Table-toppers Town prove too hot to handle
PUBLISHED: 14:12 30 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:02 26 October 2009
LEAGUE leaders Luton Town showed exactly why they are favourites to win the title on Saturday as they beat Welwyn Garden City in NE14 Hockey East league Division 3SW. A solitary goal from captain Rob Sansom was not enough as Key People sponsored WGC slipp
LEAGUE leaders Luton Town showed exactly why they are favourites to win the title on Saturday as they beat Welwyn Garden City in NE14 Hockey East league Division 3SW.
A solitary goal from captain Rob Sansom was not enough as Key People sponsored WGC slipped to a 4-1 away defeat.
The corresponding fixture earlier in the season was a very tight affair.
WGC knew they needed a good start as Luton Town have been rather untroubled in the league this year.
However, the Bedfordshire club got the perfect start when they made a swift counter-attack after WGC's first break.
Somehow their left back had made his way into the area unattended and was picked out by a superb pass. Left one-on-one with Richard Leighton, he had time to pick his spot and give Luton a very early lead.
WGC tried to respond, but Luton were controlling the game.
The Herts side conceded a soft penalty corner and from it Luton took a two-goal lead.
Just before half-time WGC pulled one back.
David Searle made a break from the back and aimed a ball into the area.
Keith Reid deflected it into the path of Sansom, who saw his first-time shot initially saved by the keeper, but he was quickest to the ball though and dispatched it with his reverse stick.
From the restart Luton went straight up the other end and won another penalty corner.
Despite a good effort from Leighton, this was smashed into the net and Luton went into the break 3-1 up.
It was a different WGC side in the second half though and they made a real fight of it.
Right from the off they made some great counter attacks with Charles Southey coming close on several occasions, only to find the opposition goalkeeper in fine form.
Kevin Leighton was also having a good game and made a great run and found Keith Reid, who in turn found Southey.
However, a fine double save this time from the keeper kept out WGC's top scorer.
With it looking like WGC would score the next goal, their run of bad luck struck again.
Luton scored a very contentious fourth goal.
Even the forwards of the Beds side did not celebrate the goal as everyone was expecting a WGC hit.
There was still time for Reid to come agonisingly close to getting on the end of a fine cross from Southey.
In the end Luton proved too strong to breakdown and WGC go into their encounter with Stevenage on Saturday in desperate need of the three points.