Welwyn 3's 3 v 17 Hillcroft A
Jan. 31, 2012
Tom (Timmy) Paton (4)
Rob Towers (3)
Darren Evans (2)
Matthew Hare-Scott (2)
Tom Duggan (2)
Reeve Rixon (1)
Alex Harris (1)
Lee Christensen (1)
Tim Melching (1)
On the sloped Welwyn home ground both teams played some good lacrosse in this quarter final match. Hillcroft came out hard in first quarter with a goal within the first three minutes from defensive middie Tom Duggan; a smart dodge in from the left and a powerful shot in the top right corner. Five more goals followed in a quarter dominated by Hillcroft winning the majority of the face-offs and maintaining possession.
The second quarter saw four more goals unanswered from Hillcroft with the tally spread evenly through midfield and attack. An excellent play of quick passing and movement led to one of the goals of the game. A diagonal cut from the left hand side by midfielder Reeve Rixon was picked out by a fantastic feed from Lee Christensen, a smart quick-stick finish took Hillcroft into half time with a comfortable 0-10 lead.
Another goalless quarter from Welwyn saw Hillcroft extend their lead in the third quarter to 0-15. Throughout the match Welwyn showed good passing and movement in attack but were unable to penetrate the Hillcroft defense with any real threat. Hillcroft's goalkeeper Steve Flint made some good saves but remained mostly untested as many Welwyn shots blazed wide.
The fourth quarter saw Hillcroft take their foot off the gas a little, with Welwyn breaking their clean sheet and scoring three well-taken goals. Nonetheless Hillcroft kept on the pressure and scored two of their own. Overall a well fought battle that saw Welwyn overpowered by the experience of a Hillcroft side looking for back-to-back promotions in the league.
Thanks to the Welwyn team for a great match, and some lovely grub afterwards.
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