Welwyn Garden City's men contest stalemate with Luton Town

PUBLISHED: 15:45 23 February 2015 | UPDATED: 15:45 23 February 2015

Rob Sansom plays a pass around the corner

Rob Sansom plays a pass around the corner

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Welwyn Garden City men's first team provided a much sturdier defensive performance in the wake of last week's 7-2 collapse against Stevenage, drawing a blank with fifth-bottom Luton Town.

From the off, the hosts marked Luton tightly, not allowing any chances around the D.

That gave the visitors possession in defence but any cutting edge was lacking.

In reply, WGC created some chances on the break, but their final ball was also missing.

The Luton defence kept an extra man back to make the fast break difficult and were able to somewhat neutralise the home attack.

However, Welwyn were able to get several shots off, which were well saved by the Luton keeper and then cleared to safety.

As the half was coming to an end both teams won several penalty corners but the shots were fired wide or intercepted and the half-time score, the game remained goalless.

Welwyn had probably had the better of the chances but neither side were able to make anything stick.

The second half saw much of the same play with neither side looking to gamble too much on pushing players forward.

Luton were able to create an overload which drew stand-in keeper James Lutrario out to intercept the forward.

His run slowed the attacker down enough that even though the forward was able to avoid Lutrario’s tackle the shot at goal was intercepted by Mullens and cleared to safety.

This close call signalled a change and WGC began to push their guests and enjoyed more possession in the visitors’ half.

Much of the home side’s attacking play was played through midfielder Rob Sansom. His distribution and one-two play eliminated Luton players and fed the wide and attacking players Tom Godfrey, Ollie Rowe, Bryn Evans, Oli Reynolds and Josh Persaud.

Chances came and went for WGC as they looked to seal what would have been a smash-and-grab victory.

However, the game remained goalless, leaving both sides to mull over what might have been.

WGC travel to fifth-placed Winchmore Hill & Enfield this Saturday.

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