Mullens at the double as Welwyn enjoy glorious day out at sunny Blueharts
PUBLISHED: 07:40 05 October 2018
Welwyn Garden City Hockey Club’s men travelled to Blueharts 3rds and returned with a 3-1 win.
Played in glorious conditions, they had to come from behind but did so thanks to two goals from Pete Mullens and one from Dave Allmand-Smith.
The Hitchin-based side showed their quality early on and only good defence from Ben O’Boyle, Neil Kirby, Nick Pratt, Stuart Stephen and Mullens kept them out.
However, the pressure would eventually tell and a penalty corner was flicked into the net to give Blueharts the lead.
But Welwyn showed their resolve and they were level by half-time.
The ball found its way to Mullens in the D and the left-back hit an instinctive reverse-stick shot into the net.
The second half was much the same as the first with Welwyn facing a lot of penalty corners and pressure.
Goalkeeper Dan Klinger was a rock in goal though and kept them out time and time again and with their confidence growing, the visitors started to push forward.
A quick counter-attack brought goal number two.
Mark Skillbeck and Bryn Evans combined before finding Mullens again showed his skill with the reverse shot as he smashed home his second.
He could have had a hat-trick after combining with Evans and Dan Hatt but was unable to score on his strong side.
They had to face more pressure with both sides aware of how crucial the next goal was but it went the way of Welwyn and was started and finished by Allmand-Smith with a tap-in in front of goal.
Welwyn’s resolve paid off and they continued their winning streak with the final score at 1-3 to Welwyn Garden City.
The women suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat at home to Bishop’s Stortford 2nds in the 5 Counties Women’s Hockey League Premier Division.
*A photo that appeared next to last week’s report was wrongly captioned as a Welwyn player in action. This was not the case and we apologise for the oversight and any inconvenience caused.