WH&E M1 2 : 4 Richmond Griffins

The M1s faced a difficult match on the road (or tube!) against Richmond, with the final score ending in a 4-2 loss. The team started off slowly, with Richmond scoring two goals in the first half, leaving the team trailing 2-0 at half-time.

And another Richmond goal from a penalty corner after the break left Winchmore with a mountain to climb. However, Colin and Luke brought the team back into the game with two well-executed goals, bringing the score back to 3-2. Unfortunately, a bad tackle by Dan resulted in him being sent off for two minutes, leaving the team a man down when we were pushing for an equaliser.

Despite a much improved second half, Richmond were able to hold on and wrapped things up with another penalty corner conversion on the final whistle.

Despite the loss, there were some standout performances on the team, with Jack earning MOTM for his fine performance in midfield. Unfortunately, Dan earned the DOTD for some dodgy shoe action on the way to the game, as well as his green card.

WH&E L1 2 : 4 Spencer W5

We went 1-0 up against top of the league Spencer in the first 30 seconds courtesy of Karen Gray. So incredible I’m not sure anyone knew what was going on, especially Spencer!

What followed was a panicked Spencer fighting to claw back to 1-1. Which they did, can’t remember how….then they made it 2-1 with let’s be honest a very good reverse shot from top D. Lesson to learn: we must remember to keep marking….

In the 2nd half, Abbi did her usual oh so casual scoring to make it 2-2. Which is how it stayed until the 61st minute when Spencer scored again so we threw everything at them…

SOOOO close to a 3rd and another equaliser but no, and Spencer managed to sneak a 4th in with two minutes to go.

A 4-2 loss to top of the league, which seemed a harsh result after a really good team performance – only the second team to score more than 1 goal against them all season.

WH&E L1 1 : 5 West Hampstead W5

With a somewhat coordinated arrival we gathered eagerly on the sidelines at Brent Cross early doors, albeit missing a captain thanks to the beloved snooze button!

With thanks we made it through till almost the end of the game without rain but then when it finally did we were too tired to care.

An early first goal gave us hope but alas despite some great saves by Freya and some team effort defending we sadly succumbed to defeat.

Of course our juniors proved their worthiness once again with some great play, Anju marked perfectly and Charlotte made some great passes, but alas we were thankful for the full-time whistle. A massive well done to everyone’s effort, thanks to the oppo, umpires and the chef for teas and better luck next time girls!

WH&E M2 0 : 6 PHC Chiswick M5

A week after edging past PHC Chiswick M6 in a close encounter, the M2s were outplayed by their 5th team. That is all.

WH&E L2 1 : 1 Eastcote W4

After a moment of panic that we were at the wrong pitch (playing Eastcote where we usually play Christmas Trees) we started all guns blazing with some real attacking play. Unfortunately, this left us open and we were caught on the break quite early on. For the rest of the half, we had a lot of the play and got the ball in the D but weren’t able to convert any chances.

Into the second half…the ball was played from defence out to Bridget in the midfield who made a great forward run before slipping it to Charlotte on the (Ben White) overlap. Charlotte ran to the base line and crossed to Alice on the back post, her shot rebounded out to Kate who put it away for a well-earned leveller.

Both teams tried hard to get the goal that would push us over for the win, but Freya denied them with some fantastic saves – even trying to hide the ball in her pads. Meanwhile, Sula caused a pile up in the middle of the pitch – exclaimed for everyone to hear that it was “no her fault”.

Following several more attempts, fantastic runs and passes but sadly no more goals.

Ending with a 1:1 draw. Not bad for the second game of the season, with impressive games for two of our juniors that have recently graduated to senior hockey – welcome to the team Alice and Harriet!

WH&E L1 3 : 3 Richmond Ravens

The Ladies 1s turned up to their first home game thinking it would be freezing, turns out it was so warm our umpires decided that t-shirts were optional under their umpiring jackets.

We started strongly, linking up well across the pitch. A pass in from Sam to Bethany who had no idea where she was on the pitch resulting in a beautiful goal.

Richmond quickly came back but I don’t remember how, maybe a short corner? Maybe not, who knows.

