WH&E L1 1 : 5 Teddington 2

First socially distanced selfie of the season!First match of the season was nearly cancelled due to a lack of available pitch until our ‘home’ game was 1.5 hrs from home.

Unfortunately, some of us forgot how long it took to get to Teddington and myself and Reanne Umali were running into the car park just as the whistle went to start the match. Thank you to Pippa Deane and Charlotte for playing for us after the 2s match was cancelled or else we’d have started with 9!

The match started with a bang as it was 2-1 to Teddington in less than 10 minutes. Their goals were by short corners and ours was by Karen Goode, set up by Beth Deane.

The first half continued to be a bit tricky as we ended up going down 4-1.

We continued fighting and making chances for ourselves but were unable to convert. The second half was a 1-0 loss to make the total score 5-1 to Teddington.

We’re not overly disappointed due to the fact that the opposition have just been relegated from South, we haven’t been able to train on a full sized pitch, and lastly we were just pleased to be allowed to play together again and really enjoyed it!

Shout out to Lucy and Nic Cohen who played their first match with us on their birthday and thank you to Lisa Jobson for coming all the way to umpire!

DotD to Pippa for passing to the opposition during a hit out and then defending it with both feet in the D 🤣

PotM to Mia for great perseverance and movement up and down the pitch.


WH&E M1 2 : 2 Southgate 3A

First league game of the season with an unusual 14 man squad, Winchmore made the short trip to Southgate for our local derby. With this little pandemic going on we have found ourselves currently without a pitch, so the fixture was reversed…as was the age demographic – the opposition certainly had youth on their side as well as a match day coach! We thought we might get taught a lesson by year 6. But as the saying goes…old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance…was that to be the case today…? Well almost, but it definitely should have been!

The game started brightly, a few rusty passes as to be expected with the first league game but overall we found ourselves to be on top having the better of the chances and narrowly missing at the back post to go one up. The team kept compact using the short pass to great effect with some good off the ball movement. However, against the run of play and without really threatening our D, Southgate earned themselves a short corner and with a low drag to the bottom corner went one up. Winchmore did pull a goal back almost immediately but the umpire had judged Colin “van Basten” to chest and volley the ball into the top corner, so ruled it out.

Another rare attack by Southgate and a mishit shot on goal wrong-footed the keeper and Winchmore found themselves two down. But another good patch of play by Winchmore and we earned a short corner; Colin van Basten coolly slotting it into the bottom right corner. The order of the aforementioned events may or may not be correct but as author I’m “basing this on a true story” but it was definitely 2-1 at half time. I think somebody might also have got a green card in the first half for flirting with the opposition, but I promised Matt I wouldn’t mention it.

Much like the first half Winchmore found themselves on top for most of the second, some great patient play in the midfield was finished with a through ball from Stuart and the faintest of touches from Colin van Basten to bypass the keeper and it was 2-2. The scoreline remained for the rest of the game although we did survive an onslaught of pressure in the last ten minutes with some tired legs, and another player falling foul to the card game… Jason…

This was a very determined team performance and something to build on and take into next week’s game; a bit of match sharpness in front of goal and this would have been a very different result.

MOTM was a tie this week with Colin and Lopez sharing the accolade.


WH&E M2 2 : 2 St Albans 9

The men’s 2s headed to St Albans for their opening league game, without the luxury of any preseason friendlies to prepare.

There were strong performances from the three defenders, Joe Small, John Symons and Ellis Cohen, and they largely had the St Albans attack contained – but some lucky breaks in front of goal saw the opposition go 1-0, and 2-1 up – the second after a green card for Joe for questioning the umpires’ decisions (albeit extremely politely).  A mazy dribble from Dom saw our first equalizer, and some luck of our own when Thomas C’s shot was deflected by an unfortunate defender through his keepers legs saw our second.

Despite strong pressing at the end, we couldn’t score the deciding goal, and so an entertaining first game of the season ended in a 2-2 draw for the men’s 2s.   Good performances from all the youngsters, linking up well, but just lacking the final killer pass or dribble into the D. There was also a ranging performance on his debut from Johnny Molloy, putting in tackles and runs in all areas of the opposition half despite the unfamiliar environment (apparently he’s used to playing hockey on a unicycle!).

