WH&E L2 4 : 1 West Hampstead L5

Following the high of the previous week’s win, the L2s were determined to have another smashing week and that’s what they did. With captain Pippa Deane stepping in goal, following in her sister’s footsteps in the hope of keeping another clean sheet, it became clear who the favourite Deane sister was as the opposition sadly scored a goal (it was a lovely goal, we will admit) in the second half.

This didn’t worry the team as Abbi had already scored 2 goals, but it set them on a new mission. After ensuring the goalie was protected, particularly after she managed to injure herself when kicking the ball, the combo of Charlotte and Abbi proved unbeatable, with Charlotte setting up goals for Abbi to score another 2! This resulted in another win of 4-1.

With some beautiful hockey and teamwork shown in the last two games all I can say is bring on the next match!!!


WH&E M1 3 : 5 Letchworth M2

A windy and rainy day for the league leaders Letchworth’s visit to Aylward. We had a strong squad on paper, but with injury to Mike Dutnall we had a changed back line with Jim Gatting dropping in after his forays up front last week.

The match started with plenty of possession for the opposition but was relatively easily dealt with and little threat appeared. We had a few penetrations ourselves but the control of the ball in wide positions just wasn’t what it should be this week. We struggled to get the ball out and retain possession. The weight of giving the ball away and forward running from the opposition took its toll and the threats came. Several short corners led up to the opening goal with one finally converted, sliding inside our right post just below the backboard.

As has been the pattern this season, we decided to wake up a little once behind. With a short corner of our own Gatting levelled the scores with a nice drag flick. Unfortunately, we couldn’t reach half time even, and Letchworth scored again to make it 2-1.

In the second half we mixed up the formation to try and get back into the game, but it backfired as we found ourselves 4-1 down after 2 goals more were bundled in by the visitors.

While we didn’t play as well as in previous matches, we showed a lot of fighting spirit. Another short corner smashed in from Jim, and a predator finish by Stan after Colin’s shot had deflected off the post brought us back to 4-3. However, all that effort took its toll and a really well taken volley after a short corner save brought the decisive 5th goal. A 5-3 loss to the league leaders, but we know we can play better and pick up points next week.


WH&E L1 1 : 6 Southgate L3

Ladies 1s played away against Southgate last Saturday.

Caroline Briers scored and we only lost 1-0 in the 2nd half which was a vast improvement from the 1st half… I think that’s all we need to say about that match!

MOTM was tied between half of the team, so I’m giving it to everyone this week for fighting until the end and making a brilliant improvement in the 2nd half.

DOTD goes to Sarah E-Q for blatantly and proudly stopping the ball like a goalie inside the D to give away a short corner… Unfortunately for Sarah someone dropping their baby (not naming any names) at teas happened after the voting so her win still stands!

Onwards and Upwards!


WH&E M2 1 : 12 MBDA M1

The men’s 2s made the trip to a wet, cold Stevenage to play MBDA on a beach of a pitch. This was a team that had beaten us 13-1 the previous season, and with a couple of late dropouts due to illness we knew we were in for a tough match with a young team. We started well, with some gritty defending and solid play in midfield kept the game fairly even at the start. Soon though there was one attack too many, and despite some great defensive work at the back by Ellis and John they found an unmarked man and got it through. The second quarter was tougher, with a lot of time spent in our half, with Guy and Luke aiding the defensive effort ably.

There were though flashes of attacking prowess, with good link up play between Leo (gamely playing despite his back issues) and the likes of Tom and Theo. No goal to be had though.

The score at the end of the first half was 5-0.

Second half we knew was going to be long, but as the game opened up MBDA found more space and the goals kept coming, despite some fantastic work by Balazs in goal. As they pressed forward in search of goals, we knew the chances would come, and some great work by Guy and Leo getting the ball up front and up to Noyan who calmly slotted home for a much-deserved goal.

The final score was 12-1 so better than last year (just!), but with a very young team, it was a good performance, with everyone playing well, just with the experience and guile of the opposition showing through. Looking forward to getting back to winning ways next week!

MOTM: John P. Coming out of goal due to our need for players, and press ganged into left back he pressed well, made a great number of covering tackles and overall held them at bay admirably. Great stuff!

