Week 8: The ladies 1s are awesome!

WH&E L1 2 : 2  Eastcote L2

We travelled to Eastcote missing both our centre backs, our centre forward, our right wing and our left half. Fortunately, the ladies 2s weren’t playing. Thank god!!!

WK8L1So Sula, Michkah Fisher, Kate Smith and Lucky Charlotte decided to spend their Saturday off playing against our top of the league. Needless to say, they didn’t disappoint!

The first half was a very even half. Chances on either side with everyone giving their all but a sneaky short corner 30 seconds before the break gave Eastcote the lead.

We came back fighting in the second half with some lovely play up the right culminating in a goal from Michelle.

Eastcote regained the lead from another short corner – Charlotte saving the shot but we couldn’t quite clear it. Some further sexy hockey from everyone on the pitch continued with an almost replay of our first goal saw Michelle hit the post. But we got the ball up the right again with another cross for Karen Goode to put into the goal.

We made it hard for ourselves at the end having to defend a short corner with 40 seconds left on the clock, but we survived to finish 2-2!!!! Against top of the league!!!!!

Massive thank you to the ladies who played up for us today! You were all incredible!

DOTD – Sula for trying to kill Sam!
MOTM – Karen Goode for her goal, running and the cutest celebration

Special shout out to Rachelle Alexandra for not sitting or lying down in the game…

WH&E M2 1 : 0  Southgate Tankards Y

The men’s 2s returned to winning ways on Saturday, in a tight match against a very familiar Southgate Tankards Y. In fact, half the opposition team appeared to be the same as Southgate Tankards Z that we played a few weeks previously!

The game started brightly for Winchmore, with good interplay in attack from Grant, Asher and Dominic, leading to a couple of good chances which the Tankards keeper did well to keep out. And as the first half drew to a close, it seemed like another one of those days when the ball just wouldn’t go in the back of the net! But our defence was equally stout, marshalled brilliantly by Michael Dutnall, stepping in to help out the 2s this week, and ably supported by Huw and Stan, with Balazs looking comfortable in goal. 0-0 at half-time.

Back out after the break and Winchmore immediately seized the initiative with a perfectly worked penalty corner switched back to Grant to sweep past the keeper at the near post – 1-0. And so it stayed, with the home side unable to add to the scoreboard despite several further chances for Grant, Asher and Thomas C which were somehow missed. This led to a nervy finish with Southgate pushing hard for an equaliser and earning a penalty corner in the last 5 minutes which was thankfully cleared at the post by keeper and defender combined!

A good all-round performance which should have resulted in a more comfortable win than 1-0. But a win is a win! 💪

MOTM: Michael Dutnall – the rock at the heart of our defence
DOTD: Leo – for still being injured!

WH&E M1 3 : 2  Berkhamsted M2

Match report coming soon (maybe…)

No match this week for the Ladies 2s ☹

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Week 7: Six of the best for Ladies 2s; Men’s 1s left in the dark!

WH&E L2 6 : 2  Staines L3

WK7L2aThe ladies 2s were awesome! Abbi fulfilled her promise to Sarah of getting a hattrick, and not to be outdone Michelle scored 2, one on the reverse and the other from an impossible angle! Kate followed up with a final goal to finish with our team scoring 6.

The other end had a couple of mix ups *ahem* Lisa and Pippa! With juniors Caitlin and Romy clearing up their messes alongside Freya in goal.

Final score 6-2.

An excellent win from a team who go from strength to strength each week and are a pleasure to play with and watch 😊

WH&E L1 2 : 3 Southgate L3

WHEHC Ladies 1s arrived nice and early at Aylward on Saturday for our 10:30am derby game against Southgate 3s. The game started really well in our favour with WHE ladies running rings around the Southgate players. Pretty quickly we got our first goal on a break by Helen Fenning who got past several players before passing to Beth Deane who took on the goalie. The first attempt failed to result in a goal, but Beth beautifully followed up and slotted the ball into the back of the net putting us in the lead. Soon after we got our second goal which put us 2-0 in the lead – Caroline Briers intercepted the ball from a Southgate free hit, passed to Beth who scored.

