WGC boss rues missed chances

PUBLISHED: 13:26 21 March 2008 | UPDATED: 09:44 27 October 2009

WGC boss Howard Cowley

WGC boss Howard Cowley

Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division Hanwell Town 3 Welwyn Garden City 0 CITY boss Howard Cowley was left to rue missed chances at one end and poor defending at the other as his side lost 3-0 to Hanwell Town. Despite playing the better footbal

Striker Craig Tomkins missed a sitter

Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division

Hanwell Town 3 Welwyn Garden City 0

CITY boss Howard Cowley was left to rue missed chances at one end and poor defending at the other as his side lost 3-0 to Hanwell Town.

Despite playing the better football and dominating possession for long periods, WGC failed to find the back of the net on Tuesday night.

The away side came close to breaking the deadlock after eight minutes when Dan Griggs fired just wide of the far post.

Soon after striker Craig Tomkins should have netted.

After getting past two defenders, the big forward rounded the keeper but somehow managed to miss an open goal and hit the crossbar from inside the six-yard box.

It was a costly error as on 28 minutes Hanwell took the lead in fortunate circumstances.

A long throw was only half cleared to Stefan O'Brien.

His effort at goal took a wicked deflection off WGC's Richard Teixeira and ricocheted into the back of the net.

The Citizens created enough openings in the first period to go into the interval in front but they just could not find a breakthrough.

Of the first half Cowley said: "We missed chance after chance, including an embarrassing miss by Craig Tomkins.

"They took the lead with a deflected shot which came off Richard Teixeira.

"There was nothing he could do about it but it was against the run of the play."

The visitors again played well after the break but could not find a way through.

Forward Jake Parratt had a header well saved by home stopper Jakub Machlowski.

Town doubled their advantage just after the hour mark, again against the run of play.

They won a free-kick from their first real attack after the break.

Dan O'Callaghan's set-piece hit the City wall.

The ball was not cleared by the WGC defence and Mark Gallagher took advantage to fire in for the hosts.

With the clock ticking down, Tomkins had another effort at Town's goal but blasted over.

Ryan McIntosh netted Hanwell's third with 10 minutes to play after a surging run from Gallagher.

It could even have been four but for a fine Simon Bartley save from McIntosh at the death.

Victory for the Middlesex club was their 17th league win of the season.

It was the second time this term that the Citizens had lost 3-0 against them after they were beaten by the same scoreline at Herns Lane back in October.

A frustrated Cowley said: "On one hand we had the better of the play and outplayed Hanwell for long periods, but we lost 3-0."

After going one behind in the first 45 minutes, the manager was particularly annoyed by Hanwell's second goal.

Cowley said: "They had a free-kick which bounced around our area and we failed to clear and they smashed it in.

"They and I couldn't believe it and I was fuming at our poor defending."

He added: "The score flattered them hugely. That's what happens if you don't get the ball in the net and then make silly mistakes."

Despite the defeat, Cowley has been pleased by his side's recent performances.

"We have played really well in the last three games," he said.

"We didn't deserve to lose to Langford, we won on Saturday and then played well but lost to Hanwell."

Cowley's troops are back in action tomorrow (Saturday) away to Holmer Green.

They travel to Aylesbury Vale for another league fixture next Tuesday (March 25).


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