WH&E M2 5 : 1 Harpenden M4
The Men’s 2s faced Harpenden 4s with both teams aiming for promotion to Division 7SW.
Winchmore were caught short within the first 5 minutes with Harpenden winning a penalty corner which they duly converted. This first goal spurred Winchmore into action, Rob, Dom and Rafi dominated the centre of the pitch creating many chances.
Within minutes the ball was delivered to Rob Dowling who calmly swept the ball into the opposition goal to equalise. Shortly after, a quick move down the right led to Rafi flicking the ball past the diving keeper making the score 2-1. Winchmore had all the momentum and with Harpenden looking shell shocked Rafi then made it 3 with a clever deflection from Dom’s drive into the circle. Within a matter of minutes, the home side had turned things around and now found themselves 3-1 up. The final goal of the half was a fantastic individual goal from Dom, having taken the ball past one player the Harpenden defence continually backed off and allowed a clear run at goal, unsurprisingly allowing Dom to rifle the ball past the keeper. The half time whistle went with Winchmore having a commanding 4-1 lead.
Harpenden restructured for the 2nd half and did well to keep Winchmore out despite wave after wave of attack. However, eventually the defence was breached once more, and Rob Ulph calmly put the ball in at the far post. The home side could have made it 6-1 in the dying seconds after Rob Dowling threaded the eye of the needle playing the ball across goal past the keeper to the far post however the ball went spinning off Leo’s stick and agonizingly wide of the post from just a yard out in a chance which was undoubtedly easier to score than miss!
An excellent all-round performance sees the M2s move to 4th place but importantly just 2% off 2nd place which would see them secure back to back promotions.
MOTM: Haydn – An incredibly mature performance, creating some fantastic chances and consistently being an integral part of Winchmore’s attack.
DOTD: Leo for the miss of the season.
Big thanks to Lisa Jobson for umpiring rather than playing for the Ladies 2s!
WH&E L2 1 : 5 Ealing L2
After a successful 2-0 victory last week against Teddington (oops no match report-one of the only games to be played due to snow/ice!) the Ladies 2s had a tough match ahead against top of the league Ealing!
Arriving with plenty of time to spare we used it wisely: wishing Pippa a Happy Birthday, catching up, using the smelly port-a-loos and well, a bit of a warm up.
The game got off to a great start with lovely play down the sides and brilliant “selfish” runs from Mia putting training into practice. We held them off for a while but conceded 2 goals in the first half although we were proud with our play.
The second half was tough. Two injured players – Anju Jacob ankle and Sahara’s knee meant everyone who was on, was staying on! But before the injury Sahara did a cracking run and a lovely sweep towards the goal (just outside the D) luckily it skimmed Charlotte’s stick, forcing the umpire to award it!
The final score was a respectful 5-1 (better than our 6-0 loss last meet) but DOTD has to go to Pippa Deane for scoring a goal preventing Freya from saving it! (in our minds a more truthful 4-1 result!)
Thanks to Sam Deane for her support and more importantly her yummy Harry Potter birthday cake for Pippa!
Well done ladies, vital match next week against close in the league Staines let’s bring it! (Also, we missed you Lisa Jobson!)
WH&E M1 2 : 3 Harpenden M2
No match report yet…!
No game for the Ladies 1s this week.