WH&E M1 2 : 4 Richmond Griffins

The M1s faced a difficult match on the road (or tube!) against Richmond, with the final score ending in a 4-2 loss. The team started off slowly, with Richmond scoring two goals in the first half, leaving the team trailing 2-0 at half-time.

And another Richmond goal from a penalty corner after the break left Winchmore with a mountain to climb. However, Colin and Luke brought the team back into the game with two well-executed goals, bringing the score back to 3-2. Unfortunately, a bad tackle by Dan resulted in him being sent off for two minutes, leaving the team a man down when we were pushing for an equaliser.

Despite a much improved second half, Richmond were able to hold on and wrapped things up with another penalty corner conversion on the final whistle.

Despite the loss, there were some standout performances on the team, with Jack earning MOTM for his fine performance in midfield. Unfortunately, Dan earned the DOTD for some dodgy shoe action on the way to the game, as well as his green card.

WH&E L1 2 : 4 Spencer W5

We went 1-0 up against top of the league Spencer in the first 30 seconds courtesy of Karen Gray. So incredible I’m not sure anyone knew what was going on, especially Spencer!

What followed was a panicked Spencer fighting to claw back to 1-1. Which they did, can’t remember how….then they made it 2-1 with let’s be honest a very good reverse shot from top D. Lesson to learn: we must remember to keep marking….

In the 2nd half, Abbi did her usual oh so casual scoring to make it 2-2. Which is how it stayed until the 61st minute when Spencer scored again so we threw everything at them…

SOOOO close to a 3rd and another equaliser but no, and Spencer managed to sneak a 4th in with two minutes to go.

A 4-2 loss to top of the league, which seemed a harsh result after a really good team performance – only the second team to score more than 1 goal against them all season.

WH&E L1 1 : 5 West Hampstead W5

With a somewhat coordinated arrival we gathered eagerly on the sidelines at Brent Cross early doors, albeit missing a captain thanks to the beloved snooze button!

With thanks we made it through till almost the end of the game without rain but then when it finally did we were too tired to care.

An early first goal gave us hope but alas despite some great saves by Freya and some team effort defending we sadly succumbed to defeat.

Of course our juniors proved their worthiness once again with some great play, Anju marked perfectly and Charlotte made some great passes, but alas we were thankful for the full-time whistle. A massive well done to everyone’s effort, thanks to the oppo, umpires and the chef for teas and better luck next time girls!

WH&E M2 0 : 6 PHC Chiswick M5

A week after edging past PHC Chiswick M6 in a close encounter, the M2s were outplayed by their 5th team. That is all.

After the cold snap before Christmas, the postponed league games were rescheduled for 7th January with our L1s, L2 and M2s all in action.

WH&E M2 3 : 2 PHC Chiswick M6

It was the first game Wayne captained as the ever-present Guy was unavailable, but the squad looked very healthy with some extra ammunition as Colin and Jack joined up with the team.

We were off to a fantastic start (not!) as the opposition put a cross ball to the right-side of the pitch which looked like an easy clearance with both John and Ellis there. A bit of fumbling around and the Chiswick player slugged the ball in between John’s legs. We didn’t let this early goal get us down and around half-way through the first half Colin did what he does best and slotted home. Half-time 1-1.

The second half started again with some WH&E DOMinance as Dom found himself controlling the midfield with Tom and Jake putting in great shifts in front of him. It wasn’t too long before Jack converted a penalty corner with a solid strike in the bottom corner to make it 2-1.

However, it wouldn’t be WH&E if we didn’t let our opposition have a golden chance though after not converting more of our dominance. Anyway, the oppo found themselves in the D, a lifted shot later that rebounded off John’s pads was swiftly converted by a stunning Calum header on the near post 😂. Own goal, 2-2.

It looked like it wouldn’t be our day as the team had plenty of shots but couldn’t convert. However Colin got bored of providing hope to the oppo and decided to score again to make the score 3-2 after a fine move up the right between Tom and Jack. As it got later on in the game, our dominance slipped slightly as it became a bit more of an even contest that we managed to see out.

MotM: Tom. Was up and down the pitch and didn’t put a foot (or stick) wrong.

DotD: Ellis. Wearing a hat. Yep.

WH&E L2 5 : 3 Imperial College SM W1

Two goals apiece from Kareen and Charlotte, plus one from Gemma were enough to despatch a below strength Imperial College team who battled bravely to score 3 goals and keep things interesting.

WH&E L1 2 : 3 West Hampstead W3

A goal each from Bethany and Kylie, not quite enough to overcome a strong West Hampstead team.

No game for the M1s this week.

The cold snap put paid to any chances of hockey for the last 2 weeks before Christmas, first scuppering the league games on 10th December, and then the Ladies’ Cup match on 17th December and Chairman’s Charity Match on 18th December.

We’ll be back in action again in January with training restarting on Wednesday 4th, and the rearranged games from the 10th December now rescheduled for 7th January.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

WH&E L2 3 : 0 Old Merchant Taylors W2

Braving the bitter cold the L2s made the trek to OMTs, determined to finally get a scoreline that reflected our play. A mad scramble for players having got us up to 12 and we felt coolly confident.

And we were right to feel that way.

Our focus for the game being on 1-2s, we stayed calm, passed around, and maintained possession. At the 5 minute mark Kareen got our first goal!

We let them have the odd break (it’s good to keep Freya on her toes) but nothing could get past us. Lorna should look into taking up baseball, batting the ball away from soaring into the goal after a short corner.

The heavens aligned to grant us our second goal. A strong hit from Gem into the D found Bridget’s perfectly positioned stick, the ball flew into the air and dropped neatly into the goal. To quote OMTs, “the best goal we’ve ever seen”.

Sam made her presence felt by sinking our third goal just before half time, a feat that helped her receive ‘opposition player of the match’ from OMTs and a nice hand cream.

Feeling very happy with ourselves, the second half got underway. An even battle, we decided that Freya hadn’t had enough of a workout but fortunately for us it wasn’t to be for OMT. The ball kept hitting the post, Freya’s keeping was unpenetrated, and a second goal-line save from Lorna helped get our first clean sheet of the season.

The end was in sight, but the dramatics weren’t to finish any time soon. With 10 minutes to go, our very own Harriet received her first ever green card for not staying 5 during free hits. Given her smile on her face as she came off the pitch, you’d have thought she’d scored.

A final whistle blew and so ended our first proper win of the season. The first of many to come, I’m sure.

WH&E L1 3 : 1 Southgate W4

The L1s took the short trip to Southgate for the local derby, coming away with a fine 3-1 victory ensuring that North London is purple! 💜 So much excitement that no one remembered to write the match report…

WH&E M1 0 : 6 Indian Gymkhana M3

Hi, Matt here again.

This week’s theme: holes.

Yes: because of the gaping hole in the middle of the pitch that Indian Gym dominated.

Yes: a reference to zero, the number of goals we scored, as well as our points tally from the past four games.

And yes: the proverbial hole that should have swallowed up all of us at the final whistle.

But also yes: the wholesome post-match donation of a jug of beer from Callum, who had a lucky raffle ticket back at ‘the 19th hole’.

Next week we’ll need a wholehearted effort against West Hampstead to climb out of the hole we’ve dug ourselves. A little more Winchmore Hill, a little less Winchmore Hole-In-Defence, am I right, lol?

WH&E M2 0 : 5 Old Merchant Taylors Demons

A disappointing result for the M2s against a well organised OMT Demons team that blended youth and experience to very good effect. An even battle in the middle of the park, but OMT far better in the final quarter of the pitch.