Welwyn Garden City unlucky to lose to Hoddesdon Town

PUBLISHED: 10:48 09 September 2010

WGC's Laurence Rispoli

WGC's Laurence Rispoli


THERE was a real smash and grab job at Herns Lane on Tuesday night as Hoddesdon Town beat Welwyn Garden City 2-0 in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One.

Large portions of the game were spent in the Hoddesdon half, however the Citizens could not capitalise on their possession.

In an entertaining opening period both sides had chances.

Home striker Kieran Wilson nodded a Laurence Rispoli centre goalwards only for Luke Peirce to get a hand to the ball and turn it round the post.

Soon after City’s Martin Skipp struck the bar as his inswinging right wing cross deceived keeper Peirce on 15 minutes.

Less than 60 seconds later the ball was at the other end of the pitch with Jason Sorial, he rounded WGC number one Mark Jessop and crashed an effort onto the bar from a tight angle.

He was not to be denied for long as he raced cleared of the WGC backline, among appeals for offside, carried the ball past Jessop and fired in.

WGC winger Billy Kinsella had an effort ruled out for offside, while Carl Smith and Wilson tested Peirce before the break as City looked for a leveller.

After half-time a quick Hoddesdon free-kick almost caught City out but Sorial missed a gaping goal after Tom Cowell’s ball across the box.

Successive WGC corners and free-kicks failed to produce an equaliser.

They were then punished for a defensive lapse on 75 minutes as Craig Hinton pounced to make ot 2-0 as City failed to clear their lines.

Towards the final whistle Kinsella turned well and fired at Town’s goal, his shot took a deflection but was saved low to his right by Peirce.

City face another stern test on Saturday when they travel to one of the title favourites Berkhamsted.

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