Lady Citizens held to a draw

PUBLISHED: 11:08 29 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:05 26 October 2009

Cambridge City Ladies 1 Welwyn Garden City Ladies 1 WGC S attempt to catch high-flying Ipswich Ladies faltered at Cambridge City on Wednesday night in a disappointing 1-1 draw. Profligacy in front of goal earned only one rather than the three points nee

Cambridge City Ladies 1 Welwyn Garden City Ladies 1

WGC'S attempt to catch high-flying Ipswich Ladies faltered at Cambridge City on Wednesday night in a disappointing 1-1 draw.

Profligacy in front of goal earned only one rather than the three points needed to move into second place and close the gap at the top of the table.

Manager Paul Bright said: "Our defence coped well with their attackers, the midfield more then matched theirs and our forwards where dynamic in their movement. Unfortunately goals win games."

After getting off to a slow start, Welwyn keeper Verity Crook was nearly caught out when second to a through ball and only the covering Vicky Neal prevented the Herns Lane side going behind.

Crook flapped at the resulting corner kick and in the ensuing scramble a penalty was awarded for a handball.

The spot-kick was drilled low at Crook and the WGC keeper blocked the shot, only to see it rebound to the taker who slotted home at the second attempt.

The visitors responded well to going behind and were soon threatening the Cambridge goal.

Faye Rees had one chance pushed away for a corner and another effort fired over the bar.

As the Herts side pressed, Cambridge looked dangerous on the counter and Sheree Oliver, Neal and Ella Baker did well to break up several attacks.

The equalising goal came on 32 minutes when Dawn Mallett collected a ball on the left before driving into midfield.

Her sublime pass to release Naomi Lyon allowed the forward to close in on goal, where a low shot beat the keeper.

The Lady Citizens started at a higher tempo in the second half and saw plenty of the ball.

However, they were still unable to put away any of their chances.

Laveena Betts, Shelley Forster, Mallett and Rees all fired shots wide of the mark.

The hosts seldom threatened from open play, but did cause unease from corners.

Rees did find the net on 73 minutes, only to see the assistant raise his flag for offside.

With 15 minutes remaining, Mallett found Lyon, who lifted the ball over the advancing keeper and could only watch as the ball rolled agonisingly past the post.

City's stopper pulled off a good diving save when Rees shot tamely at goal as she met Nikki Day's floated cross.

As the keeper went to restart play, she volleyed the ball into one of her defenders, leaving a stunned Rees with the ball at her feet and the goal at her mercy.

However, again the ball rolled just the wrong side of the upright.

As the clock ran down, frustration led to cautions for Day, Rees and Mallett.

Two free-kicks in good areas deep into stoppage time failed to produce a winner as the side remained level.

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