WGC hit double figures against Stevenage
PUBLISHED: 17:42 11 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:12 26 October 2009
NE14HOCKEY East Men s League Division 3SW Welwyn Garden City 1st XI 10 Stevenage 2nd XI 2 WGC thrashed Stevenage 2nds 10-2 on Saturday as they enjoyed their biggest win in years. Strikers Paul Kimber and Charles Southey both collected hat-tricks against
NE14HOCKEY East Men's League Division 3SW
Welwyn Garden City 1st XI 10 Stevenage 2nd XI 2
WGC thrashed Stevenage 2nds 10-2 on Saturday as they enjoyed their biggest win in years.
Strikers Paul Kimber and Charles Southey both collected hat-tricks against a team WGC had drawn with earlier in the season.
The other scorers were Doug Ashworth, Keith Reid, Alex Welsh and Kev Leighton.
Key People sponsored WGC started off at a very high tempo.
Leighton was involved early on as he won the ball from the opposition defence and put in a dangerous cross.
In the confusion, Ashworth was on hand and reacted quickest to fire WGC ahead.
Leighton was again involved a few minutes later as he put in another fine cross from the right.
This time it was Reid who calmly connected with the cross and fired it into the far corner.
Stevenage tried to break down the home defence, but WGC stood firm.
James Florence, in his first league start of the season in goal for the first team, made some fine saves.
He was assisted in keeping the visitors out with some good defensive work from Andy Shore, David Searle and Andy Draper.
The hosts were bossing the midfield and Ashworth made a run into the danger area before being fouled.
A penalty corner was awarded to WGC and Reid found Southey at the far post where the prolific scorer found the net.
It was still only 20 minutes into the game when Welsh decided to get in on the act.
A fine solo run saw him evade the defence and fire a reverse stick hit past the onrushing keeper.
Southey had another goal ruled out for dangerous play before he added his second of the match.
Captain Rob Sansom won the ball and combined with the influential Mark Skilbeck.
His pass was met by Southey and he swept the ball into the goal to give WGC a 5-0 half-time lead.
More of the same followed in the second half.
Veteran Kimber finally got into the goal action, scoring the first of a second-half hat-trick.
The away side tried to rally at this point and had a period of pressure which the defence soaked up well.
On one such attack, Reid made a fine tackle and set Sansom free.
The skipper ran the length of the pitch before cutting back inside and releasing Kimber, who made it a magnificent seven for WGC.
Stevenage finally broke the Welwyn defence when Ashworth gave away a needless penalty corner and the visitors scored with a bit of fortune.
But Stevenage had found a WGC side firing on all cylinders.
Kimber and Southey were combining brilliantly up front.
It was this combination again that forced a great save from the keeper.
However, Leighton had been following them up and put away the deflection to grab his first of the season for the first team.
Another fine team move was finished easily by Southey to complete his hat-trick when the final pass from Kimber had drawn out the keeper to leave an open goal.
Stevenage did manage another goal, but the day ended on a high note when Kimber got his third after being found at the far post by Sansom.
It was an emphatic victory for WGC and means they are safely in the middle of the table with three games to go.
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