Week 19 – Better late than never
WH&E M1 1 : 1 West Hampstead M5
The M1s bounced back after a string of disappointing results, with a fine performance against West Hampstead, dominating the game and could easily have come away with all 3 points.
West Hampstead took the lead early on against the run of play, but Winchmore fought back with a deflection goal at the far post from Colin Foad (who else) to make it 1-1 at half-time.
In the second half we created chances and had several penalty corners, but just couldn’t get the winning goal.
One game left of the season, and everything to play for next week!
WH&E M2 4 : 1 Richmond Redoubtables
A home fixture for the M2s followed the M1s impressive 1-1 draw, with an almost full squad with help from Luke, Calum and the returning Piriyan, to take on Richmond Redoubtables. Richmond were hampered due to traffic chaos, meaning that one car turned round and went home, but with 10 men they still put up a great fight.
Some good efforts and a lot of possession hockey in a tense first half saw the visitors take a 1-0 lead courtesy of a great bottom corner strike from the top of the D.
Half-time rolled in and some encouragement from goalkeeper John led to a fired up Winchmore in the second half. Siva, Jonny and Piriyan working some nice movement in the opposition D to win a penalty corner, which was injected and deflected in by Calum, from a Joe Small shot, for his second goal of the season! 1-1.
Lots of pressure from the away side chasing a goal led to a great Winchmore counterattack from Siva, sliding the ball in to Jonny who rounded the keeper and slotted home for 2-1.
Smooth passing and dribbling from Guy, Tom and Theo led to another penalty corner, injected and powered on to goal by Joe – hitting a foot on path to goal gave Winchmore a penalty stroke. Luke stepped up and slotted his flick narrowly past the keeper’s right pad in the centre of the goal to make it 3-1 and taking the 2’s top scorer mantle!
More silky passing and aerials from Tom P (Tomaldinho) led to more penalty corners and Winchmore’s third from Luke with a traditional “Luke-in” to grab his 11th goal of the season and a 4-1 finish for Winchmore!
WH&E L1 1 : 3 Old Merchant Taylors W1
The game began with Kylie making a golden entrance and we played AMAZING! The first 29 minutes we were very unlucky not to capitalise on the plethora of opportunities.
Beth “scored” a few from outside the D, Gemma was involved in EVERY play of the game and was solid as they come, Sarah didn’t have much to do, nor did Nic. We had three penalty corners that Gem got shots off on all of them and their keeper was being the wall we didn’t want.
Abbi, Kylie and Vicks all had goal mouth chances that were ALMOST there, and we were dominating in the midfield with KG, B and Amy making beautiful runs, gorgeous little passes and setting up the forwards.
On their first run into our D, an unassuming foot and they scored off a shot that snuck through Nic and will haunt and taunt her everyday (😂). The last 10 minutes of that half we almost got it back but we were 1-0 down at half-time.
In the second half, the play was pretty even and Nic was our wall that we needed, Sarah also was a wall at the back with her tackles and Gem/Beth had great games running up and down the pitch. Abbi nonchalantly popped one in after she picked off a pointless hospital pass by their defender – cool as a cucumber, and at that moment, Abbi was sacred. 1-1.
Their second goal was saved off the line by both Nic and Sarah, but in what seemed like 7 minutes of goal mouth scramble, it eventually dribbled in. The last 10 minutes involved more chaos and somehow they scored a 3rd but we’re not sure what happened?!
WH&E L2 0 : 2 Hampstead & Westminster W6
Match report coming soon…or perhaps not?!