Five-star performance from Sansom's men
PUBLISHED: 13:59 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:11 26 October 2009
WGC skipper Rob Sansom struck a brace as his side won 5- 2 away at Rickmansworth. Further goals from Keith Reid, David Searle and Charles Southey ensured all three points went to the Welwyn side on Saturday. This all came about despite a slow start from t
WGC skipper Rob Sansom struck a brace as his side won 5- 2 away at Rickmansworth.
Further goals from Keith Reid, David Searle and Charles Southey ensured all three points went to the Welwyn side on Saturday.
This all came about despite a slow start from the travelling team.
A counter-attack by Rickmansworth provided them with a two against one scenario.
The lack of tracking back again proved to be WGC's downfall as the home side took an early lead.
Sansom's side were playing the better of the two teams though, and constantly found Mike Rayner and Mark Wakeling in loads of space down the right-hand flank.
One such move ended up with Southey putting the ball in the back of the net, only to be deemed a foul.
Sansom was then denied by the keeper before Southey went on a fantastic run down the left wing.
He found Reid with his cross, and the forward turned his defender and struck the ball into the corner of the goal.
Having equalised, WGC started to dominate the game.
They finally took the lead when Doug Ashworth had a fine dribbling run that resulted in a penalty corner.
Mark Skilbeck injected and Searle found his captain at the far post with a diving effort.
The Key People sponsored side took this lead into half-time.
The second half started badly as the WGC side lost all cohesion. Skilbeck got caught in possession and Rickmansworth broke and slipped the ball past Leighton to make the game 2-2. WGC pulled themselves through this period of bad play and took the lead again from a Searle strike from another penalty corner.
Andrew Shore, Andrew Draper and Searle were protecting the lead with some fine tackles and interceptions.
WGC finally extended their lead through Sansom, who saw an initial shot blocked but scored from the follow up. Southey finished things off when he chased down a long ball by Wakeling.
The pass deceived the keeper and struck the post, bouncing back into Southey's path for him to make the three points certain.
Southgate Adelaide are next up for WGC on Saturday.