Gallery: Disallowed goal costs WGC a win against Bedford

PUBLISHED: 16:39 03 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:19 26 October 2009

WGC on the backfoot against Bedford

WGC on the backfoot against Bedford

East Men s Hockey League Welwyn Garden City 2 Bedford Town 2 WELWYN Garden City controversially had a goal ruled out which in the end cost them victory against Bedford on Saturday. At the end of play the score was 2-2, but the hosts were left to rue a ha

David Searle on the ball for Welwyn Garden City

East Men's Hockey League

Welwyn Garden City 2 Bedford Town 2

WELWYN Garden City controversially had a goal ruled out which in the end cost them victory against Bedford on Saturday.

At the end of play the score was 2-2, but the hosts were left to rue a harsh decision against them.

The game beat the cold weather snap but WGC could not beat a very well organised Bedford Town, despite goals from Paul Kimber and Mike Rayner.

This still means that WGC have continued their good form and if it was not for a debatable decision to rule out a Pete Mullens 'goal' they would have taken all three points.

The early part of the game at the Herts Sports Village was run by WGC. Although Bedford had a fair bit of the ball, the visitors were not making any inroads into the WGC area.

However, the home side were causing their opposition problems whenever they made an attack.

They should have taken the lead when Kimber missed the ball with the goal at his mercy after good work down the left wing from Doug Ashworth.

Charles Southey then went on a run that resulted in the goalkeeper pulling off a fine save.

Bedford then scored with a breakaway goal after WGC got caught far too far forward.

This left their skilful forward with the chance to slot past the exposed James Florence in goal.

WGC hit back quite quickly when 'Mr Assist' David Searle picked out Kimber at the far post.

The ball was simply nudged home by the veteran forward.

Then came the contentious decision. A foul was committed on WGC in the area and in a flash Mullens had the ball in the net.

However, instead of advantage being played WGC were handed a penalty corner rather than the goal.

It remained 1-1 at half-time and the hosts could be happy with the display as they were missing four of their first team squad.

Alan Clarke was filling in at left back and had a great first period as he made vital tackles at important times.

Clarke was backed up by the ever- improving Mark Bee, who never gave his centre forward an inch.

The second half continued in much the same vein.

Rob Sansom put Southey through only for the prolific scorer to shoot just wide.

WGC then took the lead when Southey made a mazy run down the right flank and found midfielder Mike Rayner in space.

He composed himself before placing the ball into the corner of the goal.

Bedford then equalised when a fine move down the right resulted in the ball being pulled back for a visiting forward to sweep home.

WGC had a great chance to steal the points late on when a one-two between Southey and Kimber resulted in the keeper making a fine save. The ball fell to Mullens, who fired wide of the unattended net.

So the honours were even and it turned out to be a hard won point for the WGC side who head for Berkhamsted on Saturday.

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