Not pretty at times but Welwyn Garden City find success against West Herts
PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 February 2018
It wasn't pretty but Welwyn Garden City Hockey Club won't mind too much as they beat West Herts 4ths 4-0 in East League Division Three South West.
The cold afternoon drizzle made for a fast if slippery surface but it didn’t affect the energy levels as WGC came out strong, with a barrage of early attacks.
Chances came but were not converted into goals as West Herts kept them at bay and tried to catch them on the counter attack.
They came close to scoring themselves after a rapid breakaway down the right that left the defence chasing back but Welwyn keeper Dan Klinger was out quickly to clear.
More pressure from the Welwyn team, passing the ball at pace in triangles and working well for each other off the ball, created a one-on-one opening for Bryn Evans and he calmly lifted the ball over the goalie and into the net to finally break the deadlock.
It was soon two. Welwyn again moved the ball efficiently up the pitch and Rob Sansom threw himself onto the end of a cross to increase the lead.
West Herts continued to have a few chances on the break but a short corner for WGC was efficiently converted with a drag flick from Evans taking them to half-time three goals to the good.
And Welwyn were the stronger side in the second half but a spate of greedy decisions in front of goal stopped their opportunities from becoming goals.
As the second period continued, fatigue crept into the legs and minds allowing errors to start creeping in and West Herts made the most of their substitutes and tried their best to put pressure on the opposition.
They won a few short corners and forced Klinger into saves and the defence into last ditch tackles as cracks began to appear.
But importantly their efforts were to no avail as the Welwyn team rallied and reasserted themselves on the game.
James Fowler and Mark Skilbeck were passing it around the West Herts players and continuing to create opportunities for their forwards and eventually after more chances were squandered, Welwyn finally got a fourth.
Putting a run of fast paced passes together that cut through the West Herts defence, the ball arriving at the stick of Jens van Helden in the D with a touch of Dutch flair he created enough space for himself to flick the ball into the net.