With Dom’s strong presence on the pitch to help the youngsters (thank you Dom!) this perhaps felt like a chance missed – but plenty of rust removed, and some seniors to return next week, so onwards and upwards. There’s always the chance the captain might run a bit more too, if he hasn’t played another sport in the morning…

Man of the Match – Ellis Cohen.


No match this week for the Ladies 2s

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WH&E M2 4 : 2 St Albans M8

We started off in typical fashion of being pinned back quite a bit, thanks to their star player creating havoc down the right hand side. After a little bit we were 1-0 down. We then decided to stretch the play a little bit and found our feet. Stuart Symons hit the ball down the length of the pitch to Guy who picked it up and scored a goal. 1-1. They were a bit stunned by this and we definitely got back into the game. Not long after we found the ball in the D again where Jason slotted home for his second goal! 2-1

Things then got interesting as Luke got stick tackled whilst in possession of the ball, and then got a green card! With Luke back on the pitch just before the end of the half, it wasn’t too long before Guy received the ball top-D and shot, where Theo was at the far post to put it in for 3-1 at half-time.

Not too much happened in the second half, but the game opened up as they pulled one back. However, after this St Albans never looked like threatening again. Guy managed to get his second goal of the game to give us some breathing space, and he would have had a hattrick if it wasn’t for a sublime save from their ‘keeper too.

Comfortable winners in the end, 4-2.

MotM: The Chapmans. Two goals for Guy, an assist for Theo’s goal, and all watched by Guy’s dad too!

DotD: No comment (Luke!)


WH&E L1 0 : 0 Teddington L3

The ladies 1s played brilliantly against Teddington who are 4th in the league.

We started super strong with a few runs up front, lots of accurate passing, calling and movement off the ball to put the pressure on the opposition. They fought back similarly but Team Defence were on their A game and were able to dismiss their attackers easily. The first half was very even and ended with no goals.

In the 2nd half we decided we hadn’t worked hard enough so we decided to give ourselves several short corners to defend. A couple of them awarded due to dick of the day Rachelle Alexandra “diving” on to the ball to “accidentally” clear it off the back line!

We had a couple more chances up front but we just couldn’t get into their net.

In classic L1s fashion, in the last minute of the game Bethany stepped back into our defending D to mark and was about to beautifully clear the ball when it smashed into her foot instead…. Thank the hockey gods they didn’t score!!!!!

A 0-0 draw, the first draw of the season for us and the first point of 2020!

We’ll be building up the momentum from here and would absolutely LOVE if you lovely people reading this could come and support us next week at home against Southgate at 12pm.

MOTM was too hard to narrow down and absolutely everyone played their best so we have voted ourselves team of the match instead. Just need to get some goals in the back of the net now…


WH&E L2 0 : 3 Hendon & Mill Hill L2

The ladies 2s came up against Hendon & Mill Hill in a top of the table clash.

1-0 down in the first 36 seconds – it was going to be one of those days! Thankfully, we did begin to realise that we were actually playing hockey and held them to 1-0 for the first half.

The second half was played. However, none of the team can really remember what happened except for some notable moments including: half the midfield watching the “pretty rainbow in the sky” instead of the ball, missing the opposition’s 2nd goal. Then Lisa’s running commentary on her fabulous tackle (yes only one!), for which she then had to apologise, explaining that she never normally makes tackles like that and we think they scored a third one (they did).

Thanks to our marvellous umpire Dom, and to Gav for recruiting our new player, Paula, who had a fab first game.

MOTM to birthday girl Romy for excellent goalkeeping skills and getting us out of a fair few scrapes.

Still #teamoftheyear though 💜


WH&E M1 2 : 7 Bishop’s Stortford M2

Things haven’t quite clicked after the year end break and this continued this week but at least some patches of good play providing hope.

A makeshift team due to injuries in terms people playing out of position. This resulted in a fairly early goal that put us on the back foot. The patches of good play resulted in several short corners with Asher twisting the opposition defence around. Two of these were expertly converted by Jim Gatting.

Unfortunately, the combination of broken possession due to a good Bishops Stortford press and fast attacking play meant we were outgunned this time. 7-2 loss. Not good enough but better than the previous week. Hoping now we can get a fitter team out next week.

Shout out in particular to Rafi Zeff for dropping into right back with no complaint to do his part for the team.

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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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WH&E M2 2 : 0 St. Albans M8

First win of the season for the men’s 2s!

