Lewis praises his City players

PUBLISHED: 18:11 27 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:50 26 October 2009

City caretaker manager Dave Lewis

City caretaker manager Dave Lewis

CITY caretaker manager Dave Lewis praised his players for a composed and professional performance following his side s 5-1 thumping of London Colney yesterday. The Citizens thrashed the Premier Division bottom club at Cotlandswick to finish their Spartan

CITY caretaker manager Dave Lewis praised his players for a composed and professional performance following his side's 5-1 thumping of London Colney yesterday.

The Citizens thrashed the Premier Division bottom club at Cotlandswick to finish their Spartan South Midlands League season in style.

The emphatic victory over the Blueboys was also the perfect boost ahead of Tuesday night's Herts Charity Shield showdown with Tring Athletic at the County Ground in Letchworth.

Lewis said: "It was a lovely way to end the season.

"I think we struggled a bit in the first half, but always knew we could improve, and for once it wasn't necessary to give the boys that half-time rocket!"

He added: "I don't think they were the worst side we have played by any stretch of the imagination, so it's a credit to the young side we put out today that we got a convincing win."

The progression of the side has been quite remarkable since the upheaval that followed Howard Cowley's dramatic resignation last month.

With Lewis and Graham Wallis steadying the ship, the Citizens having recorded three wins and two draws from their last five games in all competitions.

Assistant Wallis added: "We are seeing a gradual progression in the team now, with a solid first half being followed by an action-packed second, and there are certainly many pluses to take forward.

"We are full of confidence going into the Shield final, although we will not underestimate our opponents, who will provide a stern test."

City beat Oxhey Jets 2-1 in the Shield semis to book their final appearance.

The Citizens opened their Charity Shield bid with a 2-1 win over Whitewebbs at the beginning of the season and then knocked out holders Leverstock Green 4-1 in the second round in February.


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