Determination, heart and grit against West Herts gets Welwyn Garden City back to winning ways
PUBLISHED: 10:15 15 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:20 15 November 2018
Welwyn Garden City got back to winning ways with at home to West Herts with a performance full of heart and determination.
The Hertfordshire Sports Village-based hockey club’s men went into the game on the back of five games without a victory but they stormed to a 3-1 success.
The match itself started with both sides sharing possession in midfield and creating a couple of half chances each.
But it was WGC who got their noses in front. An attack down the right led to Bryn Evans sending in a cross that wasn’t dealt with by the away defence and Dan Hatt pounced at the far post.
From there Welwyn settled into their defence shape, hoping to draw the opposition out and hit them on the break.
Rob Sansom in midfield was a constant driving force and James Fowler, playing in a defensive three, was able to distribute the ball fantastically at the back.
And it was no surprise when the blue shirts grabbed a second midway through the first-half.
It came from a hoped for counter attack that involved Pete Mullens and allowed Evans to tap into an empty net.
At the other end Dan Klinger in the Welwyn goal was called upon in the final minutes of the half to protect the lead and WGC went into the break deservedly 2-0 up.
The second half started just as the skies clouded over and heavy rain began to fall.
It also started with West Herts picking up the pace and threatening the home goal and only some great tackles and last ditch defending stopped the visitors from scoring.
A third goal was definitely needed and City thought they had it when Hatt slotted one between the keeper’s legs but it was ruled out for an earlier infringement.
And it looked like it would prove pivotal as West Herts found the goal they deserved, pushed home after a goalmouth scramble.
At this stage a nervy WGC were giving away needless corners, one of which saw Klinger produce a superb one-handed save.
But with five minutes to go a long ball up the pitch from the impressive Fowler was controlled by Evans and crossed perfectly for Callum Elliott to score on his first start of the season.
They are now sixth in East League Division Three South West table.