WH&E M1 4 : 2 Richmond Griffins

The men’s 1s took the trip to Chiswick for their match against Richmond Griffins on a scorching hot afternoon. Well aware of the heat and with only one sub, Winchmore let the ball do the work, passing and moving the ball well around the field and taking control of the game. Another hattrick for Colin Foad, including an absolute worldie into the top left corner, plus a first goal of the season for Harry Stone secured the points with a 4-2 win after a slight wobble in the second half.

A superb 1st team debut for Tom Pearson, stepping up from the men’s 2s, earning him joint man of the match with hattrick hero Foad. With one game of the season left to play, the M1s will be pushing to finish with a hattrick of wins too.

WH&E M2 1 : 11 West Hampstead M8

A tough game for the men’s 2s, playing with 11 outfield players and no goalkeeper. Nevertheless, a stirring first half performance saw them concede only 2 goals, before the floodgates opened in the second half. Theo Chapman with a consolation goal for Winchmore.

WH&E L1 v Teddington L4

A walkover for our ladies 1s with Teddington unable to field a team to travel to Enfield.

WH&E L2 v Hampstead & Westminster L7

…and another walkover for our ladies 2s as Ham & West forfeited their game too – all the more surprising as they were the home team.

WH&E L1 3 : 2 Hampstead & Westminster L5

Goals from Beth, Abbi and Bethany helped the ladies 1s to a fine victory over Ham & West 5s. The celebrations clearly so good that no-one remembered to write a match report! 😂

WH&E M1 2 : 6 West Hampstead M3

The Men’s 1s made what is becoming a regular trip to the delightful surroundings of Brent Cross to play 2nd placed West Hampstead 3s.

This season in London has certainly been a challenging one. On this occasion, the 1s set out to challenge a few assumptions and influence the outcome of the league with two West Hampstead teams currently vying for first place.

Winchmore competed strongly for the first half of the first half, maintaining a disciplined and coherent press, allowing the opposition a lot of possession around their own 25-yard line, but without significant penetration, before conceding to a quick break at the mid-point in the half.

From this point, the opposition did maintain a regular tally of goals, although they were often frustrated by some excellent saves by Aidan Mullins who had donned the goalkeeper’s pads for the occasion and delivered a man-of-the-match performance to boot. Hidden talents, indeed!

Despite the final score – a somewhat West Hampstead-flattering 6-2, it was clear that Winchmore also carried a threat. Excellent interplay between midfield and attack down the left saw a penalty flick conceded and neatly put away by Colin Foad. A threaded through ball in the second half from Asher Cohen set up Luke Trevill who tussled with the goalie and scored from a tight angle with a slotted shot.

(John Lappin gets credit for a Salt’N’Pepa-style verbal assist by shouting “push it”, at this point, which clearly made a huge contribution to the ball going in the net.)

So, what to make of the performance? It was a testing day, but the team showed a lot of defensive spirit, organisation and some attacking vim. A very strong opposition might have had something to worry about if we could have got one more goal at 4-2. We continue to ascend the steep learning curve this league presents.

With a very fair wind blowing in off the North Circular, you never know what might have happened. Not this time though.

MOTM: Aidan Mullins on his GK debut for the club – an outstanding performance

DOTD: John Lappin, for only realising his shorts were on backwards at the last minute and having to make an emergency switch during our team talk! 😂

WH&E L2 1 : 6 West Hampstead L5

The sun was out as the motley crew turned up. Two juniors on their second game with us, our captain out due to covid, Lorna ill, and Gemma making her post-baby debut (sadly no baby there as support).

The game started.

A great ball from Gemma to Kylie, after a great run the ball then went on Charlotte who masterfully passed it on to Jodie. Approaching a one-on-one with the keeper, Jodie was unfortunately taken out by a defender falling over herself.

We were awarded a short corner. Using our ‘new plan’, the ball went straight from Kareen as injector to Charlotte at the top of the D, who passed it straight back to Kareen. A beautiful deflection sent the ball arching over the keeper straight into the goal.

Half time.

Some more play happened.

Lorna fancied playing a bit of football, stopping the ball on the line and giving a flick away. Fortunately Chris was there to save the day, and the ball.

The game concluded.

