Witham Hall Football and Hockey Exeat Update

11 Mar 2019

1st Team Hockey

Result

Witham Hall 0 – 1 Oakham School

Report

On Wednesday afternoon the first team put in a very good showing against a skilful Oakham School side. Moving to the 11 a-side format, the boys adapted very well indeed, holding their shape and making it difficult for Oakham to break through into the D. At half time, the score was level at 0-0. More of the same was required, with the team looking sharp on the break through Oscar, George and Charlie. As the second half progressed, some superb opportunities came and went, with a lack of accuracy letting the boys down a little. Oakham scored the only goal of the game off a short corner, but Witham responded well and kept looking for an equaliser right until the final whistle. It was not a performance to be disappointed with and with a little more accuracy in the right areas, results will undoubtedly start going their way. We now look forward to playing Stamford School on Saturday.

Result

Witham Hall 2 – 1 Stamford School U12A

Report

On Saturday afternoon the 1st VII started very brightly against Stamford School U12As. Moving the ball early down the left and right wings, enabled Oscar and George to exploit space in behind the Stamford defence and create some golden opportunities for Charlie and Louis. Unfortunately, some well struck shots were either saved or just off target and with half term approaching, the boys knew that they had to make this pressure count. In the final seconds of the half, the 1st VII scored from close range to go 1-0 up. The second half was very much role reversal, with Stamford having a lot of possession and creating many wonderful opportunities. Getting things back to 1-1 in the blink of an eye, James had to make some superb saves from a lot of short corners. Clinging on and in need of a win, the  boys managed to score an excellent breakaway goal to seal victory. 2-1 almost turned into 3-1 in the final play but it wasn’t to be. However, a well-earned victory now gives the boys a platform upon which to build over the next few weeks.

Result

Witham Hall 3 – 2 Beeston Hall

Report

On Wednesday afternoon the 1st VII put in a sterling performance against a skilful Beeston Hall side. In the opening exchanges, both teams had a good amount of possession, with Beeston transferring the ball quickly down the wide channels to exploit the space in behind. Pleasingly, the boys defended valiantly and on the counter attack, took a 1-0 lead. Not long after this, the boys scored again with a well worked team goal. At 2-0 up, they knew that they couldn’t take a backward step. Beeston pressed hard and managed to get a goal back just before the break. At half time it was a case of more of the same from the 1st VII, who were holding their shape well. Knowing that only a handful of chances would come their way, the boys took them superbly. Harry, who had an excellent game on the right wing, beat his opposite number and slipped passed the ball to George, who thumped it into the back of the net. At 3-1 up the game was far from over, with wave after wave of Beeston attack following. Ben, Hugo and Freddie were imperious at the back, thwarting many dangerous attacks. A late goal saw the score move to 3-2 but the team held on for a memorable victory. Well done to all the first squad and a big thank you must go to the travelling parents who came to support.

2nd Team Hockey

Result

Witham Hall 3 – 0 Oakham U13C

Report

An eleven-a-side match for the boys this week and a different line-up to usual, with the team comprising of members of Year 8 only. Both teams started well and created chances, with Witham perhaps having more of the possession. The Witham attacking front line continued to threaten the Oakham goal and it was Angus who opened the scoring with a fine strike. Soon after Angus scored a second goal, forcing the ball over the line. Just before half time, Arthur added a third goal, giving Witham a 3-0 lead at the halfway point. After the break, it was a much more even contest with Oakham having a lot of the possession and threatening the Witham goal. But the Witham boys battled hard and held on to their 3-0 lead, winning the match. A great contest and credit should go to both teams for making it a good match for the spectators.

Result

Witham Hall 7 – 0 Stamford School U12B

Report

Right from the first blow of the whistle, the Witham Seconds were fired up for this match. The boys constantly pressed the Stamford players, putting them under pressure and forcing them into mistakes. Jack C opened the scoring for Witham with a fine effort and Witham’s dominance continued, going in at half time 4-0 up. After the break, the boys continued to play some excellent hockey. They further extended their lead by three goals, giving them a 7-0 victory. A super effort from all the boys.

3rd Team Hockey

Result

Witham Hall 4 – 0 Stamford School U12C

Report

Witham started strongly in this match, putting loads of pressure on Stamford, not allowing them to move the ball through the wide channels early. Our first goal came from some great passing, moving the ball quickly and not allowing Stamford to close us down. This led to Rafe having a shooting opportunity which he duly took, putting the ball in the left hand corner. Witham went on to get three more goals with some great hockey on show throughout.

Result

Witham Hall 5 – 0 Beeston Hall

Report

A fine all-round performance from the Witham team, with pleasing progress in work rate, shape and tactical understanding. Passing and movement off the ball were increasingly impressive as the game went on, and only a fine performance by the Beeston goalkeeper, who made some outstanding saves, prevented a greater tally. A good performance bench mark is now in place for the last quarter of the season.

