WH&E L1 0 : 5 Teddington L2

‘Twas the last match before Christmas at Southbury Leisure Centre. The Ladies 1s were a few women down but rallied support from lovely Pippa, Kate and Charlotte. We came out and played strong from the get go against tough Teddington and held our own for most of the first half, letting only 1 sneak past the diving Nic.

The second half again we had moments of beautiful 1, 2s between Lucy, Karen and Pippa, Mia taking on 5 women and winning the ball, Helen and Charlotte pressing strong against their defenders and Reanne playing strong wherever she ended up playing. Sam had a great game until she got a nasty cheek ball from close range and had to watch the remainder from the bench. Beth stepped into her position and played solid defensively shutting them down. Unfortunately, we then conceded 3 goals in the last 20 minutes, even with Nic making amazing diving saves! It was a tough loss against Teddington but come 2021 we will be sure to come out even stronger


WH&E M1 3 : 4 Bishops Stortford M3

The men’s 1s were playing Bishops Stortford 3s in a late push back, under the floodlights at Hockerill College, hoping hockey would be the winner.

Both teams started off defending well, the early stages mainly played in the middle of the pitch with very few chances at either end. WHE began to take control of the match and broke the deadlock with a neat deflection at the near post by Colin after around 20 minutes. The 1 goal lead would be taken into half time, kept intact thanks to a brilliant save by Balazs from a penalty flick, given after a short corner had hit a foot on the line.

The second half started off in a similar fashion, with WHE continuing to apply the high press backed up by solid defending, this has been an effective feature all season. The lead soon increased to 2-0, Josh putting away a reverse stick strike, and WHE were in control of the match.

This must have upset Stortford and the umpire, who for some reason felt the need to call the captains together to calm things down. The match then turned on its head and started to resemble a basketball game. Jason was verbally given a green card after an innocuous challenge. The umpire didn’t have any cards to display, some players were unaware that the team was down to 10 men, and Stortford scored two quick goals to draw level.

Back to full strength and Hill restored their lead almost immediately. Some quick passing found Josh in the right wing area, who dribbled into the D and played the ball into the goal from a narrow angle. After checking with the umpire at the other end, the goal was reluctantly awarded.

As the match progressed, WHE were unsure of what decisions the umpire would make, so it became difficult to keep up the momentum and high press. This allowed Stortford an easy way out and they scored two more, within 15 minutes of their first.

WHE kept pushing for an equaliser, and the ball broke free to Harry in the D who put it in the goal, however it would not count due to an earlier foot. The match finished 4-3 to Stortford, with WHE looking forward to the return fixture to put a few things right…


WH&E M2 3 : 4 Letchworth M5

The men’s 2s went down by the same scoreline as the men’s 1s in another tight match. However, a re-organised line up shows good promise for the future and the team will be raring to go when league hockey returns in the New Year.


No match for the Ladies 2s this week…

WH&E M1 1 : 2 Hertford M2

A near miss for the men's 1sIt was back to reasonably familiar territory, certainly for the older players, for this match against Hertford 2s at Southbury Leisure Centre.

The Men’s 1s had 14 players again and a clear idea of how to deploy the subs with a now conventional midfield switch for the first half but a rapid rotation of forwards for planned whirlwind attacks in the second.

Hertford tend to deploy well-organised and well-drilled teams, but Winchmore hoped to translate home advantage to build on a reasonable, opening draw the previous week and secure an early league win.

It was not to be. Superior organisation and pressing in the first part of the first half were engineered from the back by Stuart Carrick, while off-field Jake Sumner brandished a master plan of written instructions and appropriately Machiavellian secret formations.

Yet quick confident passing across midfield and high pressing were not matched by astute final balls. Passes sometimes lacked a little bit of speed on the damp surface and once again the side perhaps may need a hockey clinic to remember how to be more clinical in front of goal.

Having failed to press the advantage, a few gaps, a few missed balls and Winchmore invited pressure, which eventually led to a break on the team’s left flank and a Hertford goal from a short corner. Admittedly the umpire must have believed that one of those poltergeists which Enfield is famous for had hurled Matt Dray to the ground…?

James Gatting had to make a few saves but given the strong start it should not have come to that. The first half ended with Winchmore remaining one nil down.

