Slideshow: Cowley unhappy at Manor of defeat
PUBLISHED: 16:42 12 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:20 26 October 2009
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division Welwyn Garden City 0 Ruislip Manor 3 WGC slipped to their eighth league defeat in 10 games against third from bottom Ruislip Manor at Herns Lane. One second-half refereeing decision effectively ended the Cit
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division
Welwyn Garden City 0 Ruislip Manor 3
WGC slipped to their eighth league defeat in 10 games against third from bottom Ruislip Manor at Herns Lane.
One second-half refereeing decision effectively ended the Citizens' chances of getting anything from Saturday's encounter.
With the match goalless, City central defender Lee Gardner hacked the ball away from his own goal area.
The ref decided he had kicked out at an opponent, so sent him off and awarded a penalty to the astonishment of the home bench.
Neil Fyfield tucked home the spot-kick to give Manor the lead on the hour.
Up until then, the hosts had been on top and in the first period should have gone ahead.
Striker Michael Bakare missed an open goal with a header from close range that went wide.
A Ruislip Manor player also sliced a clearance at his own goal that was pushed onto the crossbar by the keeper.
After the visitors took the lead, 10-men City went hunting for a leveller.
Their efforts in going forward left them short at the back and they were caught out on the break.
Manor doubled their advantage from an attacking play by the hosts.
From a free-kick in the Ruislip half, Rickelle Christian passed the ball to Richard Morton, who had a shot.
His effort hit the one-man wall and ricocheted off the player and back into the WGC half.
With the majority of the home team in the Manor half, City were left exposed.
Justin Bailey took full advantage as he stuck in number two.
The third came in similar circumstances, but this time from a WGC corner.
Manor cleared the danger and on the counter attack Michael Walker scored to make it 3-0.
The win was well received by Ruislip, who have off the field problems after their home pitch was sold and their chairman and club officials all quit the club.
WGC boss Howard Cowley was not so pleased by the result and performance.
"I'm very disappointed. It just wasn't our day," he said.
"We were by far the better side in the first half and we did warn the players of complacency and they thought they could win it without too much effort."
Of the costly sending off and penalty, he said: "None of their players appealed for it and the linesman never saw anything. It was a bizarre decision."
The defeat was the 17th the Citizens have suffered this term.
"We are due a change of good fortune," said Cowley.
"Had we have been given a penalty for no reason on Saturday we would have gone on to win the game.
"It's all getting a little depressing. All we can do is to battle on and try to approach the next game with a positive attitude."
WGC are away at fourth from bottom Cockfosters in the league this Saturday.
The Citizens take on league rivals Leverstock Green the following Tuesday in the second round of the Herts Charity Shield at Pancake Lane.
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Welwyn Hatfield Times. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.