First win for Welwyn Garden City Hockey Club’s men
PUBLISHED: 11:50 12 November 2015 | UPDATED: 11:50 12 November 2015
Bryn Evans’ late, late strike handed Welwyn Garden City their first win of the season with a slender 4-3 victory at Bishop’s Stortford 2nds.
The visitors, sitting on just one point from their opening seven Division 3SW matches, began the stronger and were quickly giving Stortford’s backline problems with the pace of Oli Reynolds and Charles Southey.
Through persistence, WGC were able to grab two goals in short succession with Reynolds notching both.
The first came about via a rebound which he flicked into the roof of the net and the second from a deflection, again from a cross, giving the the keeper no chance.
Having forged a two-goal lead, the away side dropped their guard as Stortford scored two goals to equalise.
WGC were not committed enough in defence and Stortford soon pegged them back to parity, the second a shot from the narrow angle which found a gap.
Determined not to lose yet another game, WGC began to advance again and they found their reward on half-time.
Awarded a penalty corner, Evans’ flicked shot beat the keeper but was stopped in front of goal by a Stortford foot. The resulting penalty stroke was converted by Evans to give WGC a 3-2 lead at the break.
Into the second half the away side began to make some poor decisions and were unable to make the most of their chances, leaving the home side to once again draw level inside the final 10 minutes.
A mix-up saw a player have a relatively uncontested shot at goal. With keeper Dan Klinger unsighted, it cruelly found the net.
Determined not to settle for the draw WGC kept pushing forward and also covered well in defence.
In the last few seconds a break down the right saw Evans in possession, his pass was deliberately kicked off by a Stortford defender giving WGC another penalty corner this time at the final whistle, which he converted.
The win moves WGC up one place to third bottom.
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