Betts and Lyon down Hawks

PUBLISHED: 12:23 03 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:22 26 October 2009

South East Women s Combination League Welwyn Garden City Ladies 2 Whitehawk 1 GOALS from Laveena Betts and Naomi Lyon were just enough for WGC Ladies to win 2-1 against Brighton side Whitehawk on Sunday. On a bare, dry pitch the hosts started better than

South East Women's Combination League

Welwyn Garden City Ladies 2 Whitehawk 1

GOALS from Laveena Betts and Naomi Lyon were just enough for WGC Ladies to win 2-1 against Brighton side Whitehawk on Sunday.

On a bare, dry pitch the hosts started better than they had in recent games.

Keeper Verity Crook's wind-assisted clearances proved hard for the Hawks back line to judge.

Faye Rees collected one punt and a better touch would have allowed a strike on goal.

Moments later, fellow striker Lyon ran onto another clearance before finding Betts whose weak shot failed to trouble the keeper.

Whitehawk were repeatedly caught offside as Sheree Oliver marshalled her defence well.

But when the south coast side managed to spring the trap, good recovering tackles by first Vicky Neal and then Sinead Kerr prevented a strike at goal.

On the half-hour two good attacks by the visitors saw first an attempt fired wide then Ella Baker sliced her clearance over her own crossbar.

Welwyn's first goal came shortly before half-time.

Betts collected the ball with her back to goal 20 yards out.

Holding off the close attentions of several defenders, she managed to work enough space to allow her to fire an unstoppable shot in off the inside of the upright.

The second period saw the Lady Citizens push for the cushion of a second goal.

Betts latched onto a poor goal kick before feeding Lyon, who snatched at her shot, putting the ball wide.

It wasn't until the 85th minute that WGC double their advantage.

Fed from midfield, Lyon dribbled inside from the left, where her pass found Jodie Lapish.

Lyon continued her run towards goal, received Lapish's return pass and shot into the bottom corner.

Welwyn conceded in injury time when a quickly taken free-kick was lifted in behind the back line, leaving only Crook between the forward and goal.

As Crook tried to reach the ball, it spilled from her grasp allowing the Whitehawk player with a tap in.

Welwyn travel away to Brighton to play Whitehawk again on Sunday in their return league match.

WGCLFC squad: Verity Crook, Vicky Neal, Sheree Oliver, Ella Baker (Ruth Godden 80), Laveena Betts, Shelley Forster, Nikki Day (Debbie Styles 69), Jodie Lapish, Sinead Kerr, Naomi Lyon, Faye Rees (Laura Shearwood 46).

Subs not used: Steph Belcher,


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