Sloppy Citizens punished by Vale

PUBLISHED: 13:10 27 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 26 October 2009

City boss Howard Cowley

City boss Howard Cowley

Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division Aylesbury Vale 3 Welwyn Garden City 0 CITY slumped to their second successive 3-0 defeat on Tuesday night, this time away to Aylesbury Vale as their season lurches towards a frustrating finale. If the resul

Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division

Aylesbury Vale 3 Welwyn Garden City 0

CITY slumped to their second successive 3-0 defeat on Tuesday night, this time away to Aylesbury Vale as their season lurches towards a frustrating finale.

If the result against Hanwell Town the previous game did the Citizens a disservice for their efforts, the scoreline this time around reflected what was a sloppy performance from Howard Cowley's men.

WGC started the game at a good tempo and dominated possession for the first 15 minutes at Haywood Way.

Craig Tomkins had a header cleared off the line from a dangerous corner as the visitors looked to seize the early advantage.

But no sooner were the Herns Lane club taking the game to the home side, they went a goal down.

Sloppy defending let in leading scorer Luke Melisi and he smashed the ball past debut keeper Robbie Cook to give Vale the lead in the 21st minute.

Seventeen-year-old Cook was signed from the Barnet Youth Alliance team and took over from the unavailable Simon Bartley for the game.

In the 25th minute WGC could count themselves unlucky not to be awarded a penalty for a blatant foul on Stuart Blackburne.

The decision riled Cowley and his playing staff, and even had the home bench smiling, knowing that they had been let off the hook due to a poor decision by the man in black.

The visitors went in at the break a solitary goal behind, and came out for the second half dominating the early exchanges without ever looking threatening.

The lack of a cutting edge came back to haunt them as they conceded a second goal.

Bad defending at a set piece, so often the case this season, let in Kyle Kilmartin to score on 62 minutes for a team who had barely got out of first gear.

WGC huffed and puffed, but failed to take a hold of the game, with a Richard Morton effort hitting the post their only real chance on 70 minutes.

The game was summed up a couple of minutes later when WGC, attacking at the opposition corner flag, lost the ball to the Vale defence.

The ball was swiftly moved upfield, passed on to Adam Targett and he made no mistake, firing past Cook to give the Buckinghamshire outfit a comfortable victory.

After the game, WGC manager Cowley bemoaned his side's poor defending.

He said: "We had lots of the ball, lots of possession, but once again silly mistakes and inconsistent decision-making has cost us.

"The game was a strange one, because although we had lots of the ball, we didn't create many chances, and there was just no end product. It's frustrating for everybody."

The Citizens are due to make the short trip to play Broxbourne Borough V&E on Saturday in a game where Cowley will be looking to eradicate the "silly mistakes" that have so often cost his side this season.

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