WH&E L1 2 : 1 Eastcote L2

Winners!The day started quite badly…

  • The leisure centre didn’t remember there was a match ?
  • One of our umpires got the pushback time wrong ?‍♀️
  • Eastcote scored in the 1st minute of the game ?

Luckily, things were only on the up from there…

The majority of the first half (apart from the first minute) was really strong for us. We were communicating effectively, passing accurately and making lots of strong 1-2s up the width of the pitch around their players to create many chances.

The first 2 of those chances were balls going just wide of the goal, so we needed to get our players ready on the posts!

We started the 2nd half still 1-0 down but so pumped from how well we were playing that we were determined to make this week our first win.

We continued to make chances as we had great runs from our defensive line into the opposition’s half to really put the pressure on. Our first goal eventually came when Bethany made a run up the right and crossed it into the D for Beth to get a touch on it, only to hit the post (followed by an exasperated shriek!) but then Beth managed to get the rebound under control and into the back of the net!!! 1-1!!!

We continued to put the pressure on as our new diamond formation helped us to distribute the ball better and cover more ground in the midfield. After a great run from Mia up the left, the ball was passed to Bethany who managed to hit towards the P spot before falling over (?). Helen then took control to pop it into the back of the net and make it 2-1!!!!!!

We were winning but we wanted to make it harder for ourselves, so we decided to have 5 short corners against us as instead of playing it cool for the last 10 minutes. It was nerve-wracking to watch from the halfway line as we waited to see our defence step up, but the result was amazing. We had Nic in goal performing great controlled saves, Gemma clear a ball off the line, and Sam making some smashing runs to prevent Eastcote taking advantage.

THEN THE WHISTLE FINALLY GOES AND WE HAVE WON A MATCH!!!! Our reaction seems over the top as we jump up and down and shout with joy…but when you realise we haven’t won a match all (calendar) year it will make sense why we’re so ecstatic.

We worked really hard and it paid off.

No specific player of the match this week as every individual played so so well and really stepped up.


WH&E M1 0 : 1 Shefford and Sandy M2

1:15 at Southbury road saw the restart of hockey for WH&E men’s 1st team against Shefford & Sandy 2’s. Hill started the first half strongly pushing hard from the back passing the ball round well and making the young opposition chase the game.

It was an evenly matched first half with both sides having their fair share of attempts at goal, with the odd Winchmore cross going un-challenged across the opposition goal, only the final touch was missing for the home side. Dominic Smith had the pick of the chances unleashing a fierce shot which narrowly missed high.

S&S had their own chances, counter attacking well but were denied by some sharp keeping but unfortunately the away side found the net with a well worked short corner, passing the ball sharply in the D. In past seasons this might have dropped the heads of the home team, however the fight continued with a couple of short corners before half time, but sadly the final spark of brilliance to breach the goal line is all that eluded the home team.

The second half saw S&S step up the pace but a strong defensive line, backed up by the midfield tracking back, frustrated the away team. The Winchmore midfield of Stuart Carrick, Adam Machray, Smith & Tim Legierse, backed up by Michael Dutnall, continuously troubled the opposition, giving Colin and the forwards the supply they needed – amassing 7 short corners but denied by a well organised S&S defence and goal keeper.

The last 10 minutes saw a barrage from the oppo, but the Winchmore defence held strong. Lopez saving a hard shot from a short corner & Jim continuing to deny the opposition forwards with sharp footwork and quick hands.

One final charge from the hill who won a couple of short corners in a row towards the end of the second half. That narrow 1 goal lead eating away at the Shefford and Sandy players, the opposition keeper denied all attempts and the final whistle went. A relieved opposition would be a fair assessment, and the only thing missing from the home side was that final touch across the line. A draw would have been a much fairer result but, all in all a performance worthy of note from the home side against players who are generally considered more able than the S&S 2nd team when the opportunity is presented.

An admirable performance in any case!


WH&E M2 0 : 7 Blueharts Colts

A battling performance in the first half had the men’s 2s only 1-0 down on their return to action up at Hitchin. However, the better organisation and team play of the young Blueharts side saw them run away with it in the second half with six more goals.


WH&E L2 0 : 2 West Hampstead L5

The ladies 2s suffered a narrow defeat in a tight game with West Hampstead. Some encouraging play, but Winchmore were unable to find a goal to put the opposition under pressure. A rusty start to the return of hockey, and no further games now till after Christmas for the ladies 2s.

WH&E L2 2 : 1 Harrow L3

We started well with a brilliant bit of possession from the off, followed by good composure on the ball and lots of play in the opposition D.

With high hopes of finishing the half at 0-0, Gem Luckman went back on to sure things up and found herself in space in the D on the end of a lovely cross from Gem D but got it caught under her feet and unfortunately couldn’t put it away.

