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

Bryn Evans hurdles a challenge during s a short corner routine in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOO

Bryn Evans hurdles a challenge during s a short corner routine in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Welwyn Garden City got back to winning ways with at home to West Herts with a performance full of heart and determination.

Bryn Evans works a short corner routine in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOOBryn Evans works a short corner routine in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOO

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.

Bryn Evans looks to make progress in the area in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOOBryn Evans looks to make progress in the area in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOO

The match itself started with both sides sharing possession in midfield and creating a couple of half chances each.

David Allmand-Smith runs with the ball in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOODavid Allmand-Smith runs with the ball in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOO

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.

David Allmand-Smith on the attack in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOODavid Allmand-Smith on the attack in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOO

From there Welwyn settled into their defence shape, hoping to draw the opposition out and hit them on the break.

West Herts 3's send a shot wide in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOOWest Herts 3's send a shot wide in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOO

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.

Dan Hatt celebrates scoring before realising it did not count in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOODan Hatt celebrates scoring before realising it did not count in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOO

And it was no surprise when the blue shirts grabbed a second midway through the first-half.

Dan Hatt scores only to see it ruled out in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOODan Hatt scores only to see it ruled out in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOO

It came from a hoped for counter attack that involved Pete Mullens and allowed Evans to tap into an empty net.

Bryn Evans lines up a shot on goal in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOOBryn Evans lines up a shot on goal in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOO

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.

David Allmand-Smith runs with the ball in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOODavid Allmand-Smith runs with the ball in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOO

The second half started just as the skies clouded over and heavy rain began to fall.

Bryn Evans in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOOBryn Evans in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOO

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.

James Fowler on the attack in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOOJames Fowler on the attack in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOO

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.

James Fowler on the attack in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOOJames Fowler on the attack in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOO

And it looked like it would prove pivotal as West Herts found the goal they deserved, pushed home after a goalmouth scramble.

Dan Hatt runs through the defence in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOODan Hatt runs through the defence in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOO

At this stage a nervy WGC were giving away needless corners, one of which saw Klinger produce a superb one-handed save.

Pete Mullens tries to tackle in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOOPete Mullens tries to tackle in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOO

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.

James Lutrario on the ball in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOOJames Lutrario on the ball in the match between WGC and West Herts III. Picture: DANNY LOO

They are now sixth in East League Division Three South West table.

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