Welwyn Garden City all set for home FA Vase clash

PUBLISHED: 11:02 30 August 2012

Scott O'Donoghue

Scott O'Donoghue


WELWYN Garden City boss Scott O’Donoghue believes revenge should be the only motivation as his side prepare to host London Lions in the First Round Qualifying of the FA Vase on Saturday.

In their first home game of the South Midlands League Division One season, The Citizens fell to a disappointing 3-0 defeat against the Lions, and O’Donoghue believes this can provide the motivation to his troops.

“It’s obviously going to be a very, very tough game on Saturday against the Lions, as they spanked us 3-0 at home,” said the former Hertford Town manager.

“It was obviously very disappointing that day, it was the first home game, people had come down to see the opener, and we just didn’t show up.

“To be honest, I was a bit emabarrassed by it; it was our first home game of the season.

“The lads shouldn’t need any other motivation other than to go out there and prove a point.”

City will go into the game on the back of two league defeats on the trot, whilst London Lions are one of the form teams in SSML Division One, with three wins out of three, having scored nine goals and conceded just one.

On Saturday the Lions continued their blistering form in the FA Cup, where they defeated SSML Premier Division outfit Oxhey Jets 3-1 in the Preliminary Round.

Things weren’t so great, however, for WGC at the weekend.

Despite impressing in the first period away at Kings Langley, The Citizens failed to find the back of the net, and were punished when the hosts netted twice in the second 45.

Mark Draper did score a late consolation from the penalty spot, but boss O’Donoghue was in no doubt as to what the problems are facing his team at the moment.

“It’s really disappointing as that’s now two defeats on the bounce in the league,” he said.

“I think we were good value for a point out of the game; we played really well first half, but a lack of concentration led to us conceding for their first goal, and they went and got a second.

“We have got nine injuries to players at the moment, which is obviously affecting us, and because we have had to chop and change it so far this season, we haven’t managed to get a settled side out.

“We also worked on a formation pre-season, which we felt we could be successful with, but due to player absences we haven’t been able to play it how we want.

“There are also a few players who are not quite doing what we want them to at the moment, but that will come.

“But credit to Kings Langley, they are a decent side, and they got the victory.”

The league defeat means the Herns Lane club have one win, one draw and three defeats from their opening five games.

Following the Vase game against the Lions, it’s back to league action for City as they host Stony Stratford Town next Wednesday (August 5).

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