Good Evans! Bryn hits three as Welwyn Garden City keep moving up the league table
PUBLISHED: 11:28 02 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:28 02 November 2017
A hat-trick from Bryn Evans kept Welwyn Garden City's fine form going with a 3-2 win away to Bishop's Stortford.
The De Havilland-based hockey club were on a high after last week’s 9-0 success over West Herts and this result helps catapult them up the East Men’s League Division Three South West.
From the beginning they played at a fast tempo and put pressure on Stortford high up the pitch.
Yet despite that it was the hosts who took the lead, thanks to some good passing and a succession of corners.
It was from one of these set-plays that Welwyn struggled to clear the ball and were punished by an unmarked forward deflecting a cross in.
Goalkeeper and captain Dan Klinger had been kept busy with an excellent close-range double save the pick of the bunch.
This early setback prompted Welwyn to wake up and begin moving the ball better.
Mark Skilbeck, Rob Sansom, Jens Van Helden and James Fowler started to take control of the game and created some chances for the athletic Oli Reynolds who came close on several occasions.
Eventually the pressure told and a penalty corner which was despatched expertly by Evans with a perfect drag-flick.
And right on half-time another corner and another flick put the visitors in front.
At the start of the second half Stortford got more into the game and forced the Welwyn defence of Pete Mullens, James Lutrario, Nick Pratt, Neil Kirby and Ben O’Boyle into some last-ditch defending and hard-fought tackling.
Some good corners and shots followed from both sides until 20 minutes before time Evans, the drag flick king, scored again from yet another penalty corner.
That came after good build up play from Matt O’Connell and Sansom.
It looked like an easy win for WGC but Stortford were not done and they kept going, winning several penalty corners, one of which was deflected in.
It gave Stortford renewed energy and from one close in opportunity Klinger made a diving save off his face mask to deny them.
That, together with the strong defence of WGC, kept them at bay until the final whistle.
WGC will look to continue their up surge in form when they host Broxbourne on Saturday.