The second half didn’t start quite so well but eventually Gem D scored her first Winchmore goal to put us ahead. We continued to have the best of the play but unfortunately conceded a soft goal. That ignited a strong reaction from the team, and we upped the pressure until Gem Luckman retook the lead with a well-placed short corner.

There were many volunteers for ‘Dick of the Day’ at the end of the match for a variety of reasons but obviously our good stuff must have been great because we finished with a 2-1 win!

The rain may have put a dampener on some teams but not the ladies 2s! It seemingly washed our mirror and finally the score did reflect!


WH&E M2 0 : 2 Shefford and Sandy M4

A late start and a long journey, but 12 hardy souls made the trip to take on Shefford and Sandy 4s. So far this season there have been lots of strong performances, where the totally unbiased report has suggested that if we’d converted a few more of our good chances in front of goal then we really deserved to win. This week, those chances were few and far between, and a 2-0 loss was probably a fair result ☹.

The teams were evenly matched overall, though with more variation across their team let us say, and our defence looked strong throughout. A first-half goal for Shefford and Sandy came after a couple of unnoticed fouls in the D, and with Winchmore failing to play to the whistle there was a scramble and a final tap in at the far post.

We tried to come back in the second half, but our attacks this game lacked teamwork and passing, and continued to falter at their centre-back, who showed considerable talent – not least in his ability to aerial a 16 hit out all the way to land on our 25! Somewhat impressive for our division – but our own fault for not passing and going wider round the other defenders.

We continued to deal with all their attacks until a short corner, where Shefford scored the ‘highest’ goal I’ve ever seen. A deflection top D saw the ball balloon, and from right by the post the Shefford forward brought the ball down from about 3 feet over his head. Somewhat fortunate again, but a great goal!

There was no way back from there, and despite a couple of late short corners we couldn’t pull one back. We’ve played much better than that, and it’s disappointing that lockdown will delay our chance to bounce back and show how we can really play…


WH&E M1 0 : 4 Bishops Stortford M2

The men’s 1s slipped to defeat against top of the table Bishops Stortford, ending their run of 3 successive wins. With 4 players unavailable from the regular squad, it was always going to be a difficult game against the league’s stand out team. Two goals in each half were enough for the visitors to secure the points, with Winchmore unlucky to miss out on a consolation goal which was disallowed after consultation between the umpires.

Nevertheless, a good start to the season, and the men’s 1st team goes into the new lockdown sitting in 4th place in the league.


WH&E L1 0 : 3 PHC Chiswick L3

The ladies 1s slipped to another defeat in a tricky away game at Chiswick. They’ll be looking for a fast start when the league returns post lockdown.

WH&E L2 3 : 0 Teddington L7

WK19L2So, 10 players and Sarah (doubling up) travelled to face a Teddington team with 5 subs!

It was a bit of a unprepared start with 3 of us arriving just before push back, but we had control from the start and were rewarded when Anju tapped one in from close range after Erin slipped it past the keeper. The rest of the half continued much in the same way, but Teddington always looked like they could pop a sneaky one in.

In the second half, we enjoyed a lot of possession but couldn’t convert until Gem Luckman scored a lovely short corner followed quickly by Erin getting her own tap in from a long shot that slipped between the keeper’s legs. It finished 3-0.

Honourable mentions to Kate and her “magnetic stick”, Erin for getting on the end of things, Anju for a lovely ‘stop,turn and shoot’, Sarah for just making it and the whole team for ignoring the shouts of “They’re getting tired” and (even worse) “I need a sub!”


 WH&E M1 2 : 6 Shefford & Sandy M2

A makeshift men’s 1s made the trip to Shefford & Sandy for a rearranged fixture after the first attempt was called off in January following a nasty accident which closed the A1. On another windy afternoon, the young Winchmore side battled hard against the wind, but went into the break 4-0 down. Not to be deterred, we came out fighting in the second half and showed more of what we can do, scoring twice and taking the game to Shefford & Sandy for periods of the half. Final score a 6-2 loss, but a fine effort for a very inexperienced team.


WH&E L1 0 : 1 West Hampstead L2

No match report, yet…


No match for the M2s this week

WK13M1The league season returned after the Christmas break, but not as we might have hoped…

The Men’s 2s gained a much-needed 3 points with a 4-2 win over Shefford & Sandy 3s, albeit with the visitors with 9 players and no goalkeeper due to travel problems on the A1(M)…

The Ladies 1s battled hard but went down 2-1 away at Eastcote.

The Ladies 2s were awarded another 3 points as their opposition (Ashford 4) conceded the match – the fourth time this has happened to the L2s this season!

