Gallery: Little joy for Welwyn Garden City against Royston

PUBLISHED: 09:15 18 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:11 26 October 2009

Royston on the ball against Welwyn Garden City at the Herts Sports Village

Royston on the ball against Welwyn Garden City at the Herts Sports Village

East Men s Hockey League Division 3SW Welwyn Garden City 1 Royston 3 WGC were defeated 3-1 by Royston on Saturday despite taking an early lead at home. The hosts came up against a Royston team that are flying high in the league. An enforced break in game

WGC in action against Royston

East Men's Hockey League Division 3SW

Welwyn Garden City 1 Royston 3

WGC were defeated 3-1 by Royston on Saturday despite taking an early lead at home.

Veteran WGC striker Paul Kimber

The hosts came up against a Royston team that are flying high in the league.

An enforced break in games due to the weather and missing a few key players, the momentum WGC had been building in the league came to an abrupt halt.

The home side took an early lead through Charles Southey, but in the end a last minute goal meant that Royston took the spoils.

This left WGC still figuring out how to beat one of the top three teams in the league.

Opportunities were given to 3rd XI player Dan Lambert, along with Rich Leighton and Alan Clarke from the 2nd XI.

They all impressed in a very competitive match at the Herts Sports Village where WGC started the brighter of the two by creating a few opportunities in the early stages.

The pressure told in the end when the home side took the lead.

Some clever work by Mark Skilbeck released Southey.

His run took him into the area and even though he had the easier option of passing to his screaming captain, he decided on the more showboat option.

He undercut the ball high into the net at a ferocious speed to put his side one up with a sublime goal.

The pressure started to mount on Royston, but as WGC started to pile forward they got caught on the break when one of their penalty corner routines was broken down.

A speedy attack took Royston into the area and they were able to outnumber Leighton in goal and pass it around him to score the equaliser.

Royston started to up the tempo at this point and bar a few fine saves from Leighton and the visiting forwards putting the ball over the top, they should have gone ahead.

WGC kept going though and Paul Kimber was denied by a good save.

The problem was the home side kept winning penalty corners, but could not convert them.

Just before half-time the Royston attack penetrated the defence again and Leighton made a great save.

Unfortunately, the ball was not cleared and the Royston attack pounced to put the North Herts ahead at the break.

WGC carried on in an attacking vein in the second half, but they just could not put the ball in the back of the net.

Again they had numerous penalty corners that were not converted and the pressure that they had was not being rewarded.

Doug Ashworth was trying to work his dribbling skills on the left and Ben O'Boyle was set free on a number of occasions on the right.

Unfortunately on one occasion with just the keeper to beat, O'Boyle's wind up for the shot was nearly as long as this predicted recession - thus giving one of the defenders enough time to get back and make a recovering tackle.

Mark Bee was shoring things up at the back and captain Rob Sansom was becoming a bigger influence in the game as the home side desperately tried to penetrate the visitors' defence.

However, while pushing people forward in an attempt to find the equaliser, Royston scored another breakaway goal with the last hit of the game.

So it was a disappointing first loss of 2009 for WGC.

They must pick themselves up for the away fixture at Stevenage on Saturday.

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