WH&E M2 3 : 1 PHC Chiswick M6

The men’s 2s made the journey round the North Circular for their final game of the season against Chiswick. After a 3-0 defeat against them in the home fixture, the 2s were looking for a reversal of fortunes in the away leg. A promising first half saw Winchmore pass and move the ball well, but lacking a cutting edge in the final 25, the score remained 0-0 at half time.

Out for the second half it was more of the same, until a Chiswick attack resulted in a deflected ball wrong footing the defence and the home team took the lead. Not what was needed, or perhaps it was?! Suddenly Winchmore developed a more steely edge in attack, with Harry Stone pouncing on a loose ball to strike the ball crisply on the turn past the hapless Chiswick keeper.

With 5 mins to go, the 2s were pushing for a winner. A penalty corner earned, and up stepped the skipper, Guy Chapman, to hammer one home to make it 2-1. Delight all round, surely now was the time run the ball into the corner? Not so! Another quick break, and a through ball to Harry, who calmly slotted it past the oncoming keeper with the final touch of the game, for a fine 3-1 victory and a nice way to wrap up the season.

WH&E L1 2:2 West Hampstead L3

The ladies 1s gained a well-earned point with a 2-2 draw away at West Hampstead. Goals coming from Kylie Gard and Lucy Cohen.

No matches this week for the M1s or L2s.

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 L1 3 : 2 Hampstead & Westminster L5

Goals from Beth, Abbi and Bethany helped the ladies 1s to a fine victory over Ham & West 5s. The celebrations clearly so good that no-one remembered to write a match report! 😂

WH&E M1 2 : 6 West Hampstead M3

The Men’s 1s made what is becoming a regular trip to the delightful surroundings of Brent Cross to play 2nd placed West Hampstead 3s.

This season in London has certainly been a challenging one. On this occasion, the 1s set out to challenge a few assumptions and influence the outcome of the league with two West Hampstead teams currently vying for first place.

Winchmore competed strongly for the first half of the first half, maintaining a disciplined and coherent press, allowing the opposition a lot of possession around their own 25-yard line, but without significant penetration, before conceding to a quick break at the mid-point in the half.

From this point, the opposition did maintain a regular tally of goals, although they were often frustrated by some excellent saves by Aidan Mullins who had donned the goalkeeper’s pads for the occasion and delivered a man-of-the-match performance to boot. Hidden talents, indeed!

Despite the final score – a somewhat West Hampstead-flattering 6-2, it was clear that Winchmore also carried a threat. Excellent interplay between midfield and attack down the left saw a penalty flick conceded and neatly put away by Colin Foad. A threaded through ball in the second half from Asher Cohen set up Luke Trevill who tussled with the goalie and scored from a tight angle with a slotted shot.

(John Lappin gets credit for a Salt’N’Pepa-style verbal assist by shouting “push it”, at this point, which clearly made a huge contribution to the ball going in the net.)

So, what to make of the performance? It was a testing day, but the team showed a lot of defensive spirit, organisation and some attacking vim. A very strong opposition might have had something to worry about if we could have got one more goal at 4-2. We continue to ascend the steep learning curve this league presents.

With a very fair wind blowing in off the North Circular, you never know what might have happened. Not this time though.

MOTM: Aidan Mullins on his GK debut for the club – an outstanding performance

DOTD: John Lappin, for only realising his shorts were on backwards at the last minute and having to make an emergency switch during our team talk! 😂

WH&E L2 1 : 6 West Hampstead L5

The sun was out as the motley crew turned up. Two juniors on their second game with us, our captain out due to covid, Lorna ill, and Gemma making her post-baby debut (sadly no baby there as support).

The game started.

A great ball from Gemma to Kylie, after a great run the ball then went on Charlotte who masterfully passed it on to Jodie. Approaching a one-on-one with the keeper, Jodie was unfortunately taken out by a defender falling over herself.

We were awarded a short corner. Using our ‘new plan’, the ball went straight from Kareen as injector to Charlotte at the top of the D, who passed it straight back to Kareen. A beautiful deflection sent the ball arching over the keeper straight into the goal.

Half time.

Some more play happened.

Lorna fancied playing a bit of football, stopping the ball on the line and giving a flick away. Fortunately Chris was there to save the day, and the ball.

The game concluded.

WH&E M2 2 : 3 Old Merchant Taylors M3

A tight game, with two fine goals from Jonny Molloy, but top of the table OMT 3 came from behind to snatch the points and maintain their 100% record.

WH&E L2 3 : 1 West Herts L4

An unrecognisable pitch with suggested parking directly next to the side of the pitch, which would have meant leaping over puddles. Good start to the away match!

