Late penalty costs Welwyn Garden City against London Colney
PUBLISHED: 16:22 01 February 2011
THE Citizens suffered a late blow as they conceded a last gasp penalty to lose 1-0 at Herns Lane to London Colney on Saturday.
In what would have been a handy point in their relegation fight, WGC unfortunately ended the SSML Division One game empty handed.
Caretaker manager Simon Braine, had no arguments about the spot-kick that cost his side.
He said: “I have no complaints that the penalty was given as our defender dived in.”
However, he was left frustrated by some other decisions during the encounter.
“Things just don’t seem to be going our way at the moment, even things like not getting the advantage when a foul is committed,” he said.
In the first half the hosts played some good football and held their own.
Darryl Smith broke free a couple of times but was unable to beat the keeper.
He was pulled down inside the Colney penalty area at one point, however the referee waved away calls for a spot-kick.
At the other end City keeper Joe Croft was in impressive form, with one particularly good save low in the corner.
He was beaten twice but the crossbar and post came to his rescue.
After the break WGC were less impressive and struggled to keep possession for any length of time.
Croft once more kept his side in it with a couple of smart stops.
Any hopes of WGC ending the day with a point came to an end in the 88th minute when defender Nathan Bowden fouled a Colney attacker in the box and the referee pointed to the spot.
Sam Mitchell beat Joe Croft to seal the win for the visitors.
After the defeat, Braine added: “Out of the three games I have been in charge, that second half was the worst we have played, but even then we had a couple of chances.”