WH&E L2 3 : 0 Teddington L7

WK19L2So, 10 players and Sarah (doubling up) travelled to face a Teddington team with 5 subs!

It was a bit of a unprepared start with 3 of us arriving just before push back, but we had control from the start and were rewarded when Anju tapped one in from close range after Erin slipped it past the keeper. The rest of the half continued much in the same way, but Teddington always looked like they could pop a sneaky one in.

In the second half, we enjoyed a lot of possession but couldn’t convert until Gem Luckman scored a lovely short corner followed quickly by Erin getting her own tap in from a long shot that slipped between the keeper’s legs. It finished 3-0.

Honourable mentions to Kate and her “magnetic stick”, Erin for getting on the end of things, Anju for a lovely ‘stop,turn and shoot’, Sarah for just making it and the whole team for ignoring the shouts of “They’re getting tired” and (even worse) “I need a sub!”


 WH&E M1 2 : 6 Shefford & Sandy M2

A makeshift men’s 1s made the trip to Shefford & Sandy for a rearranged fixture after the first attempt was called off in January following a nasty accident which closed the A1. On another windy afternoon, the young Winchmore side battled hard against the wind, but went into the break 4-0 down. Not to be deterred, we came out fighting in the second half and showed more of what we can do, scoring twice and taking the game to Shefford & Sandy for periods of the half. Final score a 6-2 loss, but a fine effort for a very inexperienced team.


WH&E L1 0 : 1 West Hampstead L2

No match report, yet…


No match for the M2s this week

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WH&E M1 2 : 0 Vauxhall M1

Despite concerns from Vauxhall about the weather, the match went ahead without any real problem with only a few strong gusts of Storm Dennis to cope with.

However, Vauxhall were blown away by our M1s despite a low score which doesn’t fully reflect the one-sided nature of the game. Great play by Winchmore staying patient and playing the ball around the opposition. Everyone contributed but the return of Craig Jackson stood out with his amazing tenacity. The only thing missing was a finish, but Dom stepped up at a short corner to put that right – 1-0 at half time.

Then the antics started with the visitors claiming for fouls, elbowing and sticking off the ball. Green cards given to us for next to nothing; an assault on Dom’s poor stick no action taken.

We dominated possession and Vauxhall posed no threat. Balazs in goal got some action collecting the ball for our sixteen hit outs but nothing more.

Some excellent play by all in the Winchmore team, with Vauxhall reduced to overexcited screams when they managed the odd tackle here and there. They then took offence to Stuart dribbling around six of their players, with more and more dangerous tackles flying in to try and stop him eventually resulting in a yellow card…against Stuart!

While Winchmore were down to ten Vauxhall made lame attempts to press but this backfired as some great passing and dribbling down the wing by Asher released Craig into the D who pulled the ball back from the goal line for Harry Stone to complete an easy open goal finish for 2-0 and a comfortable victory.


WH&E L2 1 : 3 West Hampstead L5

The L2s slipped to a 3-1 defeat in the midst of Storm Dennis. Abbi scored again, but having gained a 2 goal lead, West Hampstead were not to be overcome.


No matches for the L1s or M2s this week

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WH&E M1 5 : 2 Vauxhall M1

For the first time this season we travelled with the bare 11 including a handicapped Adam who providing a body upfront.

Some good play and transferring meant we were always in control, but Vauxhall did have danger men and chances. After an early goal from a Winchmore penalty corner, Vauxhall came back with 2 quick goals to take the lead. However, confident calm remained in our team. We were determined to turn our dominant possession into goals and points, and parity was restored just before half time.

The pivotal moment in the match came within 20 seconds of the restart, as Colin Foad intercepted a loose pass from the Vauxhall midfield, raced up field and with a great 1-2 with Harry Stone, calmly slotted the ball past the keeper. This was duly followed up with another two goals and what turned out to be an easy 5-2 win, despite Asher missing an absolute sitter of the season to secure DOTD!

A particularly good performance from MOTM Rafi. Goals from Colin (3), Dom and Harry.

Tougher games to follow but confidence should remain high.


WH&E M2 3 : 5 Royston M3

Positives and negatives this week. We started strong in the first half, with some very nice play down both wings which led to some great passes into the D where we could have taken the lead. Both Rob Ulph on the left flank and Joseph and Thomas Chernaik on the right drove forward with strength. Rob Dowling, Luke Trevill and Tom Pearson, playing well in the middle.

As the half went on, we channelled play more into the middle of the pitch. Bad call – we went nowhere except into a wall of Royston bodies.

Royston played in parts pretty niftily, exchanging short triangle passes around the top of their half, but only because we let them. Towards the end of the first half we were standing off far too much and eventually they used the space we’d given them to take the lead.

In the second half we came out strong and fought for every ball, pressing them hard. This paid off with a couple of moves where Winchmore came close. Unfortunately, that pressure left us over-extended and Royston took a couple on the bounce.

But as the second half went on our pressure began to pay off and we began winning short corners. From one of these, injected by Joseph, Rob Dowling got the ball and struck hard and sweet into the Royston net to bring it back to 2-1. Royston replied and we found ourselves chasing 3-1. Another short corner strike from Rob D made it 2 for us. But then Royston brought on fresh legs and grabbed a couple more to make it 5-2.

Winchmore didn’t give up, showing a lot more good play in the second half and carving out lots of chances from midfield. One of these led to our final goal. After fighting for a loose ball with the Royston defence and shooting twice at close range, Pete managed at the third try to tuck the ball just inside the left goalpost to make a third for Winchmore.

In the end it ran out 5-3 to Royston, but as Huw said after the game there was a lot to be proud of and for big chunks of the match we were the better team. Roll-on the rematch in the spring!

MOTM: Rob Dowling


WH&E L1 1 : 0 West Hampstead L2

Another win and another clean sheet for the Ladies 1s! As for the match report, for that we will have to wait…


WH&E L2 v Teddington L7 (match conceded)

Another week and another 3 points for the L2s. But sadly, another match conceded by the opposition on Friday night. Either our ladies are a force to be reckoned with, or the rugby world cup final was too much of a draw for the opposition. More than likely a bit of both.

 

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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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