Grace's stroke settles derby clash

PUBLISHED: 16:51 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:05 26 October 2009

Ladies Hockey Welwyn Garden City Ladies 1 Hertford 0 WGC Ladies claimed a narrow triumph over local hockey rivals Hertford in a friendly at the weekend. The first match of the new year for WGC s 1st XI, played at de Havilland, saw them take a 1-0 win. W

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Welwyn Garden City Ladies 1 Hertford 0

WGC Ladies claimed a narrow triumph over local hockey rivals Hertford in a friendly at the weekend.

The first match of the new year for WGC's 1st XI, played at de Havilland, saw them take a 1-0 win.

Welwyn started very strongly with centre forward Sarah Collins earning a short corner within minutes of the start.

Captain Janet Warrington stepped up from her sweeper position to receive the ball and struck it well, missing the left post by millimetres.

Again the hosts pressed forward and were soon rewarded with a penalty flick when a Hertford player was deemed to have deliberately used the back of her stick in the circle.

Youngster Grace Mizon stepped up to take her first ever penalty stroke in a match situation, putting Welwyn 1-0 ahead with only 10 minutes gone.

Hertford responded well and Karen Burroughes in the Welwyn goal was called upon to make some cool saves.

It was a kick from Burroughes which led to a great counter-attacking move up the right for the hosts.

Anna Matheson found Clare Lund and allowed Tasha Johnson a one-on-one with the Hertford goalie, but she saved well.

The score remained 1-0 to WGC at half-time.

Welwyn began strongly after the interval with Sally Warrington using her skill to make some incisive runs at the Hertford midfield.

Great passing play between Aimee Chatfield and Anna Geaves was thwarted by the solid Hertford right defender.

The match became very even with some flowing hockey from both sides, but neither created many genuine scoring chances.

A game played in an excellent spirit saw the score remain 1-0 to the home side.

WGC Ladies 1sts travel to Bury St Edmunds this Saturday to resume their league season and will hope for more success.

Also in action last weekend were the club's other women's teams.

The seconds slipped to a 3-0 defeat in their league match with top-of-the-table West Herts.

Saffron Walden, also top of their table, beat the thirds 6-3.

Finally, WGC 4ths made a winning start to 2008 with a league victory over local rivals Allenbury's in their first competitive game back after the Christmas break.

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