Waders claim Bigg win against outclassed Citizens
PUBLISHED: 17:19 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 26 October 2009
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division Welwyn Garden City 0 Biggleswade Town 7 NEW WGC manager Paul Tomkins knows full well he has a big job on his hands after his first home game in charge saw the Citizens thumped 7-0 by Biggleswade Town. Speaki
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division
Welwyn Garden City 0 Biggleswade Town 7
NEW WGC manager Paul Tomkins knows full well he has a big job on his hands after his first home game in charge saw the Citizens thumped 7-0 by Biggleswade Town.
Speaking after the drubbing on Tuesday night, Tomkins tried to remain positive for the season ahead.
"Obviously it's a very disappointing result, and to be honest there aren't any positives I can take from the game tonight," he said.
"Not having a pre-season with the squad is obviously not the best preparation, but we know we have got to strengthen and I am confident that we will be able to do that. We'll get it sorted.
"It's a big job that I have got on here, but I am still looking forward to the challenges that it will bring."
The visitors took the lead in the 12th minute when Jack Weedon took advantage of some hesitant home defending to smash past keeper Kevin Christov.
That was a sign of things to come, with the Citizens' rearguard in for a torrid evening.
Only four minutes later Bobby Dance crashed in an effort with the defence nowhere to be seen.
The lead was extended further in the 22nd minute when a shocking piece of goalkeeping from Christov saw him slap a corner from Paul Garrett into his own goal.
The only positive, if any, that Tomkins could have possibly taken was that his side managed to keep the score down to three at the interval, in what was one of the worst performances in recent times.
Whatever the new man said at half-time must have fallen on deaf ears, as only two minutes in Biggleswade had scored their fourth through ex-Citizen and former Hertford Town hitman Ryan Redford.
He ran at a static WGC defence, his movement confused the City centre halves, and he then drilled past Christov for a confidently taken goal.
The home side were offering nothing going forward, and when they tried to keep the ball, it was soon lost to the buoyant opposition.
Dance scored his second in the 59th minute when he beat the offside trap, dribbled past the onrushing Christov and slotted home to add some real gloss to the scoreline.
And the Waders weren't finished there.
Fifteen minutes from time, a free-kick into the box was met by visiting striker Dan Heron and he volleyed home for the sixth.
He also got his second in the 90th minute to round off a big, if not a little embarrassing victory.
The introductions of Marcus Cumberbatch and the returning Tommy Kiernan provided the battered Citizens with some spark going forward, but there was in truth very little to say from an abject performance at Herns Lane.
Tomkins added: "It will be a tough test against rivals Hertford on Saturday.
"At the moment I haven't got a lot of options with the players I have available.
"But like I said I will be looking to change things around, and will draw a line under tonight's performance."
One thing is for certain, Hertford's record goalscorer Kevin Cooper will be rubbing his hands with glee after this showing!
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