Welwyn Garden City boss Adam Fisher praises his bright stars in the Herns Lane gloom
PUBLISHED: 11:42 27 November 2014 | UPDATED: 12:21 27 November 2014
“A victory that can win you titles” is how Welwyn Garden City boss Adam Fisher described Wednesday night’s win over Hertfordshire rivals, Baldock Town.
Both sides fought the fog at Herns Lane to complete their Spartan South Midlands League Division One clash, with Daryl Smith’s “ghost” goal settling proceedings.
The Citizens still remain four games behind their nearest league rivals, after a spate of cup games, but this win will live long in the memory if the campaign has a happy ending.
Fisher told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “We came into the game still unbeaten and with teams dropping points at the weekend, it was important for us to get another three points here against a side who I expect to be up in the top five this season.
“It was definitely one of those games where the pitch and conditions made the game tough and in my mind, it is a victory that can win you titles.
“It can’t be pretty every week so I am really, really happy we managed to grind that out.”
Without the patience of the officials, the game would perhaps have been a non-starter and Fisher was quick to praise their handling of the situation.
Fisher continued: “The referee spoke to both managers beforehand and we agreed to give it a go. I think it got better as the game went on. The officials did really well to manage the game the way they did considering it was two top three sides in action. They got everything spot on.”
Welwyn Garden City hold far and away the best defensive record in the division, only conceding three goals in their 13 encounters, a marked improvement from last season.
Fisher said: “We scored over 100 goals last year but we also almost let in two goals a game average so we knew we had to change our thinking.
“We worked on it over the summer and we have put all our hard work into practice so far. We have won three or four games 1-0 while still hammering some other teams 5-1 or 6-1, but we are keeping our concentration even with big advantages, which is key.
“We brought in a couple of players which have tightened up the defence as well so that has helped us become stronger.”
The Herns Lane side now have five successive games on the road but after winning all six of their opening away league fixtures this year, Fisher is unconcerned.
He said: “Just like with our defence last year, I did not feel our away games were particularly strong either so it was something else to work on.
“We have had some long trips already to the likes of Stony Stratford in Buckinghamshire so we aren’t worried. We just know we have to keep getting the wins to keep the momentum going.”
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