Week 17: Men’s 1st XI.

It was always going to be tough against top of the league Blueharts with an unusually early start of 10:30.

Men's 1sWhile the opposition had the majority of possession WHE held there own in the first half producing some threatening attacks and short corners if their own. 2-0 at half time to the league leaders flattered them (at this stage) with a couple of break away goals.

In the end the opposition were better overall and deserved their points. A 6-0 final score was somewhat harsh given the effort put in by our boys.

Nothing we know we can’t bounce back from against Hertford next week.

A simple explanation of what the ladies 1s have been getting wrong. Fortunately we did put the ball in their net. We did however let them put the ball in our net too.

Final result 1-1

MotM goes to our two amazing players who left our home game at half time to travel all the way to slough to give the Ladies 2s a fighting chance of 10 players instead of 8!
Huge thank you to Bethany and Karen!
DotD goes to the one who forgot her shirt, Talyssa!!!

Mens 2’s v Stevenage: Dom to the rescue!

On a freezing cold and wet day the brave 11 ventured north to Stevenage and found amazingly our mid table hosts had 17 players!

Some clearly had come from the higher teams and with them providing both umpires it was clearly going to be a real test of our resolve to keep our bid for promotion alive.

In what was a fairly dour 1st half we failed to turn our dominance in to goals and nearly paid with Stevenage whacking the ball miles down field to their ogre upfront. Fortunately he was fat and useless so missed two clear chances!

Much geeing up at half time led to a better first 20 mins of the second half with Dom and Martin dominating midfield. Sadly we still failed to capitalise on several chances including our short corners.
Disaster… we received a shocking umpiring decision and lost concentration which allowed our opponents to intercept and score with their only shot on target.

With Leo now carrying an injury Grant went upfront and immediately deflected a shot on to the post and along their goal line.

It really looked as though it wasn’t going to be our day?
Time for a hero in the shape of our club captain and superhero Dom Smith.
7 mins to go he crashes in a short corner leaving their keeper stranded.
2 mins later Dom dribbled in to the D and smashed in the winner.
This was a game that shows the value of team spirit and keeping going.

Dom aside their were no outstanding performances but all worked hard and dug out what could prove to be a crucial win.

Thanks goes to those who doubled up to keep our promotion push on course.
Well done lads! ??? 

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Our home under 12’s boys tournament went ahead in the rain and snow at Southbury this morning. WHE fielded an A and a B team.

21stJanU12sThe weather did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the B team who were on first at 9.30am. Up front Seb and Luca worked fantastically together, probing the opposition for weaknesses, Alex dominated in midfield, supported by Harry P. At the back Tom P. and Kirsty held firm and our goalie Isabel kept an almost clean sheet.

The results were very encouraging, 0 – 0 against Letchworth, 1 – 1 against Blueharts, 0 – 0 against Broxbourne B’s, finally they went down 2-0 to Broxbourne C’s. The goal against Blueharts was an amazing individual effort by Seb, taking the ball from defence up the pitch, down the wing then crossing the ball from the far right of the D straight into the corner of the goal. It was a pleasure to manage such a committed energetic team.

The B team, managed by Nick Smith went on next. Big thanks go to all those who planned and helped run the tournament. Lisa Jobson for her great organisation and umpiring along with Nick Smith. Thanks also to Andy Hall , Callum Hall and the parents who ran the refreshment stall and all the club members who came along to support. Final mention goes to the guest appearance from former youth coaches Graham Sparrey and Rosemary Basil Sparrey Wilkins it was great to see you both, look at the results of all the hard work you put in!

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Week 16: After many a Saturdays moaning about really early starts for hockey the Ladies 1s finally got a lie in (minus the deane team who love getting up ridiculously early) Apparently we don’t like really late starts either!
The game went like this. Southgate scored 4, we scored 1 (excellent play by Lucy and Beth) it was very very cold.

MotM to be confirmed. Currently a tight race between Gemma for her great defending and Lucy for her great play upfront despite a nasty knock to her hand.

DotD goes to our ever present umpire Chris Moran who had to stop play to run off the pitch and tie his shoe laces! Special mentions go to Samantha for ‘that’ hit out, Rachelle for just generally being herself and kicking water at the whole team and finally special mention to the snow that cancelled Sarah E-Qs trial for England’s ‘u21s’ trial.

Massive thank you to our supporters Lucky Charlotte Lisa James and Pippafor standing out in the freezing dark and cold long after their games in the rain!!!

