Welwyn left bewildered after missed chances at St Albans

PUBLISHED: 11:30 30 October 2018

Trinny McCann prepares for a short corner in the match between St Albans 4ths and WGC 1sts. Picture: DANNY LOO

Trinny McCann prepares for a short corner in the match between St Albans 4ths and WGC 1sts. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Welwyn Garden City were left shaking their heads in disbelief as they could only leave St Albans with a 1-1 draw.

Ann Shanahan tries to score from a rebound in the match between St Albans 4ths and WGC 1sts. Picture: DANNY LOOAnn Shanahan tries to score from a rebound in the match between St Albans 4ths and WGC 1sts. Picture: DANNY LOO

The blue-shirted side had taken the lead early on through Trinny McCann and for the remainder of the 5 Counties Women’s Hockey League Premier Division game they continued to pin St Albans back.

Trinny McCann shoots during a short corner routine in the match between St Albans 4ths and WGC 1sts. Picture: DANNY LOOTrinny McCann shoots during a short corner routine in the match between St Albans 4ths and WGC 1sts. Picture: DANNY LOO

However, a combination of post, bar and some superb stops by the Tangerines goalkeeper meant they couldn’t find another way through and a breakaway goal for the hosts midway through the first half meant the spoils were shared.

Harriet Anderson-Bradley shoots from a short corner in the match between St Albans 4ths and WGC 1sts. Picture: DANNY LOOHarriet Anderson-Bradley shoots from a short corner in the match between St Albans 4ths and WGC 1sts. Picture: DANNY LOO

That was a fact that left WGC skipper McCann hugely frustrated.

Ann Shanahan wins the ball back in the match between St Albans 4ths and WGC 1sts. Picture: DANNY LOOAnn Shanahan wins the ball back in the match between St Albans 4ths and WGC 1sts. Picture: DANNY LOO

“We’re so disappointed,” she said. “It feels like a loss which is a cliched thing to say but it’s true. We should have got three points.

Jane Kinghorn goes in for a loose ball in the match between St Albans 4ths and WGC 1sts. Picture: DANNY LOOJane Kinghorn goes in for a loose ball in the match between St Albans 4ths and WGC 1sts. Picture: DANNY LOO

“We were so unlucky. I lost count of the number of chances we had on goal. It would have been into the teens if not more.

Harriet Anderson-Bradley looks for a long pass in the match between St Albans 4ths and WGC 1sts. Picture: DANNY LOOHarriet Anderson-Bradley looks for a long pass in the match between St Albans 4ths and WGC 1sts. Picture: DANNY LOO

“Their keeper was outstanding, I’ve got to give her credit for that. She had a great game.

Jane Kinghorn in the match between St Albans 4ths and WGC 1sts. Picture: DANNY LOOJane Kinghorn in the match between St Albans 4ths and WGC 1sts. Picture: DANNY LOO

“We’ve just got to pick ourselves back up.

Welwyn Garden can't force the ball over the line after hitting the post in the match between St Albans 4ths and WGC 1sts. Picture: DANNY LOOWelwyn Garden can't force the ball over the line after hitting the post in the match between St Albans 4ths and WGC 1sts. Picture: DANNY LOO

“And if we can take the amount of play we had into the next game, especially in their 25, then hopefully we can pick up the three points there.”

Jane Kinghorn holds the ball up in the match between St Albans 4ths and WGC 1sts. Picture: DANNY LOOJane Kinghorn holds the ball up in the match between St Albans 4ths and WGC 1sts. Picture: DANNY LOO

That match is at home to struggling West Herts on Saturday in what has been a stop-start season for the Hertfordshire Sports Village-based side.

Trinny McCann on the ball in the match between St Albans 4ths and WGC 1sts. Picture: DANNY LOOTrinny McCann on the ball in the match between St Albans 4ths and WGC 1sts. Picture: DANNY LOO

Last year they came second but this time around they are firmly in mid-table having won two and drawn two of their opening six games.

Trinny McCann's shot rebounds back off the post in the match between St Albans 4ths and WGC 1sts. Picture: DANNY LOOTrinny McCann's shot rebounds back off the post in the match between St Albans 4ths and WGC 1sts. Picture: DANNY LOO

And, just like other clubs, they are finding player retention difficult at the moment.

Trinny McCann sees a shot saved in the match between St Albans 4ths and WGC 1sts. Picture: DANNY LOOTrinny McCann sees a shot saved in the match between St Albans 4ths and WGC 1sts. Picture: DANNY LOO

McCann said: “We’ve had some players that left and we’ve been struggling for numbers.

Trinny McCann sees a shot saved in the match between St Albans 4ths and WGC 1sts. Picture: DANNY LOOTrinny McCann sees a shot saved in the match between St Albans 4ths and WGC 1sts. Picture: DANNY LOO

“We got a bare 11 this time but it seems to be a different set each week.

“We’ve not really found our form yet this season yet last year we finished as runners-up.

“The problem is any youngsters who come through tend to go off to university. And then you get some who get married or have children.

“Unfortunately that’s just the way of things in women’s hockey.”

The seconds had a better afternoon though as they won 2-0 away to Shefford & Sandy but there were defeats for the thirds and fourths.

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