Week 12: M2s edge ‘the real’ north London derby

WH&E M2 1 : 0 Southgate Adelaide M2

Last week’s glossy win was followed up with a far more gritty game versus local rivals Southgate Adelaide this week – a game which they had billed on their Twitter as ‘the real North London derby’.

The opposition won several short corners early on which were well kept out by Nick Smith in goal along with his defence who made a number of good clearances including one off the goal line.

Winchmore seemed to be on the back foot with some attritional attacking from Adelaide however the defensive line of Joe Small, Michael Dutnall and Huw Thomas remained solid.

Towards the end of the first half, Chris Buff broke through and beat the last man to find himself 1 on 1 with the keeper who he calmly slotted past to break the deadlock and send Winchmore into half time 1-0 up.

The game came to life in the second half with both teams having opportunities to test the goalkeepers. With ten minutes remaining the opposition appeared fired up with their tackles becoming increasingly robust. Asher found himself in a Southgate sandwich and was hacked down with a stick to the ankle which saw tempers become increasingly frayed. A green card was rightly handed to the Adelaide captain who trudged off launching his stick into the pitch side fence earning him an upgrade to yellow.

Some further handbags ensued as the game reached its final minutes resulting in an additional green card for the opposition, with Winchmore sensibly not engaging in the verbals.

Another win added to our total puts us in a solid position for a big push up the table after the Xmas break.

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East League 8SW – Current Table


WH&E L1 0 : 3  PHC Chiswick Ladies L2

The ladies 1s were up against Chiswick, hoping for a 5th week of points and finally getting out of the relegation zone.

We started fairly strongly, with our young star Freya in goal making some great saves, and us getting good runs in up front from Beth Deane and Bethany McNamara. Chiswick were a well drilled team and had a lot of chances at goal. One saved by MOTM Gemma Gatting who, after it had been saved and then rebounded, stopped the ball just off the line and very coolly pushed it away to keep us level.

We fought hard but unfortunately could not convert our play into goals, after a few attempts, and ended up losing 3-0. An unfortunate end to this side of the season but a lot to think about over Christmas, especially for DOTD Sarah E-Q who made her husband get her 3 kids into the car just to bring her watch to her for the match…and then get them all ready to come and pick her up again 70 minutes later!

I hope everyone is looking forward to a lot of fitness during training in the new year 😉


WH&E M1 3 : 4  Broxbourne M3

The last game of 2018 brought Winchmore Hill and Enfield Men’s 1st XI to Broxbourne on the banks of the Lee river for a match scheduled at the very festive time of 4.30 pm.

WK12M1Winchmore fielded a strong team and the luxury of two subs for what is always a hard-fought match.

There were several initial quickfire exchanges – Broxbourne possess several highly skilled players – and they were rewarded with the lead early in the first half.

But the teams proved tightly matched as they exchanged goals and ended the first half evenly matched at 2-2.

Winchmore were very effective at combining Jim Gatting’s strong passing from the back with effective midfield link up play which then translated into pressure on the Broxbourne goal and two goals, one a successful short corner from Gatting and the other a Tim Mall goal from open play. Indeed, some of Winchmore Hill’s clever swift passing around the D would have suggested that Winchmore were well-positioned at half time to take the spoils.

So to the second half and a period of midfield domination with Stuart Carrick and Dominic Smith key. Yet although Winchmore got one more goal – a fantastic first-time deflection from Craig Jackson – they simply couldn’t translate the domination into more than that one goal and Broxbourne took their chances to put two more past us – one frustratingly from a short corner, another on the break and very much against the run of play.

Winchmore came close a couple more times – there may have been an open goal incident – but it was not to be. Much to mull over the Christmas mulled wine.

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Week 11: M2s storm back to form

WH&E M2 7 : 2 St Albans M9

M2s faced St Albans 9s having been comprehensively defeated by MDBA the previous week. Winchmore got off to a good start and caused the opposition problems with old boy Mark Gray looking a constant threat up top.

In such a high scoring game (Rob Dowling x 2, Dom, Ellis, Peter, Robert Ulph and Mark Gray) the two standout goals (goals that I can remember) were…

Rob Dowling’s fantastic break into the D from the right side firing his shot straight into the keepers pads the ball rebounded to Mark Gray who turned the ball in on the volley with a super reaction finish drawing a round of applause from the spectators.

Peter Morton – Midway through the second half the ball was deflected high in the air towards the far post where Peter put it in with a fantastic touch from above his head. The goal was made all the more special as Peter described it as his first goal in 20 years of hockey!

The final score finished Winchmore 7 St Albans 2.

A fantastic team performance in what was a comprehensive win.

MOTM: Asher – A fantastically mature performance causing the St Albans defence trouble throughout.
DOTD: Rob Dowling – Scored one of his goals with the back of his stick.


WH&E M1 2 : 0  Hertford M2

In a tight game, Winchmore came out on top with 2 goals from Colin Foad in the last 10 mins to secure all 3 points. Another win for the 1s who are steadily moving up the table after a slow start to the season (just for a change!).