Winchmore started strongly, pressing St Albans and sourcing mistakes. There was some beautiful link up play from either side of the midfield and the forwards, which created a number of strong opportunities, while our defence looked solid as a rock. After coming close a couple of times, which made this possession pay off, Luke fired a shot in from the top of the D, and then Peter managed a (lucky) deflection over the keeper. We saw out the first half and went into the break at 1-0 up.

The second-half sewers get a little bit sloppy. We left some space open and didn’t press or mark as hard as we could. But we still looked dangerous and piled people forward into the oppositions 25. Some more lovely link up play from Tom and Theo saw us go close. Then later Luke and Thomas linked up well for a goal, only to see it chalked off for a foot in the D.

We kept pressing and won a short corner towards the end of the second half, which led to a goal, rifled in at the second time of asking by Joe Small, set up by Guy. Then it was a job of seeing the match out which we did for a very well deserved first win of the season, 2-0.

MOTM: Tom Pearson, for some lovely play.


WH&E M1 1 : 1 Bishops Stortford M2

The men’s 1s made the late trip to Bishops Stortford to find the pitch empty and the changing rooms locked. Changing rooms didn’t open to after the game but why couldn’t we play earlier than 15:00? The warm up time didn’t particularly help as Matt Dray testing his back out was just in too much pain to play, continuing his unfortunate run of injury.

Onto the match and after reports of it working well the previous week, we started with the high risk tactic of playing two at the back. While we held our own the pressure was mounting. So a switch back to 3 shored it up a little but we didn’t settle fully until we sorted the midfield shape. A lot of extra work by all in midfield and forward not only kept us in it but saw some nice attacking moves. Colin Foad was a great link between the middle and up front; Jim Gatting picking up his new role as centre forward showed good signs, beating men and hitting the woodwork twice.

At half time we agreed the type of press we would all stick to. We started to dominate the second half with good link up play particularly from Dom on the left. Eventually the breakthrough came through some great passing and Asher Cohen leaving Colin Foad with a finishing opportunity he wasn’t going to miss.

The game became very end to end and even with Josh Cohen and Adam Machray providing great covering support for the defence. It’s not easy to take points at Stortford and unfortunately they sneaked an equaliser to reduce the points from 3 to 1. A short corner partially stopped by Josh Rider but it trickled over the line. The team fought well, continued to play good hockey and chase a win. In the end it wasn’t to be but a good 1-1 score for a point and a performance to build on.

A strong performance from the defence especially Mike and Paul on the wings having to put in an incredible shift and well backed up by Josh in goal. We are improving every game and will start taking more points.

MOTM: Colin Foad and Stuart Carrick.

DOTD: Paul for a post hangover rant in what was an otherwise well-disciplined game from both sets of players which has been another pleasing feature of this season.

Next week we take on the undefeated league leaders Letchworth, aka the ones with everything to lose who haven’t been to Aylward yet.


WH&E L1 0 : 1 Teddington L3

A super tough match for the Ladies 1s against Teddington at home. The weather was uncharacteristically warm and sunny for late October which threw us.

We started with 13 players but unfortunately went quickly down to 12 when Mia had back pain and had to sit out the first half (thus making the intricate subbing plan redundant!).

It’s fair to say we had countless short corners to defend against in the 1st half as Teds piled on the pressure, but we fought really hard to keep a clean sheet in the first half.

In the 2nd half we were back up to 13 but unfortunately still had a few short corners to defend. We managed to get a few breaks and create some chances but unfortunately we were not able to convert. Our defence fought off many chances from the opposition as Mia saved 1 on the line from a short corner, and Chris Putt made a smashing save in the air with her stick to keep the game level.

And then, with just 2 minutes to go… they scored. We piled on the pressure for the last 2 minutes to try and sneak back an equaliser but it wasn’t meant to be. Final score 0-1.

Joint MOTM to Chris Putt for the fantastic save, and to Reanne Umali for being super strong and reliable in the defence and midfield positions.

DOTD to Karen Smith as she, whilst under little to no pressure, couldn’t manage to stop a ball and ended up passing it off the edge of the pitch when we were setting off on a break.

Thanks to Dom and Lisa for umpiring, and shout out to Lisa Jobson for chasing a pigeon off the pitch during the 2nd half 😂


WH&E L2 6 v 0 PHC Chiswick L6

No match report, yet, despite the amazing win!

Rumour has it that Abbi score a hat-trick (much better than the previous week in goal!!), Kate score two, and Gemma one, but the rest remains a story to be told…

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