A few more interceptions and runs resulted in a cross reaching Abbi who neatly passed to Bethany to score a 2nd. A 3rd coming from great composure by the captain to receive the ball facing away from goal, turn and neatly slot it past the keeper.

Then the 2nd half started….we forgot to start with it and Richmond quickly took it to 3-2. More of the same, some missed chances from lots of people, Vicki diving in to pass the ball, birthday girl Karen diving just to prove she still could at her age 😉.

A very unlucky moment with 2 minutes to go saw Richmond sweep a reverse just past Nic in goal to level the scores. And despite a last-minute run we weren’t able to bring it back and had to settle for a point.

Although I’m reliably informed it was better than last week. And we’ve started our point scoring campaign!

WH&E M1 4 : 0 East London M4

Well, the lads put in another stellar performance again, showing how good preparation and game readiness can lead to big results in the first half. Much like last week, the first half saw the M1s off to a flying start with goals aplenty. We held a strong high press for much of the game which led to many turnover opportunities, dictated skilfully by Dom Smith, Adam Machray and Dan Mather in the ACM roles.

Asher Cohen put on another CDM masterclass, we feared the loss of Stuart Carrick might be too great, but Asher has already shown everyone that he was the man for the task, and I look forward to seeing him continue to grow as an essential member of the squad!

Defensively we were a stone wall – Matt Dray, Tom Iontton, Jake Tasker and the skipper, Ollie Taplin, gave the team the confidence to go forward without repercussion and with the opposition only penetrating our D a handful of times nothing ever troubled our very much in form keeper, Josh Rider.

2 goals from Joe Turmaine, 1 from Colin Foad and 1 from Luke Trevill show we have a forward line capable of great things! This was very much supported by narrow misses from Jake Sumner, Jack Wilson and Harry stone who had excellent games in the front line as well.

MOTM: Jake Tasker who showed great vision and dominance from centre back.
DOTD: Ollie Taplin, for a wild undercut pass straight into an opposition player’s midriff!

Roll on Osterley next weekend.

No game for the M2s this week…

WH&E M1 7 : 1 Richmond Griffins

The Men’s 1s got off to a flyer with a fine 7-1 victory over Richmond at Southbury Leisure Centre. The home side quickly took control of the game with an early goal from Colin Foad, followed up with a tipped in deflection from a penalty corner from Dom Smith. A second goal from Smith pouncing on a loose ball in the D, was followed by a well struck goal from the top of the D from Joe Turmaine to make it 4-0 at half time.

After the break, Winchmore continued where they left off with Foad calmly finding the bottom corner for his second goal and then Luke Trevill putting away on the far post from a switched penalty corner. The goal of the game then came from Jack Wilson racing in on the far post to beat the keeper with a chest high volley after a well worked move started by Jake Tasker at the back.

The only blemish coming in the final 3 minutes with a penalty stroke awarded to Richmond after a penalty corner hit a Winchmore player on the line. Our captain’s bruised / broken finger confirming the ball had actually hit hand on stick not leg as thought by the umpires.

A great performance to start the season and lots of momentum to take into next week’s game.

MOTM: Jake Tasker for a first-class display of playmaking from the back.

WH&E M2 1 : 2 PHC Chiswick M5

An exciting first game of the season for the Men’s 2s as we travelled away to PHC Chiswick. Guy had named a youthful side which included a full debut for Krrish. Luke and Calum also stepped in to help out following some selection issues.

The first 10 or so minutes was fairly even with both teams cancelling each other out with not too many chances for either team – arguably Winchmore Hill & Enfield having the better chances early on, however it was PHC Chiswick who capitalised with a counter attack. From then on, we saw more opportunities arise for us for an equaliser, but we just could not make it count in the final third. We had a golden opportunity from Johnny who quickly found himself in a 2vs1 opportunity vs the goalkeeper, however he could not convert the chance to put Winchmore Hill back in the game. Near the end of the half, another counter attack by PHC Chiswick saw an opening on the left-hand side which allowed them to slot home to go 2-0 up.

