Dobney strikes late to earn Welwyn Garden City Ladies share of the spoils
PUBLISHED: 12:50 12 November 2015 | UPDATED: 12:50 12 November 2015
A late goal earned Welwyn Garden City Ladies another valuable point in a free flowing 1-1 derby against Hertford on Saturday.
Hertford have had a good start to the season, are fifth in the table and currently the top Hertfordshire team in the league.
From the start it was WGC who took control as Hertford struggled with their passing game.
With influential players, Abbie Woodman and Nai Walker out injured, Molly Lodge and Emma Floody were called in to the side and both played an outstanding game.
Once again it was fitness levels that dictated the pace of the game.
Hertford’s midfield were no match for the midfield trio of Kay Dobney, Michelle Webster and Becky Llewellyn who were dominant in the first half.
Dobney was unlucky as her efforts were twice cleared off the line.
WGC adjusted the way they played with Floody holding the high ball in the forward position.
This worked well as balls from midfield were rebounding to both Anna Geaves and Sam Barnett.
Together with Llewellyn they ran Hertford ragged earning four short corners and were unlucky not to have taken the lead at the break.
Hertford started the second half with a full press which earned them two short corners, both of which were dealt with calmly by Dobney.
WGC suffered a set-back when Hertford took a surprise lead.
Lifted by the goal, the visitors continued to press and only two superb goal-line clearances by Molly Lodge and Annabelle Mabin kept them in the game.
This was a wake up call WGC needed. From here on Hertford were forced into their own half and pinned down.
In the space of five minutes WGC won three corners and went close to drawing level.
It was during a stoppage for an injury that the ladies received instructions for a full press not allowing their visitors time on the ball for the last six minutes.
Dobney, Webster and Llewellyn kept possession and looked to move the Hertford defence.
This allowed Floody, Barnett and Geaves to create shots on goals.
The visitors held firm following some outstanding attacking play by the forwards which earned them a further short corner.
There was a mistake this time as Dobney produced a blistering shot that left the keeper with no chance.
Hertford tried to come back on the break in the last couple of minutes, but defenders Lisa Sheffield and Lizzie Owen were in no mood to concede.
On Saturday WGC play West Herts.
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