Slideshow: WGC slip to defeat against Royston
PUBLISHED: 09:35 01 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:06 26 October 2009
NE14HOCKEY East Men s League Division 3SW Welwyn Garden City 1st XI 1 Royston 1st XI 2 WGC were defeated in a very close match by Royston at the Herts Sports Village on Saturday. Royston finally got their revenge after WGC had held the upper hand for the
NE14HOCKEY East Men's League Division 3SW
Welwyn Garden City 1st XI 1 Royston 1st XI 2
WGC were defeated in a very close match by Royston at the Herts Sports Village on Saturday.
Royston finally got their revenge after WGC had held the upper hand for the past few seasons, but the county derby could have gone either way.
The first half was pretty uneventful, other than Mark Wakeling getting a talking to from the umpire after just 20 seconds.
Home goalkeeper Richard Leighton was also called upon to make a few decent saves to keep the scores level.
It was in the second half that the action really occurred.
Royston dominated the early period and WGC's defenders had to be at their best to keep out a quick and young attack.
But it was a break from WGC that nearly broke the deadlock when Paul Kimber fed captain Rob Sansom.
His diving effort looked goalbound but the visiting keeper got the slightest of touches and the ball rolled along the line before being cleared.
The visitors from North Herts then had a breakaway attack with one of their forwards being taken down by Leighton.
The umpire played advantage and another Royston forward shot at goal, only for the ball to be illegally cleared by Andrew Draper and a penalty flick to be awarded.
Rich Leighton stepped up to the plate and pulled off a great diving save to keep WGC in the game.
Then came a controversial decision that was to prove pivotal in the direction the three points were heading.
Wakeling took a quick free hit which was dispatched into the top of the net by Sansom.
However, the WGC captain's goal was disallowed for the free hit not being taken in the exact spot of the infringement.
The relief on the Royston faces was evident, and they soon took the lead from their next attack.
A harsh penalty corner was given against WGC and Royston capitalised by going one up.
This quick turn of events knocked the WGC side's confidence.
Royston took advantage of this fact by extending their lead with a well-worked second goal after getting in behind the defence and giving Leighton no chance.
WGC nearly got back into the game when Kimber hit the post from a short corner routine.
The hosts finally made the breakthrough with only a few minutes left.
Mike Rayner won the ball in the middle of the park and found Sansom in acres of space.
The WGC captain in turn found Wakeling at the top of the area completely free.
His shot was struck sweetly and the keeper had no chance as it flew into the net for Wakeling's first goal of the season.
That was it though for WGC. They didn't play well and in the end Royston deserved all three points, but it could have been very different.
WGC play their last league game of the season away at Blueharts 3rds this Saturday.
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