WH&E M1 2 : 1 Bedford M4

The men’s 1s returned to winning ways with a narrow win over mid-table rivals Bedford 4. Two goals in the first half, the first predictably came from Colin Foad, taking his tally for the season to 13; the second from Harry Stone, sliding in on his knees to sweep home from close range after the Bedford keeper partially stopped a penalty corner.

In the second half, Bedford pressed hard and got one back, and in an increasingly tetchy final few minutes the match looked like it could boil over. However, Winchmore held firm for a well-deserved 3 points.


 Other Results:

WH&E L1 1 : 3 Hampstead & Westminster L4
WH&E M2 2 : 9 Berkhamsted M4

No match for the L2s this week

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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 M2 1 : 1 Berkhamsted M4

WK9M2Pre-match was all smiles and breezy, until we learned that our (arguably) strongest team of the season had two unfortunate late dropouts in Joe and Nick. Despite this, we still had the confidence coming into the game to be able to take something from the game.

Once the game was underway, both teams were evenly matched, with Berkhamsted having a bit more of the possession, but Winchmore having the better earlier opportunities. Both Ellis and Stuart were able to keep the opposition wing play at bay with great stops and tackles, whilst down the other end, Jamie was able to constantly battle down our left wing to advance the ball multiple times.

Some beautiful linked play between midfield and attack gave Winchmore their first golden opportunity where Leo found himself in the D with the ball – unfortunately the keeper saved brilliantly. It wasn’t long before Peter found himself entering the D from the right-hand side, but with two closing defenders could only put it behind Luke for a missed opportunity.

Come the end of the first half, our chances were drying up and Berkhamsted hit us on the break to score. Tiarnan, who had made some outstanding saves to this point, was a bit unfortunate to concede. So we entered half-time at 1-0 down.

Winchmore came out storming in the second half, as we saw inspiration from our first-half performance – with our opportunities we believed we could score a few. It wasn’t too long before Luke had the ball on the left side of the D, sweeping the ball to Leo who tried to outplay the keeper and lift it over the diving goalkeeper – only he didn’t dive and the ball hit him in the chest. As time went on, Berkhamsted got more and more into the game, but someone was looking down on Winchmore as Huw became the Virgil Van Dijk of hockey who decided that he couldn’t be bothered with Berkhamsted’s attacks anymore and broke up literally everything that came beyond the 25-yard line.

Mid-way through the half, inspired by Van Dijk’s footballing heroics before his switch to hockey, both teams (allegedly, I’m not sure?) started to play football within Berkhamsted’s D before the ball found its way into their net for 1-1! Scored by Pete Morton, who is now the top goal scorer!

They were clearly not happy with this and after the goal was given, it turned on their nasty streak, as one of their players decided to embed their shoulder into Luke’s body 😊 – They really switched on though and Winchmore had to dig their heels deep to put in a strong defensive performance for the final 10 minute. Huw Van Dijk led this defensive effort as we had multiple balls shot into the D, only to be cleared out. In the final minutes, they had a short corner, which was shot well but Luke just managed to deflect it away from goal. Finally, the game finished 1-1 which was a relief.

Special thanks to the ladies and men that came down to watch us too! Was great to be able to celebrate with everyone there!

MOTM – Huw Van Dijk. What a defensive performance from the captain! Couldn’t have asked for more.

DOTD – Luke’s hamstring. 😊

tl;dr: They scored, Huw Thomas built a wall, we scored. Draw.


WH&E M1 6 : 1 Bedford M4

It finally clicked. We stuck to our process and a 6-1 win came for M1 versus Bedford M4. I’m sure any moment now Harry Stone is going to embellish this post with all the detail. Goals for Colin (2), Asher (2), Harry and Stan. MOTM Asher.


WH&E L1 1 : 2 Hampstead & Westminster L4

Last Saturday the Ladies 1s played top of the league Hampstead and Westminster 4s at home.

We were all channelling our energy from the doughnut game (if you know, you know) and hoping we could push ourselves as we love a challenge.

The first half proved pretty tough as we failed to wake up in time and let Hampstead & Westminster slip 2 goals in. We fought back against them and got a couple of shots on target but were unable to convert.

We came back harder and more relentlessly in the 2nd half though and pushed forwards with lots of drive. This eventually worked out well for us when Bethany played a ball into the D from the right and Vicki was able to get on the end of it after another touch from Beth, in order to get a goal! The last 10 minutes of the match we pulled on all our remaining energy to keep them out of our net and try our best to get another goal.

We couldn’t make it happen in the end, but we played a great 2nd half against top of the league and should be really proud of it!!!

MOTM to Gemma Gatting for her strength and resilience at the back, as well as a great stint in RM!

DOTD to Bethany for getting into a really great position, making herself free, calling for the ball, receiving a great pass and then falling flat on her face…..


WH&E L2 4 : 2 Imperial Medics L1

The L2s were back in action on Sunday, and were straight back to winning ways with another convincing win, this time over Imperial Medics. The L2s are flying high in second place in the league!

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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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