Full report: Citizens in home draw with St Margaretsbury

PUBLISHED: 10:03 30 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:17 26 October 2009

Fabio Valenti equalised for the Citizens

Fabio Valenti equalised for the Citizens

WELWYN Garden City drew 1-1 with St Margaretsbury on Tuesday night in match boss Del Deanus had earlier challenged his players to secure the three points in. And despite dominating their visitors on a heavy Herns Lane pitch, City couldn t secure their thi

WELWYN Garden City drew 1-1 with St Margaretsbury on Tuesday night in match boss Del Deanus had earlier challenged his players to secure the three points in.

And despite dominating their visitors on a heavy Herns Lane pitch, City couldn't secure their third successive victory in the Premier Division of the South Midlands League.

The away side were the busier of the two teams in the opening 25 minutes and opened the scoring when Ben Herod pounced on a parry out by City custodian Rob Blackburne and thundered home.

The hosts then began to get themselves back into the game, and went on to dominate possession through to half-time.

On 35 minutes, a sublime pass from Jason Williams picked out top-scorer Stuart Blackburne, bearing down on goal.

His pace took him clear of the Bury centre-backs, but with just the keeper to beat, and from an acute angle, he hit the post and the ball went for a goal-kick.

Five minutes later, that man again Stuart Blackburne picked up a Craig McKay pass and surged into the area.

Making it to the by-line, he drilled an effort which flashed across the face of the goal, but no Citizen team-mate was on hand to poke home.

It is little wonder Herns Lane-hitman has such a good goal-scoring record with the quality of delivery that is presented to him.

A minute before half time, Stuart made it a hat-trick of chances go begging when he got on the end of a superb Tom Lewis cross, only to see his header sail over the bar.

Six minutes after the restart, WGC were back in the game.

Tom Lewis appeared to be fouled in the box, but not waiting for the referee's whistle, Fabio Valenti seized on the ball and hit a sweet effort into the back of James Sturgeon's net.

That's the former Leyton player's sixth goal in five games as he catches up to strike-partner Stuart Blackburne who has ten goals to his name.

For the remainder of the game, the home side dominated possession and camped themselves in the St Margaretsbury half as they searched for a winner.

But Deanus' side in truth never looked likely to get a second goal, with the Bury centre-backs putting in a great shift of clearing, tackling and heading the ball from danger, relying on the counter-attack.

Five minutes from time, substitute Lawrence Rispoli smashed in a ferocious 25-yard effort which deflected into the path of fellow substitute Richard Morton.

The former Edgware star, who once scored over 40 goals in one season from midfield, had the script written for him on his debut - but crashed his effort wide with just the keeper to beat.

The Citizens pushed and pushed for the winner, but in the end resolute away-defending saw both teams take a share of the spoils.

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