Welwyn Warriors just scrape home against Hampstead
PUBLISHED: 15:54 10 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:06 26 October 2009
WELWYN Warriors Lacrosse Club beat Hampstead 9-8 in what was a match of crucial importance to the Premiership table. Originally the two were scheduled to play in November but had to postpone the game due to field constraints. The encounter did not let any
WELWYN Warriors Lacrosse Club beat Hampstead 9-8 in what was a match of crucial importance to the Premiership table.
Originally the two were scheduled to play in November but had to postpone the game due to field constraints.
The encounter did not let any onlookers down, as action picked up early in the first quarter and did not stop until the final whistle.
Hampstead dominated the start of the first quarter.
They scored three goals before the Warriors would see any offensive play of their own.
It was not until midway through the first quarter that Welwyn showed signs of life when Dan Vickers got on the scoresheet.
Welwyn began to find their rhythm, but still ended the quarter 4-3 down.
The second period picked up right where the first ended.
Warriors had another extra man opportunity, but the disciplined man down of Hampstead prevented a goal.
The Welwyn side began to gain control of the game through some strong ground ball work resulting in longer offensive possessions.
Both teams continued to trade goals but two from Canterbury's Alum Aaron Demant helped Welwyn win the first half 6-5.
The highly experienced players of Hampstead did not give up the game without putting up a fight.
Hampstead pushed out on Welwyn aggressively and scored an easy goal off.
Taylor Stehlgens and Latvian international Lester Salmins would each answer back with strikes of their own.
Jon Tiley kept Welwyn in the match with multiple extraordinary saves after a quality offensive effort from the strong Hampstead team.
The end third quarter had Hampstead and Welwyn dead-locked at 7-7.
With a strong performance at the X, Aaron Demant created some much-needed possession for Welwyn.
This allowed his side to have some lengthy possession against their London opponents.
Two goals by midfielders Taylor Stehlgens and Lester Salmins set the score to 9-7 for Welwyn with under two minutes to go.
Hampstead continued to press offensively and netted to make the game 9-8 with 70 seconds left.
Welwyn defender Kyle Witt spent a considerable part of the remaining game time running with the ball as he tried to burn down the clock.
Ultimately, he lost the ball to the hard-riding Hampstead team.
However, the hard-fought ball would not cross the midfield line before game time expired.
Warriors had held on to triumph 9-8.
The Welwyn Warriors would like to thank Hampstead for an intense and well-spirited game which could have easily had a completely different outcome. Warriors are now at top of the table.
For more information on Welwyn Warriors' senior and junior teams visit club's website at www.welwynlacrosse.co.uk