Warrington earns a point at the coast
PUBLISHED: 14:11 30 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:53 26 October 2009
SKIPPER Janet Warrington led by example as her fine second-half strike rescued a point for WGC at Great Yarmouth. Welwyn Garden City made the trip to the seaside town on Saturday, even stopping at the beach, ahead of their NE14-HOCKEY East League match. T
SKIPPER Janet Warrington led by example as her fine second-half strike rescued a point for WGC at Great Yarmouth.
Welwyn Garden City made the trip to the seaside town on Saturday, even stopping at the beach, ahead of their NE14-HOCKEY East League match.
The Key People sponsored Welwyn team were missing a couple of regular players for the tough away game.
Despite this they started strongly and followed their warm-up on the beach with some fantastic linking play down the right.
Clare Lund, Anna Geaves and Becky Llewellyn interchanged quick, accurate passes to get round the back of the Yarmouth defence.
The home Norfolk team then settled down.
A great cross from their right was almost swept in and keeper Karen Burroughes had to make an amazing reflex save.
Youngster Holly Butrimas-Gair, in her debut match for the 1st XI, managed to keep the dangerous and quick Yarmouth centre forward contained.
Her performance earned her the joint player of the match award.
Welwyn continued to have greater possession, but failed to capitalise, which proved costly.
The Norfolk side earned a short corner and a loopy deflected shot gave the home team the lead against the run of play.
The influential Jane Kinghorn at centre midfield continued to cause great problems for Yarmouth with many skilful runs at their defence.
She was unlucky not to score when her sweep shot heading for the top corner of the goal hit the head of a defender.
The half-time score was not a very reflective 1-0 to Yarmouth.
Undeterred, Welwyn began the second half in the same manner as the first.
Some great co-ordinating play from Kinghorn, the joint player of the match, managed to spread the ball well.
She often found tenacious youngsters Grace Mizon and Lauren Allen on the left.
Welwyn continued to pile on the pressure down both flanks, with the right-sided players earning a series of short corners.
It was from the second corner that the Herts side deservedly levelled the game.
Captain Warrington took the ball wide right round the oncoming defender to strike a fine shot home and bring the scores level.
WGC were unlucky not to gain a deserved lead as they piled on the pressure.
Becky Llewellyn used her speed and skill to beat the Yarmouth keeper, only to be denied by a fantastic tackle from the last defender.
Welwyn continued to dominate possession, but didn't manage to gain the lead.
The final five minutes were tough as WGC tired and Great Yarmouth tried to find a winner, but the visitors hung on for a point.
Welwyn came home pleased with the point, but knowing that they really deserved to have won on the balance of play.
l WGC Ladies' 2nd team put up a spirited performance to draw 0-0 with Berkhamsted's first team.
Sweeper Jo Hunter and goalkeeper Erica Stovold were the joint players of the match.