WGC Reserves in stalemate with fellow struggles Sporting KFA

PUBLISHED: 09:32 01 April 2009 | UPDATED: 22:16 26 October 2009

WGC Reserves manager Sunny Pal was pleased enough with his side's battling draw against Sporting KFA

WGC Reserves manager Sunny Pal was pleased enough with his side's battling draw against Sporting KFA

AN under-strength WGC Reserves side drew 0-0 with Sporting KFA on Saturday. With several players making themselves unavailable at the last minute, player-manager Sunny Pal was left with just 11 men to field for Welwyn's second string against their Baldock

AN under-strength WGC Reserves side drew 0-0 with Sporting KFA on Saturday.

With several players making themselves unavailable at the last minute, player-manager Sunny Pal was left with just 11 men to field for Welwyn's second string against their Baldock visitors.

The match was a dour affair with both sides' lowly position in the league clearly evident as they struggled to put any meaningful passing moves together.

Welwyn were missing regular strikers Matt Fitzhenry and Ross Philips so scoring goals was always going to prove to be difficult.

Youngster Rob McCabe was stand-in captain and led from the front with a sterling display at centre-back.

Both teams had a few long-range shots which were easily dealt with, but KFA came the closest when a 30-yard effort caught the wind and clipped the top of the crossbar.

WGC showed lots of endeavour with man-of-the-match Rodney Furness instrumental in plugging gaps in midfield.

The second half started brightly for the home side.

The visitors slowly started to increase the tempo and exert greater pressure.

Pal made several fine saves to repel the KFA number nine and McCabe and Greg Sommerville made vital interceptions to ensure the home goal wasn't breached.

Welwyn did have a 15 minute period of possession but didn't trouble the away custodian.

Although KFA shaded the game, City's hard work ensured a well-earned point.

Pal said: "It was disappointing to have so many key players dropping out at the last minute due to various reasons.

"With them in the side I think we would have won comfortably.

"The players that came did a battling job for me and on reflection a point apiece was fair."

He added: "I don't normally like to single players out, but today young Rob McCabe was outstanding at the back and giving him the captain's armband was well merited with his recent displays and his general attitude off the pitch.


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