Half time came and we were still 2-0 up – amazing! However, our concentration lapsed significantly in the second half and despite some good play with great one-twos, movement off the ball and Bethany McNamara doing the bounce the ball over the stick thing from training, Southgate managed to get three goals past us. Beth came very close to getting a hattrick, just missing getting us an equalising goal!

MOTM – Beth Deane
DOTD – Karen Gray for slipping over several times, just beating Bethany who dropped her stick several times!

WH&E M1 1 : 1 Blueharts M4

A late game at 16:30 away always makes squad numbers difficult. However, we had 12 despite someone crying off with a dodgy gut!

It was typical Blueharts – late running games and little warm up time made available. Despite this Winchmore made a strong start. We dominated most of the play with the opposition limited to breakaways which were mainly snuffed out.

There was good work on the ball throughout including Rafi who showed hunger for the ball and used it well. We finally fell back on our stalwart Tim Mall to break the deadlock – a typical jinking dribble and fine finish to make it 1-0.

Blueharts did threaten by gaining several short corners. They didn’t seem to have much firepower but were given the chance when a foot was adjudged to prevent a goal. Penalty flick. While we considered how to get ahead again, Nick Smith answered for us by saving and keeping our one goal lead. This was the pick of Nick’s MOTM performance, and Adam Machray struggled through valiantly despite an injured leg.

Unfortunately, we did concede before the break, making it 1-1 at half time.

The defence remained strong in the second half with Jim Gatting and Mike Dutnall in particular frustrating their forwards. We had a number of short corners but couldn’t convert this week with their keeper also having a good game.

Stuart Carrick politely asked the chap who had once tried to wipe him out and later hit him on the back of the head with a stick to grow up, but he just couldn’t. Carrick got a green along with the opposition player.

Winchmore continued to press until the end but Blueharts dodged the bullet of a loss.

To cap it all off the floodlights were turned off before we had collected our kit leaving the pitch in darkness! We found our stuff and accepted we could have had 3 points, but we’re pleased with the performance and are starting to string together a small unbeaten run.

MOTM: Nick Smith
DOTD: Stuart Carrick – green card!

WH&E M2 1 : 4 Broxbourne M5

The men’s 2s faced Broxbourne in the late 16:30 pushback with Peter Morton, 13 year old Tej Mody and young goalkeeper Tiernan all making their debuts.

The opening minutes of the game were even with both sides sharing possession. Winchmore looked organised with good interplay between the attackers and Huw marshalling the defence. Broxbourne got the breakthrough pulling the ball across the D allowing for a close-range finish. Broxbourne doubled their lead with a strong hit towards the bottom right of the goal. Goalkeeper Tiernan, making his Winchmore debut, was unlucky as his athletic save tipped the ball onto the post and in.

In the final 10 minutes of the half Winchmore appeared to get a hold of the game and were relentlessly attacking the opposition goal. Several good saves from the keeper kept the score at 2-0 however Winchmore’s persistence was about to pay off. The ball was hit into the top of the D to the target man Chris Buff who deflected the ball leaving it rolling towards the Broxbourne keeper. For a still unknown reason, the defender marking Buffy screamed at the keeper to leave the ball… the keeper duly obliged and Winchmore were left celebrating.

As the half time whistle blew, despite being 2-1 down Winchmore were applying pressure to the opposition and remained confident. As the second half began Winchmore started where they left off with Dom and Stan feeding the attackers, allowing Jude, Asher and Buffy to create several good chances. A flurry of short corners all unfortunately resulted in some more athletic saves by the Broxbourne keeper.

The score eventually finished 4-1 to Broxbourne which did not reflect the closeness of the game – the difference being the oppositions clinical finishing. However, lots of positives to be taken from the game.

MOM: Huw Thomas – Growing in confidence every game and a very organised performance in the heart of the defence.
DOTD: Robert Ulph for getting lost on way to ground and heading the ball during game.

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Herts Junior League: November

It was a very busy weekend for the Junior section, with the girls U12, boys U12 and boys U14 teams all in action for the first time this season in the Herts Junior League. Check out our tournament reports below.

Girls Under 12s @ Broxbourne

The under 12 girls had their first set of matches at Broxbourne – taking on Harpenden and Letchworth was sure to be a tough ask but our sensational six were up for a challenge!

