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 L2 4 : 2 PHC Chiswick L6

The ladies 2s would like to start our match report by saying Lisa Jobson was less lazy this week! Despite her moving more, including her feet into the path of the ball leading to the first goal which she then watched…. we won 4 -2!

We quickly levelled up with a pass from outside the D to Abbi which she slammed into the goal… this was backed up with 3 more goals from her… #topscorer

We did let them come back a little with another goal in the second half and then a run of shorts at the end … including one given against Kate Smith for a stick tackle whilst she was in control of the ball… work that out? 🤔

Great defensive play by Pippa Deane and Louise for a mid-air save on the goal line, leading to the Chiswick coach questioning whether they would ever get any luck…

The game ended in the last second with Gem Luckman being taken out by the opposition, and one umpire blowing before the other could award a card …. despite that Chiswick still asked for a short corner. Work that one out??!

#3points #winchmorewinning #teamoftheyear💜


WH&E M2 2 : 1 MBDA M1

So this is the third time I’ve written a match report for a match vs MBDA. The previous results were 12-1 and 13-1 losses, so I was somewhat trepid going into this match.

But on the plus side we had Rafi and Craig to help us out, Eray back from injury and most of our best team, so I was cautiously hopeful.

Things started well. Most of the play was in the middle of the pitch, but Craig and Rafi were showing their class in midfield and letting Guy show his stuff and we really were dominating in midfield. As ever, getting decent shots off was a bit of a challenge, although we were having a few. Sadly, their keeper was doing pretty well at stopping them. Eventually though after a ball into the D got a lucky deflection off Craig’s stick our pressure told and the ball hit the back of the goal. However, it was disallowed for reasons unknown

Thankfully, the midfield quality was allowing us to get the best out of the rest of the team, and our pressure told as we won a short corner that was calmly flicked into the back of the net, again by Craig. 1-0 to us at the end of the first half.

The second half, they came out fighting, with renewed attacking vigour up front, and we needed all our defensive skills. Ably marshalled by the excellent Eray, we generally held them off whilst having some breaks of our own. One of these saw a fantastic run most of the way up the right wing and into the D by Joseph, which ended in a fantastic solo goal. However, we’d already had a short corner awarded so it didn’t count! But a penalty flick that resulted from it was put away calm as you like by Luke; 2-0. After this though they came at us hard, getting inside the D and forcing some excellent saves by Nick in goal. They got up once too often, getting a goal from a short corner. After this it was a case of defending hard, with the occasional counterattack. But they couldn’t break us (we broke them, but Eray’s hit off a short corner was just above the back board) and we just about held firm.

Final score 2-1 to us and the pain of previous results somewhat eased.

MOTM: Craig. Fantastic control in midfield, and a real attacking threat. Please can you play more often?

DOTD: Well we had 3 goals disallowed…


WH&E L1 0 : 3 Southgate L3

Last Saturday the ladies 1s played Southgate 3s; it was always going to be a tough match.

We started the first half with lots of inspiration from Gav (coach) going for deflections, but unfortunately couldn’t convert any into a goal. We moved on and off the ball very well but were unable to get the breakthrough.

The 2nd half unfortunately didn’t go so well. Although we had some chances up front and team defence were working hard, we couldn’t manage to keep Southgate out.

The final whistle went as Bethany was lying on the ground after being slammed down during one of our last chances of the match…

Fanny of the field (she requested this title!) this week was Reanne Umali, who found a portion of the pitch she loved so much that she just wanted to stay on the ground.

Player of the match was our skipper, Bethany, for a ton of running and making chances up front. Shout out to Sam Deane for doing her job brilliantly and Charlotte Ellingham for great work in defence.

We lost 3-0. But we went for a beer after.


WH&E M1 1 : 4 Letchworth M2

The men’s 1s battled hard, but slipped to a 4-1 defeat against a well organised Letchworth team.

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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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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 L2 4 : 1 West Hampstead L5

Following the high of the previous week’s win, the L2s were determined to have another smashing week and that’s what they did. With captain Pippa Deane stepping in goal, following in her sister’s footsteps in the hope of keeping another clean sheet, it became clear who the favourite Deane sister was as the opposition sadly scored a goal (it was a lovely goal, we will admit) in the second half.