…and finally the Men’s 1s had the game that never was away against Shefford & Sandy 2. One carload stuck in the chaos of the A1(M) being shut due to an accident, meant that only 7 players (and no goalkeeper) arrived in time for the match to start and the game was abandoned ☹ Hard to know who was more unhappy, the players who made it there but didn’t get to play the match, or those that spent 5 ½ hours in the car!

Hopefully normal hockey (and match reports) will resume this week…

Results:

WH&E M2 4 : 2 Shefford & Sandy M3
WH&E L1 1 : 2 Eastcote L2
WH&E L2 v Ashford L4 (conceded)
WH&E M1 v Shefford & Sandy M2 (abandoned) – rescheduled for 22nd February

WH&E L1 2 : 0 Eastcote L2

The Ladies 1s were up against Eastcote on Saturday, playing their 2s at home.

With our word of the day being ‘Confident,’ we were preparing to go out and play some great basic hockey and keep our cool even though some of our usual squad could not play this week.

We started strongly and managed to score in the first 10 minutes with some lovely passes throughout midfield up to Caroline Briers to sneak in the goal.

Eastcote were always fighting for one against us, but Team Defence managed to keep their cool despite a few short corners to defend against, which Mia confidently stepped up to run for.

After half time it was fair to say we started to get a bit tired. Lots of balls going up in the air, including one from Sam Deane (aka Dick of the day!) who tried to take out Bethany with a free hit. Apparently she was “testing her reflexes”… They’re thankfully great.

Another ball which went up in the air came from our attack which Lucy Mackay managed to hit back down straight into goal in a motion which looked more like self defence than anything else. It’s safe to say that we were all shocked at the goal, including Lucy herself.

Honourable mentions this week to Beth for great running and perseverance up front, Lucy for the fantastic goal and travelling 2hrs from West London to her first match in a year and a half; and Sarah for some great defence and blocking. Man of the match this week goes to Mia who kept her cool in her first league match for the 1s and made some great movements and passes in the middle of the field.

Final score 2-0 to us. We are the only team in our league who has not conceded any goals!!!!!!!!! Thanks to everyone who came to support this week!


WH&E M1 2 : 5 Shefford & Sandy M2

WK2M1The men’s first team were aiming for victory in their first home match of the season, with the visitors arriving from Shefford & Sandy shortly before the start of the match. However, after some good initial possession things didn’t go according to plan with a goal from the opposition bundled in after the ball rolled free in our D. Not to be downhearted, Winchmore proved that good passing and possession play can reap dividends and shortly after it did, with Joe Turmaine finishing off a good move by rounding the keeper and reverse flicking the ball into the goal at the near post.

But a defensive mix up when the ball looped up in the D off one of our sticks resulted in another soft goal conceded as the ball was tapped in at the far post by one of the opposition. Another goal followed soon after making it 3-1 at halftime.

In the second half, Winchmore continued to play some nice passing hockey, but the visitors bundled in 2 more opportunist goals putting the game out of reach before Winchmore grabbed one back near the end with a nice move down the right finished off well by Sam Turmaine. 5-2 the final score, but somehow that didn’t reflect the way we played for most of the game.


WH&E M2 0 : 4 Shefford & Sandy M3

The M2s travelled to Sandy to face an experienced side there and whilst we started the first half badly, we quickly improved and grew into the game with some deft dribbling and quick counter attacks from Harry Stone and Thomas C, testing their defenders pace. The new players John, Tom and Theo played well nutmegging their defenders too many times to count. Some nice interplay from Hitesh to get us out of defence saw us consistently work the ball into their final third but we were unable to get many shots off.

At half time it was decided that the game was close but that it was ours if we went for it. And so we did, putting Luke upfront and John Lappin in a more attacking position. And we started well, keeping our first half form but our positioning began to fall apart and it wasn’t long before they scored out of nothing. Soon after a second goal came and before we knew it they were 4-0 up and Winchmore were left scratching their heads wondering how it happened.

MOTM was Balazs for keeping us in the game for as long as he did and making some fantastic saves.


WH&E L2 2 v 5 Ashford L5

WK2L2The L2s faced Eastcote in the early hours of a September Saturday. Despite not having a goalie or Pippa’s face mask, we remained determined to score goals; at times attempting rugby tackles- cough Pippa!

A very tight first half didn’t reflect the overall score or everyone’s efforts. Abbi’s first goal in the early minutes of the game, equalising the score, kept the morale high and hopeful. Towards the end of the first half we had lots of fantastic, fast balls up the left side of the pitch-with Louise’s debut in mid.

Our pace during the second half was kept fast by our consistent smooth passes- long and short- up the pitch, resulting in a second goal by Ellie. The score should’ve been 4-2 due to a dodgy short corner but that didn’t let us lose our determination or positivity. Overall a good first match of the season.