WH&E M2 2 : 3 Old Merchant Taylors M3

A tight game, with two fine goals from Jonny Molloy, but top of the table OMT 3 came from behind to snatch the points and maintain their 100% record.

WH&E M1 1 : 6 Hampstead & Westminster Thirsts

After last week’s great win, the M1s were looking to keep the momentum going and take home 3 points against Hampstead & Westminster Thirsts. It was a sunny Saturday morning in Maida Vale, and we were playing on an excellent pitch with a full squad of 15. So far so good!

We started off well, playing with a high press and held the upper hand in the early exchanges. Some strong tackles in midfield won us possession, but we couldn’t find the final pass to create a meaningful chance in front of goal. The opposition grew more confident as the half went on, starting to pose a few more problems for the M1s defence, and taking the lead after about 15 minutes.

But we kept our heads and went searching for an equaliser, which we thought we’d found. A good attack up the left from Jack Wilson, resulted in the ball popping up off a Thirsts’ player onto another defender’s body, from where it dropped down into the path of Colin Foad who calmly slotted it home. No whistle, no goal. After some discussion between the umpires, they decided on a short corner instead 🤷‍♂️ To make matters worse, the Thirsts promptly scored their second goal on the stroke of half-time.

During the break we decided to play the high press again, as it had worked in the first 15 minutes of the game, and our pressure told with some high turnover ball and a number of chances created. Then, a perfectly executed penalty corner gave Colin the opportunity for a clean strike on goal which evaded the keeper and man on the line to go in. We scored the goal we so desperately needed, 2-1.

But after that, we lost our way – lacking focus to turn the game around and giving the ball away too easily. Hampstead scored again with an outrageous one-handed diving tomahawk to make it 3-1, and then bundled in another easy goal to make it 4-1. Many subs came on and off creating chaos in our midfield and defence, and the opposition made full use of this to score two more goals.

We had a good final 5 minutes but didn’t manage to score again. The match ended in a 6-1 loss, but that didn’t stop us from having a great time in the pub afterwards where we decided to celebrate last week’s win and quickly forget about our defeat!

MOTM: Jake Tasker, for an all round solid display in at least 3 different positions!
DOTD: Josh Rider, for not staying to celebrate his birthday with the team!

WH&E L2 1 : 0 Old Uxonians L1

The team selection was done. The goals were out. The warm up was completed.

We started strong with lovely passing play down the lines and several short corners, but we couldn’t quite find the goal. However, a pass out from defence, the ball was carried towards the D and into Kareen who turned and swept it into the goal. A well-deserved 1-0 half time.

The second half they came out fighting, with swings of sticks flying all over. Some truly terrible 16s from Pip and I meant that Chris had to make some fantastic saves, keeping a clean sheet and saving our bacon several times. The Christmas trees got more frustrated and more physical when they couldn’t get one in the goal, culminating with Pippa getting a stick to the head.

At times we made it hard for ourselves but overall, a well-deserved win.

An extra special thank you to Sam Deane, who came to umpire us on her bye week and ended up umpiring the M2s as well due to Pip’s head injury.

WH&E M2 3 : 1 Ealing M1

No match report from the M2s victory, but we do have this rather nice penalty corner video!


No match this week for the Ladies 1s…

(…though not quite in the way we had hoped…)

WH&E L1 2 : 2 Teddington L4

It was a chilly (sorry, freezing) afternoon down in Teddington where the ladies in new purple kit were taking on the ladies in pink. The first half saw us playing some strong passes, using our triangles, huge saves from Nic and a few opportunities for us up front. We had 2 attacking penalty corners that almost hit the back of the net but narrowly slid wide.

About halfway through the half, we scored a beautiful goal through teamwork – it started with Gem and Shell at the back, worked through Karen in the midfield, up to Lucy and Bethany and then into the middle where Sam smashed it home. Other than that, Evie and Shell almost took each other out again, Pipps did great moving it up the left with Evie, whilst Karen was always moving and looking for long balls (except when Sam told her off for running too early.)

The second half was a WHE classic. We unfortunately had frozen over during half time and started a bit slow, letting them score one to tie it up. We had our moments of brilliance, with Abbi getting the longest ball ever but we all watched until Nic yelled at us to, ‘GO HELP!’ We held them well and scored another one of our own when Lucy decided to take Bethany’s advice and put two hands on the stick. The first shot was on the keeper’s pads, but she slotted the rebound home beautifully. We then fell into our usual pattern of giving away 29 (exaggerated) penalty corners. On one of these, we cleared but they came back and smashed it reverse stick into the back of the net.

