An early Sunday morning trip to a sunny Broxbourne for the U12s. The clocks had gone forward an hour, but didn’t dent the players’ enthusiasm.

Thanks to coaches for organising and supporting the team, and to parents for coming along. We got off a flying start with a 2-0 win over Blueharts C and two goals for Arran. One goal following a great assist from Orla and a second where Arran refused to give up and got it past the keeper. A strong defensive performance with some crucial tackles from Dawud helped secure victory.

A trickier second game against Letchworth Bs followed. We went 1-0 down, Arran pulled a goal back, but we lost 3-1.

The final game against Broxbourne B was where the team showed true grit. We went 1-0 but battled on to secure a 1-1 draw with a great goal and finish from Sam after some brilliant work by Oscar who always lively up front. Aled was the linchpin in defence directing the team, with Grace getting into some great positions to create chances and winning tackles.

Well done Dawud, Orla, Grace, Aled, Oscar, Sam, Arran – a great end to the season, a real team effort and you should all be very proud!

The Under 12s headed up the A1 on Sunday to Blueharts Hockey Club in Hitchin for their first tournament in a long time. Some nerves, an air of the unknown, but lots of excitement.

We got off to a flying start with a 1-0 win over Broxbourne B. We played some lovely hockey. It was an all round great team effort with a superb finish from Oscar. What a start to the tournament!

We again dominated possession in the next game against Harpenden C with some excellent work from Sam in midfield. The game ended in a slightly frustrating 0-0 draw, but U12s went into the next game more determined than ever to get a win.

Despite facing a strong Letchworth B side, some great pressure from James S, Aled, and Grace, and important tackles from James T and Edward, meant we went 1-0 up after a brilliant finish from Oscar. Another win!

Slightly taken aback by the presence of a goalkeeper in our penultimate game, U12s worked hard and forced the keeper to make lots of saves. We felt unlucky to come away with a 0-0 draw against Blueharts C.

Hearts sank when a goalkeeper again appeared for the final game against Blueharts B. But not to be deterred, the U12s put in a strong performance. Orla got in to some good positions, and Teddy followed up on the rebound with a brilliant goal lifting it past the keeper. Adam smashed the ball past the keeper with a great first touch for our second. We held on to win 2-1.

The team played so well – working together as a team, using the width of the pitch, and brimming with confidence. Well done Edward, Orla, Adam, Grace, Aled, Oscar, Teddy, James S, Sam, James T. The next tournament can’t come soon enough.

Thanks to Jason and to parents for their support on the day.

Results:

WHE 1 – 0 Broxbourne B
WHE 0 – 0 Harpenden C
WHE 1 – 0 Letchworth B
WHE 0 – 0 Blueharts C
WHE 2 – 1 Blueharts B

WH&E M1 3 : 2 Broxbourne M3

Clearly this year has been different in so many ways to all others. And perhaps it has been for WH&E M1’s too. A start to a season with 14 players for each game. Unheard of. Not this year. With a draw and then a narrow loss last week, this fixture offered a chance to start winning ways perhaps earlier than ‘Purple Power’ normally manages in a season. This opportunity was Broxbourne.

WH&E’s team set up strongly and pressed Broxbourne hard reversing the more customary pattern in previous games of Brox possession and WH&E seeking a breakaway. Brox weren’t quite sure what to do. An observation from Jim Gatting that they were probably over drilled translated into Brox being unwilling to pass to a marked man. Since WH&E were marking every man diligently, Brox had no passes to make. However, despite WH&E dominating, about 15 min in and against the run of play, they managed to break away, obtained a short corner and scored.

Nevertheless, WH&E continued the pressure, and this paid dividends, with Asher Cohen on the right receiving the ball, dribbling and then placing a shot to score.

A couple of Brox players were good dribblers too but they weren’t able to make this count due to the strong closing down from the midfield and defence including by Dominic Smith, Matt Dray, Stephen Lopez and Stuart Carrick.

With the trusty ‘orders’ written on the now fabled piece of paper, akin to some military manoeuvres, those on the sideline had the chance to run the subs which worked well with the game now broken up in segments with players getting their chance to shine.

WH&E were able to continue attacks and a series of 1-2’s opened up Brox with good play down the left and right, and Michael Dutnall making his now familiar runs to the 23m line. A move ended in Sam Turmaine shooting and scoring, but the umpire blew the whistle just before it hit the backboard.

WH&E were creating chances and the pressure continued and a short corner saw the ball flash across the ‘D’ coming off an opposition stick for Jake Sumner to reach out his stick and guide the ball goalward but for a Broxbourne leg to block it heading into the net. A flick was given, and Colin Foad stepped up and slotted home. The whistle blew, and WH&E headed into the break 2-1 up. Well deserved.

The second half began, but WH&E couldn’t find the rhythm of the first half and for the first seven or eight minutes couldn’t get out of the half. The pass or touch not quite going to plan. However, the defence remained strong, despite a couple of occasions seeing the ball dangerously pass across the goal line.

