New year resolution to keep winning going well for both Welwyn’s men and women
PUBLISHED: 11:04 24 January 2019
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.
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 fired them in front from a short corner before Bryony Michaelson levelled for the visitors.
However, a late winner gave them all three points.
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.
Their next game is away at another close rival and the side in third place, Hertford.
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.
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.
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.
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.
But WGC did manage to get their noses in front prior to half-time and it came from an unlikely source.
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.
But Welwyn upped the gears in the second half, taking much more care of the ball, and began to dominate.
Mullens produced a tidy finish for 2-0 and Allmand-Smith got his first of the game shortly after to make it three.
Welwyn continued to harass Royston, allowing Mullens to score his second of the game after some nice interplay involving Rob Sansom.
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.
The result sends them into fifth in East Hockey League Division Three South West with a home game against Bedford on Saturday.