WH&E L2 0 : 1 Harrow L3

A game of two halves as Winchmore looked the more likely to score in the first half, creating several chances that just couldn’t be finished – leading scorer Abbi coming close with two good efforts narrowly missing the target.

In the second half it was Harrow who seized the initiative, pressing forward and winning several penalty corners – a deflected shot from one striking Lorna on the face mask on the goal line, saving a goal! However, it was another penalty corner that settled the game with a clean strike from the top of the D beating keeper and defence to give Harrow the win.

A close game that could have gone either way, but lots of good performances across the Winchmore team.


WH&E L1 0 : 0  West Hampstead L2

A draw. Nothing happened. (well no match report was written anyway!)

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Herts Junior League: December

It was another busy weekend for the Junior section as we hosted a girls U12 tournament at Southbury Leisure Centre, as well as sending the boys U12 team to Broxbourne and running our usual Sunday morning training session for the rest of our junior members! Check out our tournament reports below.

Girls Under 12s @ Southbury

U12GDecOur under 12’s girls team turned up to our first home tournament of the season with a determined attitude. Their first match was against a strong (and tall!) Broxbourne A team. Solid defending from Kirsty, Molly and Alize couldn’t stop Broxbourne putting three past us.

With the arrival of the rest of our team (who had just finished swimming club!) we came out strongly against Blueharts A’s and were unlucky to concede one goal. With our third game we were starting to work well as a unit, using the width of the pitch and attacking with gusto.

Our final match, against Broxbourne B’s was our best game by far, with some fantastic runs down the wing from Harriet, linking up with Kirsty, who scored our first goal. Our second goes to Harriet, when her shot on goal was stopped on the line by an opposition foot. With no short corners, the umpire quite rightly gave a goal.

This is a team brimming with potential and they should all be very proud of their performance.
Well done Alice, Alize, Emily, Edie, Kirsty, Molly, Mary, Grace and Harriet.

A final massive thanks to Charlotte Gonella and Lisa Jobson for organising, timing and umpiring.

Results
Broxbourne A 3 – WHE 0
Blueharts A 1- WHE 0
Blueharts B 1 – WHE 0
Broxbourne B 1 -WHE 2


Boys U12s @ Broxbourne

The boys Under 12s ventured to Broxbourne for the next round of the Herts junior league with matches against Royston, Harpenden and Blueharts.

First up was Royston and our boys battled hard, but Royston just had that bit of extra quality in attack and ran out worthy winners 2-0. After a game off and a chance to re-group, we came out fighting against Harpenden, and in a very tight game created several chances in attack with Luca epitomising the effort from the team – sprinting half the length of the pitch and then sliding into the opposition goal but just unable to get the final touch needed to score. Harpenden snatched 2 goals to run out winners, which didn’t reflect the even game.

Straight on again for our final match against Blueharts and it was all about the opposition keeper who kept out great shots from Luca, Ben and Zafar, before our boys tired in the final minutes with Blueharts taking advantage of us not having a keeper to bundle in 3 quick goals.

Lots of great tackling, passing and hard work across the team: Thomas, Joseph, William, Harry, Zubin, Ben, Zafar, Lukas and Luca; and next time we’ll definitely be looking to have a keeper which could make all the difference in those tight matches.

Results

Royston 2 – WHE 0
Harpenden 2 – WHE 0
Blueharts Panthers 3 – WHE 0

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Week 10: M1s bounce back in style

WH&E M1 6 : 2 St Albans M4

A great game that saw 8 goals go in, two teams playing very good hockey and a game that the saying “play to the whistle” wasn’t needed because of the football game playing next to the pitch.

First half was a very even game with both us and St Albans playing very good hockey. By the end of the half Winchmore were 2-1 up with nothing separating the two sides. With great goals from Adam Machray from a well struck ball at the 25metres from Mike Dutnall, and a goal for Tim Mall.

The second half started with one of the fastest goal from the push back I’ve seen which involved a push back from Tim to Dominic Smith (who was helping the 1’s out for the week and what a player to call on for extra strength in the team) Then an aerial ball went over all the St Albans players and with Tim running onto the ball saw him hit the ball past their goalie.

The game would not be the same without our short corner goal machine and most passionate player Jim Gatting with two great goals and continuous great defending. Which helped us go 5-1 making very hard work for St Albans to get a result out of the game.

The game finishing 6-2 with goals from Adam, Colin, Tim x2 and Jimbo x2.

DOTD – Craig for repeatedly missing shots on goals
MOTM – Tim for always finding the goal and playing excellent all the time 😎


WH&E L1 2 : 1  Ashford L1

WK10L1The tenacious Ladies 1s pushed Ashford to the edge today in our 2-1 victory.

The opposition were not expecting us to cone out with the pressure we put on them so we watched them get more frustrated as time went on. This only fuelled us as a team and we pushed ourselves, communicated brilliantly and tracked the oppo players for the whole 70 minutes.

Our defensive 4 played amazing today, meaning I (yes i was silly enough to go in goal again) didn’t have to do very much at all. Man of the match Sarah E-Q made some amazing stops and was absolutely a force to be reckoned with.

