Lyon's pride as WGC beat Hawks
PUBLISHED: 16:36 10 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:57 26 October 2009
South East Women s Combination League Whitehawk 1 Welwyn Garden City Ladies 2 NAOMI Lyon and Dawn Mallett scored the goals in WGC Ladies comfortable 2-1 win at Whitehawk yesterday (Sunday). The Lady Citizens are now playing for second place in the Sout
South East Women's Combination League
Whitehawk 1 Welwyn Garden City Ladies 2
NAOMI Lyon and Dawn Mallett scored the goals in WGC Ladies' comfortable 2-1 win at Whitehawk yesterday (Sunday).
The Lady Citizens are now playing for second place in the South East Combination as leaders Ipswich reached an unassailable position at the top following their win against lowly Gillingham.
WGC played large parts of the opening period camped inside their hosts' half, as the Brighton-based side found great difficulty in clearing their lines.
Jodie Lapish and Laveena Betts both put early efforts wide, while Lapish was also commanding in the air defensively, dealing well with many clearances from the Hawks defence.
Verity Crook in the WGC goal had one moment of concern in the first half when she had to cut out an attempted chip on 13 minutes.
Other than that, she was a virtual spectator until very late in the game.
Lapish forced the home stopper into a smart tip over when she met Nikki Day's corner on 20 minutes.
Lyon opened the scoring in injury time at the end of the half.
Betts received Sinead Kerr's pass 25 yards from goal and played the ball towards the Hawks area where an attempted clearance was skewed into Lyon's path.
Seizing her chance, Lyon placed the ball high into the net.
The second half followed the pattern of the first.
WGC dealt comfortably with any sporadic attacks, while never creating many clear-cut chances of their own.
Lyon did go close for the Herns Lane side midway through the half but saw her shot rebound off the post.
The Herts team finally increased their advantage on 68 minutes when a long clearance bounced over the Hawks back-line to the lively Mallett, who shrugged off the attentions of a defender before placing her shot into the bottom corner.
Vicky Neal's crunching tackle with five minutes remaining snuffed out the first attack of any substance from the Brighton team and from the resulting corner Crook put enough pressure on a forward to avert the danger.
A quick counter deep into added time caught the visiting defence ball watching, allowing the advancing Hawks player to place her shot under the advancing Crook for a consolation goal.
WGC now focus on next Sunday's County Cup Final with Watford Ladies at Letchworth, kick-off 2.30pm.