Welwyn Garden City's hearts broken by last-gasp South Herts winner

SOUTH Herts Ladies secured their fourth win of the season with a last-gasp winner against WGC Ladies on Saturday in Division 2 South West. The Potters Bar side went behind early in the hockey game when a combination of poor visibility and a bouncy pitch s

SOUTH Herts Ladies secured their fourth win of the season with a last-gasp winner against WGC Ladies on Saturday in Division 2 South West.

The Potters Bar side went behind early in the hockey game when a combination of poor visibility and a bouncy pitch saw the ball beat four Herts defenders.

A clean pass from Anna Geaves then fell straight to Clare Lund, who fired WGC into a 1-0 lead.

As the half wore on, the Herts players began to adjust to the conditions, with Caroline Stanners looking particularly strong running at the Welwyn defence.


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However, skipper Gemma Hale and centre defence Lisa Sheffield made some excellent tackles for the home side.

The visitors gained an equaliser when Anna Walker took a quick free hit which found its way to Sarah Jowett in the area.

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The Welwyn goalkeeper looked favourite to clear the ball but a slight hesitation allowed Jowett to poke the ball between her legs for the goal to make it 1-1.

South Herts continued to press with Vanessa Porter and Faye Jowett feeding the ball in from the wings.

The start of the second half saw WGC come out in determined mood and Herts were pushed further and further back.

A combination of strong defending by Moore, Spencer and Cullen and some breathtaking saves from Gough in the Herts goal saw the scores remain level, despite Welwyn's pressure.

There were few chances for Herts but they twice went close to taking the lead when first the impressive Stanners just failed to connect with a corner from Walker and then Jowett was a whisker away from an excellent ball played in by Sue Richardson.

As the game appeared to be heading for a hard-fought draw, South Herts broke forward for one last attack.

Porter burst into the area and slipped the ball past the keeper.

As the ball ran towards the goal, Jo Spinks nudged it over the line to scrape a 2-1 victory.

WGC host top of the league Waltham Forest on Saturday, whilst South Herts travel to Bishop's Stortford.

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