Week 11: L2s draw again; L1s/M2s slide to defeats; Jack Frost returns

WH&E L2 2 : 2 Old Merchant Taylors L3

WK11L2We arrived at the pitch, captainless and thinking we only had a bare 11 only to realize that we in fact had a sub… Lorna to the rescue (with Kirsty in tow).

OMT started quickly and it took us a while to realize that we can actually play hockey too. They took the first goal from a break to our disappointment. This woke us up and we quickly received a short corner. A strike from Gemma which was converted by Charlotte to bring us equal just before half time.

Second half we started well with confidence getting the better of OMT until our jet setter Michelle hit herself in the head. Luckily, she can recuperate in sunny Jamaica, not jealous at all!!!

They scored from a scrambled short corner making it 2-1 but we fought on and of course Abbi put one away. This puts her goal scoring total equal to last years after only half the season; winner of top goal scorer again?!

Final score 2-2 draw, bring on the next!


WH&E M2 1 : 4 St Albans M7

Having already beaten St Albans M8 earlier in the season, the men’s 2s were hoping for a similar result against their M7s and in a tight first half it looked like they might be in with a chance. St Albans scored first, but Winchmore battled hard and earned a well-deserved equaliser shortly before half-time, with Luke diving and sweeping the ball past the keeper after a good move down the right.

However, the exertions of the first half had taken their toll on Winchmore, and in the second half St Albans pushed on as the stronger and fitter side, eventually scoring 3 more goals to make it 4-1 as the final result.


WH&E M1 v Blueharts M4

Jack Frost 1, hockey nil. Match postponed…


WH&E L1 1 : 6 Ashford L1

No match report, yet…

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Herts Junior League – December 2019

U12 Boys @ Southbury Leisure Centre

U12BoysHerts(Dec-19)It was a 9am start for our boys U12s, as we hosted the Herts Junior League for the first time this season on a bitterly cold, but thankfully not frosty, morning.

After their heroics at Blueharts in the November tournament, our boys were raring to go with a slightly altered line up as Immanuel, James and Joseph B were added to the squad.

In the opening game against Harpenden, they picked up where the left off with great passing and interplay between midfield and attack seeing Winchmore take a 2-1 lead halfway through the game, with the goals coming from Zafar and Siva. However, Harpenden were a good side and after picking off some misplaced Winchmore passes they counter-attacked at speed, scoring 3 more goals to run out 4-2 winners in an exciting end-to-end game.

After one match on the sidelines, our boys were soon back in action again, taking on Royston in the next game. However, defeat in the first game had knocked their confidence and despite creating some good chances in attack they were unable to convert. Royston then took full advantage of a couple of missed tackles to score twice and take the win 2-0.

After the loss of Liam to illness, we regrouped and took the fight straight to Hertford in the final match of the day. And our boys were soon back to goalscoring ways as Zafar got his second goal of the day and then Albert swept the ball home to seal a comfortable 2-0 win.

Played 3, won 1, lost 2, but lots of great play in all areas of the pitch once again, and some lessons learned too on the importance of accurate passing and making those tackles count. I’m sure the boys will be itching to get back in action again in the next round after Christmas.

Big thanks to all the parents who braved the cold to support, and of course to Lisa and Charlotte for organising the tournament on behalf of the club.


U12 Girls @ Hertford

U12GirlsHerts(Dec-19)The under 12’s girls’ team were in good spirits for their tournament in Hertford – they had even created their own WHEHC chant!

Our first game was against Hertford A’s, we fought hard against a well drilled team and went down 2-0. Our heads were held high.

Our next game was a battle against Broxbourne. This time we had a secret weapon, new goalie Bhavya, who played a blinder. We were unlucky to lose 1-0.

Next, we had Welwyn Garden City who we were again unlucky to concede a goal to. Final score another 1-0 defeat. Special mention in this game goes to our solid defence. Unfortunately, in this game our goalie sustained an injury and we didn’t know if she would be able to continue….

… She did against Hertford B’s and with a fantastic team spirit we smashed the next game 1-0. The goal was started with a great run down the wing by Harriet and a strong strike by Kirsty. BOOM, our first win.

Buoyed by our first win the team went into the next match with an increased confidence. Unfortunately, we did not have a goalie, but it didn’t stop us. BOOM 2 goals, courtesy of Kirsty! (#Proud Mum on the sidelines!!). Harpenden 0, WHE 2. What a result!

