Welwyn Garden City left frustrated by home loss

PUBLISHED: 11:06 30 January 2017 | UPDATED: 11:07 30 January 2017

Tom Godfrey in action

Tom Godfrey in action

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Welwyn Garden City Hockey Club’s men’s 1sts suffered a disappointing 3-2 home loss to Bishop’s Stortford 2nds on Saturday, a team they had beaten comfortably earlier in the season.

The hosts fended off the Stortford pushback and soon started to dominate possession and territory, but lacked the killer touch.

As the first half progressed both teams adopted a similar playing style with both breaking quickly causing the opposition problems.

WGC’s defence of Lutrario, Kirby, Mullens and Stephen were kept busy with Stortford players taking up good positions, but they held firm and moved the ball well across the pitch.

The first goal came from a Stortford attack, the player entered the D unchallenged and the following miss hit bounced into a crowd of players where it was deflected over the diving Dan Klinger.

WGC went back on the attack, but with much the same results until just before the end of the half when Mark Skillbeck dribbled into the Stortford area and struck a reverse stick shot low into the corner of the goal.

In the second half WGC were keen to make more of the chances they’d had in the first half but a slow start saw the quick and very skilful Stortford no.8 take on and beat four WGC players and reverse stick hit the ball past Klinger.

This stung WGC into action with more pressure and several penalty corners awarded where the team were unlucky not to take advantage with a save onto the post from a drag flick by Bryn Evans.

Stortford had a great chance to score, but Klinger made a diving stop and from the resulting passage of play WGC passed up to Oli Reynolds whose first shot was saved, but in the ensuing goalmouth scramble the ball was touched across the line for 2-2.

Once again WGC were sluggish and straight from the restart Stortford put together several passes, the last of which was a chip into the WGC area where a Stortford forward jumped on it and volleyed it into the far corner of the goal.

WGC piled on the pressure in the last few minutes, but as with the rest of the game they struggled to put the ball in the net to equalise.


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