DOTD: Sadly has to be Joe Small who turned up nice and promptly for a game at 3. Sadly, ours had been at 1. We’ve all been there. Hopefully he’ll get to the one at 1:30 next week.

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WH&E M2 2 : 0 St. Albans M8

First win of the season for the men’s 2s!

Winchmore started strongly, pressing St Albans and sourcing mistakes. There was some beautiful link up play from either side of the midfield and the forwards, which created a number of strong opportunities, while our defence looked solid as a rock. After coming close a couple of times, which made this possession pay off, Luke fired a shot in from the top of the D, and then Peter managed a (lucky) deflection over the keeper. We saw out the first half and went into the break at 1-0 up.

The second-half sewers get a little bit sloppy. We left some space open and didn’t press or mark as hard as we could. But we still looked dangerous and piled people forward into the oppositions 25. Some more lovely link up play from Tom and Theo saw us go close. Then later Luke and Thomas linked up well for a goal, only to see it chalked off for a foot in the D.

We kept pressing and won a short corner towards the end of the second half, which led to a goal, rifled in at the second time of asking by Joe Small, set up by Guy. Then it was a job of seeing the match out which we did for a very well deserved first win of the season, 2-0.

MOTM: Tom Pearson, for some lovely play.


WH&E M1 1 : 1 Bishops Stortford M2

The men’s 1s made the late trip to Bishops Stortford to find the pitch empty and the changing rooms locked. Changing rooms didn’t open to after the game but why couldn’t we play earlier than 15:00? The warm up time didn’t particularly help as Matt Dray testing his back out was just in too much pain to play, continuing his unfortunate run of injury.

Onto the match and after reports of it working well the previous week, we started with the high risk tactic of playing two at the back. While we held our own the pressure was mounting. So a switch back to 3 shored it up a little but we didn’t settle fully until we sorted the midfield shape. A lot of extra work by all in midfield and forward not only kept us in it but saw some nice attacking moves. Colin Foad was a great link between the middle and up front; Jim Gatting picking up his new role as centre forward showed good signs, beating men and hitting the woodwork twice.

At half time we agreed the type of press we would all stick to. We started to dominate the second half with good link up play particularly from Dom on the left. Eventually the breakthrough came through some great passing and Asher Cohen leaving Colin Foad with a finishing opportunity he wasn’t going to miss.

The game became very end to end and even with Josh Cohen and Adam Machray providing great covering support for the defence. It’s not easy to take points at Stortford and unfortunately they sneaked an equaliser to reduce the points from 3 to 1. A short corner partially stopped by Josh Rider but it trickled over the line. The team fought well, continued to play good hockey and chase a win. In the end it wasn’t to be but a good 1-1 score for a point and a performance to build on.

A strong performance from the defence especially Mike and Paul on the wings having to put in an incredible shift and well backed up by Josh in goal. We are improving every game and will start taking more points.

MOTM: Colin Foad and Stuart Carrick.

DOTD: Paul for a post hangover rant in what was an otherwise well-disciplined game from both sets of players which has been another pleasing feature of this season.

Next week we take on the undefeated league leaders Letchworth, aka the ones with everything to lose who haven’t been to Aylward yet.


WH&E L1 0 : 1 Teddington L3

A super tough match for the Ladies 1s against Teddington at home. The weather was uncharacteristically warm and sunny for late October which threw us.

We started with 13 players but unfortunately went quickly down to 12 when Mia had back pain and had to sit out the first half (thus making the intricate subbing plan redundant!).

It’s fair to say we had countless short corners to defend against in the 1st half as Teds piled on the pressure, but we fought really hard to keep a clean sheet in the first half.

In the 2nd half we were back up to 13 but unfortunately still had a few short corners to defend. We managed to get a few breaks and create some chances but unfortunately we were not able to convert. Our defence fought off many chances from the opposition as Mia saved 1 on the line from a short corner, and Chris Putt made a smashing save in the air with her stick to keep the game level.

And then, with just 2 minutes to go… they scored. We piled on the pressure for the last 2 minutes to try and sneak back an equaliser but it wasn’t meant to be. Final score 0-1.

Joint MOTM to Chris Putt for the fantastic save, and to Reanne Umali for being super strong and reliable in the defence and midfield positions.

DOTD to Karen Smith as she, whilst under little to no pressure, couldn’t manage to stop a ball and ended up passing it off the edge of the pitch when we were setting off on a break.

