WH&E L2 4 : 1 Eastcote L5

Another freezing cold match for the ladies 2s, with a mid- afternoon push back. Despite our continuous efforts we were still not warm by the end of the game.

The first half was fast and we maintained this pace throughout. The first goal of the game was scored by Eastcote but we didn’t let this get us down. Abbi scored our equaliser mid-way through the first half with one of the many brilliant set ups from our midfielders and forwards.

In the second half, we got more pace and confidence, and managed to put more of our shots in the goal, with Abbi scoring two more goals and Gem scoring with a clean strike from a short corner. Although we lost our positions towards the end, we communicated and worked well as a team, encouraging each other and helping each other to channel the balls up the wings – brilliant efforts from Caitlin, Sonya, and Abbi but a game well played by everyone.


WH&E M1 3 : 0 Southgate Adelaide M1

2020 vision

Bright, winter sun greeted what was the first full home game of 2020 for most of the assembled band of WH&E M1s; and all eyed a win. With a strong squad of 15 players, the desire for a first victory of the year certainly seemed possible and in so doing condemn old rivals Southgate Adelaide to their continued rather bleak season – not winning a game.

For the team talk, we didn’t understandably want to dwell on that stat and the team was exhorted to focus on their game. The whistle blew, but as WH&E lined up 15 players were more like 12 to 13 as Jim Gatting remained injured and sadly couldn’t take part and there were niggles, strains and ailments affecting a few others. No matter. The team had a steel and sought to begin with vigour.

WH&E did indeed start strongly, delivering considerable pressure and a sequence of shots albeit no clear chances but plenty of opportunities including an inviting ball flashed right across the ‘D’. While there was danger in the ‘D’ another revealed itself with a corner of the pitch still icy and players losing their footing. Perhaps Adam Machray thought he could blame it on the pitch as his tackle soon after led an Adelaide player to taste the Astro (and Adam dodged a card).

WH&E also escaped a scare. A rare break by Adelaide up the left saw the ball taken along the line and into the ‘D’, but excellent positioning and deft work by keeper Balazs Endrodi literally saved the day.

More WH&E pressure then took shape with Stuart Carrick, Rafi Zeff and Matt Dray bringing the ball out and having plenty of space. Asher Cohen and Stan Knight found some good positions too as did Sam Turmaine on his outing for the 1s. Jake Sumner then won a short corner as an Adelaide player stepped on the ball. `The whistle blew for half-time and ten WH&E players circled round the ’D’. Adam Machray played a good ball out, it was stopped cleanly and the most miraculous shot curled into the backboard. Or at least that was the plan but in fact Colin Foad delivered a perfectly executed air shot (it looked good Colin!). So, WH&E went into half time all square but knowing by far the stronger play was by the men in white and purple. (At this point in the report we want to say thanks to Sam Deane and Chris Moran for umpiring – as always we are grateful as we wouldn’t be able to play otherwise).

The second half duly began, and WH&E came out strongly. Adelaide must have been thinking it was not to be their day again, whereas the team in white sensed it might be theirs. That said, in his own words, Harry Stone did not have much sense in how his deflection found its way into the goal but it did. 1-0 and well done Mr Stone.

Shortly after, a number of short corners were won and one of them saw an Adelaide player hit the ball with his foot which bounced to Dom Smith. Rolling back the years and showing all the skills acquired, he majestically lifted the ball from the edge of the ‘D’ into the top corner. 2-0 and well done Mr Smith.

By now, WH&E were a dominant force. Mike Dutnall was playing so far up the pitch he could have arguably been thought of as a winger, especially as he played plenty of crosses from the right side of the pitch and even the odd shot.

Adam Machray fearing not enough people had seen his previous handiwork, proceeded to sprint across the pitch and slid into the player taking both him and opposition member into the onlookers of the game. (A card escaped again).

Then it was onto another bout of WH&E pressure and a penalty flick. Colin Foad stepped up, but the keeper saved. Could WH&E get a third and put the game out of reach? Oh yes.

But, it was an unlikely source. With another sequence of pressure who was in the ‘D’, none other than the left back Paul Taylor who slotted cleanly home. Well done Mr Taylor.

It was a well-deserved victory and three points on the board. More points should clearly be in sight ahead.


WH&E L1 0 : 1 Staines L1

On Saturday the Ladies 1s played Staines at home and Helen Fenning joined us for her first match back since having her baby daughter!

It was a very defensive heavy match as although we had a few offensive opportunities, they seemed few and far between. Team defence did an excellent job of keeping the opposition out of the net with many great saves from Chris Putt and lots of hard work from the 4 defenders who kept working until the last minute.

The only goal of the match was just into the 2nd half when we were unable to keep them at bay.

Player of the match goes to Sam Deane for unreal levels of energy and the ability to not stop fighting. Absolutely integral to the strength in the defence as well as the chances we did create up front. Well done Sam 👏

Honourable mention to Helen for great running after her time off!


WH&E M2 0 : 7 Potters Bar M4

After an awful performance last week, despite a win, we wanted to put it right and play formidably in the game against Potters Bar, which we knew was going to be tough. We didn’t have a full-strength squad which made our formation a bit odd, with Guy holding a 5th different position this season.

