Welwyn Garden City beat Gillingham Ladies at Wodson

PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:33 26 October 2009

South East Women s Combination League Welwyn Garden City Ladies 2 Gillingham Ladies 0 WELWYN Garden City Ladies kicked off their stay at Wodson Park with a 2-0 victory over a tough Gillingham side. With highly-rated stopper Verity Crook still injured, Ni

South East Women's Combination League

Welwyn Garden City Ladies 2 Gillingham Ladies 0

WELWYN Garden City Ladies kicked off their stay at Wodson Park with a 2-0 victory over a tough Gillingham side.

With highly-rated stopper Verity Crook still injured, Nicole Hogan did the goalkeeping duties again.

She was rarely troubled as the defence of skipper Sheree Oliver, Debbie Styles and Vicky Neal - returning to action despite the nasty injury sustained in the County Cup the previous week - closed ranks on the Gillingham attack.

The Lady Citizens started brightly at Ware's ground and soon took the lead in the sixth minute.

Following an exchange of passes between Jody Lapish and Shelley Forster in the centre circle, the latter sent a perfectly weighted pass forward.

Sophie Thompson gathered despite the close attentions of a defender, rounded the goalkeeper's despairing dive and calmly passed the ball into the net to make it 1-0.

Naomi Lyon went close to making it 2-0 five minutes later following confusion in the Gillingham defence.

A back pass to the Kent club's keeper took her by surprise and the ball bounced off her leg to the ever-dangerous Thompson.

Seeing Lyon in a better position, she quickly flicked the ball to her but Lyon's shot was cleared by a defender with the goalkeeper nowhere to be seen.

Chances from Laveena Betts and Lyon went close but the Gillingham defence was difficult to breakdown and chances were few.

Stand-in Welwyn stopper Hogan made an important save on the half-hour when she did well to hold on to firmly hit deflected shot.

Welwyn carried on in the second half where they left off in the first as they pressed for the all-important second goal.

Forster went close with a long-range shot in the 50th minute and five minutes later Betts jinked past a defender but her shot went just over the bar from 20 yards.

WGC made the game safe in the 83rd minute.

Faye Rees crossed from the right and the ball found its way to Betts, whose shot took two deflections before it fell to Gillings.

With her back to goal, she turned on a sixpence and rammed the ball home from the edge of the area to make it 2-0, much to the relief of the home crowd.

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