4th Team Hockey

Result

Witham Hall 1 – 3 Stamford School U12D

Report

A bright start from Witham saw them battling hard for the ball. In the first half they had quite a few chances, but unfortunately were not able to take them. Stamford played well and created chances of their own and it was them who opened the scoring with a well struck shot. Stamford extended their lead further just before half time, giving them a 2-0 advantage, going into the break. After half time, the Witham boys stepped things up and clawed a goal back, thanks to Toby. Witham were perhaps unlucky not to get an equaliser as they created quite a few chances, but a Stamford breakaway saw them grab a third goal. An excellent effort by the Witham team, despite losing the match 1-3.

5th Team Hockey

Result

Witham Hall 1 – 1 Stamford School U12E

Report

On Saturday afternoon the fifth team put in a sterling performance against a well organised and skilful Stamford side. In both halves, the game was very much end to end with both sides lacking a little accuracy and precision in front of goal. The application and effort of the all the team ensured that they eventually got their well-earned goal, as did Stamford. With things very finely balanced, the boys pushed on for a winner but could not quite manage to get the ball in the goal thanks to some very good tackling from Stamford. What was very noticeable throughout was the team spirit on show – well done to everyone.

U12A Hockey

Result

Witham Hall 2 – 4 Oakham U12A

Report

A game of two halves! Poor marking saw Oakham establish an early two goal lead, and despite Witham getting themselves back into the game territorially, the home team created an excellent third goal just before half-time. Witham came back strongly and immediately from the restart, scored two goals in two minutes setting up a rousing second half. Both sides had chances as the game moved from end to end, but a combination of superb goalkeeping and poor finishing brought no further score until Oakham rifled in a short corner with five minutes remaining finally to secure the victory.

U12B Hockey

Result

Witham Hall 1 – 4 Oakham U12B

Report

Both teams started strongly in this match with Oakham taking a 1-0 lead in the first half. In the second, Oakham started to dominate possession and with a lot of skill and guile scored a further three unanswered goals. Pleasingly, Witham heads did not drop and a well-earned consolation goal lifted everyone’s spirits. Both teams played some good hockey but Oakham were deserved winners.

U12C Hockey

Result

Witham Hall 0 – 6 Oakham U12C

Report

The U12C hockey team came up against tough opposition in the form of Oakham on Wednesday afternoon. Only 1-0 down at half time, the boys had battled very hard indeed but tiredness was certainly starting to creep in. In the second half with Oakham in the ascendency, the team could not thwart wave after wave of attack. Conceding a further five goals would have disappointed the boys but they learnt many valuable lessons.

Colts Hockey @ IAPS Tournament

Report

Witham started quite slowly in the regional IAPS tournament. In their first game, the Colts played against Ashfold School, but struggled, looking nervous and tentative on the ball. Pleasingly we came away with a win and battled through well. From that point on, we really kicked on and played some superb hockey. In our second match against St Anthony’s Prep, we played well throughout, moving the ball early down the wide channels and exploiting the space in behind. We then went on to play King’s College School, who proved a skilful side, beating us 1-0. Our last match was against Chigwell Junior School. Both teams played well but neither side was prepared to push high up the pitch too much, with a 0-0 draw the right result. Placed second in our group, we then had to play St George's Junior School in the quarter finals of the cup competition. Unfortunately, they went 1-0 up early on but the boys didn’t let their heads drop, pushing hard for an equaliser. As we moved higher and higher up the pitch, we conceded two more goals to lose 3-0. It was a fine effort to reach the quarter finals and the boys should be immensely proud of all that they have achieved.

Colts A Football

Result

Witham Hall 1 – 4 King’s Ely

Report

Our Colts A footballers went down fighting in the February sunshine to a superb King’s Ely side. The visitors started strongly, impressing with their confident passing and effective movement. However it was Witham who took the lead against the run of play when Alfie poked home from close range following a corner. King’s Ely responded with two well-taken goals of their own to make it 2-1 at half-time. Witham knew the next goal would be vital and pressed hard after the break, but could not penetrate the opposition’s excellent defence. With our boys tiring, King’s Ely scored twice in the final ten minutes to seal a deserved victory.

Colts A Football @ Leicester Grammar U11 Tournament Report

Our Colts A footballers endured a difficult afternoon at a wet and blustery Leicester Grammar School. Witham knew the ten-minute matches required full concentration, but too often found themselves on the wrong side of fine margins. A creditable 0-0 draw with eventual tournament winners Stoneygate provided some early promise, but defensive hesitance led to a 1-0 defeat in the match against Grace Dieu Manor. Another goalless draw followed against an impressive Brooke Priory, but further 1-0 defeats by the host school and by Fairfield concluded a disappointing day. There were positives however, most notably some consistently assured performances from full debutant Oliver.

