Ladies heat up the turf with West Herts victory after they are only side to beat the ice
PUBLISHED: 07:05 13 December 2017
Welwyn Garden City Hockey Club's ladies warmed their watching fans with a 3-1 victory over West Herts at the Hertfordshire Sports Village.
The ladies were the only one of the club’s teams to play on Saturday, with frozen pitches playing havoc with fixtures.
But the new pitch at the University of Hertfordshire stands up to freezing temperatures much better than the old one and Welwyn took full advantage by moving second in the 5 Counties Women’s Hockey League Premier Division, level on points with leaders Leighton Buzzard.
They started well, causing the West Herts defence problems from the first whistle.
Trinny McCann fed Shannon Tella storming towards goal, and although her shot went just wide, it was a warning sign for the visitors.
And it was one they did not heed as Jane Kinghorn scrambled the ball over the line following a couple of rebounds off the keeper’s pads shortly after.
Lizzie Owen and McCann also went close to doubling the score but the West Herts keeper was up to the challenge.
Welwyn didn’t have it all their own way and they were thankful that Helen Yanni was on the goal-line for a miraculous clearance after goalkeeper Erica Stovold had been beaten by a high flick.
Yanni was able to field the ball in the air and then flick it out of harm’s way as the forwards scrambled to get a touch.
But having survived that, Welwyn got back on the attack and were soon two-up, Tella supplying the cross from the right for the waiting McCann to sweep home.
The best goal of the game came in the second half from a penalty corner. Abbie Woodman had her initial shot blocked by the keeper but as the bouncing ball came back out, she hit a looping shot which flew over the keeper and a defender on the line.
West Herts had a similar attempt at the other end but Stovold dived high to push the ball round the post.
However, the visitors did eventually pull one back from a short corner although Welwyn did have a couple more chances to extend the lead, most notably when McCann broke away with only the goalkeeper in her path.
However, her pass to Tella bounced at the wrong moment and she was unable to connect.