WGC lose to county rivals

PUBLISHED: 18:00 19 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:11 26 October 2009

Becky Llewellyn

Becky Llewellyn

WGC Ladies lost a friendly game 2-1 away to county rivals Hertford on Saturday. With no league games scheduled for the weekend, a mixture of WGC ladies 1st and 2nd teams took on a Hertford side. It was the hosts who started strongly with some good attack

WGC Ladies lost a friendly game 2-1 away to county rivals Hertford on Saturday.

With no league games scheduled for the weekend, a mixture of WGC ladies' 1st and 2nd teams took on a Hertford side.

It was the hosts who started strongly with some good attacks down their right.

Sweeper Cerys Jefferies was alert and made some crucial tackles on the edge of the D to deny Hertford a shot on goal.

Welwyn then woke up and had their own dominant patch with some great linking play between Gemma Hale and Anna Geaves.

The Hertford goalkeeper was called upon for a number of sliding saves.

Welwyn continued to dominate the rest of the first half, with Lauren Allan, Lucie Warrington and Jane Kinghorn keeping the midfield tight and not allowing Hertford to penetrate or get any real shots on goal.

Lucie Warrington was unlucky not to score herself when a short corner slip from Kinghorn found her in lots of space, but the shot went just wide.

Another short corner was well struck by Kinghorn and both Geaves and pacy centre forward Becky Llewellyn pounced on the rebound to give the visitors a 1-0 lead at half-time.

Welwyn struggled to regain and keep possession in the second half, putting them on the back foot and Erica Stovold in goal had much more to do.

Despite Lisa Sheffield doing a fine marking job on the centre forward, the Hertford centre midfield managed to force her way through the Welwyn defence to strike home from the top of the D and level the scores.

Welwyn's heads dropped and Hertford continued to pile on the pressure.

Sally Warrington sped out first to thwart a fine short corner attempt, but in the dying minutes the Hertford centre midfield struck again in almost an action replay of her first goal to make it 2-1.

The game still wasn't over and another Hertford short corner struck a defender's foot on the line.

Fortunately for Welwyn, Stovold did enough to put off the Hertford penalty flick taker and so the final score remained a fairer reflection of 2-1.

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