It was much the same in the second half, with end-to-end plays, however PHC Chiswick decided to be more dangerous and found themselves on the cusp on many opportunities – however Wayne decided that they weren’t going to score anymore. The defensive unit held up well with goal line clearances from Guy and Wayne (and I believe Calum too?) with John putting in many decent saves too. Winchmore Hill & Enfield managed to grab a goal back after a free hit near the 23-yard line, quickly played by Tom to John Lappin who hit the ball into the D, for Luke to slot it between the keeper and the post to make it 2-1.

It was a tense finish as the end of the match saw us have more of the opportunities but it was the consistent elbowing of the PHC Chiswick right-back that saved the day for them as the game ended 2-1 to Chiswick.

MOTM: Wayne; a solid performance at left back who shut down everything that came near him, including a goal line clearance..

WH&E L2 0 : 4 West Hampstead L5

We turned up, eager for the first game back after a long summer. A bare 11, we knew it would be tough but our fighting spirit was going to carry us through.

With the sun in our eyes, the starting whistle blew. We held strong, blocking every one of West Hampstead’s attacks and great movement of the ball up the pitch – small quick passes becoming a staple.

A West Hampstead attack caused Lorna to become closely acquainted with the ground using her face – a nice red nose for her too early to be of use as a Christmas costume.

We soldiered on, West Hampstead getting one by the wall of Freya, but we entered half time with our heads held high and looking forward to our inevitable come-back in the second half.

Unfortunately, that did not happen.

West Hampstead’s use of subs gave them energy over us that we weren’t able to keep up with. We had great moments – Kate and Kylie worked well together in the middle – and even got it in their D a couple times! Alice managed to run through about 5 of their players while keeping the ball glued to her stick, a brilliant play in her debut with the Ladies.

However, tiredness took over, and despite some amazing saves from Chris, West Hampstead got another 3 goals past us.

A disappointing outcome from a game that had some fantastic play, but with a whole season ahead there’s plenty to look forward to.

WH&E L1 1 : 5 Spencer W5

The Ladies 1s made the trip to South West London for a tough first game of the season in London Women’s Division 3 North (go figure?!). A 5-1 defeat, but no shame in that against a strong Spencer side.

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 M1 6 : 2 East London M4

A beautiful winter’s day which made Southbury look even more enticing than usual. This was the setting for the M1s to show some attacking intent that has been lacking a bit this season, in part due to inconsistency in availability and playing some very strong opposition.

The first ten minutes showed promise but attacks were breaking down at the final pass. Then something seemed to click and we opened the scoring with a fast slick move that was arguably our best goal of the season so far. Having switched the ball across the back Eray played an excellent hard direct ball up to Colin in the channel. One neat touch to eliminate his marker, some quadragenerian acceleration towards the 25, and then a further hard and accurate strike to Tim running in from the opposite flank. Looking composed, and if anything better-looking than usual, he quickly smashed it past the keeper for 1-0.

Further good interplay led to a short corner which Colin smashed into the far corner at the perfect height – 2-0. East London did have some counter attacks throughout the first half and we left Josh exposed more often than we should have. From one of these counter attacks, they managed to get back to 2-1 for half-time.

Half-time discussions mainly revolved around doing the good things more and the bad things less. This worked well. Soon after the restart another short was won, and some on-the-spot training for Dan paid off beautifully as he ended up in the perfect position to neatly deflect Colin’s pass outside the far post past the keeper for 3-1.

Pressure continued to build on East London as they desperately sought to get back into the game, but unlike the first half they were also now struggling to make any serious inroads on the counter attack. Stu and Matt were tidying up beautifully any time they got close. Adam and Dom kept the ball pace up in the middle of the park, Jason and Sam offered great outlets in the wide positions, and Harry bravely headed the ball away when required.

The pressure told. A ball from midfield into Colin at the top of the D, he slowly tiptoed his way around a couple of players to the baseline and played the ball across the goal for Dan to knock in from close range and grab his second of the game – 4-1. It was soon 5-1. East London kept their discipline well but another Winch’ attack led to a defender blocking the ball on the line from young Tim. Colin made sure the flick counted.

A late consolation for East London from a short corner with a neat reverse stick finish made it 5-2. But just to make sure we celebrated the win with the final word, Colin placed another short corner inside the opposite post to complete his hattrick and make it 6-2.

