WGC beat Watford in Cup Clash

PUBLISHED: 16:54 11 December 2007 | UPDATED: 22:08 26 October 2009

Howard Cowley: “We started off knowing we would have to work hard to keep our defensive shape… To their credit my players did that very well”

Howard Cowley: "We started off knowing we would have to work hard to keep our defensive shape… To their credit my players did that very well"

Welwyn Garden City 3 Watford 2 Herts Senior Challenge Cup first round THE CITIZENS claimed a major scalp as they dumped a Watford side out of the Herts Senior Cup 3-2. Against the odds WGC flew out of the blocks and stormed into a 3-0 half-time lead at

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Herts Senior Challenge Cup first round

THE CITIZENS claimed a major scalp as they dumped a Watford side out of the Herts Senior Cup 3-2.

Against the odds WGC flew out of the blocks and stormed into a 3-0 half-time lead at Herns Lane thanks to goals from Craig Tomkins, David Parkinson and Craig Mackay.

The reserve Hornets side, which included Brazilian Douglas Rinaldi and former England youth internationals Moses Ashikodi and Jordan Parkes, pulled two back through Santiago Aloi and Marvin Sordell but failed to get onto level terms.

Boss Howard Cowley will now take his team to face Conference South's Bishop's Stortford at Woodside Park in the second round next Tuesday (December 18).

The home team started brightly against the side from the Championship club and opened the scoring on 25 minutes.

Forward Craig Tomkins stole the ball off defender Parkes near the corner flag.

He carried in into the box and from an acute angle shot past American keeper Ian Joyce.

In reply Watford came close to levelling but Ashikodi missed the target with a header from a Sordell cross.

However it was WGC who scored next to double their advantage.

A first time Alex Kinsley pass played in Parkinson who hit an effort past Joyce.

Just before half-time the Herns Lane Club extended their lead even further.

Defender MacKay, a Watford season-ticket holder, went forward for a corner and headed it across goal into the top corner.

The second half saw the Hornets get back into the game.

Firstly Aloi scored from a Sordell pull back then the provider turned scorer.

Sordell collected a pass from Piero Mingoia before finding a way past Bartley to make it 3-2.

After the game WGC boss Howard Cowley said: "Obviously it was a fantastic performance by the lads. They fielded six players with first team experience it was not a team of youngsters and trailists.

"We started off knowing we would have to work hard to keep our defensive shape and work to get the ball back when we lost possession. To their credit my players did that very well.

In reflecting about the game he added: "During the first half we were their equal in terms of possession and work rate. We took our chances they had a few half chances but nothing that Simon (Bartley) had to really pull out of the bag.

"We knew they would have a go at us in the second half," he said.

"At 3-2 with 20 minutes to go we kept our shape and didn't panic. We even had chances to make it four through Alex Kinsley and David Parkinson but shots were off target or saved."

On Saturday WGC are due to face Tring Athletic at Herns Lane in the league.

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