Griggs is City's lord of the Manor
PUBLISHED: 17:34 04 December 2007 | UPDATED: 21:29 26 October 2009
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division Ruislip Manor 2 Welwyn Garden City 4 DAN Griggs popped up with two second-half goals to guide WGC to victory away at Ruislip Manor on Saturday. Following back-to-back home defeats, the Citizens were looking
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division
Ruislip Manor 2 Welwyn Garden City 4
DAN Griggs popped up with two second-half goals to guide WGC to victory away at Ruislip Manor on Saturday.
Following back-to-back home defeats, the Citizens were looking for a change of fortune as they hit the road to Middlesex.
They got what they were looking for against a side struggling in the bottom two of the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division.
The visitors started strongly, but as in recent weeks they failed to take their scoring chances.
It was the home side who struck first as a looping Darren Goldstone header found the net.
As Manor tried to hold on with a slender lead, they were caught out twice five minutes before the break.
Firstly, a Michael Bakare corner shot across the goalmouth before hitting Ruislip defender Daryl Campbell on both legs and going in.
Then, just after coming on as a sub for the injured Rob Moules, Craig Tomkins set up Bakare to make it 2-1.
Griggs got on the end of a corner early in the second period and it should have been all over, but the home side pulled another one back through Goldstone.
The two-goal cushion was restored and the three points sealed as Tomkins, again in the thick of the action, laid the ball on to Griggs to net his second and WGC's fourth of the afternoon.
Tomkins almost got his reward for a good all-round display but after he had taken the ball around the keeper and shot on target, a defender got back to clear it off the line.
WGC manager Howard Cowley was glad to get the victory after two home defeats in a week.
"In the end scoring four goals away from home after the way the past week has gone you have to be pleased, but it was a mixed performance," he said.
"It looked like the performance (of the previous two games) would be repeated.
"In the first 20 minutes we missed good opportunities to score, again being wasteful.
"Then they scored on their first attack."
After getting an own goal to equalise, Cowley felt his side relaxed and played well.
"Before half-time we had a bit of luck and then played really well in the second half," he added.
"The lads are a good bunch and are trying to do well. It's not through a lack of effort.
"We have a lot of attacking pace, we just need to get the goals to go with it, but we'll keep plugging away.