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 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 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 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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