U12GNovDifficult matches followed with both opposition teams able to field full line-ups, but this didn’t dampen our spirits. Molly and Izzy were our steadfast defenders, denying goal after goal. While the powerhouse in the middle was the dynamic duo of Mary and Harriet, and energetic Grace made sure there was always support across the pitch. Super striker Edie didn’t get much time in front of goal but kept running back in support whenever needed.

A fantastic morning! Thank you to all the parents who stayed to support.

Letchworth 2 – WHE 0
Harpenden 3 – WHE 0

Boys U12s @ Letchworth

The boys Under 12s headed out to Letchworth today for the Herts junior league with matches against Broxbourne, Blueharts and Royston.

U12BNovFirst up was Broxbourne, and our boys totally dominated the game with attack after attack, but with a string of fine saves the Broxbourne keeper managed to keep us out (rather like the men’s 2s match with them yesterday!!). The match ended 0-0, but what you would certainly call a winning draw!

Next, we took on Blueharts Lions who proved a much tougher test, and in an end to end game, there were chances at both ends before Blueharts broke the deadlock with a well taken goal lifted into the net. But our boys fought right back and were inches from an equaliser when a shot beat the keeper and hit the post, leading to a goalmouth scramble which Blueharts somehow cleared. A 1-0 defeat, but lots of fine performances throughout the team.

Finally, we came up against a strong Royston side who had won both previous matches without conceding a goal. Royston took the lead early on, but Winchmore battled back quickly, and smart play at the top of the D enabled Zafar to break through and score a well deserved equaliser. Royston then scored 2 more in quick succession. Now some teams would have been demoralised at this, but we pressed forward quickly looking for an immediate reply, and it was Zafar once again who cut through Royston and then out sprinted the defence to knock the ball over the line to make it 3-2. A nervy last 3 minutes for Royston as we looked for an equaliser, but their defence held out for the win.

Fine performances across the whole team – solid defence from Joseph, Thomas and William, dynamic midfield play from Ben, Zakary and Arran, and Zafar and Liam always threatening in attack. Lots of great passing, tackling and we used the whole width of the pitch – the training is paying off! Well done everyone, and thanks to all the parents for their support.

Broxbourne 0 – WHE 0
Blueharts Lions 1 – WHE 0
Royston 3 – WHE 2

Boys U14s @ Letchworth

The under 14s boys team followed the under 12’s at Letchworth, with some of the more dedicated members having already trained earlier that day at Southbury.

U14BNovWe started off well scoring against Hertford but were unlucky to go down 3-1 at full time. In the second game against Blueharts we were again unlucky not to score and showed great determination. The third game was against a Welwyn team made up mostly of Hertford players! (Welwyn had only managed to bring 2 players) needless to say our defence had lots to do. Letchworth were our next opposition with a striker who would not look out of place in our men’s first team! (for that matter could probably get served in a pub!) We battled well, with keeper John kept busy.

Having played four matches in a row our team were due a break, however Welwyn were looking for players for their next match against Royston. Five of our boys took up the challenge and promptly scored 4 of the 5 goals in the 5-0 win! 2 for Tom, 1 for Ellis and 1 for Cameron. Spurred on by this victory we went on to win our final match against Royston, 1-0, with a great strike from Ellis.

We have lots of positives to take from this tournament, we never let our heads drop and kept fighting right to the final whistle. Well done to Callum and Liam for their strong defence (Liam’s reverse stick goal line save had to been seen to be believed), Ellis and Theo working tirelessly in midfield, Tom and Noyan who never stopped running on the wings (Noyan -get some astros and you will be able to stop!), Cameron up front and always looking for opportunities to score, finally John, solid in goal, producing some fantastic saves.

Very proud of the team.

Hertford 3 – WHE 1
Blueharts 2 – WHE 0
WGC 4 – WHE 0
Letchworth 3 – WHE 0
Royston 0 – WHE 1

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Week 6: M1s stalemate earns only point of the day

WH&E M1 0 : 0 Harpenden M2

On a day that was slightly (read at least 15°) colder than last Saturday, Winchmore Hill were replete with players (squad of 15), bolstered by the last-minute availability of Josh Rider and Joe Turmaine (which saved Craig Jackson from having to reprise his role as heroic stand-in keeper a la last season) and last minute arrival of John Lappin (delayed for as-yet-unexplained navigational reasons resulting in him getting lost en-route to our home ground…). A close game was anticipated, having drawn with Harpenden in a number of previous meetings.

