WH&E L1 0 : 1 Hendon & Mill Hill L1

The ladies 1s woke up early on Saturday morning to play Hendon and Mill Hill at Ashmole. Big thanks to the lovely Charlotte and Michelle for stepping up as some of our regulars were unable to play. After the first 10 minutes we were awake and played an evenly matched 1st half with a few brilliant scoring opportunities and some solid defending. Great running from Helen, Charlotte and Michelle up front gave us a few breakaways and good control by Sam and the Karen sandwich made sure that the ball was well played through the midfield.

The second half looked to be just as evenly matched, although slightly more aggressive with one of their opponents questioning “what sport were we playing?” as she clearly forgot when trying to take the body before the ball. We had some great scoring opportunities in the second half, a brilliantly executed short corner that T almost deflected in and a remarkable save from their keeper saved what would have been a beaut goal from Charlotte. Team defence stayed strong with T and Sarah having some great clearances and Mia being strong in the middle to pick it up and dribble out to safety.

Then in the last 5 minutes, Chris saved a straight shot from a short corner and a goal mouth scramble ensued…. somehow after a few pinball deflections the ball ended up in our net. It was a close game but in true Ladies 1’s fashion, the luck wasn’t on our side. Player of the match to Mia for great dribbling through the middle and great passing out wide (honourable mentions to Charlotte, Michelle) and POTP goes to … Michelle for being down on the pitch more than me?


WH&E L2 0 : 0 BA Hayes L2

We should have won.

That is all.


WH&E M2 2 : 6 Bedford Vets

The men’s 2s battled hard in a game that was much closer than the scoreline suggests. Neat passing in triangles, good possession and a pretty even game with the score 3-2 to Bedford at half time, after goals for Zak and Guy. But the experience of the Vets showed in the end, with 3 more goals scored towards the end of the game leaving Winchmore deflated, but with a few lessons well learned.


WH&E M1 1 : 8 Broxbourne M3

Adam scored 1. Nothing else worthy of mention!

 

 

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WH&E Mixed 0 : 8 Luton Mixed

EHT2MixedA slightly depleted Winchmore side made their way up the M1 to Luton for our England Hockey Mixed Tier 2 Championship match on Sunday.

We enjoyed a bit of possession in the early stages but (not unsurprisingly) they scored quickly with a break into our D. They had a few well taken short corners but only scored one. However, it took an impressive individual goal that quite literally took Balazs Endrodi’s helmet off to get another one past us.

The next goal was another short corner – Sarah E-Q got a stick to it on the line but couldn’t keep it out. Meanwhile, Leo had a shot and tested their ‘keeper but all the real pressure came from Luton. Balazs and the defence made save after save, including a beautifully saved short corner and a great dive to his right. Half time 4-0.

After the break, Sam Deane hit a nice long ball in to the D which deflected on to the GK but unfortunately there was no one there to follow it up. Soon after, Jason had probably our best shot of the game from top D and we enjoyed a period of good passing. Again, they had a number of short corners which we saved – the highlight of these being Sam getting out and taking possession from the striker at the top of the D.

However, there was no arguing with the next goal – the guy ran through our team and absolutely roofed it! (to cries of ‘don’t break the net’ from the sidelines😂).

The rest of the game continued with excellent ‘John Terry’ defending from everyone including a great tackle by Nick at the top of the D to keep the final score at, sounds worse than it was, 8-0.

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WH&E L2 4 : 1 Eastcote L5

Another freezing cold match for the ladies 2s, with a mid- afternoon push back. Despite our continuous efforts we were still not warm by the end of the game.

The first half was fast and we maintained this pace throughout. The first goal of the game was scored by Eastcote but we didn’t let this get us down. Abbi scored our equaliser mid-way through the first half with one of the many brilliant set ups from our midfielders and forwards.

In the second half, we got more pace and confidence, and managed to put more of our shots in the goal, with Abbi scoring two more goals and Gem scoring with a clean strike from a short corner. Although we lost our positions towards the end, we communicated and worked well as a team, encouraging each other and helping each other to channel the balls up the wings – brilliant efforts from Caitlin, Sonya, and Abbi but a game well played by everyone.


WH&E M1 3 : 0 Southgate Adelaide M1

2020 vision

Bright, winter sun greeted what was the first full home game of 2020 for most of the assembled band of WH&E M1s; and all eyed a win. With a strong squad of 15 players, the desire for a first victory of the year certainly seemed possible and in so doing condemn old rivals Southgate Adelaide to their continued rather bleak season – not winning a game.

For the team talk, we didn’t understandably want to dwell on that stat and the team was exhorted to focus on their game. The whistle blew, but as WH&E lined up 15 players were more like 12 to 13 as Jim Gatting remained injured and sadly couldn’t take part and there were niggles, strains and ailments affecting a few others. No matter. The team had a steel and sought to begin with vigour.

WH&E did indeed start strongly, delivering considerable pressure and a sequence of shots albeit no clear chances but plenty of opportunities including an inviting ball flashed right across the ‘D’. While there was danger in the ‘D’ another revealed itself with a corner of the pitch still icy and players losing their footing. Perhaps Adam Machray thought he could blame it on the pitch as his tackle soon after led an Adelaide player to taste the Astro (and Adam dodged a card).

WH&E also escaped a scare. A rare break by Adelaide up the left saw the ball taken along the line and into the ‘D’, but excellent positioning and deft work by keeper Balazs Endrodi literally saved the day.