Just as Brox scored against the run of play in the first half, perhaps WH&E did too with a shot from Harry Stone. The period of play then moved into one which saw both sides attack and defend. John Adam Elliott Lappin played an excellent ball into the ‘D’ from just past the halfway line, but it wasn’t converted. At the other end Jim Gatting made some excellent diving saves.

Then came the final six to seven min and WH&E began to tire. KP, formerly of WH&E, managed to get away from his marker and score. It was 3-2 with two minutes left to play. The 1s managed to playout with Stan Knight receiving the ball and pressing for an attack in the final seconds.

The whistle blew and a well-deserved win and three points. WH&E M1’s games to date have seen two goals in each conceded. If we can get some clean sheets and keep scoring we should be odds on for more victories and who know what the year will bring? Could the victory this week set the standard ahead?


WH&E M2 3 : 2 West Herts M5

With a strong team playing, including Adam and Luke helping out this week, we knew it was going to be an exciting home game at Southbury. Despite the recent change of home ground, we got off to a good start, and with a few fantastic chances from Luke, we were looking very good up front with the prospect of a few goals likely.

Around halfway into the first half things picked up even more and Theo slipped one in at the post to make it 1-nil. With everyone continuing to play well and get into good positions, Adam hit one from outside the D towards the far post and Theo got a touch on it to make it 2-nil.

The half time whistle was blown, and with everyone in high spirits the second half commenced. Unfortunately, even with a few superb saves from Balazs, and brilliant defending from Joe, Stuart and Ellis, West Herts made it 2-1 early on in the second half.

Even with spirits dampened slightly from conceding, we continued to play well and get chances, with Luke and Johnny coming especially close. A goal soon happened; a rebound off the keeper from Luke’s shot which was pushed in by Johnny, to make it 3-1.

Towards, the end of the game, however, the chances began to lessen with a desperate press from West Herts, and they were eventually able to get one back with two minutes to go. We held on well in the final moments of the game and the whistle blew 3-2, the first win of the season for the Men’s 2s. ?


WH&E L2 0 : 6 PHC Chiswick L4

Ladies 2s depart Chiswick...Not all appeared as it would seem in the ladies 2s game this week. Both captain and one of our vice captains there yet something did not look right – their clothes! They stood ready to watch and support in their normal attire after injury and opportunity knocked for them respectively. Ellie had made her 1st team debut in the early morning!

For the first 20 mins of the game we looked the better team although as time proceeded, we seemed to enter a hall of mirrors, with blue shirts appearing to fill the pitch and pressing hard. The defence battled hard to break free and the midfield helped relieve the pressure as waves of blue continued to bombard.

Looking to the forwards for inspiration, some darting runs allowed us to break yet conversions did not come. Something tainted our vision as Lisa tried again to score in the wrong goal and Anju tackling a players’ legs….

Throughout the game there were flashes of brilliance, great play and teamwork. For the ladies 2s it seems again that when we look at the reflection of our game, the mirror we look in is covered in a layer of dust – the score line did not reflect.


WH&E L1 1 : 4 West Hampstead L2

Following an unlucky head injury to one of the opposition’s players, we were asked to quit the game and leave the score as it was.

We said absolutely not, and immediately picked up the pace and urgency and pushed ourselves. We had several chances, and a short corner won by Bethany ended up in a goal from Sam Deane!

The West Hampstead players were shooketh!

We won those last 14 mins of the match 1-0…

During the rest of the match before the injury, we had multiple chances, several short corners, another of Karen’s cars broke down (?), and we actually had a sub! Unfortunately, we didn’t score from any of those chances but West Hampstead scored from 4 of theirs….

Thank you to Ellie Bolton who played her first 1s match for us and did a brilliant job ?. Well done to Rachelle Alexandra who did a great job at centre back pushing up the pitch to help us create chances up front.

And well played to everyone who kept pushing until the end. We’re getting used to playing on a full pitch again, so our first win of the season is definitely coming soon!!

WH&E L1 0 : 1 Hendon & Mill Hill L1

The ladies 1s woke up early on Saturday morning to play Hendon and Mill Hill at Ashmole. Big thanks to the lovely Charlotte and Michelle for stepping up as some of our regulars were unable to play. After the first 10 minutes we were awake and played an evenly matched 1st half with a few brilliant scoring opportunities and some solid defending. Great running from Helen, Charlotte and Michelle up front gave us a few breakaways and good control by Sam and the Karen sandwich made sure that the ball was well played through the midfield.

The second half looked to be just as evenly matched, although slightly more aggressive with one of their opponents questioning “what sport were we playing?” as she clearly forgot when trying to take the body before the ball. We had some great scoring opportunities in the second half, a brilliantly executed short corner that T almost deflected in and a remarkable save from their keeper saved what would have been a beaut goal from Charlotte. Team defence stayed strong with T and Sarah having some great clearances and Mia being strong in the middle to pick it up and dribble out to safety.

Then in the last 5 minutes, Chris saved a straight shot from a short corner and a goal mouth scramble ensued…. somehow after a few pinball deflections the ball ended up in our net. It was a close game but in true Ladies 1’s fashion, the luck wasn’t on our side. Player of the match to Mia for great dribbling through the middle and great passing out wide (honourable mentions to Charlotte, Michelle) and POTP goes to … Michelle for being down on the pitch more than me?


