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.
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.
Winchmore 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.
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!)
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
Our 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.