WGC lose University challenge

PUBLISHED: 17:11 26 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:47 26 October 2009

Lauren Allan

Lauren Allan

NE14HOCKEY East League Division 2C Welwyn Garden City Ladies 0 Cambridge University 3 WELWYN Garden City Ladies lost their first home league match of 2008 at de Havilland to Cambridge University. The WGC side went down 3-0 on Saturday in the NE14HOCKEY E

NE14HOCKEY East League Division 2C

Welwyn Garden City Ladies 0 Cambridge University 3

WELWYN Garden City Ladies lost their first home league match of 2008 at de Havilland to Cambridge University.

The WGC side went down 3-0 on Saturday in the NE14HOCKEY East League clash.

"The result was not a true reflection of the game, but they scored three of their chances and we didn't take any of ours," said captain Janet Warrington.

The Key People sponsored Welwyn team had a few players returning from injury and knew they had a hard match ahead, as the University team had proved to be very young, fit and fast in the away match back in the first half of the season.

And so it proved, with the students starting at a furious pace and charging forward in numbers.

The home defence held firm, marshalled by captain Janet Warrington and experienced keeper Karen Burroughes making several kicked clearances.

Welwyn came back into the match and created the best opening when a right-wing cross from Anna Geaves was almost touched in by young Lauren Allan coming in from the left.

Welwyn followed this with a brace of short corners, one only just saved by the keeper.

The tall, fast Cambridge University right-winger was the main threat and she put the visitors ahead after 20 minutes, touching in from close range.

The danger of the speedy visiting forwards was exemplified when a Welwyn attack was cleared from inside the circle and four passes and just 10 seconds later Cambridge had a second goal just before the break.

The match was evenly balanced in the second half. WGC centre forward Becky Llewellyn was fast enough to trouble the Cambridge defenders and she found a lot of space between their full backs.

Clare Lund and Geaves linked up well down the right, supported by Sally Warrington moving up from right back.

The hosts had a short corner shot deflected just past a goal and Jane Kinghorn hit the post with a superb reverse-stick sweep shot.

However, Cambridge added a third following a scramble in the D.

This win strengthened Cambridge's push for promotion and left Welwyn in the lower third of the table with only five league matches left to play.

WGC take on Cambridge Ladies away this weekend.

* WGC's 2nd XI went down 3-0 to a strong Cheshunt team and are desperately in need of points to get themselves out of the relegation zone.

Similarly, the 3rd XI lost 3-1 away at Tring, with keeper Erica Stovold having to fill in superbly as sweeper due to late dropouts.

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