It was another tough season for the L1s in a very competitive Middlesex Premier Division finishing in 11th place having played 22, won 4, drawn 5 and lost 13. In any other season this would’ve meant relegation but due to a combination of results in the leagues above they escaped relegation once again with only one team going down from the Premier Division. Phew!
The L2s faired much better, with a young and exciting squad maturing quickly and producing some brilliant results throughout the season and pushing hard for promotion, eventually finishing 6th in Middlesex Division 3 with stats of played 24, won 10, drawn 4 and lost 10. Well done ladies, lots of promise for next season!
The M1s started the season slowly (again!) before finding their form in November and surging up the table to 4th place just before Christmas. However, a combination of injuries and coming out on the wrong side of some tight matches in the second half of the season saw the team finish in 7th place in East League Div 4SW having played 22, won 9, drawn 2 and lost 11.
Following last year’s promotion the M2s faced new challenges in Div 8SW, but with a young squad rapidly growing in confidence, the team stepped up magnificently returning great performances and results week after week, eventually finishing in 3rd place and securing back to back promotions with stats of played 19, won 11, drawn 2 and lost 6. Well done guys!
Top Goalscorer: Tim Mall (17 goals)
Young Player of the Year: Rafi Zeff
Player of the Year: Stuart Carrick
Team of the Year: Men’s 2nd XI
Person of the Year: Balazs Endrodi
WH&E M2 5 : 1 Stevenage M4
The M2s faced Stevenage at home in the final game of the season, knowing that only a win would keep the promotion dream alive.
However, it was Stevenage who opened the scoring early in the game with a well taken penalty corner slotted past Balazs Endrodi in the Winchmore goal.
Although having most of the possession, Winchmore struggled to capitalise and put the ball into the net. Eventually Pete Morton showed the rest of the side how to play as a forward, appearing from behind the defence to burst onto the end of a long ball from a side line hit and deftly deflecting the ball past the keeper to level up the score. Not content with one goal, Peter continued to play with a ferocious intensity and quickly grabbed a second goal to give Winchmore the lead at half time, 2-1.
As the second half began, short corners were again free flowing for the home side and Dominic Smith made it 3-1 with a well finished flick. Leo then scored the fourth having dribbled into the D, the umpires played the advantage following a clumsy stick tackle allowing him to finish with a low reverse stick shot.
The final goal was courtesy of a Joe Small strike from yet another short corner that was slotted home by Asher following a botched clearance from the defence.
As the final whistle blew on the 2019 season a 5-1 victory was a fitting way to end the season, although news had come through that St Albans 8 had narrowly defeated Southgate Tankards Z 3-2 meaning that Winchmore would finish 3rd in the league and miss out on promotion by one place.
That was until the East League decided later that night that 3 teams would be promoted after all! A fitting end to a great season for a new look M2s team, and two promotions in two years!
MOTM – A true team player Peter Morton for excellent attacking play and 2 goals.
DOTD – Southgate for losing to St Albans 3-2 allowing the Tangerines to finish in second place above Winchmore. But then it didn’t matter after all!
Thanks to Michael Dutnall and Adam Machray for umpiring.
WH&E M1 1 : 2 Hertford M2
No match report, yet…
No ladies matches this week…
WH&E L1 1 : 0 West Hampstead L2
Last match of the season for the Ladies 1s and we were up against West Hampstead, the team we’ve been battling against to stay out of relegation.
Our aim of the game was to win, but have fun as it seemed we had nothing to lose, with West Hampstead having a game in hand over us against the bottom of the league who hasn’t won a game this season.
We started very positive and were pretty slick, with great passes up the pitch, excellent 1-2s, and moving off the ball.
About 5 minutes in, Beth Deane made a great run up the pitch and won us a short corner which Samantha Lucy smashed into the back of the net. Lovely goal for the DeaneTeam!
Sam kept going strong and held us up brilliantly in CM to create more chances, but we couldn’t quite get ourselves another goal.
In the 2nd half, West Hampstead were fighting back a lot and we began to panic which led them to get a few short corners and shots in. Luckily Player of the Match Talyssa Mensah defended strongly and even saved a goal off the line to keep us in the lead until the final whistle.
No dick of the day because Rachelle was normal this weekend!
1-0 to WH&E at full time with a win to be proud off. We currently sit only 2 points above West Hampstead in the league and eagerly/ nervously await their result next weekend.
