Flag day for Welwyn as Warriors beat East Grinstead

PUBLISHED: 11:02 05 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:37 26 October 2009

WELWYN Warriors Lacrosse Club had its first Flags game against divisional rivals East Grinstead last Saturday. Having never made it out of the first round of Flags in the lacrosse club s short history, and facing a strong East Grinstead team, it was to be

WELWYN Warriors Lacrosse Club had its first Flags game against divisional rivals East Grinstead last Saturday.

Having never made it out of the first round of Flags in the lacrosse club's short history, and facing a strong East Grinstead team, it was to be a big test for the Warriors.

However, all the Welwyn players were up for the challenge.

In a game filled with hard hits and rough play, the Warriors went on to defeat a tough East Grinstead team 9-4.

Action picked up in the first quarter with goals from Henry Farrell, who scored a season high four goals on the day.

Long-time veteran Roger Ball, who played his first game of the season for the Warriors, proved to be a very valuable addition to the team, scoring two and igniting the Welwyn offence.

It was to be the Warriors' hard-hitting defence and aggressive goalkeeping that would set the tone for the game, holding East Grinstead scoreless in the first quarter.

Intensity picked up in the second quarter as multiple minutes in the penalty box hindered both teams on offence.

There was a combined two goals from both teams in the quarter.

After a hard hit from the Welwyn defence, talk was exchanged between opposing players and flags were thrown.

When asked about the retaliation penalty from East Grinstead, starting Welwyn defender Lucas Salmon said: "Hitting is apart of the game, some teams accept it, and some teams do not take to kindly to it."

This intense style of play would not prove costly for the Welwyn Warriors as they regained their composure and took a comfortable 4-1 lead going into the half.

The second half went in Welwyn's favour as East Grinstead continued to provide man-up opportunities for the Warriors' offence, who took full advantage of these situations.

Four out of five goals in the second half came from uneven situations and East Grinstead's inability to keep their composure led to their demise.

The game finished with a 9-4 victory for the Warriors, who made it to the second round of the flags tournament for the first time in club's history.

The Warriors will look to defeat a top seeded team in Spencer away on Saturday.

* If you or someone you know is interested in playing lacrosse for the Warriors, you can find more information about the club at www.welwynlacrosse.co.uk

Welwyn have expanded their club impressively by adding an additional senior men's side into the SEMLA East Division 2 and starting a new senior women's team into the SEMLA league.


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