Winchmore Hill started the first half strongly. James Gatting, Michael Dutnall and Matt Dray stroked the ball around the back, creating time and space for us to move the ball forward. The fine movement of Tim Mall, Harry Stone, Joe T and Colin Foad up-front, and of Jake, Rafi Zeff, Harry Franks and Craig in wide-midfield, created a number of chances, but none were clear cut and we weren’t able to snatch a lead. Adam Machray picked-up a green card with 105 seconds remaining in the first half for his role as one of the slices of bread in a Harpenden-flavoured sandwich (coupled with a simultaneous stick tackle). The second half was a slightly different story, as Harpenden pressed higher and managed to get into the game a little more by disrupting our transition play.

Overall, this was a very strong team performance with some excellent ball retention and possession play, and one to build on for the rest of the season.

DOTD: Adam Machray for a bold fashion choice (wearing shorts backwards without realising) and/or being green carded (take your pick)

MOTM: Stuart Carrick for general tenacity and hard-work in the midfield

With special thanks to Graham Sparrey for helping us out with umpiring this weekend.

WH&E L1 2 : 5 Hampstead & Westminster L3

The score doesn’t completely tell the story of the ladies 1s tough match away today, with an unusual formation to get used to including captain Bethany as GK rather than attacker!

WK6L1aWe started really strong, with a solid defence stopping loads of balls before they got near this rookie keeper. The determination after last week’s match showed as we went 1-0 up fairly early on thanks to Sam Deane. A lot of battling between the 2 teams unfortunately led to 1-1 from a short corner which shortly after (but not due to) dick of the day Sarah E-Q trying to pick up the ball from the ground during play before remembering you’re not really supposed to do that…

We fought back very quickly after and Gemma Gatting brought us to 2-1! Unfortunately, however, the opposition kept fighting and managed to slot a cheeky goal in the corner of the net! Then they got another one after a short lapse of concentration led to one of their players free in the D.

We started the 2nd half positive, drawing on our win from last week but unfortunately couldn’t quite make it work. Rachelle Alexandra ‘s feet had a magnet on them this week which meant a good few short corners to defend against. Luckily Sarah’s face was there to stop most of the balls…

WK6L1bA couple of attacks we were unable to convert in the 2nd half meant for the final score was 5-2 to the Hampstead & Westminster.

MOTM: Bethany the stand in goalkeeper! Special mentions go to Gemma and Sarah who had a great day in defence, and Sam who had a great day in centre mid doing a lot of work. Shout out to the whole team for keeping your heads up the whole 70 minutes and pushing through!

Final shout outs to Dominic Smith for helping Shell get on the bus, and the umpire who stopped time when our novice GL was wriggling around on the ground hopelessly trying to get up in the GK kit 😂😂😂

#hockeylife #hockeyfamily #thesegirlscan #keeperfortheday

WH&E M2 2 : 4 St. Albans 8

After last week’s walkover we travelled to St Albans finding ourselves in joint 4th in the league.

So a pivotal day started badly with us being locked out from the school we were playing at! Still at least it allowed us time to work out a formation that included a centre forward 😂

With Dom Smith being the lucky man we also pushed Eray in to an attacking midfield role to take the fight to them. This chaos theory bore quick dividends as in our first attack the ball broke to Dom who smashed it in to the roof of the net (just as mystic Joe predicted👍)

Sadly for us, this all-out attack meant we forgot about defending and we immediately conceded a sloppy equaliser.

Undeterred we were soon back in front when Rob Dowling struck the ball past the keeper on a well worked penalty corner.

Then the whole course of the game changed with the home side scoring 2 quick fire goals that clearly should have been disallowed for a stick tackle and a foot in the D respectively. 👎

Credit to all of us for keeping a lid on our protests.

A half time reshuffle included Eray dropping back in to a more natural position of right back. We were more structured and with our new boys Jude and Stan slotting in brilliantly to wide midfield roles we matched our hosts attack for attack.

