U12 Boys @ Welwyn Garden City (de Havilland uni)

The boys U12s headed to a windswept de Havilland campus in Hatfield for the final round of Herts Junior League matches today, where they faced the usual suspects from Royston, Blueharts and Letchworth.

The opening game against Royston was a very tight affair, with neither side able to dominate and break free from the battle in midfield to create any substantial chances. The final score of 0-0 was a fair result in an uneventful game.

Straight on again for the next game against Blueharts and our boys started to find more space going forward, but also leaving more spaces for Blueharts to exploit against us. And it was Blueharts who took the lead through a stroke of good fortune when a shot that was going wide deflected off a Winchmore stick to find the back of our goal. One nil down, but our boys bounced back with good attacking play up the right from Siva and Arran resulting in a free hit and a ball into the D which Albert calmly converted 30 seconds before full time. A hard-earned draw, and the boys showed great resilience to come back after the early setback.

After a one game break, we were back on for the final game against Letchworth, but this turned out to be one game too far for our boys who were overrun by a good Letchworth team. A 4-0 defeat, but the boys kept their heads up and still threatened a goal at the other end with one effort just sliding by the far post.

Played 3, drawn 2, lost 1. A pretty good day at the end of a good season for our U12s, where the team has really grown and developed over the past 5 months. Well done all and many thanks to all the parents have come down and supported on some fairly bleak days of winter!

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WH&E L1 1 : 0 Hampstead & Westminster L4

The Ladies 1s started the 2nd half of the season against Hampstead & Westminster 4s.

We began with lots of energy and pace on the ball, making a lot of quick passes and moving up the pitch to make opportunities which we were struggling to convert. We did also have to defend numerous short corners which were taken on brilliantly by Team Defence, even though when clearing 1 of them, Rachelle was met with the backside of an umpire to move around as well as the opposition!!

First half ended 0-0 so it was all to play for in the 2nd half.

We kept pushing up and creating chances, then on the rebound of a short corner; with a cricket-like swing Rachelle managed to slam the ball into the backboard of the goal to get us 1 up. After taking a minute to make sure it counted, we celebrated!

The opposition were then fighting back hard, and we had to defend numerous short corners which absolutely shattered everyone’s nerves watching as we are all too familiar with the ladies 1s classic stumble of winning right up until the last minute…

But even the magical gods were with us…Sarah E-Q, after stumbling and dropping her stick during a tackle turned around to see her stick still making the tackle whilst on the ground and the opposition struggling to get round it 😂

So the whistle goes during a defensive short corner after a questionable decision from the umpire (naming no names!!) and everyone in Winchmore Hill is having a heart attack watching it play out… They send it wide!!! We’ve won! 1-0.

Player of the match to Rachelle for an amazing goal, and brilliant defending throughout. Honourable mention to Chris Putt for many great crucial saves.

Dick of the day to Beth Deane for injuring herself 10 minutes after the match by poking herself in the eye whilst sitting down!


WH&E M1 1 :3 Blueharts M3

WK12M1On Saturday, the Men’s 1s faced league leaders Blueharts 3 in the first return fixture to kick off the second half of the season. Having already scored 59 goals and only conceded 10 in 11 matches, Blueharts no doubt fancied their chances against us having beaten us 3-2 on the opening day of the season. However, over the past few weeks we’ve shown great resilience and immediately set out to make life difficult for our visitors.

Nevertheless, after only 10 mins we lost Colin Foad to injury, which upset the balance of the side and left us without not only our top goalscorer but also our key outlet from defence / midfield. Blueharts took full advantage of this to increase their pressure in the middle and soon took the lead with a well taken goal from their canny centre forward who latched onto a loose ball to strike the ball high inside the far post leaving Nick Smith with no chance in goal.

1-0 down, but we battled hard throughout the first half only for Blueharts to double their lead shortly before the break. Their centre forward again demonstrating his experience and quality with a first time shot on the move finding the inside netting at the far post once more.

