Week 25: M2s secure back to back promotion!

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.

WK25-8SWTableAlthough 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…

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Week 24: L1s finish on a high; M2s still hunting promotion

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.

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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 💪🏼 ♥

#theevengreatergreatestgreatescape


WH&E L2 2 : 1 Harrow L3

WK24L2After 2 consecutive weeks of disappointment, we were up against 3rd place Harrow. (Such a formidable opponent made Romy’s agreement to go in goal even more brave/crazy!🤪)

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…

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Week 23: L1s run out of caffeine

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.

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Herts Junior League: March

After the February round of fixtures was cancelled due to snow, normal service was resumed for March with the Girls U12s heading to St Albans and the Boys U12s at Potters Bar, whilst at Southbury Leisure Centre we hosted the Boys U14 tournament. Check out our tournament reports below.


Girls Under 12s @ St Albans

U12GMarOur girls under 12’s team travelled to St Albans this morning for the latest Junior Herts league tournament. We had no subs and the rain was pouring down but it did not dampen our spirits.

The first match was against Harpenden. We mostly kept our shape and attacked with gusto and were unlucky to concede a goal. Second game was against a strong Royston B team, we defended multiple short corners and conceded 2 well taken goals.

Our heads did not drop and after a change in formation we took on Broxbourne and produced a goal! A stong run from winger Harriet passed to Kirsty who fed Isabel for the shot. Broxbourne equalised and the match ended in a draw.

Our final game was against Blueharts. Buoyed by our last match we started with passion. The well drilled Blueharts team were strong in attack and we were strong on defence. We held them to a 0 – 0 draw.

This team are continuing to grow in confidence and skill. Harriet, covering the entire pitch with endless energy; Molly, so solid at the back; Elize, always running into space; Kirsty controlling the midfield; Emily, super fast on the wing; Mary, tenacious in defence and Isabel, with her great ball distribution. Lots to build on for the future.


Boys U12s @ Potters Bar

The boys U12 team headed out to Potters Bar today for the latest round of the Herts junior League. A cold, wet and windy morning did not seem to bother the kids (unlike the adult spectators!!) as they took on the usual suspects from Royston, Blueharts (x2 teams) and Hertford.

The boys battled hard in all the matches, and performed particularly well in games 2 and 3 against Blueharts Pumas and Hertford, taking the game to the opposition and creating several good scoring chances in each game. However, the luck was not with us today, with shots being deflected wide or being saved by a sprawling keeper, and our boys were robbed of a deserved point after a last minute breakaway goal from the Pumas.

Lots of great performances throughout the team – Joseph with some great goal line clearances, William solid tackling and hits up field, Thomas winning the ball back in defence and midfield, Harry bringing the ball out from the back to support the midfield, Ben using his skills and speed on the right wing, Sam working hard on the left of midfield, Zafar’s skilful dribbling through the middle and Siva a live wire in midfield and attack, always wanting the ball.

The boys have made some good progress this season, but so have the opposition teams, so we need to keep working hard on our teamwork and I’m sure the results will come.

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Week 22: Teamwork makes the M2 dreamwork…

WH&E M2 4 : 0 St Albans M8

The acronym TEAM stands for Together Everyone Achieves More & indeed a worthy 4-0 win stood this afternoon for the M2s @ home.

Good supportive interplay was the order of the day as the M2s pressed & probed & frustrated the visitors psychologically & physically.

The hard work in the 1st half brought rich dividends in the 2nd half:

A penalty flick was awarded to Dominic; Stan found the backboard & Leo added 2 more to the total clinching the much-needed goal difference.

Well done everybody, and many thanks to our umpires Chris Moran and Graham Sparrey who stepped in at short notice.


WH&E L2 2 : 3 BA Hayes L2

This week brought not only slightly more sensible hockey weather but also Abbi back from injury, Mia back from the Italian Alps, Captain Pip with a raging hangover and Lisa back into defence (bye bye #journeytocentremid).

We began the game strongly, with our midfielders using their pace against an older and slightly more stationary BA Hayes.

Charlotte intercepted a Hayes 16 and with a ball into the D for Abbi to collect and calmly slot between the keeper’s legs to cement our upper hand. As only family can, she made sure Charlotte knew her goal count, whispering 12 as she jogged back to our half. Beth Deane – C’s coming for your assists trophy.

We continued with lots of fab movement of the ball kept the pressure on. Unfortunately, against the run of play, Hayes were awarded a short corner which led to a disappointing goal that somehow slow-mo’d over line.

After Daddy Deane half-time talk, much appreciated, we maintained the pressure with several free hits inside their D, culminating in a pass to Charlotte who shot the ball between the keepers legs which Abbi stole/secured depending on which one you talk to.

A little ill-discipline in the defence, mainly me forgetting I was back in defence (hello again #journeytocentremid) and christening my brand new astros with a ball to both feet and my hand (all at once) led to 2 goals for Hayes.

A frustrating end to a good game with lots of positives: Romy following in Captain Pip’s footsteps by freight-training out to clear the ball away from our 23, Abbi and Ellie working well together up the left-hand side, Kate and Mia tirelessly covering miles and hassling the opposition into making mistakes, and Charlotte (the assist Queen) selflessly sending balls into the D.


WH&E L1 0 : 4 Teddington L3

With no subs and playing against second in the league, we knew today was going to be a tough one. After a long drive to Teddington we faced our first battle of the day, finding a parking space. Those unlucky few found themselves starting their warm up early with a long walk from their cars! Once kitted in their ‘changing facilities’ we then faced the choice of a warm up on a muddy field or on the side of the pitch, the latter seeming the best option. A delayed game before ours then meant we had a brief but fast paced hockey warm up. None of this phased us, not even their 5 subs and a coach on the side line!

We took the game to them and started strong with some great attacks. We worked well as a unit across the entire pitch with the midfield being the strong glue between the defence and forward. In the beautiful and unexpected sunshine the defence relentlessly battled to keep the constantly changing Teddington forward line from finding the back board. Not long before half time and following from our attacking short corner, Teddington made a fast-paced break and opened the scoring. Shortly after, they gained their own short corner and quickly converted it to 2-0 at half time.

The second half started very much as the first half finished, with Teddington piling on the pressure. With support from the entire team, we continued the battle in defence but we’re unfortunate to concede another 2 goals. Not once did our heads drop and even though our pace slowed, we never gave up. Although the final score was a 4-0 loss, this by far does not reflect the commitment and drive that the team had today.

Special mention to Karen Smith Gray for completing a 5-hour round trip so she was childless today to then go on to receive 2 separate head injuries (unfortunately receiving DOD for one of them) and was a close second for POM.

Player of the Match was Rachelle Alexandra for being on the floor for the right reasons and making amazing tackles.

I was very proud to stand in as captain today and lead the ladies who showed so much positivity and drive. The score line does not by any means reflect our game and we were unfortunate to not score any goals of our own.


WH&E M2 1 : 2 Berkhamsted M2

No match report, yet…

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Upcoming Fixtures

April 29, 2019
  • BSL: WHE Mixed v Shotgunners

    April 29, 2019 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
    Broxbourne Sports Club, Mill Ln Cl, Broxbourne EN10 7BG, UK

May 1, 2019
  • Hockey AGM

    May 1, 2019 @ 7:45 pm - 9:45 pm
    Winchmore Hill & Enfield Hockey Club, 149 Firs Lane, London N21 3ER Firs Ln, London N21 3ER, UK

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