WGC’s improved run of form continues
PUBLISHED: 15:58 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:12 26 October 2009
WELWYN Garden City beat hockey rivals Southgate Adelaide at a canter on Saturday. Goals from Charles Southey, Keith Reid and Alex Welsh secured WGC a third victory in a row in NE14HOCKEY East League Division 3SW. The Key People sponsored team started the
WELWYN Garden City beat hockey rivals Southgate Adelaide at a canter on Saturday.
Goals from Charles Southey, Keith Reid and Alex Welsh secured WGC a third victory in a row in NE14HOCKEY East League Division 3SW.
The Key People sponsored team started the game at the Herts Sports Village at a furious pace and it wasn't long before the home side had opened the scoring.
Captain Rob Sansom and Mark Skilbeck managed to break down an attack and the ball was fed to Paul Kimber up front.
The veteran striker laid the ball off to younger colleague Southey, who went past two defenders before hitting the ball so hard it rocketed into the back of the net as if the keeper wasn't even there.
Southgate Adelaide did make some penetration into the WGC area but each time Andrew Shore seemed to come up with a great interception and Leighton didn't see as much action as the visiting keeper did in the first half.
WGC should have taken more chances though, and Kimber and Southey were both guilty of missing open goals.
Reid, however, continued his great run of scoring when he took on the whole Southgate defence and slipped it into the unguarded net to make sure of a 2-0 lead at half-time.
Southgate nearly got back into the game after the break.
Richard Leighton was adjudged to have made a foul and a penalty flick was given to the away side.
It was a critical moment in the match, but Leighton made amends for giving away the stroke with a fine acrobatic save to keep the ball from flying into the top corner of the goal.
Southgate Adelaide raised their game a bit and at times it seemed as if they had 11 outfield players on the pitch.
WGC made sure of the points with a clinching third goal.
It seemed like they were never going to score again when Southey had an over-the-shoulder flick ruled out and Skilbeck later hit the post.
However, Welsh was eventually on hand to deftly turn the ball into the net from a Southey cross.
The victory continued WGC's climb up the table and they face Bishop's Stortford 3rds this weekend at home.