateful gloves of the Fosters' goalkeeper.

A minute before half-time, the hosts had midfielder Paul Marks sent-off for what Deanus described as an 'unbelievable decision'.

With two opposing players tangling on the ground, former Edgware Town man Marks stepped in to calm the situation down.

He was then shoved to the ground as tempers flared, and on getting back to his feet the referee astonishingly flashed the red card and it was an early bath for the Citizens player.

Despite the visitors having the numerical advantage, the second half was one to forget, according to City manager Deanus.

"It was probably the worst 45 minutes of football you will ever see, obviously not helped by the playing conditions," he said.

Neither side created anything worthy of mention, with WGC content to see out the closing minutes and frustrate the away side, who despite having an extra man, failed to get the ball down and penetrate the Citizens' backline.

Deanus added: "It was not an eventful second half at all.

"We closed the game out and realised they (Cockfosters) couldn't hurt us."

The win means WGC progress through to the second round of the cup competition.

City are due to take on Oxhey Jets on Wednesday night.

Deanus' men beat Oxhey 3-0 a few weeks back in the South Midlands League Premier Division.

The winners of Wednesday's cup rematch could face Watford or Stevenage Borough in the last eight of the county competition.


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