This didn’t worry the team as Abbi had already scored 2 goals, but it set them on a new mission. After ensuring the goalie was protected, particularly after she managed to injure herself when kicking the ball, the combo of Charlotte and Abbi proved unbeatable, with Charlotte setting up goals for Abbi to score another 2! This resulted in another win of 4-1.

With some beautiful hockey and teamwork shown in the last two games all I can say is bring on the next match!!!


WH&E M1 3 : 5 Letchworth M2

A windy and rainy day for the league leaders Letchworth’s visit to Aylward. We had a strong squad on paper, but with injury to Mike Dutnall we had a changed back line with Jim Gatting dropping in after his forays up front last week.

The match started with plenty of possession for the opposition but was relatively easily dealt with and little threat appeared. We had a few penetrations ourselves but the control of the ball in wide positions just wasn’t what it should be this week. We struggled to get the ball out and retain possession. The weight of giving the ball away and forward running from the opposition took its toll and the threats came. Several short corners led up to the opening goal with one finally converted, sliding inside our right post just below the backboard.

As has been the pattern this season, we decided to wake up a little once behind. With a short corner of our own Gatting levelled the scores with a nice drag flick. Unfortunately, we couldn’t reach half time even, and Letchworth scored again to make it 2-1.

In the second half we mixed up the formation to try and get back into the game, but it backfired as we found ourselves 4-1 down after 2 goals more were bundled in by the visitors.

While we didn’t play as well as in previous matches, we showed a lot of fighting spirit. Another short corner smashed in from Jim, and a predator finish by Stan after Colin’s shot had deflected off the post brought us back to 4-3. However, all that effort took its toll and a really well taken volley after a short corner save brought the decisive 5th goal. A 5-3 loss to the league leaders, but we know we can play better and pick up points next week.


WH&E L1 1 : 6 Southgate L3

Ladies 1s played away against Southgate last Saturday.

Caroline Briers scored and we only lost 1-0 in the 2nd half which was a vast improvement from the 1st half… I think that’s all we need to say about that match!

MOTM was tied between half of the team, so I’m giving it to everyone this week for fighting until the end and making a brilliant improvement in the 2nd half.

DOTD goes to Sarah E-Q for blatantly and proudly stopping the ball like a goalie inside the D to give away a short corner… Unfortunately for Sarah someone dropping their baby (not naming any names) at teas happened after the voting so her win still stands!

Onwards and Upwards!


WH&E M2 1 : 12 MBDA M1

The men’s 2s made the trip to a wet, cold Stevenage to play MBDA on a beach of a pitch. This was a team that had beaten us 13-1 the previous season, and with a couple of late dropouts due to illness we knew we were in for a tough match with a young team. We started well, with some gritty defending and solid play in midfield kept the game fairly even at the start. Soon though there was one attack too many, and despite some great defensive work at the back by Ellis and John they found an unmarked man and got it through. The second quarter was tougher, with a lot of time spent in our half, with Guy and Luke aiding the defensive effort ably.

There were though flashes of attacking prowess, with good link up play between Leo (gamely playing despite his back issues) and the likes of Tom and Theo. No goal to be had though.

The score at the end of the first half was 5-0.

Second half we knew was going to be long, but as the game opened up MBDA found more space and the goals kept coming, despite some fantastic work by Balazs in goal. As they pressed forward in search of goals, we knew the chances would come, and some great work by Guy and Leo getting the ball up front and up to Noyan who calmly slotted home for a much-deserved goal.

The final score was 12-1 so better than last year (just!), but with a very young team, it was a good performance, with everyone playing well, just with the experience and guile of the opposition showing through. Looking forward to getting back to winning ways next week!

MOTM: John P. Coming out of goal due to our need for players, and press ganged into left back he pressed well, made a great number of covering tackles and overall held them at bay admirably. Great stuff!

DOTD: Sadly has to be Joe Small who turned up nice and promptly for a game at 3. Sadly, ours had been at 1. We’ve all been there. Hopefully he’ll get to the one at 1:30 next week.

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