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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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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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

WH&E 1s strung by Harps tune

Two games ago, WH&E lost Stuart Carrick for most of the second half through an injury inflicted by the opposition (as well as John Lappin who helped Stuart to the hospital). The 1s lost a tight game to the tune of 4-2.

One game ago, WH&E lost Eray Osman through the whole second half through an injury inflicted by the opposition. The 1s lost a tight game, with just 10 men against a St Albans’ squad of 15, to the tune of 3-2.

For this game, could the 1s play a different melody? What strings would itinerant Harpenden pluck (itinerant as they lose their regular ground for the second half of the season and play oddly far away in Potters Bar). It was this location that contributed to the late arrival of Jake Sumner (having decided to drive and realising that his finely tuned grey machine took a lot longer than doing so 15 years ago) and who ended up (rightly) receiving the DOTD. He is therefore your troubadour for this report.

Fortunately, the game hadn’t commenced and so with the late arrival made a full complement and we began with full voice, joined by two new members of the band, Stan Knight and Huw Thomas in the outfield and Tiarnan Perth in goal who had the opportunity to share how they could orchestrate the play. It was initially a perfect pitch and WH&E were on song.

Within the first minute WH&E nearly scored, a deft ball to Tim Mall, his dribble into the ‘D’ surrounded by a coterie of Harpenden defenders and if a slight flick leftwards had taken place it would have been a certain goal, mirroring the offering three weeks ago. It wasn’t to be.

WH&E offered a chorus of pressure, through Stuart Carrick resuming a commanding position in midfield and Mike Dutnall resuming a commanding position at the back, supported with aplomb by Matt Dray and Harry Franks. More attacks followed from the left and right, with the right developing much promise.

However, against the run of play, the opposition created a harmony of passing and scored. In response, WH&E 1s trumpeted their intention with more attacks, with John Lappin, Huw Thomas and Stan Knight bringing some guile to the proceedings. Harry Franks had perhaps the best chance with the keeper to beat alongside, Tim being given the ball through Jake’s legs to be on the keeper. Both chances fell flat.

Hard on our debut keeper Tiaman Perth, who served well in goal, Harpenden hit back again. 2-0.

Enter Stan Knight, who had already showed flourishes again produced some excellent work down the right found his way to the D and unleashed a shot and goal. It was perhaps this debut goal that contributed to his winning man of the match.

The symphony reached a crescendo and with some excellent 1-2s and space creation by the team, Colin Foad slotted one through, much to the keeper’s surprise.

Game on. Harpenden were subdued – but half-time brought the curtain down on proceedings.

The resumption of the second half however saw Harpenden score early, through a series of passes.

WH&E were now chasing again. Or rather were being chased down. On too many occasions Tim or Colin had the ball and were heading goalward but were swarmed by two or three players with clattering not tackling the order of the day – the crash of sticks presenting an ugly din. But, no whistle to signal a short corner was forthcoming on this day, indeed a bizarre ‘advantage’ for WH&E was given in one case, which resulted in an opposition free hit. There was also a period where it wasn’t clear how many players were on the pitch or what was quite happened such was the issuing of green cards to both sides.

We should not moan against the umpires however – they enable us to play and do for the love of the game. A little more love for playing from Harpenden wouldn’t have gone a miss though as we didn’t get a full game so much time wasting was going on by the end, it resembled the Vauxhall game a fortnight ago. But, you can perhaps see why they did it – WH&E were raising their voices and pressing to the end but had to face the music of lament. A 3-2 loss.

So, three close games resulting in three loses. They say things come in threes. So, time for a new tune – the march of three victories…

No game for the Ladies 1s this week.

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WH&E M1 3 : 4 St Albans M5

Winchmore finished with one fewer goal — and one fewer player — against a bolstered 15-man St Albans side.

Both teams got opportunities in the opening exchanges. Goalkeeper Balazs Endrodi and the defensive line of Mike Dutnall, Harry Franks and Eray Osman worked hard, but it was St Albans that made the most of their fresh legs to lead 1-0 at half-time.

WK18M1After the break, Osman was upended in the centre-circle and landed heavily enough to break his collarbone in 3 places! Following this, Winchmore suffered a mini-collapse as they struggled to reform themselves with only 10 on the pitch.

This soon resulted in a 4-1 lead for St Albans, with Winchmore’s goal courtesy of a Tim Mall reverse stick strike from a tight angle after dancing through the opposition’s defence.

But Winchmore weren’t done. An attacking line of John Adam Elliott Lappin, Jake Sumner, Tim Mall and Leo kept up the intensity; Dominic Smith and Matt Dray doing their best to break down the play in the centre of the pitch.

Eventually, Mike Dutnall’s crisp strike from a short corner was crowned with a guttural roar and a shimmy and shake from man of the match Dom Smith brought it to 4-3.

Another 10 minutes and Winchmore may well have pulled level despite their numerical disadvantage. Or, the tiredness may well have seen them ship another four; we’ll never know.

Best wishes to Eray — who has been a very handy and dependable defender for Winchmore this season — and we hope to see him back in action soon.

WH&E L1 1 : 4 Hampstead & Westminster L3

No match report, yet…!

WH&E L2 2 : 0 Teddington L6

No match report, yet…!

 WH&E M2 P : P Potters Bar M4

Match postponed due to frozen pitch / snow in Potters Bar.

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