Luckily we found alternative parking and our game play went off with a bang with Kirsty and Mollie making their debut in adult hockey. The girls made some brilliant tackles and helped hold off the opposition. As did Freya, making cracking saves and even booted one out, unfortunately hitting Lorna on the foot!

At the other end of the pitch there were moments of excellence (even the umpires couldn’t believe the goals!) resulting in 2 goals by half time – one each for Bridget and Charlotte. We also had 2 injuries with Charlotte looking as though she had punched a wall and Pippa with a painful carpet burn, ouch!

The second half became a bit messy at times with everyone working hard to keep the opposition out. Kareen didn’t want to be left out and popped one in to make it 3-0. Double digits for her already this season! Quickly West Herts got one back making the final result 3-1.

Well done ladies, another win under our belts and a rest weekend coming up!

WH&E L1 1 : 2 Wapping L4

A good performance from the L1s, with the points agonisingly slipping away as Wapping came from a goal down to clinch the win in the final minutes.

WH&E M2 1 : 4 West Hampstead M7

The late game away at West Hampstead, and no write-up this week. Just one goal to report from Jonny Molloy – it was a belter apparently! Maybe.

WH&E M1 v Wapping M7 (walkover)

Wapping couldn’t get a team out, so 3 points to our M1s!

WH&E L1 1 : 2 Old Merchant Taylor’s L1

The first 5 minutes we came out strong and ready to pounce on any opportunity. Their keeper was consistent in keeping us out of the net as Nic worked hard to keep them out of our net. It was an even half with chances at both ends.

The second half was a bit spicier. They scored off a penalty corner rebound opportunity and another on a lucky break after 11 minutes of sustained pressure at their end. We got one back after our “rugby huns” tactic was beautifully executed without a rugby hun present, but we couldn’t quite get the equaliser.

50/50 split about the quality of the teas and accidental screenshots were sent that kept #TeamBus entertained !

Over and out, mic drop

WH&E L2 2 : 1 Old Merchant Taylor’s L2

The ladies 2s had 14 players on the team sheet this morning but just 12 by the time push back rolled around. We’d lost to these earlier in the season, but we were still quietly confident.

The opening few minutes saw some lovely passing and we looked totally in control. Unfortunately an “enthusiastic” tackle from Kylie gave them a short corner which led to 2 more and they put the 3rd one away. We didn’t deserve to go in 1-0 at half time.

There was great play across the pitch – our press gave them lots of problems at the top and they were heard to say “they could learn a lot from” our defending.

Our first goal was a whole team effort, which came out from the back, up the right through Bridget, Kareen, and Charlotte who sent into the D where Abbi calmly slotted into the back of the net.

We got our second very quickly. It was more scrappy with Abbi getting on the rebound of a Charlotte shot and hassling the keeper until she got it in.

(Both goals were scored when Lisa was off the pitch…and we’re wondering if perhaps she should have been subbed off more?)

We were holding on a bit for the last ten minutes as the tiredness set in and we lost a little composure, but we held them off for a great 2-1 win.

Thanks to Dom and Jason for travelling back to umpire us.

WH&E M1 0 : 5 West Hampstead M4

The men’s 1s took the short trip to Brent Cross for an early start against league leaders West Hampstead 4, with a first team debut for John P in goal, stepping up from the 2s, and a season debut for the returning Jack Wilson.

Travel problems / late arrivals meant we started with a bare 11, but we began solidly and held our hosts with a half court press and playing with confidence. But after 15 mins, Ollie took a nasty stick to his fingers, meaning a reshuffle of the defence and midfield…and a subsequent trip to A&E where a hairline fracture was confirmed .

This enforced change swung the balance in favour of West Hampstead, who put away 2 quick goals with clinical finishes from close range.

After the break, we came out with a renewed focus, working the half court and full court press to good effect and gaining turnovers high up the pitch. But despite several promising D penetrations and penalty corners, we couldn’t convert, and it was the home team who again showed their composure with close range deflections and far post tip ins to score 3 more and run away 5-0 winners.

The scoreline didn’t reflect the balance of the game, with lots of promising play that we just couldn’t turn into goals. Plenty of positives to take forward to next week, and also plenty to work at on the training pitch.

MOTM goes to John P in goal, who showed great composure and made some great saves on his debut. Big shout out to Dan who put in a heck of a shift in attack and a reshuffled midfield, and is getting better and better every week. And the final word goes to Matt Dray, who after being clattered late on, looked like he had a hockey ball growing out of his knee!!

No game for the M2s this week…again ☹