Bells ring out after WGC win
PUBLISHED: 12:44 21 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:25 26 October 2009
South East Women s Combination League Welwyn Garden City Ladies 2 Bedford Town Bells 1 NAOMI Lyon s first-half goal sent WGC Ladies on the way to victory over Bedford Town Bells in a rearranged game on Wednesday night. Lyon s strike and an own goal soon
South East Women's Combination League
Welwyn Garden City Ladies 2 Bedford Town Bells 1
NAOMI Lyon's first-half goal sent WGC Ladies on the way to victory over Bedford Town Bells in a rearranged game on Wednesday night.
Lyon's strike and an own goal soon after half-time proved just enough to claim all three points and lift the Lady Citizens into third place in the South East Women's Combination League.
WGC started much brighter then in several recent games, winning a succession of corners inside the first five minutes.
However, it was not all one-way traffic as Verity Crook had to make a couple of good stops from Bedford's pacy Kelly Bingham.
Laveena Betts' good close control drew a foul just outside the Bells area and Dawn Mallett grazed the bar from the resulting free-kick.
Mallett's pass on 16 minutes found Lyon, who shrugged off the close attentions of a determined defender before sliding the ball home to put the hosts 1-0 up.
Lyon almost doubled the lead when Sophie Bailey's excellent pass midway through the half was collected by Bedford's keeper bravely diving at Lyon's feet.
Both teams created chances before Ali Hayes' goal for visitors Bedford on 44 minutes levelled the scores.
A clearance from the Bells defence was allowed to bounce and Hayes reacted quickest to the ball.
She drove towards Crook's area and her cool lob found the net.
The Lady Citizens started the second half firmly on the front foot.
Mallett had two shots saved inside the first minute, before delivering a corner into the heart of the visitors' area.
Under pressure from WGC skipper Sheree Oliver, defender Suzy Albon kicked the ball towards her own goal.
In the ensuing panic, another defender sliced the ball into the net to restore the Herns Lane side's lead.
Another ball was pumped forward by Bedford's defence on the hour and again Hayes closed in on goal.
This time though, an agile save from Crook prevented an equaliser at the expense of a corner, from which the Bells had a solid claim for a goal turned down.
The ball was headed against the underside of the bar before rebounding towards the goal-line and out into the six-yard box where a grateful Crook gathered.
The officials waved away the protests of several Bedford players for a goal.
This was followed by a scrappy period of the game during which several bookings followed.
Oliver's weighted pass on 87 minutes caused confusion for the visiting stopper and Mallett just got a toe to the ball first, only to see it hit the post and roll away to safety.
Bingham then had a chance to level in injury time but a bobble saw the opportunity wasted and WGC held on to win 2-1.
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