Welwyn Garden City’s 15-game unbeaten streak ends
PUBLISHED: 16:15 29 October 2013 | UPDATED: 16:15 29 October 2013
The Citizens’ 15-match unbeaten run ended at Kings Langley on Saturday and manager Adam Fisher was not there to see it.
Fisher, employed by Skrill Conference club Barnet as a community coach, was required to attend their FA Cup tie with Concord Rangers and how the Herns Lane boss, who has created a club record winning streak of 11 victories, was missed.
In the opening 45 minutes, WGC gave one of their most incohesive displays this season and surely boss Fisher would not have stood for such a lacklustre performance, for long.
To cap a miserable afternoon for the visitors, they had skipper Liam Kenna sent off in the closing moments, for raising his arm to an opponent in an innocuous bout of little more than jostling off-the-ball.
He will now miss WGC’s trip to Ely City in the FA Vase second round.
Langley took the lead on 12 minutes as Dean Hitchcock struck a 30-yard drive past Joe Croft into the bottom corner.
Croft made a double save to thwart the home side’s Adam Hallissey and then five minutes from the break WGC defender Carl Costain made a goalline clearance to prevent Lewis Pritchard adding a second.
The WGC bench, led by new first-team coach Chris Benton, did manage to rouse their side to a much better second half showing.
WGC’s prolific twin strike force of Joel Norris and Jason Caswell had been successfully shackled and it was not until the 53rd minute that 22-goal Caswell had his first effort on goal, pulling a shot wide after work by Juan Cifuentes and Sean Brettell.
Langley remained dangerous and full-back Jackson struck a strong effort just over Croft’s bar and Joe Gallagher was also just off-target.
Ben Awad and Ade Osobu were introduced for WGC, but although the visitors now had much more possession and were dominating, they could create little close to goal.
Then three minutes from the end, they made their best chance of the game, Norris slanting in a long cross to the back post. Osobu missed his header, and defender Sam Perrin put his headed effort just wide.
A minute later Kings Langley had a second major escape as their captain Craig Preston attempted a headed back-pass but overdid it as the ball cleared his keeper and the bar by inches.
There was still time for Kenna to receive his red card, to complete one of WGC’s more forgettable displays.
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