Superb Blueharts put four past Welwyn GC

PUBLISHED: 15:42 24 January 2011

Ladies play outstanding hockey in vintage display

Blueharts Ladies 4 Welwyn GC 0

Blueharts played some outstanding hockey on Saturday in their resounding 4-0 victory over Welwyn Garden City.

The home team started much the brighter side, moving the ball around the pitch well and pressing the Welwyn defence from the outset.

Welwyn had a couple of early breaks but Blueharts’ defence of Caroline Connell, Elayne Brown, Sam Andrews and Claire Dainton prevented any real scoring opportunities, supported by some solid saves from Rho Keen in goal.

Blueharts’ pressure and possession was rewarded with a number of penalty corners midway through the half which they finally converted when Kate Chapman picked up a rebound from Carol Lamey’s strike to fire the ball past the Welwyn ‘keeper and take the Blues ahead.

Harts were quick to capitalise on their lead with Lizzie Bayley producing some magic from midfield, taking the Welwyn defence to pieces before striking a shot for Tamzin Wright to deftly deflect into the corner of the Welwyn goal.

Blueharts took a well-deserved 2-0 lead into the break and started the second half much the dominant side, with some particularly strong build up play from Lamey, Bayley, Anna Mastropierro and Jenny Burr in midfield.

Allie Antoniou and Wright worked well up front to give the midfield a target for some penetrating through balls and kept the pressure on the Welwyn defence. Their hard work paid off when Elayne Brown fired a free hit into the D where player of the match Chapman played a neat reverse stick deflection to wrong foot the ’keeper and increase Blueharts’ lead to 3-0.

The final word of the game came from Bayley who scored a superb self-made goal, running at and through the Welwyn defence before striking a fine shot past to seal a 4-0 victory for Blueharts and three vital league points.

Next up for Blueharts is a trip to league leaders Havering on January 29.

Blueharts II 0 St Albans III 6

Third from bottom Blueharts II faced league leaders St Albans III on Saturday and the first half saw a beleaguered Blues team mostly in their own half as they conceded four goals.

After a tough talking half time break Blues stepped up a gear or two and showed themselves to be a much better match for the opposition in the second half spending quality time in the opposition’s half.

A series of short corners for the Blues went unconverted but the Saints hit back with a class reverse stick flick just inside the post and moment before the final whistle took advantage of the Blues’ disorganisation during an injury replacement to take their final total to six.

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