Leighton sent off as Welwyn Garden City beat Stevenage rivals
PUBLISHED: 17:21 24 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:55 26 October 2009
East Men s Hockey League Division 3SW Stevenage 2nds 2 Welwyn Garden City 4 WGC put in a poor display at Stevenage 2nds on Saturday, but still came away with a 4-2 victory. Goals from Paul Kimber, Charles Southey, Ben O Boyle and David Searle covered up
East Men's Hockey League Division 3SW
Stevenage 2nds 2 Welwyn Garden City 4
WGC put in a poor display at Stevenage 2nds on Saturday, but still came away with a 4-2 victory.
Goals from Paul Kimber, Charles Southey, Ben O'Boyle and David Searle covered up a disjointed team effort from the visitors against their bottom of the table hosts.
Things were not helped for WGC by a red card awarded to Kevin Leighton right at the beginning of the second half.
It had all started so well for WGC.
Within two minutes a superb tackle by Southey was followed by a fine run at the defence.
He offloaded to Kimber, who took on the last defender and the keeper before slotting the ball in from a tight angle.
Stevenage came back into the game and their centre midfield duo were performing well.
It seemed the Stevenage players were always quicker to the ball. They also had a large number of penalty corners awarded to them.
However, the WGC defence and keeper James Florence kept them at bay.
Nothing was going right for the away side though.
Most of their attacks were breaking down and they seemed to lose possession as soon as they had regained the ball.
It didn't help that they were not being given any decisions by the umpires either.
Fortunately for WGC, they scored just before the break.
A breakaway goal was created this time by Kimber and he repaid the debt from the first goal to Southey, who swept the ball home.
WGC tried to put right a few wrongs at half-time and it seemed as though it was paying off.
First some good interplay by Mark Skilbeck and Mike Rayner set Kimber away.
He held the ball up and laid it back to Rayner, who played a one- two with Southey and then went agonisingly close with the ball missing the goal by a whisker.
WGC captain Rob Sansom then took a quick free-hit and found Kimber free on the left.
He picked out O'Boyle, who waltzed into the area and smashed home his first goal for the club.
Stevenage did then score a deserved short corner to bring them back in the game, but the next incident was a turning point.
Leighton was penalised for winning the ball, unfortunately the WGC team had complained bitterly about a few decisions.
A number of green cards had been shown and for Leighton it was one disrepute too many as he was shown the yellow card.
His frustration boiled over about the unfairness in the punishment.
Leighton received a red card for saying what most of the WGC team were thinking.
The red card was the right decision as Leighton's actions could not be condoned.
What it did mean was that WGC were reduced to 10 men for the majority of the second half.
Stevenage battled valiantly to get back into the game, and if they had put away a number of chances that fell to them they could have got back into the game.
However, WGC extended their lead with a Searle penalty corner, which was just as well as Stevenage scored through their own penalty corner to set up a tense finish.
In the end a combination of poor finishing from Southey and Skilbeck and a brilliant goal-line clearance from Searle ensured the score stayed 4-2 and WGC took the three points.
WGC host Rickmansworth this coming Saturday.