WGC crash out of FA Cup

PUBLISHED: 14:13 19 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:49 26 October 2009

Stanway Rovers 4 Welwyn Garden City 0 FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round WGC exited the FA Cup at the first stage after a heavy defeat away at Stanway Rovers on Saturday. Citizens manager Dave Cooper has struggled for consistency within his ranks so far in h

Stanway Rovers 4 Welwyn Garden City 0

FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round

WGC exited the FA Cup at the first stage after a heavy defeat away at Stanway Rovers on Saturday.

Citizens manager Dave Cooper has struggled for consistency within his ranks so far in his tenure.

It was the same story again as his team travelled to Colchester in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round.

Both sides started tentatively, each seeking to discover where the weaknesses were in the opposition.

Jason Williams in centre midfield for the Citizens, and perhaps the most consistent performer in the ranks, began to find time on the ball, and in the first 20 minutes, it was difficult to predict the outcome.

However, in the 23rd minute, Stanway beat the offside trap, and a delightful floated ball found its way through to left back Liam Bailey.

He made no mistake from 15 yards out and smashed the ball past Citizens custodian Andy Gibb to give Rovers the lead.

Only three minutes later the hosts got their second.

After three point blank saves from Gibb the ball found its way to Stanway forward Rob Thorne.

He poked the ball home and WGC began to lose confidence.

On the half hour, the home side all-but wrapped up the game.

Again the away defence were caught out by a long ball, and Thorne collected and lobbed over an advancing Andy Gibb to make it 3-0.

To their credit WGC came out for the second half looking like they had something to prove, but they failed to sufficiently test the Rovers keeper.

And four minutes from time, Stanway added some gloss to the scoreline.

Yet again the Citizens defence went walkabout, and Sam Newson netted his fourth goal in three games to send his team through in style.

It's back to SSMFL Premier League action on Saturday, as WGC travel to Tring Athletic.

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