Thanks to Dom and Lisa for umpiring, and shout out to Lisa Jobson for chasing a pigeon off the pitch during the 2nd half 😂


WH&E L2 6 v 0 PHC Chiswick L6

No match report, yet, despite the amazing win!

Rumour has it that Abbi score a hat-trick (much better than the previous week in goal!!), Kate score two, and Gemma one, but the rest remains a story to be told…

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WH&E L1 3 : 2 Hendon & Mill Hill L1

WK4L1Well where do i start…
Roughly 80 minutes of play
5 goals
3 rugby tackles
1 green card
Which sport were we playing again?

It was a bit of a scrappy match against Hendon & Mill Hill but we came out tops with a 3-2 win 💃🏼
The first goal was from Rachelle Alexandra on a short corner, the 2nd from Vicki as part of a great team attack and the 3rd from Beth Deane as part of another great attack.

The support from the men’s and the ladies’ 2s from the sideline was brilliant, thank you!

Woman of the match – honourable mention to Vicki for a beautiful goal and lots of great running. Joint winners go to Shell for lovely defending and great composure during the game (well, more than usual) and first goal ever, and Chris for lots of great saves!

DOTD to Sarah E-Q for hitting herself in the face and still giving away a short. Ladies playing today know who the true dotd is…3 out of 4 games won, what a start to the season Ladies 💪🏼💪🏼


WH&E M2 3 : 6 Bedford Vets

We started this game with a must-win attitude as Bedford Vets were on 1 point and only a place above us at second bottom of the table.

We started brightly and arguably were the better team when a counter-attack by the Vets down the right hand side came – our defender was one-on-one with the attacker who made a weak push, and by a stroke of luck went past the defender who couldn’t get his stick down quick enough. The attacker then received their weak attempt, and slotted home past the keeper. 1-0 down roughly 10 minutes into the first half.

This didn’t discourage us as we had seen our slight advantage in the first minutes of the game. Some moments of magic came as we passed the ball through most of the team before Luke threaded a ball through to Joseph on the right-wing, who pushed the ball to John Lappin at the top of the D. He controlled the ball, one touch inside and let rip a shot – fortunately his shot instantly deflected off a defender’s stick which lobbed everyone inside the box, including the keeper. A wonder goal, luckily. 1-1.

We had additional good spells of play mostly down the left wing, however it was another quick break by the opposing team which led to another goal for 2-1 to the home team. It was then apparent who the standout player was for them.

The team response was great again, as we continued our possession style attack. Up to this point, most of our play was happening through Rob D who was absolutely everywhere – as he started one of our many attacks where the ball entered through the right-hand side of the D again, and the ball was then drilled to the back post, where Theo, kneeling down with the stick on the ground waiting for the ball patiently knocked it in for 2-2!

It wasn’t too long before a similar play saw Theo get passed the ball inside the D, and he skipped past one player elegantly and with only the keeper to beat, pushed it past. The keeper got a slight touch on the ball, so it was a nervy few moments before the ball dribbled into the goal – with Luke around for insurance just in case the keeper managed to stop it. 3-2, our first lead of the season!

Unfortunately we couldn’t hold on, as near the end of the first half, the home team managed to get a short corner. They messed this up but managed to get it to the top of the D where their striker slapped the ball hard and low in the right hand corner – Nick managed to get a touch on it but not enough to for a clean clearance. So 3-3 at half time.

However, the second half was not like our first. We lost our shape a bit as the game became more stretched. They had one player who we realised really ran the show, who kept on hitting us on the counter-attack. Shortly after HT we were 4-3 down.

A fifth goal was similar in fashion in the sense that it was more so a counter-attack, but with the kudos of the opposing team’s fitness as the middle of the pitch opened up leaving space to run into. The opposing playmaker ended up getting the ball into the D before squaring it to a teammate to slap it into the goal. 5-3. Nevertheless, we remained competitive up until this point, with one major chance falling to Luke inside the D to resurrect our second half, who just couldn’t quite hit the ball towards the goal – possibly our best opportunity of the second half.

The icing on the cake for Bedford was another short corner in the dying moments of the game, where they similarly messed up their routine, yet managed to find another great striker who placed it with power yet again, with Nick unable to do anything as it deflected once more from his stick and into the goal making it 6-3 at full time.

