Gallery: Derby joy for WGC
PUBLISHED: 13:56 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:49 26 October 2009
ALEX Welsh, Rob Sansom and Keith Reid all scored as WGC comprehensively won local bragging rights with a 3-1 victory over Stevenage on Saturday. The NE14HOCKEY East League Division 3SW fixture saw a very good all-round performance from WGC against a side
ALEX Welsh, Rob Sansom and Keith Reid all scored as WGC comprehensively won local bragging rights with a 3-1 victory over Stevenage on Saturday.
The NE14HOCKEY East League Division 3SW fixture saw a very good all-round performance from WGC against a side that was top of the table just before Christmas.
WGC handed a first team debut for the season to Richard Winter, who had a fine game at left back, while Mark Wakeling showed why he has been missed in recent weeks with some excellent attacking runs from right back.
The midfield duo of Mike Rayner and Mark Skilbeck controlled the pace of the game, and it was from a fine run from Skilbeck that resulted in the first opportunity.
Sansom collected his ball at the far post, but the captain's diving effort just hit the net on the wrong side of the post.
The WGC goal was not under much threat as Andrew Shore and David Searle stopped most of the attacks that were coming their way.
It was not long until the hosts took the lead at the Hertfordshire Sports Village.
A penetrating run by Doug Ashworth caused problems in the Stevenage area and when the keeper made a save the rebound was fired into the net by Welsh.
Just moments later Skilbeck released Welsh, who made it to the byline and fed the ball into Sansom's path.
A sublime first-time strike nestled in the far corner and WGC took a 2-0 lead into half-time.
WGC had been beaten from exactly the same position in the corresponding fixture earlier in the season.
However, this time WGC were dominating the play. Keith Reid was linking up well with skipper Sansom in attack and Kevin Leighton and Wakeling were causing the opposition left back all sorts of problems.
The North Herts visitors did manage a consolation goal.
Stevenage's central midfielder made a surging run, avoiding a few missed tackles, and set up his forward for an easy goal.
WGC did not panic and should have been rewarded with more goals as the forwards were creating chances.
The points were secured in the end when Welsh put Sansom through.
He took on the defence and a good strike was well saved by the keeper, but Reid was the quickest to react and scored from the rebound.
WGC can take heart from this performance and take it into the next game away at Rickmansworth on Saturday.