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 L1 1 : 5 Teddington 2

First socially distanced selfie of the season!First match of the season was nearly cancelled due to a lack of available pitch until our ‘home’ game was 1.5 hrs from home.

Unfortunately, some of us forgot how long it took to get to Teddington and myself and Reanne Umali were running into the car park just as the whistle went to start the match. Thank you to Pippa Deane and Charlotte for playing for us after the 2s match was cancelled or else we’d have started with 9!

The match started with a bang as it was 2-1 to Teddington in less than 10 minutes. Their goals were by short corners and ours was by Karen Goode, set up by Beth Deane.

The first half continued to be a bit tricky as we ended up going down 4-1.

We continued fighting and making chances for ourselves but were unable to convert. The second half was a 1-0 loss to make the total score 5-1 to Teddington.

We’re not overly disappointed due to the fact that the opposition have just been relegated from South, we haven’t been able to train on a full sized pitch, and lastly we were just pleased to be allowed to play together again and really enjoyed it!

Shout out to Lucy and Nic Cohen who played their first match with us on their birthday and thank you to Lisa Jobson for coming all the way to umpire!

DotD to Pippa for passing to the opposition during a hit out and then defending it with both feet in the D ?

PotM to Mia for great perseverance and movement up and down the pitch.


WH&E M1 2 : 2 Southgate 3A

First league game of the season with an unusual 14 man squad, Winchmore made the short trip to Southgate for our local derby. With this little pandemic going on we have found ourselves currently without a pitch, so the fixture was reversed…as was the age demographic – the opposition certainly had youth on their side as well as a match day coach! We thought we might get taught a lesson by year 6. But as the saying goes…old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance…was that to be the case today…? Well almost, but it definitely should have been!

The game started brightly, a few rusty passes as to be expected with the first league game but overall we found ourselves to be on top having the better of the chances and narrowly missing at the back post to go one up. The team kept compact using the short pass to great effect with some good off the ball movement. However, against the run of play and without really threatening our D, Southgate earned themselves a short corner and with a low drag to the bottom corner went one up. Winchmore did pull a goal back almost immediately but the umpire had judged Colin “van Basten” to chest and volley the ball into the top corner, so ruled it out.

Another rare attack by Southgate and a mishit shot on goal wrong-footed the keeper and Winchmore found themselves two down. But another good patch of play by Winchmore and we earned a short corner; Colin van Basten coolly slotting it into the bottom right corner. The order of the aforementioned events may or may not be correct but as author I’m “basing this on a true story” but it was definitely 2-1 at half time. I think somebody might also have got a green card in the first half for flirting with the opposition, but I promised Matt I wouldn’t mention it.

Much like the first half Winchmore found themselves on top for most of the second, some great patient play in the midfield was finished with a through ball from Stuart and the faintest of touches from Colin van Basten to bypass the keeper and it was 2-2. The scoreline remained for the rest of the game although we did survive an onslaught of pressure in the last ten minutes with some tired legs, and another player falling foul to the card game… Jason…

This was a very determined team performance and something to build on and take into next week’s game; a bit of match sharpness in front of goal and this would have been a very different result.

MOTM was a tie this week with Colin and Lopez sharing the accolade.


WH&E M2 2 : 2 St Albans 9

The men’s 2s headed to St Albans for their opening league game, without the luxury of any preseason friendlies to prepare.

There were strong performances from the three defenders, Joe Small, John Symons and Ellis Cohen, and they largely had the St Albans attack contained – but some lucky breaks in front of goal saw the opposition go 1-0, and 2-1 up – the second after a green card for Joe for questioning the umpires’ decisions (albeit extremely politely).  A mazy dribble from Dom saw our first equalizer, and some luck of our own when Thomas C’s shot was deflected by an unfortunate defender through his keepers legs saw our second.

Despite strong pressing at the end, we couldn’t score the deciding goal, and so an entertaining first game of the season ended in a 2-2 draw for the men’s 2s.   Good performances from all the youngsters, linking up well, but just lacking the final killer pass or dribble into the D. There was also a ranging performance on his debut from Johnny Molloy, putting in tackles and runs in all areas of the opposition half despite the unfamiliar environment (apparently he’s used to playing hockey on a unicycle!).

