Double delight for dashing City on dull and dreary day
PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 January 2018
The weather might have been bleak but at Welwyn Garden City Hockey Club the smiles were wide enough to brighten even the darkest winter day as both the men and women’s first teams won.
The men recorded a sensational 7-0 win at home to rivals Stevenage in East League Division Three South West, banishing memories of a controversial 2-1 loss to the north Hertfordshire outfit earlier in the campaign.
Despite missing some key players WGC produced a fast start with Rob Sansom sweeping in from the top of the D eluding the goalkeeper’s outstretched arm.
The rest of the half was a cagey affair with the home side wasteful in possession at times and Stevenage looking dangerous on occasions with hard hits towards the D looking for deflections.
With half time approaching Matt O’Connell found himself in space at the back post and slotted home to double the lead.
The second half, however, was one-way traffic with Dan Klinger in the home goal only called upon to make a couple of saves.
Sansom completed his hat-trick with two more classy flicks and Bryn Evans banged in a treble of his own with breakaway goals and some clinical finishes from tight angles.
This was as clinical a performance as WGC have produced all season and will put them in buoyant mood for the trip to basement side West Herts.
The ladies may not have hit the same scoring heights of their male counterparts but the 2-1 win over Bedford 3rds kept them top of the 5 Counties Premier Division.
The Welwyn girls had to work hard for the success and were thankful to sweeper Charlotte Honour who made three goal-line clearances during the course of the game to keep the hosts from scoring more than one.
Welwyn took the lead after a mesmerising run down the right from Annabel Mabin and her cross was met at the far post by Lizzie Owen.
Bedford equalised just after the interval from a well-worked short corner which gave goalkeeper Erica Stovold no chance, but Welwyn continued to press.
Trinny McCann set up the winner as she beat two players on the left and fired the ball across the circle for Owen to sweep in at the far post.
Welwyn host third-placed Bishop’s Stortford 2nds on Saturday.
Elsewhere Kate Whiteland scored all four goals as the 2nds beat Berkhamsted & Hemel 4-3. The 3rds lost though, going down 2-1 to St Neots, Helen Roubickova getting their goal, and the 4ths were also beaten, Carli Johnson and Amelia Pearcy on target in a 4-2 loss to St Albans.