MOTM: Theo for his two goals. A special mention to Rob D who was instrumental throughout the game, and whose efforts on the pitch deserved much more. Also notable was John P who had two stints in goal for us too, and played the final part of the game as a winger.

DOTD: Joseph – revealed some questionable food choices to some of the squad post-match.


WH&E M1 2 : 3 Broxbourne M3

No match report, yet…


WH&E L2 1 v 3 Hendon & Mill Hill L2

No match report, yet…

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WH&E M1 3 : 0 Southgate Adelaide M1

This week the M1s took the short trip away to be hosted by Southgate Adelaide. Hopeful of picking up their first points of the season against the newly promoted opposition, Winchmore got off to a strong start with some good possession and movement up the wings. After some quick movement of the ball up the pitch, it was not long before Joe Turmaine found himself in a shooting position from brother Sam’s pass and he ended the move with a clinical finish into the bottom right corner.

Southgate Adelaide, struggling to maintain possession, found themselves getting picked off in the middle of the park through the constant hassling of Dom and Stuart and through a quick change in possession Sam finished off a fine move with another goal after a swift counter and a final pass from Asher. However, the first half was not without its challenges and Southgate Adelaide found themselves coming back into the game with some strong pressure towards the end but unable to break the Winchmore defence.

Shortly into the second half, after some back and forth of possession, Winchmore yet again built on the pressure with the help of Dom’s constant regaining of possession around the opposition 16 and a third goal seeming imminent. Not long after, an excellent aerial by Dom over the defence put Sam through on goal and with a deft first touch he bounced it past the oncoming keeper into an empty net to make it 3-0.

However, it was not all plain sailing with Southgate Adelaide creating some dangerous counter attacks and picking up some short corners only to find Josh equal to all of them as well as a heroic last man block on the line by Paul. The clean sheet was then maintained until the end of the game through the strong performance of the entire back line as well as the determined running across the rest of the pitch. A strong performance all around with Dom being awarded MOTM for his quality of passing and constant winning of the ball as well as Harry S being awarded DOTD for showing up to the wrong pitch and nearly missing push back!


WH&E L1 1 : 2 Staines L1

On Saturday the ladies 1s were away against Staines, and for once it wasn’t raining!

We went with 14 players for the first time in a few years, so we were prepared to do lots of work on the pitch.

The match started with some really lovely passes, communication and running off the ball to set up a goal from new player Vicki after a great run and pass in from Beth Deane. This good play continued for 5 more minutes until Staines managed to get a goal and unfortunately we lost a bit of our composure. We started the 2nd half 1-1 and kept fighting, but were unable to convert any of our chances, unlike the opposition who managed to maximise on an early run from our defenders on a short corner and get a 2nd goal.

The match ended 2-1 to Staines but we ran until the end, with a few more chances we still couldn’t convert.

Lots of great players vying for MOTM this week! Reanne for overall great play and lots of fantastic interceptions and Vicki for a lovely goal and space-making up front. Sam Deane for brilliant play in the middle of the field.

DOTD goes to Karen Smith. Even though she managed to use the toilets this time, she fell out of the car in the morning, then lost her whole family in the afternoon!

Next match this week is at home at Aylward at midday. Please come along and support!!!!


WH&E M2 1 : 5 Potters Bar M4

The Men’s 2s were up against Potters Bar 4s at Aylward Academy on Saturday. To be frank, we’re still struggling in this league. The opposition seemed to be able to control the play much more effectively than us. They covered all bases, leaving few options for us to make passes, and we in turn failed to find open positions to receive passes. And as has been noted in previous games, we were slow to get going at the start. By half time we were down something like 3-0.

We played a lot better in the second half. There was more focus and determination from probably every member of the team, and it showed that we are capable of more. We had shots on goal (unlike in the first half when I’m not sure we had any), and Luke smashed in his first goal for the club to ensure that we did get at least one goal. The end result was 5-1 to Potters Bar. Disappointing, of course, but it does feel like we can do better in future if we really get things together.

MOTM: Huw Thomas for solid performance in defence.
DOTD: Hitesh for his yellow card.


