WH&E M1 4 : 1 Bishops Stortford M3

Late cancellation of events meant we had a last-minute complement of 11 players with Jake Sumner joining us. Onwards to Bishop Stortford.

A very good start with an early goal after some nice passing moves finished off neatly by Luke Trevill.

Goals then dried up but possession and passing remained reasonable although the early goal led to some complacency. Bishops Stortford made some breaks and earned a couple of short corners. 1-0 up at half time.

We pulled ourselves together and decided to up the intensity. Asher and Harry dropped into midfield allowing Colin to push up. Colin earned himself a goal and supported Jake and Luke up front. Luke smartly finished twice in the second half to complete his hat trick.

Stortford finally piled on some pressure with help from the umpires – green for Matt followed by yellow for Dom, a few dodgy short corners too. Eventually a goal line foot at a short corner led to a penalty stroke. Jim who had been strong in goal came close but Bishops Stortford undeservedly scored from the flick.

Good result. Final score 4-1 win.


WH&E L1 0 : 2 Old Merchant Taylors L1

WK22L1So bottom of the league you say?
A win or draw puts us in safety you say?
11 players you say?
Well you’ve got it in the bag then, right?
Wrong!

3 players down for the count with coronavirus knocking on their doors meant we were down to 8. But don’t you worry, we had 2 players from the 2s, no wait, make that 1. So 9…

The ladies 1s showed exactly what hard work and team spirit is this week. No one dropped their heads no one gave up and no one stopped believing we could win this against 12.

Karen played like she was possessed, the lone striker upfront through on goal, yes it’s in! No wait, she shoulder-barged the defender to play the ball, no goal. Then with 5 or so minutes of a tough half OMT snuck one in. But it didn’t end there; second half starts Karen again playing possessed (claiming she’s sick too but not coronavirus) made the run of a lifetime and with Karen Goode with her we looked to equalise….NO it just missed the goal, hitting the side netting…then Sula decided to crawl on the floor and do a backwards roll, it was beautiful and an incredible display of acrobatics 😂

A 2nd one slipped in as they finally realised that 11 v 9 meant they could overrun us in defence, somewhere along the way Caroline Briers taking a stick in face, but not to let the team down she soldiered on.

Some dodgy decisions by a guy in yellow meant Sam ended up off the pitch with a green for not taking the opposition player out…

In true Ladies 1s style we ended on a defensive short corner defended well and keeping the score at 2-0. A 10th player would have made all the difference, stretching their defence to breaking point, a full team would have been a certain win.

MotM – Karen Gray – for playing 3 positions at once and doing it amazingly

DotD/PotP – Karen Gray – trying to get herself a green at the same time as Sam by shouting “seriously!!!” As loudly as possible…

A tough fight, coronavirus the ultimate winner…


WH&E L2 0 : 5 Teddington L6

WK22L2Despite being a bit thin on the ground (the umpire asked if we were waiting for another car🤣) we had a great game. Everyone played excellently and Teddington were frustrated that they couldn’t dominate as they would expect to against 8.

Unfortunately though a 5-0 loss sees them leapfrog us in to 2nd and we ended the day in 4th.

Special mentions to Pippa Deane and Erin at the back and Romy in goal for clearing far more than they let in and of course Kate Smith for being everywhere as usual!


WH&E M2 1 : 9 Hertford M4

Continuing the theme of playing hockey with fewer than 11 players, the men’s 2s lined up against a strong Hertford 4s with 10 after a late injury.

They were a strong team, well organised, and especially strong in attack. Our young centre midfield pairing (Haydn and Ellis) did a great job, launching us on some strong counter attacks, whilst Balazs did an equally sterling job in goal limiting the damage.

We did get a few short corners, and from one of them Huw got his first ever goal in competitive hockey, with his strike skimming the top of the backboard.

The second half started well, with Winchmore firmly on top and providing a lot of threat, but sadly no goals. Later on we got a bit tired and they came back strong. The final score was 9-1 but a decent performance by a young team in a tough league.

MOTM: Haydn dominating midfield. Nice stuff.

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WH&E L2 4 : 1 Imperial Medics L1

WK20L2The ladies 2’s set off early to Harlington. We were all very put off by the rain but luckily it blew over before pushback. Gem Luckman quickly put us ahead with a lovely short comer that takes her tally to 6. This was followed by some beautiful play and passing but we have to mention Gemma D’s amazing defensive run to keep the ball on just to pass it across our goal!! Half time 1-0.