With Dom’s strong presence on the pitch to help the youngsters (thank you Dom!) this perhaps felt like a chance missed – but plenty of rust removed, and some seniors to return next week, so onwards and upwards. There’s always the chance the captain might run a bit more too, if he hasn’t played another sport in the morning…

Man of the Match – Ellis Cohen.


No match this week for the Ladies 2s

WH&E M1 4 : 1 Bishops Stortford M3

Late cancellation of events meant we had a last-minute complement of 11 players with Jake Sumner joining us. Onwards to Bishop Stortford.

A very good start with an early goal after some nice passing moves finished off neatly by Luke Trevill.

Goals then dried up but possession and passing remained reasonable although the early goal led to some complacency. Bishops Stortford made some breaks and earned a couple of short corners. 1-0 up at half time.

We pulled ourselves together and decided to up the intensity. Asher and Harry dropped into midfield allowing Colin to push up. Colin earned himself a goal and supported Jake and Luke up front. Luke smartly finished twice in the second half to complete his hat trick.

Stortford finally piled on some pressure with help from the umpires – green for Matt followed by yellow for Dom, a few dodgy short corners too. Eventually a goal line foot at a short corner led to a penalty stroke. Jim who had been strong in goal came close but Bishops Stortford undeservedly scored from the flick.

Good result. Final score 4-1 win.


WH&E L1 0 : 2 Old Merchant Taylors L1

WK22L1So bottom of the league you say?
A win or draw puts us in safety you say?
11 players you say?
Well you’ve got it in the bag then, right?
Wrong!

3 players down for the count with coronavirus knocking on their doors meant we were down to 8. But don’t you worry, we had 2 players from the 2s, no wait, make that 1. So 9…

The ladies 1s showed exactly what hard work and team spirit is this week. No one dropped their heads no one gave up and no one stopped believing we could win this against 12.

Karen played like she was possessed, the lone striker upfront through on goal, yes it’s in! No wait, she shoulder-barged the defender to play the ball, no goal. Then with 5 or so minutes of a tough half OMT snuck one in. But it didn’t end there; second half starts Karen again playing possessed (claiming she’s sick too but not coronavirus) made the run of a lifetime and with Karen Goode with her we looked to equalise….NO it just missed the goal, hitting the side netting…then Sula decided to crawl on the floor and do a backwards roll, it was beautiful and an incredible display of acrobatics ?

A 2nd one slipped in as they finally realised that 11 v 9 meant they could overrun us in defence, somewhere along the way Caroline Briers taking a stick in face, but not to let the team down she soldiered on.

Some dodgy decisions by a guy in yellow meant Sam ended up off the pitch with a green for not taking the opposition player out…

In true Ladies 1s style we ended on a defensive short corner defended well and keeping the score at 2-0. A 10th player would have made all the difference, stretching their defence to breaking point, a full team would have been a certain win.

MotM – Karen Gray – for playing 3 positions at once and doing it amazingly

DotD/PotP – Karen Gray – trying to get herself a green at the same time as Sam by shouting “seriously!!!” As loudly as possible…

A tough fight, coronavirus the ultimate winner…


WH&E L2 0 : 5 Teddington L6

WK22L2Despite being a bit thin on the ground (the umpire asked if we were waiting for another car?) we had a great game. Everyone played excellently and Teddington were frustrated that they couldn’t dominate as they would expect to against 8.

Unfortunately though a 5-0 loss sees them leapfrog us in to 2nd and we ended the day in 4th.

Special mentions to Pippa Deane and Erin at the back and Romy in goal for clearing far more than they let in and of course Kate Smith for being everywhere as usual!


WH&E M2 1 : 9 Hertford M4

Continuing the theme of playing hockey with fewer than 11 players, the men’s 2s lined up against a strong Hertford 4s with 10 after a late injury.

They were a strong team, well organised, and especially strong in attack. Our young centre midfield pairing (Haydn and Ellis) did a great job, launching us on some strong counter attacks, whilst Balazs did an equally sterling job in goal limiting the damage.

We did get a few short corners, and from one of them Huw got his first ever goal in competitive hockey, with his strike skimming the top of the backboard.

