Full report: Citizens hold out to defeat plucky Biggleswade United outfit
PUBLISHED: 16:59 19 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:27 26 October 2009
WGC 1 Biggleswade United 0 WGC secured another three points in the Premier Division of the South Midlands League on Tuesday with a hard-fought 1-0 win against Biggleswade United. In what was probably Del Deanus' toughest test since taking over at Herns L
WGC 1 Biggleswade United 0
WGC secured another three points in the Premier Division of the South Midlands League on Tuesday with a hard-fought 1-0 win against Biggleswade United.
In what was probably Del Deanus' toughest test since taking over at Herns Lane, a solitary Stuart Blackburne strike was enough for victory.
The opening 15 minutes were a scrappy affair with the visitors having two good chances to take the lead.
Full-back Kyle Lincoln made a superb break down the left, using pace and trickery to weave his way through a static Citizens midfield.
He then found Luke Lincoln in acres of space bearing down on goal, but he flashed his effort wide.
Luke Lincoln had another great chance only two minutes later when he capitalised on some poor defensive play from City wing-back Raff Kaphouris.
He ran through, but after making space for himself, he blasted over Rob Blackburne's crossbar.
WGC's first real chance came in the 28th minute - and resulted in the opening goal.
A superb defence-splitting pass through from Paul Marks found pacey frontman Stuart Blackburne bearing down on goal.
He outpaced the defence, took the ball wide, and slotted past Biggleswade keeper Adam Lawrence for 1-0.
That goal signalled the beginning of heavy spells of pressure from the visitors which continued on through to the interval.
However, despite United's territorial advantage, they seemed to lack the cutting edge in front of goal.
The second half began with the home side showing slightly more urgency.
City began to search for an outlet in their attacking play, and more often than not this was Fabio Valenti.
On 60 minutes Valenti took a direct free-kick from fully 25 yards which only just flew over the bar.
That man again was involved two minutes later when he skinned Kyle Lincoln on the left and delivered a tempting ball into the box.
Citizens' top-scorer Stuart Blackburne got his toe on the end of the ball which was fumbled and then gathered on the line by the United custodian.
Valenti was then surprisingly substituted and on in his place came young midfielder Matt Thomson as Deanus tried to shore up the often-overrun midfield.
Biggleswade continued to push for an equaliser, with Mano Langlais and Mehach Cole both spurning good opportunities of a leveller.
The nearest either side came to adding to the scoreline however was through City attacker Adam Wallace.
A raking pass forward from Thomson found Wallace one-one-one with the keeper, but instead of hitting it first time, the former Edgware player let the ball bounce.
That was enough time for Jason Darvall to get back and get a touch on Wallace's goal-bound effort, but amazingly the officials missed it and gave a goal-kick.
Biggleswade's effort with no end product was summed up in the 90th minute when a Ross Kane corner hit the wrong side of the upright and out for a goalkick.
A relieved Deanus knows his side can play much better, but will be pleased at picking up another three league points.