Our goals came from a great finish by Rebecca Infanti-Milne and then a finish from Beth Deane from a great ball sent up the pitch by Gemma Gatting.

Their goal came from a penalty flick given away by a shin on the line. They aimed for my face so i naturally moved out of the way… Damn reflexes.

The match had a tense finish with Ashford pushing and pushing for goal but we simply outplayed them today and wouldn’t let them have it.

Well done ladies 💃💃💃💃💃💃💃


WH&E L2 2 : 2 PHC Chiswick L6

The ladies 2s had an early start and travelled to Chiswick, Linford Christie stadium arriving to ….portable loos!!! But that was no comparison to the umpiring (which I shall not comment on).

After a bit of a rejig in usual positions with Abbi playing in midfield and a debut from Mia, we got off to a great start. Fab play down the wings and brilliant interceptions from everyone. Charlotte made fantastic attacking play dribbling around several players and striking the ball into the goal, not once but twice. WHE 2 up at half time thanks to Freya making a cracking save to keep them at bay.

Chiswick came out fighting and got 2 back in the second half with the help of a few questionable decisions preventing us from trying out our short corners from training. (Sorry Dominic Smith, no number 1-6’s!!)

Still, content with a draw, well done ladies we held them off!!!


WH&E M2 1 : 13 MBDA M1

A game we always knew would be a tough one. We had the bare 11 against a well resourced top of the table MBDA. As soon as the game started, we were under pressure, struggling to get it out of our half. Eventually the numbers they were putting into our box led to the first and second goals.

We soon started to look a bit more assertive, starting to put the ball in their half having some good through balls into Tej and Asher. Soon though they were back at us, snatching another two goals before half time, leaving us 4-0 down going into the break.

After half time we started to push up a bit more. Some good work by Rob, Stan and Joseph down the left wing being particular highlights. Unfortunately, a stick to the rib had left Grant somewhat incapacitated, and that combined with us being a little more aggressive and tired meant we were letting more goals in. Soon though, some good work managed to earn us a short corner. Coming out to Eray, he drilled it into the goal, much deserved.

But MBDA were soon coming at us again though, and the goals kept coming. Only some excellent keeping by Balazs kept it down. He’s improving fast, becoming much more assertive in the box. Some wonderful runs by Asher and a good passing game by everyone though were highlights. The final score was 13-1, disappointing but a good learning experience and we’ll come back stronger from it.

MOTM: Eray, a fantastic goal, as well as being a rock at CDM
DOTD: The stick which took out Grant.

 

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Week 9: Ladies keep up the momentum

WH&E L1 0 : 0  Teddington L3

The Ladies 1s are continuing their awesomeness.

We came out in force today with a strong squad of 13 against Teddington who are 3rd in the league.

The match was tight throughout the 70 minutes with each team fighting for goal. Our strong defence, featuring the joint MoTMs Charlotte Ellingham and Freya S meant Teds barely had a shot on target, and when they did it was cleanly cleared away from goal.

The forwards were making great runs and keeping up the pressure but unfortunately couldn’t convert.

The match ended 0-0. A clean sheet for the team and really well deserved point! We frustrated Teds who were disappointed not to score against us, as we managed to keep our cool, drive and positivity throughout the afternoon.

Shout outs go to Tish for being in the right place all the time and Gemma Gatting for another strong and supportive day in defence.

#1point #2weeks2points #hockeyfamily


WH&E L2 2 : 0  BA Hayes L2

WK9L2After the success of a 6-2 win in their last match, the ladies 2’s came out with a reputation to uphold.

The match started with Lucky Charlotte (having not warmed up) running on from the sideline as the whistle blew and stepping onto the ball – a questionable first touch and start to the game!

But the ladies soon got into their great game play with quick runs and passing down the wings converting yet another goal from Abi (watch out ladies 1’s- top goal scorer this year?). There is also potential yet for Lisa Jobson with a hit towards the goal rebounding off the post panicking BA Hayes goalie. Erin snuck one past the goalie making the final score 2-0.

A special mention to Debs making her debut in goal and keeping a clean sheet and Anju Jacob being in the right place at the right time!

Well done ladies, bring on next week!


WH&E M2 0 : 3 Stevenage M4

The Men’s 2s slipped to a 3-0 defeat away at Stevenage in a tough game with several key players missing.

A disappointing first half (2-0) was turned around in the second with Winchmore pressing and keeping Stevenage under pressure in their own half. However, we just couldn’t find a goal to swing the game in our favour and Stevenage scored a third to run out comfortable winners.


WH&E M1 0 : 1 Shefford & Sandy M2

A great performance from the team, however Shefford & Sandy scored with pretty much their only shot of the game to take the points. Not the result we wanted or deserved, but lots of positives to build on for next week.

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Upcoming Fixtures

December 15, 2018
  • Ashford (Middlesex) Ladies' 4s v Winchmore Hill & Enfield Ladies 2

    December 15, 2018
    Ashford (Middlesex)

December 16, 2018
  • Junior Training

    December 16, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Southbury Leisure Centre, 192 Southbury Rd, Enfield EN1 1YP, UK

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