On a very wet and miserable Saturday, the ladies 2s turned up with keen and eager(ish) players against 2nd in the league, Ham and West, who beat us 10-2 last time round. Now, with super-keeper Freya, and a full eleven, thanks to Julie Bull, who stepped up to play all the way from Brighton, our aim was to stay in single digits! What we weren’t expecting was to keep them to a single goal.

A lack of defenders led to an inventive formation with Seren, Charlotte and Kate all playing key roles in our half of the pitch. A real effort by the young ones to get stuck in and they hassled more experienced players into making mistakes.

An unremarkable goal early in the first half saw Ham&West take the lead but they became more and more frustrated throughout the game as they failed to convert their chances. Yours truly tried to spice things up when I shot straight at our own goal, earning myself a desperate “NOOOO!!” from Charlotte, disapproving looks from the rest of my team and a well-deserved dick of the day award. Luckily, I’m a crap shot.

All in all a great game in truly pants conditions.

Thanks to Beth and Bethany for umpiring!

Men's 2A solid Mens 2s squad went away to play at St Albans HC & hopefully return to winning ways.

Wingers Ben, Robert, Joseph and Asit peeled off wide & deep allowing the defence to press & contain the Tangerines in their own half.

A strong pincer attack consisting of Leo, Dom & Grant put pressure on the Tangerines.

Nick returned as goal keeper & Eray scored for the 2nd consecutive week (twice!) squeezing out a juicy 3-0 win (& no pips).

Next week we play at Stevenage @ 1pm SG1 4AE

(report by Hitesh)

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Week 15: The men’s 2s slipped to their first defeat of the season, going down 3-1 to a very good Southgate Tankards Z (which didn’t too closely resemble the team we played at the beginning of the season!)  However, the scoreline doesn’t do justice to our performance.

Losing our stand-in keeper to flu in the morning, and one no show meant that we started with just 10 players and no recognised keeper – Balazs Endrodi bravely donning the GK kit for the first half. In a fast paced game, we had several good chances to take the lead only to be denied by the brilliance of their keeper – certainly their man of the match. And after not taking our chances, Southgate capitalised and scored 3 goals in quick succession going into the break 3-0 up.

The second half started with the roar of Nick Smith’s Subaru coming in to the car park, and after a quick(ish) switch of keeper we were back to 11-a-side and took the game to Southgate, creating more chances only to be denied again by their keeper. We clawed one back when Eray Osman intercepted a pass across their defence, carrying the ball into the D before striking his shot past the keeper for his first goal in four years! We kept pressing with their keeper making several more fine saves, whilst Nick Smith ensured no further goals against with a couple of fine saves of his own.

A defeat, but a really great performance from everyone, and it would surely have been a different story had we started with a full team. Special mention to Ben Thomas who was thrown in at the deep end for his first ever match, but he worked really hard on the right side of midfield with some good tackling and making it very difficult for his opposite number.

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Week 14: The men’s 2s were the only team back in action today, but picked up where they left off before Christmas with a comfortable win over Southgate Adelaide 3s.

Men's 2sOn a pitch unaffected by overnight frost, Winchmore started well and quickly took advantage of plenty of space in the opposition D with Leo finding the bottom left corner with an angled shot past the keeper. Then a quick break through the middle saw a fine pass from young Thomas to his (slightly more senior!) strike partner, Colin Angel, who showed all his experience to slide the ball past the oncoming keeper, 2-0. The half finished with Jonathan Pitcher turning on the left of the D before clipping the ball into the far corner making it 3-0 at the interval.

A change of umpire at half time enabled the opposition to change around their midfield and push their best player into attack, resulting in a quick goal against us, 3-1. However, after the brief wobble, we soon regained our composure and 3 goal lead with a reverse stick strike from the top of the D from Dominic Smith squeezing under the keeper to make it 4-1. But Adelaide battled on and soon scored a second goal against us with a shot past a diving Nick Smith in goal. But cometh the hour, cometh the man, and it was Colin Angel who scored number 5 with a nifty deflection past the keeper from a ball into the D. 5-2, but we were not done yet. And a switched penalty corner was picked up by Jonathan Pitcher who neatly flicked on reverse stick in at the near post. 6-2 the final result. And we march on unbeaten!

Thanks to our fan club of Samantha Lucy, Lisa Jobson and Charlotte Lucky for coming along to support on a very cold day!

Ladies 1s: When you can’t wait to play hockey and the game gets cancelled ?
Thanks to Karen Goode for her expert pitch assessment skills

Ladies 2s: When you travel all the way to Chiswick to be told by one our our players who heard it from one of their players at the train station that the game is cancelled! Utterly ridiculous. #ohwell #bigbreakfastinstead

Ladies 2s

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