Welwyn Garden City players will learn from Corby loss says manager Dean Barker

PUBLISHED: 16:58 27 February 2019 | UPDATED: 16:58 27 February 2019

Manager of Welwyn Garden City Dean Barker on the touchline in the match between Welwyn Garden City v Thame United. Picture: DANNY LOO

Manager of Welwyn Garden City Dean Barker on the touchline in the match between Welwyn Garden City v Thame United. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Dean Barker says the defeat to Corby Town will be a great learning curve for his Welwyn Garden City players.

The Citizens had raced into a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes on Tuesday night thanks to Elliot Bailey’s first goals for the club.

But after pulling one back just before half-time, the high-flying Steelmen proceeded to crush any hopes of victory for the hosts as they cruised to a 5-2 win.

It handed Dean Barker his first loss as manager of the Herns Lane side and while disappointed he felt there was no disgrace in losing to Corby.

Speaking to WHTsport he said: “What a great learning curve for them. We’ve got a lot of young boys who want to progress up the ladder and they’ve seen now what the standard needs to be.

“For 35, 40 minutes we were outstanding, probably the best we’ve played since I came in.

“We can maybe be critical we weren’t three or four up but in the second half Corby showed their experience, putting a lot of balls into the box, and they got their goals.

“Their class told after half-time.”

The City boss also reiterated that their only goal this season is to remain in the Southern League Division One Central.

“We were always going to lose at some point,” said Barker, “and you have to remember the situation we came into.

“Our only target is to stay up. We’ve got 11 games left and we’ll probably need two wins to do it.

“We’ve still got to play Bromsgrove, Peterborough and Corby away so we’ve got some tough games coming up.

“But Elliot scored two great goals and showed he’s going to be a good player for us. His goals will be important and we were obviously missing Jay Rolfe who is a big player as well.

“We’ll be ready for our next game against AFC Dunstable.”

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