Our last match was against North London and we held our own. The defence was strong, the midfield used the space well and the attack were tenacious. We were happy with a 0-0 draw.

This team are the future of our club and based on their performance today the future looks very bright indeed. Molly, Emily, Alice, Alize, Kirsty, Layla, Bhavya and Harriet all played their socks off and should be very proud of themselves. Special final mention to the parents who came to support and finally to Callum Hall on his umpiring debut.

Onwards and upwards.

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Week 10: Three, is the magic number (of goals for M1 and L1)

WH&E M1 3 : 0 Bishops Stortford M3

The Men’s 1s were at home and hunting for 3 points against Bishops Stortford 3s, having already played out a draw with Stortford 2s earlier in the season.

In a very tight first half it was clear that this was not going to be an easy game, but Winchmore didn’t panic and stuck to the plans of a solid passing and possession game. And that patience paid off when the deadlock was broken shortly before half time – a diagonal aerial into the opposition D was brought down by Adam Machray who passed it inside for Colin to smash past the keeper and put Winchmore 1-0 up at the break.

Back out for the second half and it was more of the same – good possession, passing and movement brought two more goals – the first from a nice move down the right which Harry Stone swept home from near the penalty spot. The second from Stone again, this time going himself round the back on the right side of the goal before pulling the pass across goal only for a Stortford defender to beautifully side foot it through their keeper’s legs!

3-0 the final score and a solid performance all round – Winchmore controlling the game from the back and snuffing out any chances Stortford tried to create. 🏑💪💜

MOTM: James for solid defence and distribution from left back.DOTD: In the first half it looked likedly to be Colin, after putting it wide from close range. But this was easily gazumped in the second half by Adam who rounded the keeper and only had to pull the ball back and pass it into an empty net, but instead choose a spectacular / diving / tumbling reverse stick swipe, with the ball looping up tamely and well wide of the goal 🤣


WH&E L1 3 : 1 Old Merchant Taylor L1

The day started with a player down and Karen Goode on the floor.

We started pretty slow, unable to get any good chances, apart from a strong run from Beth Deane up the wing and a pass to Bethany… But living up to last week, she fell flat in her back instead of shooting. We were starting to slowly improve by the end of the first half but there were still no goals to either team.

As always, we love a challenge, so decided that it would be better to be losing the match just so we could come back and win it, so Mia decided to give OMT a penalty flick with 20 minutes to go so that we could fight back. 1-0 down after the flick…which Chris very nearly saved!! We then came out all guns blazing and fought back hard. 5 minutes later after great teamwork to get the ball up the pitch, Vicki got it into the net to bring us back to 1-1! This got us excited so kept going. Some people were getting a bit too excited though and dick of the day Rachelle got green carded and sent off the pitch for 2 minutes for knocking the ball away…

But that didn’t stop us either. A beaut straight shot from Sam Deane on a short corner banged straight to the back of the net to take us up to 2-1. And we still kept going. More hard work from us all managed to get the ball back up into the D and Caroline Briers got our 3rd goal with a beautiful reverse stick flick past the keeper!

Final score 3-1!

MOTM: Sam Deane for her relentless work and non-stop running in defence and midfield.

DOTD: Rachelle for her green card!


WH&E L2 2 : 2 Teddingdon L6

WK10L2The ladies 2s played Teddingdon in the late game, with Michelle returning from Germany for her debut this season; scoring two goals. Romy played in goal – and actually got a chance to show her skill!

In the first half we played a fast paced, end to end game. Sonya ran lots of fast balls up the pitch, to Michelle and Charlotte who got lots of brilliant chances. At half time, the score was 1 all.

The second half was even faster paced – somehow – with Gem running up from defence and Sonya creating even more chances for Michelle and Ellie. Kate picked up lots of balls that were passed out by the opposition and sent them back into the D for more goals. Our defence was strong for the whole game, and Sula played fantastically – as per usual – in midfield. The game ended with a well-deserved 2-2.


WH&E M2 0 : 5 Hertford M4

A tough away trip to Hertford for the 4:30pm push back and not the result the M2s were looking for after a hard fought draw the previous week.

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Week 9: M2s fight back; M1s bounce back; L2s are back!

