Second-half strikes help Welwyn Garden City Hockey Club Ladies take derby spoils

PUBLISHED: 15:42 16 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:42 16 February 2016

Erica Stovoldt makes a save from a short corner

Erica Stovoldt makes a save from a short corner

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Welwyn Garden City Hockey Club Ladies notched twice in the second half to move up one place to eighth following a tough victory over bottom side Potters Bar on Saturday.

The deHavilland-based team dominated play in the first half but their efforts went unrewarded as they failed to find the back of the net.

Fielding an attacking line-up with four forwards - Anna Geaves, Sammy Barnett, Becky Llewellyn and Jodie Sharkey - Welwyn were hoping to take advantage of the team propping up the division.

Several attempts were made on the Bar goal in the opening few minutes but to no avail as all attempts were either saved or flew just past the post.

The midfield were also in an attacking mood and Abbie Woodman, Kay Dobney and Michelle Webster had some excellent passing moves to set up the chances.

WGC went into the break confident that the breakthrough would eventually come.

Goalkeeper Erica Stovold had been rarely troubled in the first half but kept her concentration to save when a breakaway forward had a rare attempt at goal.

Up until then the defence of Charlotte Honour, Nai Walker, Lisa Sheffield and Annabel Mabin had also been under-worked.

WGC’s first goal came shortly after the restart.

Having been handed the advanatge following a foul on Woodman at the top of the circle, the ball was fed to Geaves who was clear with just the goalkeeper to beat.

She kept her cool, drew the keeper out and then slipped it passed her left foot into the open goal.

This settled the nerves and WGC continued to press forward.

Mabin was particularly effective on the right as she broke free of defensive duties to make penetrating runs which earned her player-of-the-match.

WGC’s second came as Dobney passed the ball out to Geaves on the left. Her cross was picked up by Barnett in front of goal but with both her marker and the goalkeeper blocking her path to goal she span out and slipped the ball inside the post, giving the keeper no chance to get across to save.

n There was no joy for the 2nds as they lost 2-0 to Leighton Buzzard while the 3rds were beaten by Shefford & Sandy.

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