Depleted City go down to United

PUBLISHED: 12:44 07 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:30 26 October 2009

Nathan Dawes

Nathan Dawes

Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division Welwyn Garden City 1 Biggleswade United 2 A HEAVILY depleted WGC side suffered a 2-1 reverse at home to Biggleswade United on a cold Tuesday evening at Herns Lane. Manager Howard Cowley was missing 13 playe

Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division

Welwyn Garden City 1 Biggleswade United 2

A HEAVILY depleted WGC side suffered a 2-1 reverse at home to Biggleswade United on a cold Tuesday evening at Herns Lane.

Manager Howard Cowley was missing 13 players, who were either injured or unavailable due to work commitments, and this showed in the first half as the hosts went in at the break two goals down.

Nathan Hilaire put the visitors ahead after just 16 minutes following some sloppy home defending.

United doubled their lead 15 minutes later with poor marking by WGC allowing Luke Lincoln an easy finish.

With only a third of the game gone, the Bedfordshire club must have fancied their chances of getting a big win.

Yet the Citizens made it to half-time with the score intact thanks to a dominant performance from captain Nathan Dawes.

After a few tactical tweaks from the manager at the break, City came out after the interval looking like a team with a desire to get something out of the game.

Cowley said: "I felt that if we could get a goal within the first 15 minutes of the second half, we could go on and win the game."

Unfortunately, it wasn't until five minutes from the end that the home side scored following a strong defensive performance from Biggleswade.

A free-kick fired in from Richard Morton was parried by the visiting keeper into the path of Jackson Fossi, who made no mistake and smashed the ball into the back of the net.

It was no more than WGC deserved having upped the ante from the lacklustre opening, and manager Cowley was pleased with the overall performance.

He said: "I felt we moved the ball well in what was a fast-flowing game.

"Considering only one of the back four was playing in his recognised position, I thought we responded well to going two goals down.

"At half-time I reiterated to the boys that the game was not over and they, like me, knew that we had in no way been outplayed.

"We are all frustrated with the defeat and, as with our league position; we know we are better than that."

With 10 games to go, the Herns Lane club are in no immediate danger of relegation, but are some way behind the top teams.

However, Cowley is adamant that there is still a lot to play for, and is eager for his team to perform well through to the end.

He said: "The season is not over. We still have a chance of getting to the final of the Herts Charity Shield so it's important that we keep our focus."

The Citizens travel to free-scoring Langford tomorrow (Saturday), with Cowley's men keen to prove they are better than recent results would suggest.


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