Slideshow: Citizens stumble to title-chasers

PUBLISHED: 12:49 28 November 2007 | UPDATED: 22:02 26 October 2009

Pic: Krishan Bhungar

Pic: Krishan Bhungar

Spartan South Midlands League Premier Welwyn Garden City 1 Biggleswade Town 2 TITLE-chasers Biggleswade Town kept up their surge for promotion when they travelled to Welwyn Garden City and collected a 2-1 win on Saturday. The Citizens saw their three-gam

Spartan South Midlands League Premier

Welwyn Garden City 1 Biggleswade Town 2

TITLE-chasers Biggleswade Town kept up their surge for promotion when they travelled to Welwyn Garden City and collected a 2-1 win on Saturday.

The Citizens saw their three-game winning streak at home come to an end as they could only muster a Vince Rispoli effort after Jamie Steele and Peter Gatti had put Town two up.

Steele put the visitors ahead after half an hour and early in the second half Gatti doubled Biggleswade's lead.

Howard Cowley's side failed to find a breakthrough until Rispoli grabbed what turned out to be a consolation goal.

WGC started well and had plenty of possession but the Waders made the breakthrough from a corner kick.

The set-piece was crossed in and headed goalwards from the edge of the area. Keeper Simon Bartley tipped the looping effort against the crossbar but the ball dropped down and was bundled over the line by Steele.

Biggleswade held their lead until the break, despite WGC's Michael Bakare and Dan?Griggs causing them problems.

Town doubled the advantage in the second half. The home defence got into a tangle and Peter Gatti was left alone in the box. He then had time and space to lob over Bartley for number two.

The Herns Lane side could have buckled but they kept their heads up and tried to get back into the game.

They got their reward with 10 minutes to go when Rispoli put the ball in the back of the net from close range at the far post following a corner.

Despite pressure from WGC, they could not find an equaliser as the visitors hung on for the points.

City boss Cowley was not happy with the lack of injury time played by the referee at the end of the game.

"We were short changed," he said. "I think we were entitled to a bit more time, Biggleswade were I'm sure relieved to hear the final whistle."

Cowley felt his team had done enough in the 90 minutes to level the game.

"It is fair to say we did not deserve to lose," he added.

"Biggleswade have some big players, they are quick on the break and defensively quite strong but we were worth a point, a draw would have been a fair result."

WGC were due to play Aylesbury Vale in the league at Herns Lane last night.

The Citizens travel to Middlesex on Saturday to face league strugglers Ruislip Manor.

Cowley is not going to underestimate Manor.

"They lost on Saturday so nothing much has changed down there," he said.

"I'm sure they will give it a go, games sometimes take a life of their own.

"We hope to go there and have a decent game at least.

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