WH&E M2 1 : 1 Berkhamsted M4

WK9M2Pre-match was all smiles and breezy, until we learned that our (arguably) strongest team of the season had two unfortunate late dropouts in Joe and Nick. Despite this, we still had the confidence coming into the game to be able to take something from the game.

Once the game was underway, both teams were evenly matched, with Berkhamsted having a bit more of the possession, but Winchmore having the better earlier opportunities. Both Ellis and Stuart were able to keep the opposition wing play at bay with great stops and tackles, whilst down the other end, Jamie was able to constantly battle down our left wing to advance the ball multiple times.

Some beautiful linked play between midfield and attack gave Winchmore their first golden opportunity where Leo found himself in the D with the ball – unfortunately the keeper saved brilliantly. It wasn’t long before Peter found himself entering the D from the right-hand side, but with two closing defenders could only put it behind Luke for a missed opportunity.

Come the end of the first half, our chances were drying up and Berkhamsted hit us on the break to score. Tiarnan, who had made some outstanding saves to this point, was a bit unfortunate to concede. So we entered half-time at 1-0 down.

Winchmore came out storming in the second half, as we saw inspiration from our first-half performance – with our opportunities we believed we could score a few. It wasn’t too long before Luke had the ball on the left side of the D, sweeping the ball to Leo who tried to outplay the keeper and lift it over the diving goalkeeper – only he didn’t dive and the ball hit him in the chest. As time went on, Berkhamsted got more and more into the game, but someone was looking down on Winchmore as Huw became the Virgil Van Dijk of hockey who decided that he couldn’t be bothered with Berkhamsted’s attacks anymore and broke up literally everything that came beyond the 25-yard line.

Mid-way through the half, inspired by Van Dijk’s footballing heroics before his switch to hockey, both teams (allegedly, I’m not sure?) started to play football within Berkhamsted’s D before the ball found its way into their net for 1-1! Scored by Pete Morton, who is now the top goal scorer!

They were clearly not happy with this and after the goal was given, it turned on their nasty streak, as one of their players decided to embed their shoulder into Luke’s body 😊 – They really switched on though and Winchmore had to dig their heels deep to put in a strong defensive performance for the final 10 minute. Huw Van Dijk led this defensive effort as we had multiple balls shot into the D, only to be cleared out. In the final minutes, they had a short corner, which was shot well but Luke just managed to deflect it away from goal. Finally, the game finished 1-1 which was a relief.

Special thanks to the ladies and men that came down to watch us too! Was great to be able to celebrate with everyone there!

MOTM – Huw Van Dijk. What a defensive performance from the captain! Couldn’t have asked for more.

DOTD – Luke’s hamstring. 😊

tl;dr: They scored, Huw Thomas built a wall, we scored. Draw.


WH&E M1 6 : 1 Bedford M4

It finally clicked. We stuck to our process and a 6-1 win came for M1 versus Bedford M4. I’m sure any moment now Harry Stone is going to embellish this post with all the detail. Goals for Colin (2), Asher (2), Harry and Stan. MOTM Asher.


WH&E L1 1 : 2 Hampstead & Westminster L4

Last Saturday the Ladies 1s played top of the league Hampstead and Westminster 4s at home.

We were all channelling our energy from the doughnut game (if you know, you know) and hoping we could push ourselves as we love a challenge.

The first half proved pretty tough as we failed to wake up in time and let Hampstead & Westminster slip 2 goals in. We fought back against them and got a couple of shots on target but were unable to convert.

We came back harder and more relentlessly in the 2nd half though and pushed forwards with lots of drive. This eventually worked out well for us when Bethany played a ball into the D from the right and Vicki was able to get on the end of it after another touch from Beth, in order to get a goal! The last 10 minutes of the match we pulled on all our remaining energy to keep them out of our net and try our best to get another goal.

We couldn’t make it happen in the end, but we played a great 2nd half against top of the league and should be really proud of it!!!

MOTM to Gemma Gatting for her strength and resilience at the back, as well as a great stint in RM!

DOTD to Bethany for getting into a really great position, making herself free, calling for the ball, receiving a great pass and then falling flat on her face…..


WH&E L2 4 : 2 Imperial Medics L1

The L2s were back in action on Sunday, and were straight back to winning ways with another convincing win, this time over Imperial Medics. The L2s are flying high in second place in the league!

