Away day victory for Welwyn following first match of 2008

PUBLISHED: 16:42 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:09 26 October 2009

WELWYN Garden City Ladies started the new year with a 2-1 win in the NE14HOCKEY East League. The Key People sponsored team travelled to Bury St Edmunds and welcomed back some players from injury. Welwyn started strongly, with young newcomer Lauren Allan l

WELWYN Garden City Ladies started the new year with a 2-1 win in the NE14HOCKEY East League.

The Key People sponsored team travelled to Bury St Edmunds and welcomed back some players from injury.

Welwyn started strongly, with young newcomer Lauren Allan linking well up front with Sarah Collins.

Once Bury settled they came back at their visitors.

Keeper Karen Burroughes made two sliding saves to ensure her team were still in the game. The Suffolk side earned a couple of short corners but Gemma Hale and Janet Warrington cleared the initial shots well.

An even first half remained goalless with neither side able to break the deadlock.

Despite a strong start to the second period, WGC found themselves 1-0 down midway through the half.

A Bury St Edmunds player was left unmarked in the D to leave

Burroughes no chance in a two-onone situation.

The side from Herts responded fantastically to this setback.

Sally Warrington and Michelle Gray surged forward from defence to support a series of promising

Welwyn attacks.

Clare Lund and Lucie Warrington worked hard, using both their skill and speed to break through down the right and cross the ball into the danger area.

In a goalmouth melee, Collins and Allan fought tenaciously, earning a penalty flick when the ball hit a Bury foot on the line.

Centre midfield Jane Kinghorn stepped up to level the scores.

WGC continued to pile on the pressure, with Anna Geaves earning a short corner.

Captain Janet Warrington, mother of Lucie and Sally, struck the ball well and Kinghorn was unlucky not to latch onto the rebound.

Moments later Kinghorn dodged round three Bury players to the edge of the D, where she slipped the ball to Dossy Brando on the back line.

Dossy made no mistake in sweeping the ball into the goal from an amazingly narrow angle to win the match.

The remaining five minutes were played out end-to-end as Bury tried to get back into the game.

Welwyn remained calm and composed to claim their first win in 2008.

Mid-table Welwyn entertain division leaders Stevenage at Wodson Park, Ware, on Saturday.

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