In truth it could have been even more convincing and there is still plenty of room for more composed phases of possession. But the weather was great, the umpires were super, and we had at least two fewer people in hospital than last week. Here’s to more of the same for the rest of a promising 2022.

WH&E L1 3 : 2 Richmond L3

The ladies 1s played at home on a sunny afternoon against Richmond and were determined for a Win! We were missing a few key players today but sending Vicks and Beth all our love at their homes isolating. Still love but a little less to Karen Goode who didn’t manage to convince her mum to come play for us, thus choosing her mum over us!!

It was a squishy start for Evie who let Maple roam free and then got punished for it, although the day looked less rocky from then on. T finally made it to a game with an exciting announcement, she could see! She made use of it being strong at left D.

We called Abbi and Kate up and they both played absolutely brilliantly, with Kate shutting them down and moving it up the right and Abbi making strong runs into space to make opportunities happen for us up front, huge thanks to both for their strong game play.

The first half we played well as a team, communicating lots and our press was shutting their 16s down. Unfortunately on one lucky break, the opponent’s superstar smashed it into the back of the net for 1-0. We were determined to get one back and Bethany decided to take it into her own hands and dribble through 5 of them to put it past their keeper. Then we got another on a lovely cross in from Gem, Karen Gray smashed it into the back of the net, 2-1. Sarah, T and Gem were holding strong at the back and Sam, Kate and Evie were shutting everything down in the midfield.

The second half we kept up the teamwork and on another ridiculous effort from Bethany, Kate smashed it into the back of the net for 3-1. Karen Gray had a beautiful chance for another one on a great cross on from Sam, but somehow the keeper got there. They had a few chances down our end but Nic kept the positivity and communication and made some stellar saves to keep it out. Then the usual, with 10 minutes left we gave them a few penalty corners, just to keep things spicy. On one of those chances, a shot was hit straight through to the backboard, 3-2. From then on though we managed to keep it down their end and we had momentum and press to hold that score and get the Win!

WH&E L2 0 : 2 Imperial Medics L1

Following last week’s win, we came to the game feeling confident despite our previous loss to Imperial; we had a full team, including subs, and the weather was on our side.

We started strong with superior skills and teamwork however we soon lost our form, matching Imperial’s lack of structure and forgetting the strong passing play we’ve been demonstrating the past few games. Imperial were getting opportunities, but we kept strong in the defence with some lovely clearances, including a beautiful dive from Chris, saving the ball from getting into that bottom left corner with the stick. But despite our hard work, Medics managed to end the first half 1-0 up.

The second half started and we came back with a vengeance, keeping our cool and doing beautiful passes across and up the pitch, getting around their defence and creating chances. After one such opportunity a Medics’ player’s clearance lifted the ball past Pippa’s face, giving her a chance at demonstrating her ball-dodging skills a la The Matrix. Despite this, Medics’ speed kept them at an advantage. During a battle for the ball, Pippa fell in the centre of the pitch accompanied by a very hearty laugh from Lisa, but Freya wasn’t to be deterred by her fallen comrade, battling to maintain possession of the ball.

However, despite our much more controlled and clean play, which led to an extended battle on the opposition’s goal line, Medics maintained a clean sheet as well as gained another goal, the whistle blowing with a finals core of 2-0 to them. But we’re not to be deterred, and will come back fighting next week!

WH&E M2 0 : 5 Indian Gymkhana M5

The trip to Indian Gymkhana was undertaken with some trepidation – a bad tempered 7-2 thrashing earlier in the season perhaps contributing to a lack of players this time round. We eventually reached 11 by denying the 1s some subs (and by the results, it didn’t look like they needed them!) and by pulling in the captain’s 76-year old dad – resulting in 3 generations on the pitch.

The fears were only half-justified: it was a very enjoyable and friendly game, and Gymkhana very welcoming (and providing an excellent curry afterwards). They were, however, very skilful: Guy had their centre-forward well marked in the third minute, but still got beaten all ends up as a reverse-stick shot from top-D hit the bottom corner. Hmmn.

So, ending up as a 5-0 loss, but one with plenty of good hockey from both sides, and lots of good passing and attacking intent from us. It would have been nice to have converted one of our many short corners, but we put on a good show, and were beaten by a very experienced team.