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Week 8: M1s sunk by last minute goal

WH&E M1 2 : 3 Hertford M2

The Men’s 1s were back at home this week, facing a strong Hertford side who had scored a lot of goals in their previous few games and were on form.

Winchmore started well, and controlled the game at times with some good transferring at the back and strong work across the pitch. The game was very tight and end to end but it was Winchmore who drew blood first with an excellently taken short corner by Colin into the bottom right corner.

Hertford came back fighting and finally equalised with a lucky goal sent in after some scrapping in the D not long before the end of the first half.

Winchmore then went out after the break with the plan to press high, work hard and go for a second goal. The plan worked and Winchmore went 2-1 up thanks to another great short corner from Colin, this time put away just inside the left post.

This fired Hertford up and they came back at us hard, pressured us high, forcing an error at the back and managing to equalise.

The game was extremely tense for the final 10/15 mins at 2-2 with end to end hockey and fighting hard from both sides. Sadly, Hertford were just too strong and in the final minute of the game broke through and scored to win the game 3-2.

Overall a really good performance from Winchmore who were so unfortunate to not get points from the game but we push on to Bedford away next week to build on the performance and bring home some more points.

MOTM by team vote goes to Paul for excellent work rate, several saving tackles and good runs forward. DOTD to Stuart for a blunder at the back for the second Hertford goal.


WH&E L1 0 : 2 PHC Chiswick L2s

The ladies 1’s played a hard fought and fast paced match vs Chiswick early on Saturday morning in tornado conditions. And too early for our DOTD Sarah who was still in her PJs at 9:45! The first half showed equal chances for both teams; we had some great crosses in from Sam and Gem but were unable to finish off with a goal. Chiswick had a few chances too and managed to score off a penalty corner and rebound in the D, after a great first save from Putty.

In the second half our ladies came out with a vengeance and brilliant chances came from Reanne with a breakaway, Karen Gray with an almost open net, Caroline with a solid shot on goal, Sam solid shots in, Karen Goode great crosses in and Beth being and running everywhere!

Team defence held a solid defensive formation and Gem, T, Sarah showed some offensive streaks, even going down in the opposition D! Although the opposing coach tried to deflate us with continuous ridicule that we ‘were tired’ (!!) our ladies played till the very end and even had a few great chances in the last 5 minutes, Beth having a chance with a pass from Gem in the last few seconds.

Shell managed to ‘matrix’ and be suspended in mid-air; Reanne, Gem, T, Sam were everywhere and we came off the pitch with heads held high as we played a very positive and trusting game. We then ate Colin’s face (what??!) and voted Beth MOTM for continuous pressure, annoying their defenders, and creating some fantastic opportunities for us to get it in the net. Disappointing result but a great game with tons of positives!


WH&E M2 0 : 8 Harpenden M3

The M2s were up nice and early to get to Harpenden for a 10:30 start. On a freezing morning one could tell we hadn’t really woken up and we conceded a few sloppy goals pretty quickly. They were all over us, a lot of pressure not giving us time on the ball, and pushing numbers forward in attack. They were clearly a good side. The somewhat late arrival of Joe S helped sort things out a little, and we managed to get past the halfway line a bit.

But problems remained. Despite heroic efforts the midfield couldn’t contain the numbers pressing forward and struggled to push on amidst the pressure. Tough first half. 5-0

In the second half after some rousing words we came out stronger. Leo, Guy, and when not injured, Luke, managed to push us on. It felt like their pressure forward started to leave them more exposed as they tired. Sadly no goals were forthcoming, but we were getting closer.

The final score was 8-0, but given we were 3-0 down in about 5 minutes, not a bad result.

MOTM: Leo – who was asked to drop back into the midfield. A good performance there, which probably isn’t what he wants to hear!


No match again this week for the Ladies 2s ☹

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Upcoming Fixtures

December 8, 2019
  • Junior Training - Christmas Jumpers!

    December 8, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Southbury Leisure Centre, Enfield EN1 1YP, UK

December 11, 2019
  • L2/M2 Training

    December 11, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

  • L1/M1 Training

    December 11, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

December 14, 2019
  • Staines Ladies' 3s v Winchmore Hill & Enfield Ladies 2

    December 14, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
    Staines Hockey Club - Worple Rd. Laleham, Staines, Middlesex - TW18

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