Heron's double sinks City
PUBLISHED: 17:01 05 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:47 26 October 2009
South Midlands League Premier Division Biggleswade Town 2 Welwyn Garden City 1 HIGH-flying Biggleswade Town came from a goal behind to beat the Citizens 2-1 on Saturday. WGC took the lead after just 13 minutes through Denis Maharjan. However, a goal ei
South Midlands League Premier Division
Biggleswade Town 2 Welwyn Garden City 1
HIGH-flying Biggleswade Town came from a goal behind to beat the Citizens 2-1 on Saturday.
WGC took the lead after just 13 minutes through Denis Maharjan.
However, a goal either side of the break from substitute Dan Heron was enough for Town to claim a home victory.
City had gone into the game on the back of a fine 5-0 win over Oxhey Jets but the title-chasing Bedfordshire club provided to be a much sterner test.
Windy conditions did not help matters as the game became scrappy as the two sides battled against each other and the elements.
WGC struck first to take the lead on 12 minutes.
Full-back Rickelle Christian broke away down the left-hand side and pulled the ball back from the byline.
It eventually dropped for on-loan Edgware man Maharjan, who fired a scissors kick into the roof of the net.
As the first 45 minutes wore on, it appeared the visitors would cling onto a half-time lead.
Play was held up for a lengthy period as Biggleswade forward Keith Thomas suffered a foot injury.
It was in the additional stoppage time at the end of the half that sub Heron headed in a corner past Simon Bartley to level at the break.
Just a couple of minutes after the interval WGC went to sleep and Heron scored again.
A Waders wideman was given space by three Citizens to cross from the left.
For the second time Heron nodded in past the hapless Bartley.
This woke up the Citizens who began to perform better.
However, they failed to find a way through the strong Town backline and get a leveller.
Striker Michael Bakare did manage to get past them on one occasion but chose to shoot from a tight angle when maybe pulling the ball back to a team-mate was a better option.
City boss Howard Cowley said: "I think Biggleswade were well worthy of the result on the day."
Had his side not switched off and conceded early in the second period, Cowley thought he might have got a point from the match.
"We could have nicked a 1-1 draw as other than their goal at the start of the second half neither side looked like scoring.
"I thought we under-performed a bit and they had not been much better," said Cowley.
Following their result the previous weekend, Cowley believes his side now know the key to success.
"It made us realise it's all about self-belief. If we believe in ourselves we will pick up results.
"But we are still going through a difficult period.
"We can't get our best players on the pitch at the same time, whether it is due to injury or unavailability. We will have to battle through it."
The Citizens are due to be in league action at home to third from bottom side Ruislip Manor this Saturday.
WGC will be looking to complete a winning double over Manor as they beat them 4-2 away back in December.