Kimber's double breaks West Herts
PUBLISHED: 16:54 18 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:05 26 October 2009
NE14HOCKEY East League Division 3SW West Herts 3rd XI 1 Welwyn Garden City 2 A BRACE from veteran Paul Kimber was enough to ensure all three points and keep the second half of the season improvement going for Welwyn Garden City. The Key People sponsored
NE14HOCKEY East League Division 3SW
West Herts 3rd XI 1 Welwyn Garden City 2
A BRACE from veteran Paul Kimber was enough to ensure all three points and keep the second half of the season improvement going for Welwyn Garden City.
The Key People sponsored hockey side put in a great team performance to win away against a strong West Herts 3rd XI on Saturday.
The visitors got off to a flying start and probably had their best opening spell of the campaign.
Every player was winning their tackles and the short passing and movement was exactly what the side had been working towards all season.
They took the lead when David Searle broke down an attack and released Mike Rayner.
He in turn found Kev Leighton out wide and his perfect cross in found Kimber, who had beaten his man to the near post and steered the ball past the keeper.
The combination of Charles Southey and Kimber was splitting the opposition defence apart and it was this combination that set Kev Leighton free again.
His first-time cross was again picked up by Kimber and he fired it into the net to give WGC a deserved 2-0 lead in the first 20 minutes.
It was from this point though that West Herts got back into the game and the WGC defence had to be at their best to keep out numerous attacks.
Alex Welsh had stepped into the defence and was marshalling their centre forward, who did not have a serious chance all game.
His partners, Andy Draper and David Searle, were having to use all their experience in dealing with the constant attacks as the half came to a close.
Unfortunately, one of West Herts' midfielders broke free just before half-time and managed to take his chance and put the ball beyond Richard Leighton in goal to reduce the deficit.
The Watford side attacked after half-time and had it not been for some fine saves from Richard Leighton, WGC would have found themselves in trouble.
The only way that the away side could escape was with some quick counter attacks.
Ashworth broke away on several occasions and Southey used his pace to cause the opposition some concerns.
It was from one such counter that the ball found its way to Ashworth and he flicked it beyond the goalkeeper's reach into the far corner of the net.
However, the goal was disallowed and brought back for an earlier infringement, much to WGC's disappointment.
Mark Bee, who was making his first team debut, put in a great performance with some fine tackling.
West Herts tried desperately to get back in the game. But they could not get past the defensive wall and keeper Leighton put in his best performance of the season with some last-ditch saves and some fine kicking.
WGC could have made certain of the points when they had a three against one situation, but Kimber went for his hat-trick and the chance went begging.
The visitors managed to hang on in the end and deserved their victory.
Welwyn will have a rest next weekend for the Easter break before the last two games of the season.
WGC's next home game is against Royston on March 29 at 1pm.