Thanks to all who have come and supported our matches this year in all kinds of weather! We’ve really needed it and it’s always massively appreciated.
Thanks to all the 2s, special guest players and GK Freya who have played for us during the season, you’ve all been so valuable and done exactly what we’ve asked of you each time we needed you.
And massive massive thanks to my ladies for fighting and staying positive 💪🏼 ♥
WH&E L2 2 : 1 Harrow L3
We started well with several shots just the wrong side of the posts but we’re unable to make them count.
Just before halftime Pippa Deane hit the ball up the pitch from a 16. Legs Abbi chased it all the way to the baseline and crossed to Ellie who finished it off in style. 1-0 WHE!
Harrow had a bit more play in the second half and got several short corners, but some Winchmore defensive heroics kept them out! Romy our super-stand-in goalkeeper made multiple saves and Lorna Robertson, Pippa Deane and Lucky Charlotte cleared the line again and again! Eventually though we were undone by a well worked short corner where the ball was slipped to the right and swept into the far corner.
We battled well to the end and were rewarded when in the dying minutes Michkah Fisher slotted one through the goalkeeper’s legs. A well-deserved 2-1!
We must mention our DOTD winner Sula for turning up stickless having to borrow. Although the more creative idea of a relay baton stick was also floated!
WH&E M2 2 : 1 Southgate Tankards Y
The M2s arrived on a windy day at Southgate knowing only a win would do to keep up the promotion dream.
Miraculously we had 13 players by the time push back arrived, surprising given the late messages as we discovered the game was at 3pm not 16:30 as we first thought!
Winchmore started well and put real pressure on Southgate however Southgate were looking to catch us on the counter attack. Gavin Kay marshalled the defence into action and made several last-ditch tackles to keep the scores level.
Winchmore took the lead thanks to Tim Mall who found himself playing for the 2s due to work commitments.
Despite having just scored a fantastic solo goal Tim was furious that it had taken him over 40 minutes to put the ball in the net!
Southgate rallied and put Winchmore under pressure eventually breaking through and levelling the game with a well taken finish. This set up an exciting final quarter with both sides looking to take the win. The away side kept up a barrage of sustained pressure however Southgate held firm.
Eventually Tim once again took the ball into the circle with 4 defenders surrounding him. Despite a clumsy tackle chopping his stick and putting the ball onto his foot, Mall hit the backboard. As Winchmore celebrated both umpires came together to confer eventually deciding the goal should stand.
The win sees the M2s in a promising position however promotion will depend on the result of Southgate Z vs St Albans 8 on Saturday morning.
Thanks to Dominic Smith, Balazs Endrodi, Rafi Zeff and Harry Stone who came down to marshal the subs and offer support!
WH&E M1 0 : 7 St Albans M4
No match report, yet…
WH&E L1 1 : 2 Ashford L1
The ladies 1s started their Saturday with a very early meet time to make the journey to Ashford by 9am! Despite the very early start, we were very awake and ready for the game. Probably due to the amount of coffee drunk!
We started strong and full of positivity. The first half was very even, including some great attacks and fantastic teamwork in defence including Charlotte Ellingham saving a goal off the line in a short corner and Chris making some vital saves!
The second half continued much the same but unfortunately Ashford managed to sneak a goal past our defence! Our heads still held high, we didn’t give up and our backline continued to hold strong including another save off the goal line, this time by Talyssa Mensah! A quick turn around by us saw us put the pressure on up front and after the third rebound from the Ashford keeper we managed to get the ball past her to hit the backboard! A definite team effort but claimed by Caroline!
Ashford came back strong and luckily for us they had a goal disallowed! Two minutes before the final whistle Ashford managed to slip past us to score again. Battling until that final whistle went, we never gave up but could not quite manage the score another goal! A well fought game by all and the effort again is most definitely not reflected in the final result!
Scoreline ended in a 2-1 loss!
MOTM was Chris Putt well deserved as she made some fantastic saves to keep us in the battle!
DOTD was unanimously given to Sarah E-Q for thinking she was kitted to play, then realising she was missing her Astros and stick!
WH&E M2 2 : 1 Berkhamsted M2
No match report, yet…
WH&E L2 0 : 2 PHC Chiswick L6
No match report, yet…
No match for the M2s this week.