Just after halftime, Sonya scored a great goal that the ‘keeper got a glove to but couldn’t keep out. She did cause a moment of confusion by not celebrating. 2-0 So far so good HOWEVER… almost immediately they scored a very “unfortunate” goal – some of us thought she was outside the D; some of us thought it was going wide; but we all watched it slowly curve inside the post. (Their celebrations implied they saw something different) Gem L had a tantrum and decided to throw her stick.

We refocused and looked for a reply. Ellie scored a lovely goal leaving Abbi very sad at being the only forward who had not scored (yet). But don’t worry Abbi fans – all that was about to change; after a strong fight we won the ball, Kate Smith had a lovely run up the side line, passed the ball to Sonya who unfortunately missed but Abbi was there to back her up and pop in her 22nd of the season.

Thanks to Caroline Briers for stepping down to hold our backline solid as well as bringing her magic score predictor, Jack who called it as 4-1 before we even stepped on pitch!

MOTM: Sonya for confidence and composure in front of goal


WH&E M1 2 : 6 Hertford M2

After the half-term break (for some), the men’s 1s returned to a more normal line-up for the away trip to Hertford. A tight first half brought two goals – the first for Hertford from open play, which was then cancelled out by a well worked penalty corner that was cleverly disguised to make it look like it had gone wrong (🧐), only for Colin Foad to calmly find the bottom corner.

However, ten minutes of madness after half-time saw Hertford rattle off 4 quick goals with a high press paying dividends. Nevertheless, Winchmore gained their composure and before long started to create more chances of their own – Colin Foad then sliding in at the back post to finish off a cross from the right side, and then Josh Lewis taking advantage of more Winchmore pressure to bring the deficit back to two. Despite more pressure and chances, we ran out of time to recover the deficit. A good performance apart from the ten minutes of madness.

MOTM: Leading goalscorer Colin Foad with two more goals.


Other Results:

WH&E L1 1 : 2 PHC Chiswick L2
WH&E M2 1 : 9 Harpenden M3

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WH&E M1 3 : 0 Bishops Stortford M3

The Men’s 1s were at home and hunting for 3 points against Bishops Stortford 3s, having already played out a draw with Stortford 2s earlier in the season.

In a very tight first half it was clear that this was not going to be an easy game, but Winchmore didn’t panic and stuck to the plans of a solid passing and possession game. And that patience paid off when the deadlock was broken shortly before half time – a diagonal aerial into the opposition D was brought down by Adam Machray who passed it inside for Colin to smash past the keeper and put Winchmore 1-0 up at the break.

Back out for the second half and it was more of the same – good possession, passing and movement brought two more goals – the first from a nice move down the right which Harry Stone swept home from near the penalty spot. The second from Stone again, this time going himself round the back on the right side of the goal before pulling the pass across goal only for a Stortford defender to beautifully side foot it through their keeper’s legs!

3-0 the final score and a solid performance all round – Winchmore controlling the game from the back and snuffing out any chances Stortford tried to create. 🏑💪💜

MOTM: James for solid defence and distribution from left back.DOTD: In the first half it looked likedly to be Colin, after putting it wide from close range. But this was easily gazumped in the second half by Adam who rounded the keeper and only had to pull the ball back and pass it into an empty net, but instead choose a spectacular / diving / tumbling reverse stick swipe, with the ball looping up tamely and well wide of the goal 🤣


WH&E L1 3 : 1 Old Merchant Taylor L1

The day started with a player down and Karen Goode on the floor.

We started pretty slow, unable to get any good chances, apart from a strong run from Beth Deane up the wing and a pass to Bethany… But living up to last week, she fell flat in her back instead of shooting. We were starting to slowly improve by the end of the first half but there were still no goals to either team.

As always, we love a challenge, so decided that it would be better to be losing the match just so we could come back and win it, so Mia decided to give OMT a penalty flick with 20 minutes to go so that we could fight back. 1-0 down after the flick…which Chris very nearly saved!! We then came out all guns blazing and fought back hard. 5 minutes later after great teamwork to get the ball up the pitch, Vicki got it into the net to bring us back to 1-1! This got us excited so kept going. Some people were getting a bit too excited though and dick of the day Rachelle got green carded and sent off the pitch for 2 minutes for knocking the ball away…

But that didn’t stop us either. A beaut straight shot from Sam Deane on a short corner banged straight to the back of the net to take us up to 2-1. And we still kept going. More hard work from us all managed to get the ball back up into the D and Caroline Briers got our 3rd goal with a beautiful reverse stick flick past the keeper!

Final score 3-1!

MOTM: Sam Deane for her relentless work and non-stop running in defence and midfield.

DOTD: Rachelle for her green card!


