Lapish inspires Lady Citizens to victory

PUBLISHED: 17:24 21 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:34 26 October 2009

South East Women s Combination League Welwyn Garden City Ladies 3 Gillingham Ladies 0 WGC Ladies returned after a four-week break with a comfortable victory over Gillingham. The Lady Citizens beat the Kent club 3-0 on Sunday to stay in the hunt for secon

South East Women's Combination League

Welwyn Garden City Ladies 3 Gillingham Ladies 0

WGC Ladies returned after a four-week break with a comfortable victory over Gillingham.

The Lady Citizens beat the Kent club 3-0 on Sunday to stay in the hunt for second place in the South East Women's Combination League.

Jodie Lapish scored one goal and created two for Faye Rees in WGC's home win over opponents Gillingham on Sunday.

The Herns Lane side got off to a dream start in their first game for nearly a month when Lapish's cross-shot from the right beat the keeper inside two minutes.

Static defending by WGC moments later presented the Gills with a good chance but a wasteful effort went wide.

Welwyn, comforted by going in front, looked threatening in the early exchanges.

They further extended their lead on nine minutes when Laveena Betts found Lapish, who drove along the right wing before delivering a pinpoint cross that was headed home by Rees.

Opportunities to increase the lead continued to arrive throughout the half, with Rees going close on a couple of occasions, while Sinead Kerr somehow missed with the goal at her mercy.

When the Kent side threatened, Verity Crook in the home goal comfortably dealt with the danger.

The third goal came on 35 minutes and was a mirror of the second.

Lapish was again fed from midfield, ran down the right wing and sent over a cross that the lively Rees met at the near post and bundled into the net.

The half ended without any change to the score, but only after indecisiveness in the Welwyn defence, missing captain Sheree Oliver, gifted Gillingham an opportunity that Crook was happy to see sail wide of her goal.

The second half began with the substitutions of the injured Ella Baker and the lacklustre Naomi Lyon.

Steph Belcher, Lyon's replacement, nearly scored with her first touch but put the ball over the bar.

The second half became very scrappy and was only notable for the chances that fell to Kerr, who shot tamely wide, and Betts, who had an effort cleared off the line.

The Lady Citizens ran out comfortable winners and can still finish second in the league.

However, they will need to be sharper next week when they travel to champions Ipswich whose only defeat this season came in the first league match against Welwyn back in August.


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