Gallery: WGC suffer agonising defeat
PUBLISHED: 17:08 24 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:40 26 October 2009
NE14HOCKEY East Men s League Division 3SW Welwyn Garden City 1st XI 5 Bishop s Stortford 3rd XI 6 WGC lost out to a last-gasp killer blow in an 11-goal thriller in their home fixture against Bishop s Stortford 3rds on Saturday. A brace each for captain
NE14HOCKEY East Men's League Division 3SW
Welwyn Garden City 1st XI 5 Bishop's Stortford 3rd XI 6
WGC lost out to a last-gasp killer blow in an 11-goal thriller in their home fixture against Bishop's Stortford 3rds on Saturday.
A brace each for captain Rob Sansom and Paul Kimber, plus a first goal of the season for Mark Skilbeck, were not enough to secure any points for the Key People sponsored side.
The Herts Sports Village-based team could not have got off to a worse start on Saturday.
They found themselves 4-0 down after 20 minutes due to an inability to tackle and some harsh decisions going against them.
All four goals were scored from well worked routines at penalty corners and the WGC defence just seemed to have no answers to the Stortford strikers.
WGC started to improve towards the end of the first half and David Searle went close from a short corner.
However, Sansom's men went in at half- time with a big deficit to make up.
A change of tactics and a renewed vigour saw WGC almost pull off one of the all-time great comebacks.
Captain Sansom started the ball rolling as he connected to a cross from Kevin Leighton and turned the ball into the far corner from a first-time strike.
A breakaway goal from Bishop's Stortford could not stop a determined WGC outfit. They cut the deficit after some fine work from Keith Reid found veteran Kimber, who dispatched his first goal of the game.
Skilbeck then produced a very skilful touch that sent the keeper the wrong way and it looked like WGC could still snatch an East League Division 3SW point.
The visiting captain was sent to the sin- bin and during this period Sansom struck again.
He picked the ball up in his own area and ran the length of the pitch, drawing the defence and laying the ball off to Charles Southey.
The striker hit the ball really well and only the facemask of the keeper kept the ball out.
The rebound deflected to Sansom, who calmly flicked the ball into the net.
Kimber then drew the sides level at 5-5 with a goal from an acute angle and it looked like WGC had done enough.
However, a cruel decision in the last minute resulted in another penalty corner for the Stortford side.
The visitors gratefully took the opportunity to stick the knife in and deny WGC a share of the spoils.
WGC face high-flying Winchmore Hill and Enfield next weekend.