Welwyn Garden City count cost of injuries as Berkhamsted claim narrow East Hockey League win

PUBLISHED: 15:13 29 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:13 29 October 2018

WGC's Dan Klinger. Picture: Danny Loo

WGC's Dan Klinger. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2016

A deflected goal was enough to consign Welwyn Garden City to a 1-0 East League defeat away at Berkhamsted.

The Hertfordshire Sports Village-based hockey club’s men travelled west minus seven regulars as half-term holidays and injuries bit hard.

But the patched-up squad gave a good account of themselves, even after the hosts took the lead when a penalty corner was diverted from its path towards the WGC keeper into the top of the net.

Three short corners of their own at the end of the first half give them hope of a comeback, the best one from Dave Allmand-Smith getting stuck under the Berkhamsted keeper and causing a huge melee.

But two injuries at the start of the second period left Welwyn with nine players and ended those hopes.

They still defended heroically with man of the match Simon Walker, Chris Wiggs and Pete Lewis to the fore but they also lost their attacking momentum and with it any chance of getting something from the game.

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