Owen one and two help WGC hit three and keep Premier Division title challenge alive
PUBLISHED: 09:02 12 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:03 12 March 2018
Welwyn Garden City Hockey Club's ladies kept it in the family as their 5 Counties Women's Hockley League Premier Division title challenge continued with a 3-0 win at home to Tring.
Mother and daughter combo Sue and Lizzie Owen had a hand in all three of the home team’s goals as they stayed top of the table, one point clear of Leighton Buzzard with three games to go.
Welwyn were minus a number of players but their stand-ins were more than up to the task and they were ahead in two minutes.
Sue Owen picked it up at the top of the circle from Jane Kinghorn and slipped it through ti Robyn Moore who had the easy task of slipping past the keeper.
And they were in control for the most of the half with Kim Hoptroff and Dossy Moore to the fore.
But despite efforts from Shannon Tella and Annabel Mabin they were unable to add to their tally.
And they also had to rely on a couple of excellent saves by Erica Stovold to preserve their 1-0 half-time advantage.
Welwyn came out for the second half knowing that one goal was probably not going to be enough.
Charlotte Honour, Lisa Sheffield and Lizzie Owen had been able to contain them in the first half so more of the same was needed.
And they got the restart they were looking for not long into the period.
This time both Owens were involved as Lizzie found her mum with a long ball into the channel and Sue fired in from the circle before Tring could react.
And it was the Owen combo again that brought about Welwyn’s third goal.
From a free-hit just outside the attacking quarter, Owen junior fired into Owen senior again and she deflected the ball to Mabin at the top of the circle who slipped the ball in by the post.
Any nerves were long gone by this point and Welwyn saw out the rest of the game in comfort.
They now have a week off before facing a crucial double header. They host Berkhamsted & Hemel on Saturday, March 24, before heading to Leighton Buzzard on the Sunday for the probable tital decider.
Elsewhere goals from Alisa Hassan and Danine Irwin helped the 2nds to a 2-2 draw with Broxbourne while Chloe Bates’ effort was all the 3rds could manage in a 5-1 loss to Hertford.