WH&E M1 1 : 5 Osterley M1

The M1s had their first game in a month and were raring to go at Southbury.

We started the first half on the front foot and worked the ball well up both wings, with both Tim Legierse and Jake Tasker being great outlets. The half continued to be end to end, with some great 1v1 battles developing across the pitch. 20 mins in Osterley broke well and found the back of the net and were up 0-1. The M1s responded very well – maintained the high press and won the ball in dangerous areas of the pitch. Asher was first to a loose ball and had a great effort from a tight angle saved by the Osterley keeper. Colin was first to react to the loose ball, and brought the game level. A tense end to the first half resulted with Osterley winning a short, and converting with a strike from the top of the D to provide them with the advantage at HT.

With lots of positives to take from the first half we felt there was definitely points on the table. Continuing to employ the high press from the first half, we started strongly and won a couple of short corners; one went just wide, and the other cleared to the halfway line. The latter of the two found Jake Tasker just inside the Osterley half, who found Jack Wilson unmarked in the Osterley D. With 30 mins of shooting practice prior to the game, he lined up the shot just inside the D… but alas, he missed the ball completely 😂 as well as a great opportunity to draw the game level. As we continued to push for a second goal we were punished with 2 more penalty goals against us, plus a lucky deflection which looped up over our keeper’s shoulder. A 5-1 defeat, but a scoreline that didn’t reflect our performance.

Big thanks to Beth & Pippa for umpiring, and Nick & Lisa for supporting during a gruesome afternoon at Southbury!

MOTM: Stuart Carrick – great 1v1 battle with the Osterley centre-forward

WH&E L2 1 : 2 Hendon & Mill Hill L2

On the back of last week’s win, the intrepid Ladies 2s team braved the cold wind and traffic jams to turn up to the game.

The first half of the match, we were trying to get our rhythm against a solid Hendon ladies side who were strong in the middle and on the attack. By the end of the first half Hendon had scored.

The second half was eventful and saw us come back with confidence, ready to take-on Hendon. We were challenging and tackling for the ball, and there was some good passing around the back.

During the second half, one of the umpires was injured which resulted in one of the Hendon ladies team umpiring the remainder of the match.

Our fantastic goal came from a great pass from Kate to Michelle who then slammed the ball into the goal and the goalkeeper couldn’t stop it.

Final score 2 – 1 to Hendon & Mill Hill.

No matches again this week for either the L1s or M2s ☹

WH&E L2 5 : 0 Hendon & Mill Hill L2

After weeks of narrowly missing a win or a draw would it be our day?

We were fired up, warmed up and even had the luxury of a vital sub. The match started smoothly with quick passing and movement off the ball to support. Everyone bringing their A game. It was only a matter of time before we crossed it in the d and Kareen finished it off with an accurate push in goal. 1-0 up, we were hopeful.

The first half continued with us having more possession of the ball and goals were being fired in left, right and centre. Hat trick for Kareen and goal for Abbi. 4-0 at half time.

We didn’t get ahead of ourselves in the second half as we had been up in previous matches and had lost, focus was key. Chris made an excellent run out of goal to kick the ball wide, still a clean sheet. Was this the match where everything clicked into place?

Still the clock was ticking and to secure the win Kylie struck the ball into the back of the net! An awaited 5-0 win after much patience, it was well worth the wait!!!

Let’s hope it’s the start of a winning streak…..

WH&E M1 2 : 6 Osterley M1

6-2 loss to a very efficient and well drilled Osterley team. We showed good resilience and played some really lovely passing hockey at times which showed a great development on last week’s performance, but were ultimately beaten by a stronger side.

Two goals scored was an encouraging part of it. A great short corner straight strike from Colin and equally accomplished finish from Jason Martins from a slipped ball to him on the left from another short.

Strong performance from Aidan at the back and Adam in the middle too.

Great food provided by the hosts afterwards and good to see more of us socialising after the games this season.

No matches for the Ladies 1s or Men’s 2s this week ☹