The second half started well, with Winchmore firmly on top and providing a lot of threat, but sadly no goals. Later on we got a bit tired and they came back strong. The final score was 9-1 but a decent performance by a young team in a tough league.

MOTM: Haydn dominating midfield. Nice stuff.

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

WH&E M2 4 : 2 St Albans M8

We started off in typical fashion of being pinned back quite a bit, thanks to their star player creating havoc down the right hand side. After a little bit we were 1-0 down. We then decided to stretch the play a little bit and found our feet. Stuart Symons hit the ball down the length of the pitch to Guy who picked it up and scored a goal. 1-1. They were a bit stunned by this and we definitely got back into the game. Not long after we found the ball in the D again where Jason slotted home for his second goal! 2-1

Things then got interesting as Luke got stick tackled whilst in possession of the ball, and then got a green card! With Luke back on the pitch just before the end of the half, it wasn’t too long before Guy received the ball top-D and shot, where Theo was at the far post to put it in for 3-1 at half-time.

Not too much happened in the second half, but the game opened up as they pulled one back. However, after this St Albans never looked like threatening again. Guy managed to get his second goal of the game to give us some breathing space, and he would have had a hattrick if it wasn’t for a sublime save from their ‘keeper too.

Comfortable winners in the end, 4-2.

MotM: The Chapmans. Two goals for Guy, an assist for Theo’s goal, and all watched by Guy’s dad too!

DotD: No comment (Luke!)


WH&E L1 0 : 0 Teddington L3

The ladies 1s played brilliantly against Teddington who are 4th in the league.

We started super strong with a few runs up front, lots of accurate passing, calling and movement off the ball to put the pressure on the opposition. They fought back similarly but Team Defence were on their A game and were able to dismiss their attackers easily. The first half was very even and ended with no goals.

In the 2nd half we decided we hadn’t worked hard enough so we decided to give ourselves several short corners to defend. A couple of them awarded due to dick of the day Rachelle Alexandra “diving” on to the ball to “accidentally” clear it off the back line!

We had a couple more chances up front but we just couldn’t get into their net.

In classic L1s fashion, in the last minute of the game Bethany stepped back into our defending D to mark and was about to beautifully clear the ball when it smashed into her foot instead…. Thank the hockey gods they didn’t score!!!!!

A 0-0 draw, the first draw of the season for us and the first point of 2020!

We’ll be building up the momentum from here and would absolutely LOVE if you lovely people reading this could come and support us next week at home against Southgate at 12pm.

MOTM was too hard to narrow down and absolutely everyone played their best so we have voted ourselves team of the match instead. Just need to get some goals in the back of the net now…


WH&E L2 0 : 3 Hendon & Mill Hill L2

The ladies 2s came up against Hendon & Mill Hill in a top of the table clash.

1-0 down in the first 36 seconds – it was going to be one of those days! Thankfully, we did begin to realise that we were actually playing hockey and held them to 1-0 for the first half.

The second half was played. However, none of the team can really remember what happened except for some notable moments including: half the midfield watching the “pretty rainbow in the sky” instead of the ball, missing the opposition’s 2nd goal. Then Lisa’s running commentary on her fabulous tackle (yes only one!), for which she then had to apologise, explaining that she never normally makes tackles like that and we think they scored a third one (they did).

Thanks to our marvellous umpire Dom, and to Gav for recruiting our new player, Paula, who had a fab first game.

MOTM to birthday girl Romy for excellent goalkeeping skills and getting us out of a fair few scrapes.

Still #teamoftheyear though ?


WH&E M1 2 : 7 Bishop’s Stortford M2

Things haven’t quite clicked after the year end break and this continued this week but at least some patches of good play providing hope.

A makeshift team due to injuries in terms people playing out of position. This resulted in a fairly early goal that put us on the back foot. The patches of good play resulted in several short corners with Asher twisting the opposition defence around. Two of these were expertly converted by Jim Gatting.

Unfortunately, the combination of broken possession due to a good Bishops Stortford press and fast attacking play meant we were outgunned this time. 7-2 loss. Not good enough but better than the previous week. Hoping now we can get a fitter team out next week.

Shout out in particular to Rafi Zeff for dropping into right back with no complaint to do his part for the team.