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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Week 21: L2s battle hard for a point; M2s go down fighting

WH&E L2 0 : 0 Imperial Medics L1

WK21L2Players taken, players injured, players moved so far up the pitch that altitude sickness was a real concern! Pushing hard and playing a full court press saw Pippa Deane up in centre mid and Ellie leading the charge at top diamond.

Medics caught off their guard with our pace and space meant that we controlled the mid with Kate Smith and Hish keeping the balls moving out wide and forward.

Solid defence ensured that all moves were covered and turned to our advantage. Although you know things aren’t going right when the umpire starts laughing at your bottom diamond for receiving a perfect pass to top D unmarked with both your feet Lisa Jobson… Definitely DOD worthy, and if that wasn’t the tantrum that followed was!

After a full game of battles, mostly in their half, the game finished nil-nil. Medics goalie covered her goal and kept us out. Close calls with good strikes coming from all members of the team (Ellie, Kate, Pippa, Gem, Hish)

WH&E M2 3 : 4 Potters Bar M4

After heroically coming back from a 5-1 deficit for a 5-5 draw last time out, the Men’s 2s travelled to Potters Bar with a simple mission plan: “let’s just win”.

The M2s started strong, gaining short corners by pressing and with positive up front play but fell one nil behind on the break. They pulled one back and had some good individual play through the centre of midfield, but the team couldn’t quite knit it together and fell behind again to goals on the break.

The second half brought improvements, and the M2s traded goals with Potters Bar to bring it back to 4-3 but couldn’t level the scores. With both teams going for a crucial goal, passions ran high and the game ended with the M2s two players down and resolving to do better next week.

WH&E L1 1 : 3 Eastcote L2

No match report…yet

No match for the M1s, who return to action this week.

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Week 20: M1s hang on for win; M2s fight back in 10 goal thriller!

WH&E M1 4 : 3 Blueharts M4

Complete dominance wins through…just

Voters sometimes use their ballot frivolously and thus face unintended consequences. While this could be a comment on current events, we are in fact talking here of the DOTD nominations. This recipient awarded DOTD again (and it must be said without due reason) now has to describe the match events. So this report, reflecting the consequences of said voting, will be less Pulitzer and more perfunctory. Choose differently next time folks….

Across the season for the WH&E 1s 12 games out of 17 have been seen five goals or more scored in the game (by WH&E and opposition) and for week 18 it was lucky 13. The 15 strong squad, which encompassed a few players missing from past weeks, began one of the most dominant periods of play this season, although at the final reckoning, the score ended much closer than the initial dominance. Scoring was as follows:

Goal 1: Colin Foad (shot)
Goal 2: Opposition

Second half

Goal 3: James Gatting (short corner shot into corner)
Goal 4: Colin Foad (tap in after Stuart Carrick’s pass to Jake Sumner’s shot came off the keeper)
Goal 5: Jim Gatting (short corner flick into the top corner)
Goal 6: Opposition
Goal 7: Opposition

Full time 4:3

Thanks to Dominic Smith and Chris Moran for umpiring. Colin Foad wins man of the match and WH&E begins a three game winning streak…maybe (see the last match report).

WH&E M2 5 : 5 Cheshunt M3

The men’s 2s headed to Cheshunt this week for the late game, buoyed by recent good form, but missing key players Joe Small, Rob Dowling and Hitesh Mody who all had better things to be doing during half-term!

Against a typically physical Cheshunt side, it was the home team who dominated the opening period and quickly took the lead through a well worked penalty corner. 1-0 down and Winchmore needed to up our game.

Cheshunt doubled their lead soon after with another well taken goal, before Winchmore got a foothold in the game with a goal from the rapidly improving Peter Morton making it 2-1. But then Cheshunt got another before half time leaving Winchmore with a mountain to climb in the second half.

After a passionate half time speech from Grant Wisson, we came out with a new focus looking to take the initiative in a game we knew was still there for the taking. However, Cheshunt quickly bundled in another goal making it 4-1 and the game was all but out of sight.

But Winchmore are made of sterner stuff, and following good work down the left a ball into the D from Asher broke to Dominic Smith whose first time shot deflected past the keeper off a defender to make it 4-2. Game on.

However, what momentum had been created was quickly subdued as Cheshunt scored a fifth to apparently kill the game once again.

Finally, Winchmore woke up to the seriousness of the situation, and a hard earned penalty corner was duly converted with a neat flick into the left corner from Dom making it 5-3. Ten minutes to go and all to play for.

Then a diagonal ball into the D was picked up by Leo whose reverse stick shot left the keeper wrong footed to make it 5-4.

Shortly after, another penalty corner was converted by Dom to make it 5-all and in a frantic last 5 mins it looked like Winchmore could snatch an unlikely win, only to be denied by some fine be saves from the Cheshunt keeper.

A great comeback for a 5-5 draw. If only we played the first 55 minutes like we played the last 15 the result may have been very different.

MOTM apparently to Dom, for his second half hattrick.

DOTD to Thomas Mabey, who having pointed out how easy it is to get to Cheshunt by train, ended up being late and missing the start of the game!

WH&E L1 0 : 2 Southgate L3

Wh&E Ladies 1s were up against local rivals Southgate 3s on Saturday which turned into a bit of a family day, with 6 kids, 2 dads, 2 husbands and 1 boyfriend turning up to watch.

In the first half, we put on a good show for our spectators with a couple of chances for both teams and it we made it very tight. DotD was decided in the first half when LB Rachelle Alexandra received the ball in our D during what was about to be a great switch round the back, and hit it into her own foot to give a short corner to the opposition. Luckily Chris Putt, who made a great return after months off for illness had us covered.

We ended up not scoring in the first half, but unfortunately dropping our heads a bit in the 2nd half to lose 2-0.

MotM goes to Sarah E-Q for some great defending during the whole match, without which we may have been a few more goals down. Shout out to Abbie who we found at Southgate and convinced to play for us last minute!

This week we’re playing at home at Aylward at 12pm. Any and all support is more than welcome!

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Upcoming Fixtures

March 20, 2019
  • Club Training

    March 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 23, 2019
  • Winchmore Hill and Enfield Men's 1s v Hertford 2s

    March 23, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Rd, London N18 1NB, UK

  • Winchmore Hill and Enfield Men's 2s v Stevenage 4s

    March 23, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Rd, London N18 1NB, UK

March 24, 2019
  • Juniors Training

    March 24, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Southbury Leisure Centre, Enfield EN1 1YP, UK

March 27, 2019
  • Club Training

    March 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 30, 2019
  • Winchmore Hill & Enfield Ladies 2 v Ashford (Middlesex) Ladies' 4s

    March 30, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
    Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Rd, London N18 1NB, UK

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