More WH&E pressure then took shape with Stuart Carrick, Rafi Zeff and Matt Dray bringing the ball out and having plenty of space. Asher Cohen and Stan Knight found some good positions too as did Sam Turmaine on his outing for the 1s. Jake Sumner then won a short corner as an Adelaide player stepped on the ball. `The whistle blew for half-time and ten WH&E players circled round the ’D’. Adam Machray played a good ball out, it was stopped cleanly and the most miraculous shot curled into the backboard. Or at least that was the plan but in fact Colin Foad delivered a perfectly executed air shot (it looked good Colin!). So, WH&E went into half time all square but knowing by far the stronger play was by the men in white and purple. (At this point in the report we want to say thanks to Sam Deane and Chris Moran for umpiring – as always we are grateful as we wouldn’t be able to play otherwise).

The second half duly began, and WH&E came out strongly. Adelaide must have been thinking it was not to be their day again, whereas the team in white sensed it might be theirs. That said, in his own words, Harry Stone did not have much sense in how his deflection found its way into the goal but it did. 1-0 and well done Mr Stone.

Shortly after, a number of short corners were won and one of them saw an Adelaide player hit the ball with his foot which bounced to Dom Smith. Rolling back the years and showing all the skills acquired, he majestically lifted the ball from the edge of the ‘D’ into the top corner. 2-0 and well done Mr Smith.

By now, WH&E were a dominant force. Mike Dutnall was playing so far up the pitch he could have arguably been thought of as a winger, especially as he played plenty of crosses from the right side of the pitch and even the odd shot.

Adam Machray fearing not enough people had seen his previous handiwork, proceeded to sprint across the pitch and slid into the player taking both him and opposition member into the onlookers of the game. (A card escaped again).

Then it was onto another bout of WH&E pressure and a penalty flick. Colin Foad stepped up, but the keeper saved. Could WH&E get a third and put the game out of reach? Oh yes.

But, it was an unlikely source. With another sequence of pressure who was in the ‘D’, none other than the left back Paul Taylor who slotted cleanly home. Well done Mr Taylor.

It was a well-deserved victory and three points on the board. More points should clearly be in sight ahead.


WH&E L1 0 : 1 Staines L1

On Saturday the Ladies 1s played Staines at home and Helen Fenning joined us for her first match back since having her baby daughter!

It was a very defensive heavy match as although we had a few offensive opportunities, they seemed few and far between. Team defence did an excellent job of keeping the opposition out of the net with many great saves from Chris Putt and lots of hard work from the 4 defenders who kept working until the last minute.

The only goal of the match was just into the 2nd half when we were unable to keep them at bay.

Player of the match goes to Sam Deane for unreal levels of energy and the ability to not stop fighting. Absolutely integral to the strength in the defence as well as the chances we did create up front. Well done Sam 👏

Honourable mention to Helen for great running after her time off!


WH&E M2 0 : 7 Potters Bar M4

After an awful performance last week, despite a win, we wanted to put it right and play formidably in the game against Potters Bar, which we knew was going to be tough. We didn’t have a full-strength squad which made our formation a bit odd, with Guy holding a 5th different position this season.

Will keep this short and sweet. Bar goal. Bar goal. SAVE off the line, with Luke’s foot. Penalty flick – bar goal. Bar goal. Potters Bar 4-0 HT. They were a well set up team and pressed us really well. We struggled at times to get the ball up the pitch but the young legs of Jamie, Theo, Tom & Thomas showed some positive play linking up with Leo up top.

Second half was pretty similar, but we did get into our stride a bit more. Luke, Jason, Leo & John linking up in the middle and once we got a bit of pass-and-go on, we did manage to get it up the field. Bar goal. Two great picks off the line from a short by Guy, however he passed it back to them, so they ended up scoring anyway – great effort though.

At one point, Jamie found himself entering the D with the ball and was unlucky to not find Tom at the far post for a goal. A bit later Tom had another opportunity shooting from an impossible angle which was saved, Luke followed up putting it back post, but it was just a bit too overhit for Jamie to put it away – another decent chance. Finally, another Bar goal.

Then the best move of the match came from John whacking the ball up to Luke, who cut into the right-hand side and was fouled. Leo passed the ball for a quick one-two before imitating an Argentinian Leo and dribbling past multiple players in the Bar box before striking the ball with accuracy and power. Unfortunately, he thought the goal was in front of him so ended up not scoring, but what a goal it could have been.

Potters Bar 7-0 winners. However, the score line flattered them a bit.

Man of the Match: Guy. What a performance from left back! Controlled his part of the field well.

We go against bottom of the table next week (yes, we’re not bottom!) so that should be seen as a win-at-all-costs game as only 1 point separates us. Please come down and support!

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WK13M1The league season returned after the Christmas break, but not as we might have hoped…

The Men’s 2s gained a much-needed 3 points with a 4-2 win over Shefford & Sandy 3s, albeit with the visitors with 9 players and no goalkeeper due to travel problems on the A1(M)…

The Ladies 1s battled hard but went down 2-1 away at Eastcote.

The Ladies 2s were awarded another 3 points as their opposition (Ashford 4) conceded the match – the fourth time this has happened to the L2s this season!

…and finally the Men’s 1s had the game that never was away against Shefford & Sandy 2. One carload stuck in the chaos of the A1(M) being shut due to an accident, meant that only 7 players (and no goalkeeper) arrived in time for the match to start and the game was abandoned ☹ Hard to know who was more unhappy, the players who made it there but didn’t get to play the match, or those that spent 5 ½ hours in the car!

Hopefully normal hockey (and match reports) will resume this week…

Results:

WH&E M2 4 : 2 Shefford & Sandy M3
WH&E L1 1 : 2 Eastcote L2
WH&E L2 v Ashford L4 (conceded)
WH&E M1 v Shefford & Sandy M2 (abandoned) – rescheduled for 22nd February

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