Welwyn left bewildered after missed chances at St Albans
PUBLISHED: 11:30 30 October 2018
Welwyn Garden City were left shaking their heads in disbelief as they could only leave St Albans with a 1-1 draw.
The blue-shirted side had taken the lead early on through Trinny McCann and for the remainder of the 5 Counties Women’s Hockey League Premier Division game they continued to pin St Albans back.
However, a combination of post, bar and some superb stops by the Tangerines goalkeeper meant they couldn’t find another way through and a breakaway goal for the hosts midway through the first half meant the spoils were shared.
That was a fact that left WGC skipper McCann hugely frustrated.
“We’re so disappointed,” she said. “It feels like a loss which is a cliched thing to say but it’s true. We should have got three points.
“We were so unlucky. I lost count of the number of chances we had on goal. It would have been into the teens if not more.
“Their keeper was outstanding, I’ve got to give her credit for that. She had a great game.
“We’ve just got to pick ourselves back up.
“And if we can take the amount of play we had into the next game, especially in their 25, then hopefully we can pick up the three points there.”
That match is at home to struggling West Herts on Saturday in what has been a stop-start season for the Hertfordshire Sports Village-based side.
Last year they came second but this time around they are firmly in mid-table having won two and drawn two of their opening six games.
And, just like other clubs, they are finding player retention difficult at the moment.
McCann said: “We’ve had some players that left and we’ve been struggling for numbers.
“We got a bare 11 this time but it seems to be a different set each week.
“We’ve not really found our form yet this season yet last year we finished as runners-up.
“The problem is any youngsters who come through tend to go off to university. And then you get some who get married or have children.
“Unfortunately that’s just the way of things in women’s hockey.”
The seconds had a better afternoon though as they won 2-0 away to Shefford & Sandy but there were defeats for the thirds and fourths.