Another nine-goal thriller with Stevenage but another loss for Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 16:55 20 February 2019

David Allmand-Smith takes on John Mould in the match between Stevenage v WGC mens 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

David Allmand-Smith takes on John Mould in the match between Stevenage v WGC mens 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage were once again involved in a nine-goal thriller and once again it was the north Herts side who picked up the win in East League Division Three South West.

Laurie Brown lifts a pass past Mark Skilbeck in the match between Stevenage v WGC mens 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOLaurie Brown lifts a pass past Mark Skilbeck in the match between Stevenage v WGC mens 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

The game at Hertfordshire Sports Village at the beginning of November saw promotion-chasing Stevenage win 7-2.

This time round it was slightly closer with WGC losing 6-3.

They were still in touch during a very open second half but they could not stop the prolific Stevenage side, who have now racked up an incredible 90 goals in their 17 league games and sit third in the table.

Welwyn had started the game on a sandy pitch at the Nobel School slowly, conceding possession in the middle and allowing wave after wave of attack from the skilful Stevenage attackers.

David Allmand-Smith fires in a backhanded shot as John Mould tries to block in the match between Stevenage v WGC mens 1's. Picture: DANNY LOODavid Allmand-Smith fires in a backhanded shot as John Mould tries to block in the match between Stevenage v WGC mens 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

A converted short corner followed but Welwyn did start to gain a foothold in the contest, getting into scoring positions from a number of counter-attacks.

A run down the middle from Rob Sansom forced the goalkeeper into a save but he followed up with a lofted shot that was heading straight for the middle of the goal – until it hit the unlucky Dan Hatt on the goal-line.

The hosts were able to extend their lead before half-time with two more goals but Welwyn did manage to find the back of t he net themselves.

Good play down the right from Bryn Evans and Hatt won the visitors a short corner from which Evans made no mistake with a low shot that was slotted home.

Mark Skilbeck fires in a backhanded shot in the match between Stevenage v WGC mens 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOMark Skilbeck fires in a backhanded shot in the match between Stevenage v WGC mens 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

Harsh words delivered by the away skipper did provoke a response from Welwyn, even if they did concede the first goal of the second period.

James Fowler was a dominant presence throughout, bringing the ball out of defence and picking passes from the back and Welwyn reduced the deficit with the goal of the game from Evans, a shot that fizzed into the net off the crossbar.

However, the home side were always a threat on the break and a couple of goals made the game safe.

But the final say was with WGC, Dave Allmand-Smith grabbing the final goal of an enthralling game.

Andy Davies tussles with Dan Hatt in the match between Stevenage v WGC mens 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOAndy Davies tussles with Dan Hatt in the match between Stevenage v WGC mens 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

Welwyn, who are now sixth in the table, have a week off before returning to action on March 2 when they travel to West Herts.

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