Will keep this short and sweet. Bar goal. Bar goal. SAVE off the line, with Luke’s foot. Penalty flick – bar goal. Bar goal. Potters Bar 4-0 HT. They were a well set up team and pressed us really well. We struggled at times to get the ball up the pitch but the young legs of Jamie, Theo, Tom & Thomas showed some positive play linking up with Leo up top.

Second half was pretty similar, but we did get into our stride a bit more. Luke, Jason, Leo & John linking up in the middle and once we got a bit of pass-and-go on, we did manage to get it up the field. Bar goal. Two great picks off the line from a short by Guy, however he passed it back to them, so they ended up scoring anyway – great effort though.

At one point, Jamie found himself entering the D with the ball and was unlucky to not find Tom at the far post for a goal. A bit later Tom had another opportunity shooting from an impossible angle which was saved, Luke followed up putting it back post, but it was just a bit too overhit for Jamie to put it away – another decent chance. Finally, another Bar goal.

Then the best move of the match came from John whacking the ball up to Luke, who cut into the right-hand side and was fouled. Leo passed the ball for a quick one-two before imitating an Argentinian Leo and dribbling past multiple players in the Bar box before striking the ball with accuracy and power. Unfortunately, he thought the goal was in front of him so ended up not scoring, but what a goal it could have been.

Potters Bar 7-0 winners. However, the score line flattered them a bit.

Man of the Match: Guy. What a performance from left back! Controlled his part of the field well.

We go against bottom of the table next week (yes, we’re not bottom!) so that should be seen as a win-at-all-costs game as only 1 point separates us. Please come down and support!

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WH&E M1 3 : 0 Southgate Adelaide M1

This week the M1s took the short trip away to be hosted by Southgate Adelaide. Hopeful of picking up their first points of the season against the newly promoted opposition, Winchmore got off to a strong start with some good possession and movement up the wings. After some quick movement of the ball up the pitch, it was not long before Joe Turmaine found himself in a shooting position from brother Sam’s pass and he ended the move with a clinical finish into the bottom right corner.

Southgate Adelaide, struggling to maintain possession, found themselves getting picked off in the middle of the park through the constant hassling of Dom and Stuart and through a quick change in possession Sam finished off a fine move with another goal after a swift counter and a final pass from Asher. However, the first half was not without its challenges and Southgate Adelaide found themselves coming back into the game with some strong pressure towards the end but unable to break the Winchmore defence.

Shortly into the second half, after some back and forth of possession, Winchmore yet again built on the pressure with the help of Dom’s constant regaining of possession around the opposition 16 and a third goal seeming imminent. Not long after, an excellent aerial by Dom over the defence put Sam through on goal and with a deft first touch he bounced it past the oncoming keeper into an empty net to make it 3-0.

However, it was not all plain sailing with Southgate Adelaide creating some dangerous counter attacks and picking up some short corners only to find Josh equal to all of them as well as a heroic last man block on the line by Paul. The clean sheet was then maintained until the end of the game through the strong performance of the entire back line as well as the determined running across the rest of the pitch. A strong performance all around with Dom being awarded MOTM for his quality of passing and constant winning of the ball as well as Harry S being awarded DOTD for showing up to the wrong pitch and nearly missing push back!


WH&E L1 1 : 2 Staines L1

On Saturday the ladies 1s were away against Staines, and for once it wasn’t raining!

We went with 14 players for the first time in a few years, so we were prepared to do lots of work on the pitch.

The match started with some really lovely passes, communication and running off the ball to set up a goal from new player Vicki after a great run and pass in from Beth Deane. This good play continued for 5 more minutes until Staines managed to get a goal and unfortunately we lost a bit of our composure. We started the 2nd half 1-1 and kept fighting, but were unable to convert any of our chances, unlike the opposition who managed to maximise on an early run from our defenders on a short corner and get a 2nd goal.

The match ended 2-1 to Staines but we ran until the end, with a few more chances we still couldn’t convert.

Lots of great players vying for MOTM this week! Reanne for overall great play and lots of fantastic interceptions and Vicki for a lovely goal and space-making up front. Sam Deane for brilliant play in the middle of the field.

DOTD goes to Karen Smith. Even though she managed to use the toilets this time, she fell out of the car in the morning, then lost her whole family in the afternoon!

Next match this week is at home at Aylward at midday. Please come along and support!!!!


WH&E M2 1 : 5 Potters Bar M4

The Men’s 2s were up against Potters Bar 4s at Aylward Academy on Saturday. To be frank, we’re still struggling in this league. The opposition seemed to be able to control the play much more effectively than us. They covered all bases, leaving few options for us to make passes, and we in turn failed to find open positions to receive passes. And as has been noted in previous games, we were slow to get going at the start. By half time we were down something like 3-0.

We played a lot better in the second half. There was more focus and determination from probably every member of the team, and it showed that we are capable of more. We had shots on goal (unlike in the first half when I’m not sure we had any), and Luke smashed in his first goal for the club to ensure that we did get at least one goal. The end result was 5-1 to Potters Bar. Disappointing, of course, but it does feel like we can do better in future if we really get things together.

MOTM: Huw Thomas for solid performance in defence.
DOTD: Hitesh for his yellow card.


WH&E L2 v British Airways Hayes L2 (match conceded)

Another 3 points for the Ladies 2s, but not in the way they hoped with BA Hayes conceding the match. Word must be getting around that our L2s are a force to be reckoned with in this league!!

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