Welwyn Garden City ladies left to rue missed opportunities

PUBLISHED: 12:41 28 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:47 28 November 2016

WGC Ladies' Abbie Woodman (in blue).

WGC Ladies' Abbie Woodman (in blue).

Danny Loo Photography 2016

Again an inability to convert chances cost Welwyn Garden City Ladies as they were beaten 2-0 by St Albans 3rds in their latest East League Division 2SW game on Saturday.

WGC, ninth in the league table, were missing key players for the clash, but this didn’t show in their overall performance against a side whose squad allowed them to continually rotate their players to keep fresh legs on the pitch.

Honours were even in the first half with St Albans just nudging ahead with a scrambled goal before the interval.

WGC keeper Erica Stovold had made a great diving save, but was unable to clear away the follow up as the St Albans players were first to react.

Welwyn had come close to scoring themselves when first Sammy Barnett and then Anna Geaves were denied by the St Albans keeper.

The second half started much like the first with Welwyn holding their own in midfield, led by skipper Abbie Woodman.

It was Woodman who had the best chance of the game as she found herself in front of a wide open goal, but the bouncing pass from Jodie Sharkey evaded her stick and she was unable to capitalise.

St Albans’ second goal came from a diving deflection which gave the defence and keeper Stovold, no chance to react. It was a worthy winner.

Welwyn have now played everyone in the league so will know what to expect as they start on return fixtures against Shefford & Sandy on Saturday.

They will hope to reverse the defeat suffered in the first game of the season.

In other results at the weekend WGC Ladies 2nds were beaten 7-0 by in-form Tring; Welwyn Ladies 3rds beat Chiltern 3rds 5-0 with two goals apiece from Lucy Owen and Mairi Moore plus one from Nat Granger; WGC Ladies 4ths were beaten 4-0 by Broxbourne 5ths.

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