No fears for Fisher as cup fever grips Welwyn Garden
PUBLISHED: 12:22 15 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:23 15 November 2017
Welwyn Garden City manager Adam Fisher says his side "don't fear anyone" after a 2-1 win over Newport Pagnell Town in the FA Vase.
And the draw threw up an almost perfect tie, pairing the Citizens with Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division rivals Biggleswade FC – the side that broke their record-breaking 20-match unbeaten run two weeks ago.
Goals from Yasin Boodhoo and new signing Dan Bond sealed the tie after a tough game that included many fouls, a red card and a disallowed goal.
But the performance was one that delighted the City boss and left him wondering just what they can do in the competition.
He said: “You can’t really pick a man of the match, all of them played at least an eight out of 10.”
“I didn’t have to say much to them before the game, they were fully motivated themselves and when I arrived they were buzzing.
“It was one of those tight games where you need a second goal, so it was a relief to get that.
“We dominated on and off the ball and were the better side.”
Newport Pagnell sit one point clear at the top of the United Counties Premier Division, so it was expected to be an even game.
“We knew what they would offer and that it would be tough,” he admitted. “We knew they’d be strong, physical and hard working.
“But I knew we had the players to match them and that our quality would come through.”
Fisher admitted that the 1-0 loss to Biggleswade had left his squad with a point to prove and he also had a special word for match winner Bond, who arrived from Hertford Town earlier this month.
The City manager said: “They’re a proud team, so after losing the unbeaten run, they wanted to get back to winning ways today and prove a point.
“He’s been a good acquisition. I think he deserved that today.”
And asked if he feels confident of going further in the Vase, Fisher said: “We set our sights on at least the fourth round but after these two wins we believe we can keep going.
“Who knows how far we can get?”
All thoughts of the Vase need to be shelved for the moment as the Dudley Latham Memorial Cup is the next action for WGC.
That is at home to Crawley Green today (Wednesday) before they go to Colney Heath in the SSML on Saturday.