Narrow hockey loss for Welwyn Garden City’s men to league leaders

PUBLISHED: 12:08 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:08 20 March 2017

Bryn Evans holds up for WGC

Bryn Evans holds up for WGC

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Time ran out for WGC’s men on Saturday as they fell to a 3-2 loss to league leaders Berkhamsted.

With a full squad, WGC had gone into the game hoping to turn around the 6-1 defeat from earlier in the season.

WGC started with a new formation designed to neutralise Berkhamsted’s key goal scorer who scored five of the six goals last time.

This was achieved by man of the match Peter Mullens stepping out of the defensive line to instead man mark the dangerous forward.

Both teams started well with the visitors having a little more of the possession.

Welwyn created chances as some skill in midfield by Mark Skillbeck, Mullens and Jens Van Helden created through balls to Rob Sansom and Bryn Evans but the keeper came out well make the saves.

WGC’s attacking play was rewarded when an aerial ball by Van Helden was picked up by Evans who drove forward, beat his defender and shelled the ball into the top corner.

The lead was not long-lived as a turnover close to the WGC D gave Berkhamsted a shot from the top of a crowded D that beat unsighted keeper Dan Kilnger.

Berkhamsted pushed more and Welwyn made them work for chances as the efforts either broke down or were well saved by Klinger as the first half ended 1-1.

A second half short corner handed Berkhamsted a 2-1 lead.

They added to that with a third as this time a short corner ended with a strike deflected high by Mullens, beating Klinger who had set for the low shot.

With Berkhamsted 3-1 in the lead WGC changed tactics and started pushing up to create chances.

Berkhamsted had no choice but to fall back as Welwyn started creating a number of half chances and finally won several short corners.

Evans was able to get his second through a well-taken drag flick to bring it back to 3-2.

Welwyn continued to push with a number of circle penetrations coming to nothing.

Evans, Sansom and Van Helden came close to equalising, but WGC ran out of time to get the equaliser.

They now go into the final game of the season on Saturday against derby rivals Stevenage knowing a win will secure them fourth place in a closely fought top half of division 3SW.

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