WH&E L2 v British Airways Hayes L2 (match conceded)

Another 3 points for the Ladies 2s, but not in the way they hoped with BA Hayes conceding the match. Word must be getting around that our L2s are a force to be reckoned with in this league!!

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WH&E L1 2 : 0 Eastcote L2

The Ladies 1s were up against Eastcote on Saturday, playing their 2s at home.

With our word of the day being ‘Confident,’ we were preparing to go out and play some great basic hockey and keep our cool even though some of our usual squad could not play this week.

We started strongly and managed to score in the first 10 minutes with some lovely passes throughout midfield up to Caroline Briers to sneak in the goal.

Eastcote were always fighting for one against us, but Team Defence managed to keep their cool despite a few short corners to defend against, which Mia confidently stepped up to run for.

After half time it was fair to say we started to get a bit tired. Lots of balls going up in the air, including one from Sam Deane (aka Dick of the day!) who tried to take out Bethany with a free hit. Apparently she was “testing her reflexes”… They’re thankfully great.

Another ball which went up in the air came from our attack which Lucy Mackay managed to hit back down straight into goal in a motion which looked more like self defence than anything else. It’s safe to say that we were all shocked at the goal, including Lucy herself.

Honourable mentions this week to Beth for great running and perseverance up front, Lucy for the fantastic goal and travelling 2hrs from West London to her first match in a year and a half; and Sarah for some great defence and blocking. Man of the match this week goes to Mia who kept her cool in her first league match for the 1s and made some great movements and passes in the middle of the field.

Final score 2-0 to us. We are the only team in our league who has not conceded any goals!!!!!!!!! Thanks to everyone who came to support this week!


WH&E M1 2 : 5 Shefford & Sandy M2

WK2M1The men’s first team were aiming for victory in their first home match of the season, with the visitors arriving from Shefford & Sandy shortly before the start of the match. However, after some good initial possession things didn’t go according to plan with a goal from the opposition bundled in after the ball rolled free in our D. Not to be downhearted, Winchmore proved that good passing and possession play can reap dividends and shortly after it did, with Joe Turmaine finishing off a good move by rounding the keeper and reverse flicking the ball into the goal at the near post.

But a defensive mix up when the ball looped up in the D off one of our sticks resulted in another soft goal conceded as the ball was tapped in at the far post by one of the opposition. Another goal followed soon after making it 3-1 at halftime.

In the second half, Winchmore continued to play some nice passing hockey, but the visitors bundled in 2 more opportunist goals putting the game out of reach before Winchmore grabbed one back near the end with a nice move down the right finished off well by Sam Turmaine. 5-2 the final score, but somehow that didn’t reflect the way we played for most of the game.


WH&E M2 0 : 4 Shefford & Sandy M3

The M2s travelled to Sandy to face an experienced side there and whilst we started the first half badly, we quickly improved and grew into the game with some deft dribbling and quick counter attacks from Harry Stone and Thomas C, testing their defenders pace. The new players John, Tom and Theo played well nutmegging their defenders too many times to count. Some nice interplay from Hitesh to get us out of defence saw us consistently work the ball into their final third but we were unable to get many shots off.

At half time it was decided that the game was close but that it was ours if we went for it. And so we did, putting Luke upfront and John Lappin in a more attacking position. And we started well, keeping our first half form but our positioning began to fall apart and it wasn’t long before they scored out of nothing. Soon after a second goal came and before we knew it they were 4-0 up and Winchmore were left scratching their heads wondering how it happened.

MOTM was Balazs for keeping us in the game for as long as he did and making some fantastic saves.


WH&E L2 2 v 5 Ashford L5

WK2L2The L2s faced Eastcote in the early hours of a September Saturday. Despite not having a goalie or Pippa’s face mask, we remained determined to score goals; at times attempting rugby tackles- cough Pippa!

A very tight first half didn’t reflect the overall score or everyone’s efforts. Abbi’s first goal in the early minutes of the game, equalising the score, kept the morale high and hopeful. Towards the end of the first half we had lots of fantastic, fast balls up the left side of the pitch-with Louise’s debut in mid.

Our pace during the second half was kept fast by our consistent smooth passes- long and short- up the pitch, resulting in a second goal by Ellie. The score should’ve been 4-2 due to a dodgy short corner but that didn’t let us lose our determination or positivity. Overall a good first match of the season.

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