Four-goal Southey's Hart break
PUBLISHED: 10:31 09 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:04 26 October 2009
NE14HOCKEY East League Division 3SW Blueharts 3rd XI 5 Welwyn Garden City 1st XI 4 WELWYN Garden City lost a nine-goal thriller at Blueharts in their final game of the season, despite Charles Southey getting on the scoresheet four times. The game really
NE14HOCKEY East League Division 3SW
Blueharts 3rd XI 5 Welwyn Garden City 1st XI 4
WELWYN Garden City lost a nine-goal thriller at Blueharts in their final game of the season, despite Charles Southey getting on the scoresheet four times.
The game really summed up the season for WGC.
At times their play was excellent, and at other times they lost shape and let in goals too easily.
They were about as predictable as the weather, which saw sunshine, hail and rain during the game.
It was a depleted team for the last match of the campaign, with five regular first team starters all absent, so Nick Hume, Mark Beaver and Mark Bee were all called up to make their first starts of the season for the firsts.
Even with a different side, WGC started in control and it was not long before Southey scored his first from a mix up in the Blueharts defence and the loose ball was put away to take the lead.
The hosts came back strongly though and soon equalised before Southey again took WGC into the lead with a fine strike after good build up play from Keith Reid and Mark Bee.
The score stayed the same up to half-time, mainly because of some fine saves from Richard Leighton in goal and some great interceptions from Hume and David Searle at the back.
Straight after the break Southey struck again. This time he scored from a well-worked short corner routine, and it looked like the visitors were in control.
But again some defensive slip-ups were costly as a quick Blueharts counter saw Leighton exposed again and the deficit was reduced.
WGC nearly extended their lead when their captain, Rob Sansom, almost scored but his shot was well saved as it headed into the top corner of the net.
However, it was down to Southey to complete his personal tally of four goals in this game, and 25 goals for the season, to further extend the WGC lead.
It was a fine solo effort that saw him evade a few challenges and round the goalkeeper, only to see his shot hit the post.
He didn't give in though, as he dived full stretch to collect the rebound and put it past the outstretched keeper.
From this point it looked like game, set and match.
However, the Hitchin side had other ideas and for the last 10 minutes WGC just completely fell apart.
Blueharts played the long ball game very effectively and their quick counter attacking stretched the WGC team apart.
It was a crazy period where everything seemed to finish in a goal and at the end of that time Blueharts had snatched a victory from the unlikeliest of positions.
It was an inconsistent overall performance from WGC, like so many this season, which is shown by their mid-table position.
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