New year resolution to keep winning going well for both Welwyn's men and women

PUBLISHED: 11:04 24 January 2019

Lizzie Owen on the ball in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

Lizzie Owen on the ball in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Welwyn Garden City Hockey Club are enjoying life ever since Big Ben chimed in the new year and the success continued with two more victories.

Lizzie Owen scores from a short corner to put WGC one up in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOLizzie Owen scores from a short corner to put WGC one up in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

Both the men and the women picked up 4-0 wins one week previous and while the ladies couldn’t match that this week, they did claim an important and hard-fought 2-1 win over near neighbours Potters Bar.

Lizzie Owen scores from a short corner to put WGC one up in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOLizzie Owen scores from a short corner to put WGC one up in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

Lizzie Owen fired them in front from a short corner before Bryony Michaelson levelled for the visitors.

WGC ladies prepare for a short corner in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOWGC ladies prepare for a short corner in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

However, a late winner gave them all three points.

(L-R) Heather Veal and Masie Taylor in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO(L-R) Heather Veal and Masie Taylor in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

It puts them fifth in an extremely-tight 5 Counties Women’s Hockey League Premier Division, just four points behind Berkhamsted Hemel in second and a further point behind leaders Saffron Walden.

Charlie Honour plays the ball away while being closed down by a Potters Bar player in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOCharlie Honour plays the ball away while being closed down by a Potters Bar player in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

Their next game is away at another close rival and the side in third place, Hertford.

Liz Maidment and Shannon Tella both try to win the ball in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOLiz Maidment and Shannon Tella both try to win the ball in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

WGC men, however, were in the same clinical and destructive form as they were seven days earlier although this time they went one better, romping to a 5-0 victory away to Royston.

Alisa Hassan makes a tackle in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOAlisa Hassan makes a tackle in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

The hosts with a relatively youthful side started the game well but the Welwyn midfield kept their shape and restricted the hosts to hopeful balls into the D.

Alisa Hassan closes down Hannah Darcy in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOAlisa Hassan closes down Hannah Darcy in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

Royston also had a lively winger that battled all game to get to the base line but was thwarted time and again by Pete Mullens, who refused to allow him any time or space.

Amy Kee and Trinny McCann battle for the ball in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOAmy Kee and Trinny McCann battle for the ball in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

Mullens also showed his ability to distribute the ball well on his reverse stick, setting up one fast break that ended with Dave Allmand-Smith denied twice by the keeper.

Lucie Bourne takes on Jane Kinghorn in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOLucie Bourne takes on Jane Kinghorn in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

But WGC did manage to get their noses in front prior to half-time and it came from an unlikely source.

Lucie Bourne takes on Jane Kinghorn in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOLucie Bourne takes on Jane Kinghorn in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

Neil Kirby vacated his main role at the heart of the defence before strolling to the top of the Royston D and drilling the ball into the bottom corner.

Potters Bar celebrate drawing level in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOPotters Bar celebrate drawing level in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

But Welwyn upped the gears in the second half, taking much more care of the ball, and began to dominate.

Potters Bar draw level in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOPotters Bar draw level in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

Mullens produced a tidy finish for 2-0 and Allmand-Smith got his first of the game shortly after to make it three.

Potters Bar draw level in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOPotters Bar draw level in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

Welwyn continued to harass Royston, allowing Mullens to score his second of the game after some nice interplay involving Rob Sansom.

WGC ladies earned a 2-1 win over Potters Bar. Picture: DANNY LOOWGC ladies earned a 2-1 win over Potters Bar. Picture: DANNY LOO

And just before the end Allmand-Smith, who was a nuisance throughout, picked up a loose ball and drove through the heart of the Royston defence before firing home.

Masie Taylor goes down in a challenge with Erica Stovold in the lead up to Potters Bar's equaliser in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOMasie Taylor goes down in a challenge with Erica Stovold in the lead up to Potters Bar's equaliser in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

The result sends them into fifth in East Hockey League Division Three South West with a home game against Bedford on Saturday.

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