WH&E L2 0 : 0 BA Hayes L2

We should have won.

That is all.


WH&E M2 2 : 6 Bedford Vets

The men’s 2s battled hard in a game that was much closer than the scoreline suggests. Neat passing in triangles, good possession and a pretty even game with the score 3-2 to Bedford at half time, after goals for Zak and Guy. But the experience of the Vets showed in the end, with 3 more goals scored towards the end of the game leaving Winchmore deflated, but with a few lessons well learned.


WH&E M1 1 : 8 Broxbourne M3

Adam scored 1. Nothing else worthy of mention!

 

 

WH&E L1 3 : 2 Hendon & Mill Hill L1

WK4L1Well where do i start…
Roughly 80 minutes of play
5 goals
3 rugby tackles
1 green card
Which sport were we playing again?

It was a bit of a scrappy match against Hendon & Mill Hill but we came out tops with a 3-2 win ??
The first goal was from Rachelle Alexandra on a short corner, the 2nd from Vicki as part of a great team attack and the 3rd from Beth Deane as part of another great attack.

The support from the men’s and the ladies’ 2s from the sideline was brilliant, thank you!

Woman of the match – honourable mention to Vicki for a beautiful goal and lots of great running. Joint winners go to Shell for lovely defending and great composure during the game (well, more than usual) and first goal ever, and Chris for lots of great saves!

DOTD to Sarah E-Q for hitting herself in the face and still giving away a short. Ladies playing today know who the true dotd is…3 out of 4 games won, what a start to the season Ladies ????


WH&E M2 3 : 6 Bedford Vets

We started this game with a must-win attitude as Bedford Vets were on 1 point and only a place above us at second bottom of the table.

We started brightly and arguably were the better team when a counter-attack by the Vets down the right hand side came – our defender was one-on-one with the attacker who made a weak push, and by a stroke of luck went past the defender who couldn’t get his stick down quick enough. The attacker then received their weak attempt, and slotted home past the keeper. 1-0 down roughly 10 minutes into the first half.

This didn’t discourage us as we had seen our slight advantage in the first minutes of the game. Some moments of magic came as we passed the ball through most of the team before Luke threaded a ball through to Joseph on the right-wing, who pushed the ball to John Lappin at the top of the D. He controlled the ball, one touch inside and let rip a shot – fortunately his shot instantly deflected off a defender’s stick which lobbed everyone inside the box, including the keeper. A wonder goal, luckily. 1-1.

We had additional good spells of play mostly down the left wing, however it was another quick break by the opposing team which led to another goal for 2-1 to the home team. It was then apparent who the standout player was for them.

The team response was great again, as we continued our possession style attack. Up to this point, most of our play was happening through Rob D who was absolutely everywhere – as he started one of our many attacks where the ball entered through the right-hand side of the D again, and the ball was then drilled to the back post, where Theo, kneeling down with the stick on the ground waiting for the ball patiently knocked it in for 2-2!

It wasn’t too long before a similar play saw Theo get passed the ball inside the D, and he skipped past one player elegantly and with only the keeper to beat, pushed it past. The keeper got a slight touch on the ball, so it was a nervy few moments before the ball dribbled into the goal – with Luke around for insurance just in case the keeper managed to stop it. 3-2, our first lead of the season!

Unfortunately we couldn’t hold on, as near the end of the first half, the home team managed to get a short corner. They messed this up but managed to get it to the top of the D where their striker slapped the ball hard and low in the right hand corner – Nick managed to get a touch on it but not enough to for a clean clearance. So 3-3 at half time.

However, the second half was not like our first. We lost our shape a bit as the game became more stretched. They had one player who we realised really ran the show, who kept on hitting us on the counter-attack. Shortly after HT we were 4-3 down.

A fifth goal was similar in fashion in the sense that it was more so a counter-attack, but with the kudos of the opposing team’s fitness as the middle of the pitch opened up leaving space to run into. The opposing playmaker ended up getting the ball into the D before squaring it to a teammate to slap it into the goal. 5-3. Nevertheless, we remained competitive up until this point, with one major chance falling to Luke inside the D to resurrect our second half, who just couldn’t quite hit the ball towards the goal – possibly our best opportunity of the second half.

The icing on the cake for Bedford was another short corner in the dying moments of the game, where they similarly messed up their routine, yet managed to find another great striker who placed it with power yet again, with Nick unable to do anything as it deflected once more from his stick and into the goal making it 6-3 at full time.

MOTM: Theo for his two goals. A special mention to Rob D who was instrumental throughout the game, and whose efforts on the pitch deserved much more. Also notable was John P who had two stints in goal for us too, and played the final part of the game as a winger.

DOTD: Joseph – revealed some questionable food choices to some of the squad post-match.


WH&E M1 2 : 3 Broxbourne M3

No match report, yet…


WH&E L2 1 v 3 Hendon & Mill Hill L2

No match report, yet…