Welwyn Garden City earn point against Cranfield United

PUBLISHED: 16:43 15 February 2011

Simon Braine

Simon Braine


WELWYN Garden City let a two-goal lead slip to draw 2-2 at home to relegation battling rivals Cranfield United on Saturday.

Denis Zadeikis and top scorer Ade Osobu had put Simon Braine’s Citizens in pole position in the SSML Division One clash.

However, Daniel Booden went on to hit a brace for United to earn his side a share of the spoils.

Although City will be disappointed not to have taken all three points after being in a winning position they are showing signs of improvement.

The draw came after the impressive 2-1 victory over high-flying AFC Dunstable.

It is the first time since mid-August that the club has managed to go two league games without defeat.

City started brightly against Cranfield and should have taken the lead, however forward Phil Hayward was unable to take a couple of good opportunities.

United responded and forced keeper Joe Croft into a couple of fine stops.

WGC were not playing all that well, but took the lead on the half-hour mark.

Osobu crossed to the far post for Zadeikis who controlled and poked the ball home.

At the start of the second half Braine replaced Luke Gleeve with Rodney Furness in a bid to take the game to their visitors.

It paid off as Furness found Hayward who crossed for Osobu to nod in his side’s second goal of the day.

The Cranfield keeper then made a crucial save to deny Hayward.

Moments later the ball was at the other end and Booden struck after a corner was not cleared.

The leveller came via a debatable free-kick on the edge of the City box given for a high foot.

The set-piece was sent to the back post when Booden converted.

With 15 minutes to go, WGC kept fighting and piled pressure onto Cranfield.

The home side hit the bar and post, but were unable to regain the lead as the match ended all-square.

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