The half-time talk saw the captain and several other players assert that we should simply not be behind.

Indeed, for large periods of the second half, Winchmore seemed poised to do something about that. The opposition goal came under siege. Whether the planned whirlwind blew, Winchmore saw a succession of short corners, a wide selection of strategies were tried out with the opposition goalkeeper spending more time on the ground than on his feet, though he was capable of frustrating at least two attempts to lift the ball over him and as many as a dozen follow up shots.

Alas, one break, saw Hertford score again and from then it appeared that Winchmore had left it too late to stage a revival.

Six minutes from time, a goal came from who else but Colin Foad – later to receive not one but two cups in a salubrious awards ceremony in the rain down by the side of the leisure centre (?). The goal was a suitability wily number, side on to goal on the reverse and one that finally placed the ball to the side of the keeper, not one thumped into his pads.

The team must find a way to feed better balls to Foad, and/or the supporting cast must score more themselves, otherwise Saturday nights in north London will continue to be haunted by matches that ‘should have been won’.

MOTM: Michael Dutnall for an all round stellar performance


WH&E L2 1 : 8 BA Hayes L1

Ladies 2nd XIWe put into practise the saying “many hands make light work” by setting up our new/old home pitch from rolling goals in place to inspecting a questionable surface (but very grateful to have a home!). We were ready.

After a thumbs up from the umpires the whistle was blown. BA Hayes started well and soon scored after several attempts of getting through our handy defence. Romily almost got her finger tips on it (or did someone else…!). Unfortunately we were 4-0 down at half time after Lisa Jobson handed them an own goal and a harsh flick given after a clearance from Gem Louise.

After refuelling on chocolate fingers (oh wait, no squashies) we came out fighting. We had some great attacking play with short sharp passes eventually converting into an assisted goal by Lucky Charlotte and yes, first goal on the scoreboard for Abbi!

Final score was a loss of 1-8 but played well as a team despite several injuries during the match, with a ball to Louise’s head and a fractured thumb for our very own captain thumbellina Pippa Deane we can take many positives from the match…..

Thumbs up all round!


WH&E M2 1 : 2 Letchworth M6

The enticing prospect of a 5pm start, away at Letchworth, left the Men’s 2s with a bare 11 to take on Letchworth 6s. Those 11 turned in a strong performance, with solid defending, good link-up play and runs, but just an inability to translate pressure into goals.

There was controversy for the first goal, with the Winchmore team convinced it had gone off the back line, but the umpire less so, and old comrade Grant, playing for the opposition, waiting to put it in from 2 yards out. The umpire wasn’t willing to change his decision, however nicely Joe asked (?), leaving us 1-0 down at half time, and temporarily playing with 10.

But a lovely break by Tom P down the wing and a cross from the byline saw Johnny Molloy put in the equalizer and the game was back on… With players on both sides tiring, there was more space in the middle, and more breaks and subsequent short corners for Winchmore, but no conversion. And sadly, at the other end, a late, and rare, short corner saw Letchworth take the lead again, with Guy just unable to keep it out at the post.

Lots of positives to take away – I’d say at least half the team put in one of their best performances I’ve seen – and high hopes for our first home game of the season next week.


WH&E L1 0 : 9 Ashford L1

The day started off with 2 broken down cars, 2 niggling injuries, and 1 driver not making it to the match at all!

That left us with 11 players and no subs!

Ashford were really well drilled and very fast. They came at us strong from the off and scored a few goals in the first half. Nic was making some amazing saves at the back and our defence was doing a lot of work to defend the goal as much as possible whilst unfortunately up front we weren’t able to convert our short corner or other chances.

In the 2nd half, Ashford scored less goals than the first and we had more attacking short corners and more chances but were unable to convert again. We fought until the very last moment and the undisclosed scoreline definitely does not reflect the level of hockey we played but today wasn’t our day.

Player of the match to Nic in goal who made many crucial saves including some amazing stick saves. Honourable mentions to the defensive line and particularly Charlotte Ellingham whom the umpire praised for having one of the most powerful hits from the back he’d seen!

Dick of the day to Beth Deane for stealing Mia’s stick, making Mia think she’d left it at Ashford!