The game was put on pause for an injured calf at one point but other than that it was only moments of -3 winds that froze us. The last 2 minutes were touch and go but we managed to hold on for the draw. Disappointed to not win but a draw in the freezing cold was a decent result.

WH&E M2 0 : 0 West Hampstead M8

A game of two strong defences, that thankfully came to end after 70 minutes! It could probably have continued goalless for some time longer…

WH&E M1 v Richmond Griffins

Walkover to our M1s, after Richmond conceded the game on Friday night.

WH&E L2 v Hampstead and Westminster L7

Another walkover, after Ham & West conceded on Saturday morning.

WH&E L1 2 : 1 Hampstead & Westminster L5

It was the day of the burnt pavlova.

The first 10 minutes we dominated with sexy and ambitious passing, touches and driving into the opposition D. This resulted in a rugby hun conversion of exceptional standard by Sam, Bethany and Shell. Shortly following we had some great work in the midfield by Kazza and Evie that got a few shots off but their keeper was strong and kept it 1-0. The remainder of the first half was evenly played with Nic making some beautiful diving saves, Sarah becoming a wall with her flat stick tackles and Vicks, B, Abbie and Karen up front making some lovely runs into their D. Other than a mad tackle by Shell on Evie (!!), we played a first half full of great teamwork. Gemma found herself in the D and almost made it 2-0 with a strong strike that was denied by their keeper.

The second half we came out determined for a W. We were unable to execute the goal of multiple switches around the back as they were pressing very high but Beth, Evie, Gem and Karen worked beautifully up the sides to move the ball out of our end. We defended a few penalty corners successfully and then the worst happened… a rogue (non- player with not a proper shirt?) dropped out of nowhere and was able to receive the ball at the top of the D and they slotted it in, 1-1. We were fuming. Sam especially decided she didn’t like that score so decided to do something about it. 2 minutes later she received a pass top of the D and smashed it bottom right corner for 2-1. The relief and excitement was palpable.

About 15 minutes left and we managed to keep the W with some strong defending, great work up through the midfield, Gem keeping her cool and moving it up the right and some great runs up front to keep it down their end. The final whistle blew and we had our sexy W, but most importantly the burnt pavlova. Sam for player of the match for brilliant work in the middle, exceptional defending and deciding to smash our win home.

WH&E L2 3 : 2 West Hampstead L5

The win came early with a quick trip along the North circular across to Brent Cross with players arriving pitch side early! Now having given the 1’s Abbi that left us with 11 players only but that did not deter us, we were determined to use insider intel to our full advantage and smash the West Hampstead ladies with glee. So it was with pleasure we scored early and kept the lead for most of the game. Terrific 1-2’s, some switching round the back, amazing runs down the middle and wonderful smashes to the top corner – we were amazing as a team! 1 nil at half time and a positive but stern half time chat set us on good path for 2nd half.

After the break saw a bit more to-ing and fro-ing but with amazing trust and on pitch communication we were able to hold pressure on the attacks from the opposition.

Freya’s wonderful top D kick straight back to the opposition was overlooked due to her amazing boot to Charlotte in the mid 25. Which then with solid passing, a few balls on feet from Lisa, and a few breakaways from Kate and Sula we managed to get back on top again. Pippa’a seamless passing back, even when no one was there, kept us all awake (including when Lorna was made to run) thankfully as then they tried to claim a self-kicked goal. But thankfully the ‘umpires’ were actually correct on that call.

Overall a full time score of 3-2 to us had us singing all the way to teas where we were treated to double carbs and mini magnums. A great match had by all, a wonderful team effort and 2 back to back wins behind us ready for next week against Southgate!

WH&E M1 2 : 5 West Hampstead M3

Despite Winchmore going into an early 2-goal lead, West Hampstead came back strongly to overturn the deficit and then some, running out comfortable winners 5-2.

WH&E M2 1 : 7 Old Merchant Taylors M3

The M2s battled hard, but a young and well drilled OMT side were just too strong, leaving our team wondering why OMT 3s had been swapped out of the division above?