Six-shooters Welwyn back on the winning horse after Berkhamsted Hemel romp
PUBLISHED: 16:30 07 December 2017
Danny Loo Photography 2017
A super six goals, plus a welcome clean sheet, helped Welwyn Garden City to a comfortable victory over Berkhamsted & Hemel in 5 Counties Women's Hockey League Premier Division.
It bumps Welwyn back up to third in the table and ends a run of three games without a win.
Part of that sequence was on the very same pitch at RAF Halton where lost to Tring last month.
But this was a much better performance and WGC started strongly.
Their first attack almost brought a goal but this was just a temporary relief for the hosts as Trinny McCann rocketed the ball from the top of the D to the left of the keeper.
The second started from a quickly taken free-hit by Lisa Sheffield to Abbie Woodman.
She squared the ball across the D for Ellie Bonnett to tap in.
With confidence high in the team, WGC continued to work the ball around well, moving quickly up the pitch and into the D.
It brought a third goal, although some excellent umpiring to allow the advantage also played its part.
Harriet Anderson-Bradley scrapped it out with the Berkhamsted defence, allowing her to score on her debut.
The hosts had chances with short corner routines almost proving profitable but Welwyn’s defence held firm.
The second period saw Welwyn maintain their focus, teamwork and tenacity.
Anderson-Bradley took advantage of some scrappy play in the Berkhamsted D to poach her second and the fifth came after a fine flowing move involving Holly Butrimas-Gair, Charlie Honour, Lizzie Owen and McCann, Jane Kinghorn getting the final touch.
With Berkhamsted legs tiring towards the end, Welwyn completed their fine afternoon’s work.
Picking up a clearance from Woodman in the D, McCann took a strike that the home keeper got something to, but not enough to prevent the ball crossing the line.
They are at home on Saturday when West Herts are the visitors.
Elsewhere the 2nds beat St Albans Bodeceas 3-0 thanks to goals from Danine Irwin, Kate Whiteland and Emma Floody while Helen Roubickova was the only scorer for the 3rds as they lost 4-1 to Potters Bar.
The 4ths drew 1-1 with Chiltern, Evie Reilly on target.