U12 Boys @ Welwyn Garden City (de Havilland uni)

The boys U12s headed to a windswept de Havilland campus in Hatfield for the final round of Herts Junior League matches today, where they faced the usual suspects from Royston, Blueharts and Letchworth.

The opening game against Royston was a very tight affair, with neither side able to dominate and break free from the battle in midfield to create any substantial chances. The final score of 0-0 was a fair result in an uneventful game.

Straight on again for the next game against Blueharts and our boys started to find more space going forward, but also leaving more spaces for Blueharts to exploit against us. And it was Blueharts who took the lead through a stroke of good fortune when a shot that was going wide deflected off a Winchmore stick to find the back of our goal. One nil down, but our boys bounced back with good attacking play up the right from Siva and Arran resulting in a free hit and a ball into the D which Albert calmly converted 30 seconds before full time. A hard-earned draw, and the boys showed great resilience to come back after the early setback.

After a one game break, we were back on for the final game against Letchworth, but this turned out to be one game too far for our boys who were overrun by a good Letchworth team. A 4-0 defeat, but the boys kept their heads up and still threatened a goal at the other end with one effort just sliding by the far post.

Played 3, drawn 2, lost 1. A pretty good day at the end of a good season for our U12s, where the team has really grown and developed over the past 5 months. Well done all and many thanks to all the parents have come down and supported on some fairly bleak days of winter!

WH&E L2 4 : 2 PHC Chiswick L6

The ladies 2s would like to start our match report by saying Lisa Jobson was less lazy this week! Despite her moving more, including her feet into the path of the ball leading to the first goal which she then watched…. we won 4 -2!

We quickly levelled up with a pass from outside the D to Abbi which she slammed into the goal… this was backed up with 3 more goals from her… #topscorer

We did let them come back a little with another goal in the second half and then a run of shorts at the end … including one given against Kate Smith for a stick tackle whilst she was in control of the ball… work that out? ?

Great defensive play by Pippa Deane and Louise for a mid-air save on the goal line, leading to the Chiswick coach questioning whether they would ever get any luck…

The game ended in the last second with Gem Luckman being taken out by the opposition, and one umpire blowing before the other could award a card …. despite that Chiswick still asked for a short corner. Work that one out??!

#3points #winchmorewinning #teamoftheyear?


WH&E M2 2 : 1 MBDA M1

So this is the third time I’ve written a match report for a match vs MBDA. The previous results were 12-1 and 13-1 losses, so I was somewhat trepid going into this match.

But on the plus side we had Rafi and Craig to help us out, Eray back from injury and most of our best team, so I was cautiously hopeful.

Things started well. Most of the play was in the middle of the pitch, but Craig and Rafi were showing their class in midfield and letting Guy show his stuff and we really were dominating in midfield. As ever, getting decent shots off was a bit of a challenge, although we were having a few. Sadly, their keeper was doing pretty well at stopping them. Eventually though after a ball into the D got a lucky deflection off Craig’s stick our pressure told and the ball hit the back of the goal. However, it was disallowed for reasons unknown

Thankfully, the midfield quality was allowing us to get the best out of the rest of the team, and our pressure told as we won a short corner that was calmly flicked into the back of the net, again by Craig. 1-0 to us at the end of the first half.

The second half, they came out fighting, with renewed attacking vigour up front, and we needed all our defensive skills. Ably marshalled by the excellent Eray, we generally held them off whilst having some breaks of our own. One of these saw a fantastic run most of the way up the right wing and into the D by Joseph, which ended in a fantastic solo goal. However, we’d already had a short corner awarded so it didn’t count! But a penalty flick that resulted from it was put away calm as you like by Luke; 2-0. After this though they came at us hard, getting inside the D and forcing some excellent saves by Nick in goal. They got up once too often, getting a goal from a short corner. After this it was a case of defending hard, with the occasional counterattack. But they couldn’t break us (we broke them, but Eray’s hit off a short corner was just above the back board) and we just about held firm.

Final score 2-1 to us and the pain of previous results somewhat eased.

MOTM: Craig. Fantastic control in midfield, and a real attacking threat. Please can you play more often?

DOTD: Well we had 3 goals disallowed…


WH&E L1 0 : 3 Southgate L3

Last Saturday the ladies 1s played Southgate 3s; it was always going to be a tough match.

