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 M1 3 : 2 Broxbourne M3

Clearly this year has been different in so many ways to all others. And perhaps it has been for WH&E M1’s too. A start to a season with 14 players for each game. Unheard of. Not this year. With a draw and then a narrow loss last week, this fixture offered a chance to start winning ways perhaps earlier than ‘Purple Power’ normally manages in a season. This opportunity was Broxbourne.

WH&E’s team set up strongly and pressed Broxbourne hard reversing the more customary pattern in previous games of Brox possession and WH&E seeking a breakaway. Brox weren’t quite sure what to do. An observation from Jim Gatting that they were probably over drilled translated into Brox being unwilling to pass to a marked man. Since WH&E were marking every man diligently, Brox had no passes to make. However, despite WH&E dominating, about 15 min in and against the run of play, they managed to break away, obtained a short corner and scored.

Nevertheless, WH&E continued the pressure, and this paid dividends, with Asher Cohen on the right receiving the ball, dribbling and then placing a shot to score.

A couple of Brox players were good dribblers too but they weren’t able to make this count due to the strong closing down from the midfield and defence including by Dominic Smith, Matt Dray, Stephen Lopez and Stuart Carrick.

With the trusty ‘orders’ written on the now fabled piece of paper, akin to some military manoeuvres, those on the sideline had the chance to run the subs which worked well with the game now broken up in segments with players getting their chance to shine.

WH&E were able to continue attacks and a series of 1-2’s opened up Brox with good play down the left and right, and Michael Dutnall making his now familiar runs to the 23m line. A move ended in Sam Turmaine shooting and scoring, but the umpire blew the whistle just before it hit the backboard.

WH&E were creating chances and the pressure continued and a short corner saw the ball flash across the ‘D’ coming off an opposition stick for Jake Sumner to reach out his stick and guide the ball goalward but for a Broxbourne leg to block it heading into the net. A flick was given, and Colin Foad stepped up and slotted home. The whistle blew, and WH&E headed into the break 2-1 up. Well deserved.

The second half began, but WH&E couldn’t find the rhythm of the first half and for the first seven or eight minutes couldn’t get out of the half. The pass or touch not quite going to plan. However, the defence remained strong, despite a couple of occasions seeing the ball dangerously pass across the goal line.

Just as Brox scored against the run of play in the first half, perhaps WH&E did too with a shot from Harry Stone. The period of play then moved into one which saw both sides attack and defend. John Adam Elliott Lappin played an excellent ball into the ‘D’ from just past the halfway line, but it wasn’t converted. At the other end Jim Gatting made some excellent diving saves.

Then came the final six to seven min and WH&E began to tire. KP, formerly of WH&E, managed to get away from his marker and score. It was 3-2 with two minutes left to play. The 1s managed to playout with Stan Knight receiving the ball and pressing for an attack in the final seconds.

The whistle blew and a well-deserved win and three points. WH&E M1’s games to date have seen two goals in each conceded. If we can get some clean sheets and keep scoring we should be odds on for more victories and who know what the year will bring? Could the victory this week set the standard ahead?


WH&E M2 3 : 2 West Herts M5

With a strong team playing, including Adam and Luke helping out this week, we knew it was going to be an exciting home game at Southbury. Despite the recent change of home ground, we got off to a good start, and with a few fantastic chances from Luke, we were looking very good up front with the prospect of a few goals likely.

Around halfway into the first half things picked up even more and Theo slipped one in at the post to make it 1-nil. With everyone continuing to play well and get into good positions, Adam hit one from outside the D towards the far post and Theo got a touch on it to make it 2-nil.

The half time whistle was blown, and with everyone in high spirits the second half commenced. Unfortunately, even with a few superb saves from Balazs, and brilliant defending from Joe, Stuart and Ellis, West Herts made it 2-1 early on in the second half.

Even with spirits dampened slightly from conceding, we continued to play well and get chances, with Luke and Johnny coming especially close. A goal soon happened; a rebound off the keeper from Luke’s shot which was pushed in by Johnny, to make it 3-1.

Towards, the end of the game, however, the chances began to lessen with a desperate press from West Herts, and they were eventually able to get one back with two minutes to go. We held on well in the final moments of the game and the whistle blew 3-2, the first win of the season for the Men’s 2s. 😃


WH&E L2 0 : 6 PHC Chiswick L4

Ladies 2s depart Chiswick...Not all appeared as it would seem in the ladies 2s game this week. Both captain and one of our vice captains there yet something did not look right – their clothes! They stood ready to watch and support in their normal attire after injury and opportunity knocked for them respectively. Ellie had made her 1st team debut in the early morning!

For the first 20 mins of the game we looked the better team although as time proceeded, we seemed to enter a hall of mirrors, with blue shirts appearing to fill the pitch and pressing hard. The defence battled hard to break free and the midfield helped relieve the pressure as waves of blue continued to bombard.

Looking to the forwards for inspiration, some darting runs allowed us to break yet conversions did not come. Something tainted our vision as Lisa tried again to score in the wrong goal and Anju tackling a players’ legs….

Throughout the game there were flashes of brilliance, great play and teamwork. For the ladies 2s it seems again that when we look at the reflection of our game, the mirror we look in is covered in a layer of dust – the score line did not reflect.


WH&E L1 1 : 4 West Hampstead L2

Following an unlucky head injury to one of the opposition’s players, we were asked to quit the game and leave the score as it was.

We said absolutely not, and immediately picked up the pace and urgency and pushed ourselves. We had several chances, and a short corner won by Bethany ended up in a goal from Sam Deane!

The West Hampstead players were shooketh!

We won those last 14 mins of the match 1-0…

During the rest of the match before the injury, we had multiple chances, several short corners, another of Karen’s cars broke down (🙄), and we actually had a sub! Unfortunately, we didn’t score from any of those chances but West Hampstead scored from 4 of theirs….

Thank you to Ellie Bolton who played her first 1s match for us and did a brilliant job 👏. Well done to Rachelle Alexandra who did a great job at centre back pushing up the pitch to help us create chances up front.

And well played to everyone who kept pushing until the end. We’re getting used to playing on a full pitch again, so our first win of the season is definitely coming soon!!

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 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.