Welwyn battle back from two-goal deficit to draw ten-goal thriller

PUBLISHED: 15:41 17 December 2014 | UPDATED: 15:41 17 December 2014

Bryn Evans in action

Bryn Evans in action

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Welwyn battled back from 5-3 down to take a share of the spoils in Bedfordshire.

The visitors had been thumped 5-0 by the same opposition in recent memory but this time around, they put up a sturdier fight and could have even snatched all three points after going two goals in front inside five minutes.

Good passing play opened the door for Rob Sansom to stroke home the first, and moments later Sansom was the provider as he squared to Bryn Evans, who doubled the lead with a reverse stick-shot.

The hosts did not let their slow start get them down as they regrouped and found a goal of their own, and before half-time they had levelled the match through a deflected effort.

The hosts started the second half brighter than they had the first and duly went ahead shortly after.

Benedict O’Boyle’s misplaced pass found its way to the opposition and it was coolly dispatched to complete the turn-around. The scoring was not to end there though.

Mark Skilbeck’s clumsy tackle led to a penalty corner, rifled home to extend Shefford’s lead to 4-2.

Skilbeck’s remonstrations also landed him a five-minutes in the sin-bin but that did not stop Welwyn regaining their composure and getting back into the game.

With Skilbeck back from his temporary dismissal and Evans feeling the effects of a knock on the ankle, Welwyn pushed forward in search of something from a game they had looked like running away with early on.

Key man Oli Reynolds’ calm finish, as he waited for the keeper to commit before flicking the ball in, reduced the deficit to just one goal.

Welwyn’s joy was short-lived as Shefford grabbed a fifth to leave Welwyn with a mountain to climb, but they were not to be denied a point their play deserved.

Reynolds again showed his worth, driving across the top of the D and smashing the ball beyond the home keeper to add another goal to this thrilling encounter.

And with two minutes to go, Shefford gave away another penalty corner and O’Boyle’s fine positional play at the back stick allowed him to tap home to put the score into double-figures and leave the visitors with a point.


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