We started the first half with lots of inspiration from Gav (coach) going for deflections, but unfortunately couldn’t convert any into a goal. We moved on and off the ball very well but were unable to get the breakthrough.

The 2nd half unfortunately didn’t go so well. Although we had some chances up front and team defence were working hard, we couldn’t manage to keep Southgate out.

The final whistle went as Bethany was lying on the ground after being slammed down during one of our last chances of the match…

Fanny of the field (she requested this title!) this week was Reanne Umali, who found a portion of the pitch she loved so much that she just wanted to stay on the ground.

Player of the match was our skipper, Bethany, for a ton of running and making chances up front. Shout out to Sam Deane for doing her job brilliantly and Charlotte Ellingham for great work in defence.

We lost 3-0. But we went for a beer after.


WH&E M1 1 : 4 Letchworth M2

The men’s 1s battled hard, but slipped to a 4-1 defeat against a well organised Letchworth team.

WH&E L1 1 : 0 Hampstead & Westminster L4

The Ladies 1s started the 2nd half of the season against Hampstead & Westminster 4s.

We began with lots of energy and pace on the ball, making a lot of quick passes and moving up the pitch to make opportunities which we were struggling to convert. We did also have to defend numerous short corners which were taken on brilliantly by Team Defence, even though when clearing 1 of them, Rachelle was met with the backside of an umpire to move around as well as the opposition!!

First half ended 0-0 so it was all to play for in the 2nd half.

We kept pushing up and creating chances, then on the rebound of a short corner; with a cricket-like swing Rachelle managed to slam the ball into the backboard of the goal to get us 1 up. After taking a minute to make sure it counted, we celebrated!

The opposition were then fighting back hard, and we had to defend numerous short corners which absolutely shattered everyone’s nerves watching as we are all too familiar with the ladies 1s classic stumble of winning right up until the last minute…

But even the magical gods were with us…Sarah E-Q, after stumbling and dropping her stick during a tackle turned around to see her stick still making the tackle whilst on the ground and the opposition struggling to get round it ?

So the whistle goes during a defensive short corner after a questionable decision from the umpire (naming no names!!) and everyone in Winchmore Hill is having a heart attack watching it play out… They send it wide!!! We’ve won! 1-0.

Player of the match to Rachelle for an amazing goal, and brilliant defending throughout. Honourable mention to Chris Putt for many great crucial saves.

Dick of the day to Beth Deane for injuring herself 10 minutes after the match by poking herself in the eye whilst sitting down!


WH&E M1 1 :3 Blueharts M3

WK12M1On Saturday, the Men’s 1s faced league leaders Blueharts 3 in the first return fixture to kick off the second half of the season. Having already scored 59 goals and only conceded 10 in 11 matches, Blueharts no doubt fancied their chances against us having beaten us 3-2 on the opening day of the season. However, over the past few weeks we’ve shown great resilience and immediately set out to make life difficult for our visitors.

Nevertheless, after only 10 mins we lost Colin Foad to injury, which upset the balance of the side and left us without not only our top goalscorer but also our key outlet from defence / midfield. Blueharts took full advantage of this to increase their pressure in the middle and soon took the lead with a well taken goal from their canny centre forward who latched onto a loose ball to strike the ball high inside the far post leaving Nick Smith with no chance in goal.

1-0 down, but we battled hard throughout the first half only for Blueharts to double their lead shortly before the break. Their centre forward again demonstrating his experience and quality with a first time shot on the move finding the inside netting at the far post once more.

The second half was a tale of two penalty strokes – the first to Blueharts who converted to make it 3-0; the second to Winchmore, with Sam Turmaine slotting home to claw one back. This changed the momentum of the game in our favour and for the last 10 minutes we pushed on looking for a famous comeback. But it was not to be and Blueharts held out for a 3-1 win.

We go into the Christmas break in 8th place in the league, but with lots of optimism knowing that we can beat anyone. Over the past 12 weeks the team has really found its feet and started to gel as a unit with a good passing game and I’m sure we’ll move up the league when we start again in the New Year.


WH&E L2 1 : 1 Ealing L3

Abbi scored again. That is all.


WH&E M2 0 : 7 Letchworth M4

No match report, yet…