Gallery: Leaders Saffron prove too spicy for WGC

PUBLISHED: 14:07 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:26 26 October 2009

TABLE-toppers Saffron Walden dispatched WGC 2-0 in the NE14HOCKEY East League Division 2C on Saturday. Key People sponsored Welwyn side were missing a few regular players through work commitments and injury. The young and strong Saffron Walden team starte

TABLE-toppers Saffron Walden dispatched WGC 2-0 in the NE14HOCKEY East League Division 2C on Saturday.

Key People sponsored Welwyn side were missing a few regular players through work commitments and injury.

The young and strong Saffron Walden team started well.

Their three fast forwards immediately showed what a hard game Welwyn were about to have.

Crucial tackles on the edge of the D by defenders Sally Warrington and Lisa Sheffield, plus two great kicked clearances by keeper Karen Burroughes, kept them out.

After the initial onslaught, Welwyn began to stamp their mark on the play, only to be denied by the very athletic Walden keeper.

Elspeth Heywood came on at right forward for Welwyn and, together with Clare Lund, found space for some great attacks down that flank.

The Essex side again came back at Welwyn, earning a series of short corners.

Janet Warrington sprinted out quickly to intercept two slip passes, thwarting their attempts on the Welwyn goal, then Gemma Hales deflected a lifted shot over the crossbar for a spectacular save.

Burroughes in the Welwyn goal was called upon to make many varied saves. Play continued at a fast and furious pace, with lots of very competitive, battling midfield play by Jane Kinghorn and Becky Llewellyn.

Lauren Allan came back to help out the Welwyn defence in the closing stages of the first half, with her fitness and harrying play really making a difference and unsettling the Walden midfield.

The score remained goalless at half-time, with WGC knowing their fitness would be tested in the second period.

Disaster struck early in the second half, when a fiercely contested ball flew up into Anna Geave's face and she had to leave the field of play.

Soon afterwards, a period of intense home pressure resulted in Saffron Walden's quick centre forward pouncing on a rebound from a fine diving save by Burroughes to score.

Welwyn responded well, earning a few short corners of their own.

A slip from Heywood to Warrington was fired in, but Dossy Brando couldn't quite add to her goal-scoring record, just missing a touch at the far post.

In the closing stages, the Welwyn defence made a rare mistake, with three players missing a crossed ball.

It was slotted in by the left wing at the far post to make the final score 2-0 to Saffron Walden.

# WGC's 3rd team played possibly their best game of the season against a strong Luton team at the weekend but still lost the match 1-0.

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