WH&E M1 2 : 0 Vauxhall M1

Despite concerns from Vauxhall about the weather, the match went ahead without any real problem with only a few strong gusts of Storm Dennis to cope with.

However, Vauxhall were blown away by our M1s despite a low score which doesn’t fully reflect the one-sided nature of the game. Great play by Winchmore staying patient and playing the ball around the opposition. Everyone contributed but the return of Craig Jackson stood out with his amazing tenacity. The only thing missing was a finish, but Dom stepped up at a short corner to put that right – 1-0 at half time.

Then the antics started with the visitors claiming for fouls, elbowing and sticking off the ball. Green cards given to us for next to nothing; an assault on Dom’s poor stick no action taken.

We dominated possession and Vauxhall posed no threat. Balazs in goal got some action collecting the ball for our sixteen hit outs but nothing more.

Some excellent play by all in the Winchmore team, with Vauxhall reduced to overexcited screams when they managed the odd tackle here and there. They then took offence to Stuart dribbling around six of their players, with more and more dangerous tackles flying in to try and stop him eventually resulting in a yellow card…against Stuart!

While Winchmore were down to ten Vauxhall made lame attempts to press but this backfired as some great passing and dribbling down the wing by Asher released Craig into the D who pulled the ball back from the goal line for Harry Stone to complete an easy open goal finish for 2-0 and a comfortable victory.

WH&E L2 1 : 3 West Hampstead L5

The L2s slipped to a 3-1 defeat in the midst of Storm Dennis. Abbi scored again, but having gained a 2 goal lead, West Hampstead were not to be overcome.

No matches for the L1s or M2s this week

WH&E M1 5 : 2 Vauxhall M1

For the first time this season we travelled with the bare 11 including a handicapped Adam who providing a body upfront.

Some good play and transferring meant we were always in control, but Vauxhall did have danger men and chances. After an early goal from a Winchmore penalty corner, Vauxhall came back with 2 quick goals to take the lead. However, confident calm remained in our team. We were determined to turn our dominant possession into goals and points, and parity was restored just before half time.

The pivotal moment in the match came within 20 seconds of the restart, as Colin Foad intercepted a loose pass from the Vauxhall midfield, raced up field and with a great 1-2 with Harry Stone, calmly slotted the ball past the keeper. This was duly followed up with another two goals and what turned out to be an easy 5-2 win, despite Asher missing an absolute sitter of the season to secure DOTD!

A particularly good performance from MOTM Rafi. Goals from Colin (3), Dom and Harry.

Tougher games to follow but confidence should remain high.

WH&E M2 3 : 5 Royston M3

Positives and negatives this week. We started strong in the first half, with some very nice play down both wings which led to some great passes into the D where we could have taken the lead. Both Rob Ulph on the left flank and Joseph and Thomas Chernaik on the right drove forward with strength. Rob Dowling, Luke Trevill and Tom Pearson, playing well in the middle.

As the half went on, we channelled play more into the middle of the pitch. Bad call – we went nowhere except into a wall of Royston bodies.

Royston played in parts pretty niftily, exchanging short triangle passes around the top of their half, but only because we let them. Towards the end of the first half we were standing off far too much and eventually they used the space we’d given them to take the lead.

In the second half we came out strong and fought for every ball, pressing them hard. This paid off with a couple of moves where Winchmore came close. Unfortunately, that pressure left us over-extended and Royston took a couple on the bounce.

But as the second half went on our pressure began to pay off and we began winning short corners. From one of these, injected by Joseph, Rob Dowling got the ball and struck hard and sweet into the Royston net to bring it back to 2-1. Royston replied and we found ourselves chasing 3-1. Another short corner strike from Rob D made it 2 for us. But then Royston brought on fresh legs and grabbed a couple more to make it 5-2.

Winchmore didn’t give up, showing a lot more good play in the second half and carving out lots of chances from midfield. One of these led to our final goal. After fighting for a loose ball with the Royston defence and shooting twice at close range, Pete managed at the third try to tuck the ball just inside the left goalpost to make a third for Winchmore.

In the end it ran out 5-3 to Royston, but as Huw said after the game there was a lot to be proud of and for big chunks of the match we were the better team. Roll-on the rematch in the spring!

MOTM: Rob Dowling

WH&E L1 1 : 0 West Hampstead L2

Another win and another clean sheet for the Ladies 1s! As for the match report, for that we will have to wait…

WH&E L2 v Teddington L7 (match conceded)

Another week and another 3 points for the L2s. But sadly, another match conceded by the opposition on Friday night. Either our ladies are a force to be reckoned with, or the rugby world cup final was too much of a draw for the opposition. More than likely a bit of both.