Sadly we failed to convert any of our chances and paid for it when they scored a breakaway goal with 5 mins left.

A valiant effort where we probably deserved something but without a regular centre forward we lacked an end product.

MOTM: Balazs for many saves – All that practice is paying off 👍

DOTD: Joe Small for a teenager tantrum with both umpires over a 16 hit out that led to him having to have a cooling off period on the sidelines. 😂

WH&E L2 0 : 3 Ealing L2

The ladies 2s had their own TANGERINE dream today against Ealing. It was a game of 2 SEGMENTS: the first was a little disorganised but despite some JUICY chances they only SQUEEZED one in. Throughout the first half we found our feet and played some aPEELing hockey but unfortunately couldn’t eek out any chances.

In the second half we played some ZESTY hockey but let 2 more in without reply.

Some JAFFAntastic performances across the pitch and from Freya back in goal. All in all, we were SUNNY DELIGHTED to keep them to 3-0!

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Week 5: M1s and L1s pick off the low hanging fruit

WH&E M1 3 : 1 St Albans M5

WK5M1It was a bright sunny Saturday afternoon at St Albans home ground – the first team were looking for their second win of the season and the Tangerine Army were ripe for the picking. Our team was full of fresh haircuts not to mention Jake and John both arrived on time after participating in the BREXIT march, so a win seemed likely.

We started the match well passing and linking up nicely, both teams had some good passages of play. Then, in true Winchmore Hill and Enfield style the first goal came from a slow pass which, bounced off a few players sticks into the circle before arriving perfectly like a piece of pre-packaged fruit on a supermarket shelf for a St Albans forward to tap in without having to look. 1-0 #juicy

A couple of minutes later Adam found himself in the centre with the ball – he fired a pass to Tim on the attacking 25, who turned the fullback and created a two on one with the keeper. Harry Stone was with him as he slid a pass past the keeper which Harry calmly trapped and put in 1-1. Harry is known for scoring with tennis shots; he showed can score with more traditional hockey shots like a push #backboardbandit

We then attacked with fury, dominating the play and having multiple shots that either went wide or the keeper saved. The next goal for us came from a hard ball smashed into the circle from outside the 25 from Mike Dutnall which Tim Mall deflected into the net 2-1 #iwanttobelikemike

St Albans had their fair share of shots but Nick Smith wasn’t going to let anything through, saving everything that came his way. Before half time our third goal came from a short corner, Jim Gatting put a textbook drag flick top right #nothingbutnet. The score was 3-1 at half time to us.

In the second half St Albans seemed to work out our play and really pressed us hard shutting down a lot of our attacking options. It became a defensive arm wrestle where our defenders showed their true class and strength on the ball. Harry Franks and captain Matt Dray showed cool heads and skill in the later stages off the match when all were tiring. Jim kept the ball moving out of defence and Nick Smith had a blinder saving around 10 short corners and everything else that came his way in the second half.

A 3-1 win and the Men’s 1’s are on a roll!

MOTM: Nick Smith

WH&E L1 2 : 0 Ashford L2

Sun’s out, guns out!

Ladies 1s certainly showed ‘em how it’s done in the sun away against Ashford 2s.

A performance to be proud of – we played our own game and were strong from start to finish, playing sexy hockey with great 1-2s, calling and determination. Final score 2-0. Both goals in the first half to Beth Deane and Helen Fenning who deserved them after great runs.

Man of the match was tough this week as everyone put in such great performances but it came down to Helen and Gemma Gatting for great calling and running down the right hand side. In the end it went to Helen!

Dick of the Day goes to Beth for leaving her car keys on the driver seat of the car during the whole match. Ooopppss!

A well-deserved win to be super proud of, and I’m excited to build on this! ♥️

No games this week for M2s and L2s.

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Upcoming Fixtures

December 15, 2018
  • Ashford (Middlesex) Ladies' 4s v Winchmore Hill & Enfield Ladies 2

    December 15, 2018
    Ashford (Middlesex)

December 16, 2018
  • Junior Training

    December 16, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Southbury Leisure Centre, 192 Southbury Rd, Enfield EN1 1YP, UK

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