Welwyn Garden City Hockey Club’s men begin new season with three points and clean sheet

PUBLISHED: 16:41 20 September 2016 | UPDATED: 16:41 20 September 2016

Tom Godfrey holds the ball up.

Tom Godfrey holds the ball up.

Danny Loo Photography 2016

Oli Reynolds’ first-half strike was enough to see Welwyn Garden City open their league campaign with a defiant victory over Letchworth Garden City.

WGC continued their good pre-season form and defended well keeping Letchworth out of the D and limiting their open play chances in the first half.

Letchworth won several penalty corners and although the routines were able to eliminate the home defenders, the final touch was lacking.

WGC were playing with pace from deadball restarts and kept possession well before finding the key pass forward to attackers Reynolds and Bryn Evans.

With WGC building momentum, Evans played in Reynolds who tapped in to give the hosts the lead.

As the first half came to a close both teams had chances as formations began to break down but the score remained 1-0 to WGC.

The second half saw similar passages of play with the sides struggling to get into good shooting positions.

Mistakes at the back gave the forwards chances but none were converted in a barren spell.

The ball did end up in WGC’s goal after a ball into the D was deflected towards the goal by defender James Lutrario

Keeper Dan Klinger could not keep it out and the umpire gave a goal.

However, following home protests and a discussion with the other umpire, the correct decision of long corner was reached, much to WGC’s relief as the ball was not touched by a Letchworth player in the D.

Again Letchworth had several penalty corners that went close but Klinger was able to make a great save off a well-worked routine with just a few minutes left on the clock to keep the clean sheet.

WGC travel to rivals Hertford on Saturday.

They also started the season with a win, 3-1 at Stevenage 1sts.

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