WH&E L2 2 : 2 Teddingdon L6

WK10L2The ladies 2s played Teddingdon in the late game, with Michelle returning from Germany for her debut this season; scoring two goals. Romy played in goal – and actually got a chance to show her skill!

In the first half we played a fast paced, end to end game. Sonya ran lots of fast balls up the pitch, to Michelle and Charlotte who got lots of brilliant chances. At half time, the score was 1 all.

The second half was even faster paced – somehow – with Gem running up from defence and Sonya creating even more chances for Michelle and Ellie. Kate picked up lots of balls that were passed out by the opposition and sent them back into the D for more goals. Our defence was strong for the whole game, and Sula played fantastically – as per usual – in midfield. The game ended with a well-deserved 2-2.


WH&E M2 0 : 5 Hertford M4

A tough away trip to Hertford for the 4:30pm push back and not the result the M2s were looking for after a hard fought draw the previous week.

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WH&E M1 2 : 3 Hertford M2

The Men’s 1s were back at home this week, facing a strong Hertford side who had scored a lot of goals in their previous few games and were on form.

Winchmore started well, and controlled the game at times with some good transferring at the back and strong work across the pitch. The game was very tight and end to end but it was Winchmore who drew blood first with an excellently taken short corner by Colin into the bottom right corner.

Hertford came back fighting and finally equalised with a lucky goal sent in after some scrapping in the D not long before the end of the first half.

Winchmore then went out after the break with the plan to press high, work hard and go for a second goal. The plan worked and Winchmore went 2-1 up thanks to another great short corner from Colin, this time put away just inside the left post.

This fired Hertford up and they came back at us hard, pressured us high, forcing an error at the back and managing to equalise.

The game was extremely tense for the final 10/15 mins at 2-2 with end to end hockey and fighting hard from both sides. Sadly, Hertford were just too strong and in the final minute of the game broke through and scored to win the game 3-2.

Overall a really good performance from Winchmore who were so unfortunate to not get points from the game but we push on to Bedford away next week to build on the performance and bring home some more points.

MOTM by team vote goes to Paul for excellent work rate, several saving tackles and good runs forward. DOTD to Stuart for a blunder at the back for the second Hertford goal.


WH&E L1 0 : 2 PHC Chiswick L2s

The ladies 1’s played a hard fought and fast paced match vs Chiswick early on Saturday morning in tornado conditions. And too early for our DOTD Sarah who was still in her PJs at 9:45! The first half showed equal chances for both teams; we had some great crosses in from Sam and Gem but were unable to finish off with a goal. Chiswick had a few chances too and managed to score off a penalty corner and rebound in the D, after a great first save from Putty.

In the second half our ladies came out with a vengeance and brilliant chances came from Reanne with a breakaway, Karen Gray with an almost open net, Caroline with a solid shot on goal, Sam solid shots in, Karen Goode great crosses in and Beth being and running everywhere!

Team defence held a solid defensive formation and Gem, T, Sarah showed some offensive streaks, even going down in the opposition D! Although the opposing coach tried to deflate us with continuous ridicule that we ‘were tired’ (!!) our ladies played till the very end and even had a few great chances in the last 5 minutes, Beth having a chance with a pass from Gem in the last few seconds.

Shell managed to ‘matrix’ and be suspended in mid-air; Reanne, Gem, T, Sam were everywhere and we came off the pitch with heads held high as we played a very positive and trusting game. We then ate Colin’s face (what??!) and voted Beth MOTM for continuous pressure, annoying their defenders, and creating some fantastic opportunities for us to get it in the net. Disappointing result but a great game with tons of positives!


WH&E M2 0 : 8 Harpenden M3

The M2s were up nice and early to get to Harpenden for a 10:30 start. On a freezing morning one could tell we hadn’t really woken up and we conceded a few sloppy goals pretty quickly. They were all over us, a lot of pressure not giving us time on the ball, and pushing numbers forward in attack. They were clearly a good side. The somewhat late arrival of Joe S helped sort things out a little, and we managed to get past the halfway line a bit.

But problems remained. Despite heroic efforts the midfield couldn’t contain the numbers pressing forward and struggled to push on amidst the pressure. Tough first half. 5-0

In the second half after some rousing words we came out stronger. Leo, Guy, and when not injured, Luke, managed to push us on. It felt like their pressure forward started to leave them more exposed as they tired. Sadly no goals were forthcoming, but we were getting closer.

The final score was 8-0, but given we were 3-0 down in about 5 minutes, not a bad result.

MOTM: Leo – who was asked to drop back into the midfield. A good performance there, which probably isn’t what he wants to hear!


No match again this week for the Ladies 2s ☹

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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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