The second half was a tale of two penalty strokes – the first to Blueharts who converted to make it 3-0; the second to Winchmore, with Sam Turmaine slotting home to claw one back. This changed the momentum of the game in our favour and for the last 10 minutes we pushed on looking for a famous comeback. But it was not to be and Blueharts held out for a 3-1 win.

We go into the Christmas break in 8th place in the league, but with lots of optimism knowing that we can beat anyone. Over the past 12 weeks the team has really found its feet and started to gel as a unit with a good passing game and I’m sure we’ll move up the league when we start again in the New Year.


WH&E L2 1 : 1 Ealing L3

Abbi scored again. That is all.


WH&E M2 0 : 7 Letchworth M4

No match report, yet…

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WH&E L2 2 : 2 Old Merchant Taylors L3

WK11L2We arrived at the pitch, captainless and thinking we only had a bare 11 only to realize that we in fact had a sub… Lorna to the rescue (with Kirsty in tow).

OMT started quickly and it took us a while to realize that we can actually play hockey too. They took the first goal from a break to our disappointment. This woke us up and we quickly received a short corner. A strike from Gemma which was converted by Charlotte to bring us equal just before half time.

Second half we started well with confidence getting the better of OMT until our jet setter Michelle hit herself in the head. Luckily, she can recuperate in sunny Jamaica, not jealous at all!!!

They scored from a scrambled short corner making it 2-1 but we fought on and of course Abbi put one away. This puts her goal scoring total equal to last years after only half the season; winner of top goal scorer again?!

Final score 2-2 draw, bring on the next!


WH&E M2 1 : 4 St Albans M7

Having already beaten St Albans M8 earlier in the season, the men’s 2s were hoping for a similar result against their M7s and in a tight first half it looked like they might be in with a chance. St Albans scored first, but Winchmore battled hard and earned a well-deserved equaliser shortly before half-time, with Luke diving and sweeping the ball past the keeper after a good move down the right.

However, the exertions of the first half had taken their toll on Winchmore, and in the second half St Albans pushed on as the stronger and fitter side, eventually scoring 3 more goals to make it 4-1 as the final result.


WH&E M1 v Blueharts M4

Jack Frost 1, hockey nil. Match postponed…


WH&E L1 1 : 6 Ashford L1

No match report, yet…

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U12 Boys

U12Nov2019-1Well where do I start…?! What a day for our boys Under 12s!

An early start and a trip up the A1 to Blueharts hockey club in Hitchin, was rewarded with fine weather (thankfully!) and even better hockey from our boys. Facing the usual suspects of Letchworth, Hertford and the host club Blueharts, there was an air of the unknown as we watched Letchworth comprehensively beat Hertford in the opening game, so we knew there would be tough matches ahead.

First up we faced Blueharts, and Winchmore were on the attack almost immediately as Siva took hold of the midfield and combined well with Zafar, Arran and Liam in attack to put the pressure on the home team. Within 3 minutes we were one nil up, with a well worked goal finished off from the left by Arran. Then a second goal from Liam, followed by a third from Siva, this was almost too good to be true! Then a fine move started on the right by Zafar who won the ball back, dribbled up the wing before passing into the D where it was slipped inside to Albert who expertly swept the ball past the keeper to make it 4. But Winchmore we weren’t finished yet and, shortly before the end of the match, Liam scored his second goal, making the final score 5-0. An incredible all-round performance, with solid defence when needed from Joseph, John and William, snuffing out the few chances created by Blueharts.

Winchmore were straight away back in action against a strong Letchworth side who we had seen take apart Hertford in the opening game. But our boys started strongly, taking the game to the opposition, and it was once again Arran who popped up on the left side with a well taken goal following good team play from Siva, Zafar and Albert. But Letchworth were not phased by conceding a goal and soon were putting pressure on the Winchmore defence. Nevertheless some great reverse stick tackling from Joseph, jab tackles from William and then a brilliant goal line clearance in the last 2 mins from Liam, meant our boys held on for a hard earned 1-0 win, and a welcome rest after 2 consecutive games.

