Week 3 – M1s get first point and M2s bounce back
WH&E M1 1 : 1 Hampstead & Westminster “Thirsts”
Hampstead & Westminster made the arduous journey to the London fringes to play the M1s, losing at least one of their players to apparent scurvy on the trip 🤢. Winchmore’s solid play in the first half came quickly to fruition, as Berkshire-lad Colin Foad banged in the side’s first of the season in his first start.
Winchmore stayed resolute, but Hampstead & Westminster thirsted after a goal in the second half and were duly quenched. Final score 1-1.
Adam Machray’s ‘McEnroe’ moment aside, the team can be proud of their sustained performance and the start to the season that they’ve made. Next up is an away game, where the chaps will be seeking to be whopping Wapping.
WH&E M2 4 : 1 Ealing M1
Limited availability, and a late drop-out, left us facing Ealing 1 with just 10 men, and being carved open in the first minute (but an eventual miss in front of goal) promised a worrying game.
However we steadied, and a first half of chances at both ends saw us go in 1-0 ahead, with a nice lift over the keeper from Luke. The start of the second half saw us pressing their defence more, and with turnover ball the midfield, bolstered by Stan and Jake, started to boss things. A 10 minute spell saw a hat-trick by Theo, and the game put to bed. The last 25 minutes then got very stretched, with us pressing for more goals leaving more gaps in midfield, and only strong goalkeeping from John stopped them pulling 1, or more, back. They did score a consolation goal in the 69th minute, but in the end a comfortable 4-1 win.
WH&E L2 0 : 3 Old Uxonians
Another early start and third away match in a row for the ladies 2’s. The team arrived in dribs and drabs due to horrific traffic on the M4 but luckily allowed the gloomy mist to lift.
We definitely applied our Wednesday night training, passing back and around as well as being there to support the person on the ball. However, Old Ux used their wealth of experience and popped one in making it 0-1 at half time.
In the second half we had our chances with a few short corners but we just couldn’t convert. Chris made some wonderful saves, with a hand on a strike, along with some tense moments of 1 v 1 and sometimes even 3 v 1 putting Old Ux at bay. But they managed to add another 2 to their score line.
Again some positive points to take forward to our first home game next week, but still looking for our first win of the season. Fingers crossed!!!!
No game for the Ladies 1s this week