Becky's double shoots down Hadleigh
NE14HOCKEY East Women s League Division 2C Hadleigh 0 Welwyn Garden City Ladies 3 STAR shooter Becky Llewellyn scored a double as WGC cruised to a comfortable victory on Saturday. The Key People sponsored Welwyn Garden ladies first team travelled to Ips
NE14HOCKEY East Women's League Division 2C
Hadleigh 0 Welwyn Garden City Ladies 3
STAR shooter Becky Llewellyn scored a double as WGC cruised to a comfortable victory on Saturday.
The Key People sponsored Welwyn Garden ladies' first team travelled to Ipswich to play bottom club Hadleigh in the NE14HOCKEY East League Division 2C.
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The Welwyn team, with five U17 players in their line-up, started brightly and mounted a series of attacks with the ball rarely leaving the forward third of the pitch and this set the pattern for the whole match.
Hadleigh packed their defence and made numerous last-ditch tackles and clearances to keep Welwyn out.
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When the forwards did manage to get in a shot, the Hadleigh goalkeeper saved them and Welwyn were getting very frustrated at being goalless at half-time.
Welwyn improved their passing in the second half, increased the tempo of the game and used the width of the pitch much more effectively.
However, the Hadleigh goal still seemed to lead a charmed life, as Welwyn had two chances cleared off the line and a couple more hit a post.
Eventually, after the Hadleigh goalkeeper had saved yet another short corner, the rebound was fed back to skipper Janet Warrington and her second fierce shot beat the keeper and was stopped on the line by a foot.
Jane Kinghorn made no mistake with the resulting penalty with a firm low flick.
At this stage, Hadleigh managed their first proper attacks and it needed two good saves by keeper Karen Burroughes to keep Welwyn ahead.
With the Suffolk side having to attack, WGC exploited the extra space.
A neat passing move up the left involving Gemma Hale and Grace Mizon put Kinghorn free in the centre.
She found debutante Rosie Hunt in space in the D. She worked the ball past the keeper and Llewellyn had an easy tap-in for a 2-0 lead.
The third goal soon after was the best of the lot and came following some neat passing up the right involving Clare Lund, Kinghorn and Lucie Warrington.
Lucie delivered a fine cross to Llewellyn, who speedily rounded the keeper and slipped the ball home for 3-0.
Welwyn pressed hard for the rest of the match but just could not manage the extra goals their dominance deserved.