Back on for the final match versus Hertford, the boys were confident and had already worked out that a draw would be enough to secure victory in the tournament. But there was no sitting back and playing safe. A change of line up with John moving to striker and Albert dropping in to right midfield and the boys were soon on the attack again, with John closing down the Hertford defence and forcing loose passes which we were able to intercept in midfield. Goals continued to flow freely, first from Siva with a well struck shot giving the keeper no chance, then Liam, Zafar, and finally Arran again making it a final score of 4-0. Another very impressive performance, meaning the team finished having played 3, won 3, 10 goals scored, and none conceded!

The team played so well, working together with solid defence, good marking, and great teamwork (something the adult teams could learn from!!), and everyone should be so proud of how they played.

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WH&E L1 1 : 0 Hampstead & Westminster L5

WK1L1First match of the season for the Ladies 1s and everyone was dreading playing in the late summer weather. Isn’t hockey a winter sport?!

With a few changes to the team over the summer and some of our usuals not able to play, we were feeling a slight nervousness, which we were able to overcome as soon as we stepped on the pitch.

Our focus of the match was to not drop our heads and lose in the last minutes of the game, which had happened at the pre-season opener the week before. So, with determination we start working hard from the whistle and pushed all the way.

We had lots of chances in the first half, including a great ball into the D from Sam Deane which Bethany couldn’t manage to get on the end of, as well as a ball in from Bethany to new player Vicki, which we couldn’t manage to convert either.

Come half time, we were feeling the heat and needed to regroup. A really good half time team talk pumped us all up and we were piling on the pressure to Hampstead & Westminster’s defence with lots more great chances and short corners, one of which Sam was able to convert into a goal. The rest of the game was tough as Hampstead tried to counter, but with Team Defence looking for a #cleansheet, they were unable to do so.

We held it for a 1-0 win, and we really deserved it! A great confidence boost to the team, and a glimpse of how we plan to continue; doing the basics right and playing some really sexy hockey!

Players of the match to Sam, Beth and Talyssa for great play in their positions and Dick of the day to Sarah E-Q for ducking away from a high ball but then standing up so she actually ended up heading it 🤕

Our next match next Saturday is at home at Aylward. PLEASE COME SUPPORT 🙏🏼🙏🏼


WH&E M1 2 : 3 Blueharts M3

WK1M1A new season and an updated squad. The first game has traditionally been a brutal season opener mainly due to lack of practice and lack of players.

This time we had subs, although the omens weren’t great with Matt Dray’s car giving up the ghost on route and Dom’s tyre going too.

So we started but with less subs and the subbing strategy out the window.

This game was about learning how we can set up going forward into the new season and testing out various positions.

We did start slowly and conceded too many short corners and Blueharts pressured. We had a few shorts ourselves with both Joe and Mike coming close from the top of the D. 2-0 down at half time but heads still up. It could have been worse if not for multiple saves by Josh.

At half time we agreed to stick to our game as the approach could work, we just had to sharpen up. Indeed, the game was far more even in the second half. Blueharts did however score from another short corner which seemed to put the game just beyond reach.

Then over the horizon Matt Dray appeared and gave us the boost we needed. Taking us close to a point with 2 superb finishes by Man of the match Colin Foad.

In summary, we started to play the kind of hockey we want to, and it bodes well for the future.

MOTM: Colin, with honourable mentions for Rafi, Paul and Josh.


WH&E M2 0 : 7 Letchworth M4

The M2s faced Letchworth 4s in both the first game of the season and their first in div 7 following back to back promotions.

Letchworth immediately looked like an organised and disciplined side taking a 2-0 lead early. The second goal coming in comedic fashion as centre back Nick Smith found himself 1 v 1 with their forward and perhaps forgetting he is not in goal anymore collapsed at the striker’s feet! 4-0 down at half time.

Winchmore looked far better in the 2nd half. Passing the ball around nicely and creating some chances through several short corners, however Letchworth went on to score 3 further goals.

Despite the score there were positives to take from the game. Well done to the 4 Winchmore debutants Guy, Theo, Luke and Jamie who all made a solid start.


WH&E L2 v Ashford L4 (match conceded)

The L2s started with 3 points, though not the way they wanted to with Ashford conceding the match. After a good week of training the L2s are raring to go!

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