Colts A Football @ ISFA Tournament Results and Report

Results

Witham Hall 0-2 Broughton Manor

Witham Hall 1-1 Dame Bradbury’s

Witham Hall 0-1 St Joseph’s

Witham Hall 0-3 Langley

Witham Hall 0-1 Bedford School

Report

On Friday afternoon the Colts A football team did themselves and the school proud at the annual ISFA Tournament. Playing five games on the bounce was going to be a tough ask, but the boys persevered, never taking a backward step. In their first round of matches they played a well organised and technically sound Broughton Manor side that deserved a 2-0 win. In the second round, a superb draw against Dame Bradbury’s probably should have ended in a win but both sides could have taken the game. A closely fought contest against St Joseph’s followed, where a last ditch winner from their centre midfielder was the only difference. Langley, the strongest team that we played, deserved the 3-0 win as they dominated possession throughout. In the fifth and final game of the afternoon, the Colts A team played Bedford School, again conceding late to lose 1-0. In games that ultimately came down to tight margins, the Colts A team should not be disheartened by this set of results. They grew into the tournament and as they are such a young side, have laid some excellent foundations heading into next season, when they return to this tournament once more.

Colts B Football

Result

Witham Hall 2 – 1 King’s Ely

Report

The Colts B team welcomed King’s Ely on the first home fixture of the season. We let in a very sloppy goal in the first minute but grew in to the game, and after 10 minutes or so we were enjoying the lion's share of the attacking play with Henry scoring an equaliser with 5 minutes of the first half remaining. The second half went very much as the first half finished – the boys were playing some nice football, not allowing a talented Ely team any time on the ball: exactly what they were asked to do. A few positional changes were then made in the second half with all the boys adapting well to the positions they had been moved to. Not long after this a second goal was scored through Thomas and the boys held on to this lead for the rest of the game. A very competitive fixture, and great to see the boys at home continuing to play such nice football.

Leicester Grammar Tournament Report

The Colts B team had an excellent tournament at Leicester Grammar. Opening the tournament with a 0-0 draw against Stoneygate, the boys were playing high-quality football. In the second game against Grace Dieu, they moved the ball around the pitch in very difficult conditions with Harry scoring a hat-trick in a 3-0 win. The B’s third game was against Brooke Priory; once again the Witham boys were dominant, with Harry adding another 2 to his goal tally (with Hugo and Thomas also scoring) in a 4-0 win. Against Leicester Grammar the boys were very committed against a big, physical team, drawing 0-0. In the final game against Fairfield they again put in a superb performance in a very open game in which both sides pressured the opposition defences. Harry came closest to breaking the deadlock, hitting the inside of the post, only to see the ball bounce in to the hands of the Fairfield goalkeeper. The boys had a fantastic day, finishing second in the tournament by a very narrow margin. However their record in the tournament is one to be very proud of; Played – 5, Won – 2, Drawn – 3, Lost – 0 (Scored – 7, Conceded – 0) Well done boys!

Colts C Football

Result

Witham Hall 2 – 0 King’s Ely

Report

The Colts C team faced King’s Ely in an even and entertaining encounter on Wednesday afternoon. In delightfully vernal conditions, Witham enjoyed the bulk of early possession but were unable to convert this into shots on target as the King’s Ely defence stood firm. The deadlock was broken when Seb converted a decent chance just before half time. The change of ends and a positional reshuffle were followed by more of the same. Thomas was the outstanding player: physically committed on the ball, he covered miles tracking up and down the pitch and hit the post in the final minute with the sweetest of shots. The goal he did score off his backside in the second half was altogether more prosaic, but they all count. The final score in an engaging game played in a superb spirit was 2-0 to Witham.

U10 Football

Result

Witham Hall 2 – 1 King’s Ely

Report

Playing in glorious sunshine, the U10Bs put in a committed performance to come away with a deserved win. Throughout the match, we were able to stifle our opponents’ attacks with our impeccably timed tackles and defensive organisation. Our passing improved throughout the match; we were able to create some good chances but we struggled to put them away. In the second half we maintained our efforts, and were duly rewarded as we scored 2 goals which put the game out of reach. A late consolation goal for the visitors put a slight dampener on the result, but a victory was well-deserved. Every single player tried their heart out and the skill that was on show impressed everyone watching the game. Well done boys, and keep it up.

Result

Witham Hall 7 – 0 King’s Ely

Report

A lovely afternoon saw all of the Colts teams play at home against King’s Ely. The under ten boys started very positively, putting the opposition defence under pressure right from the kick off. Olie opened the scoring for Witham after a good passage of team play. The Witham defence dealt with the King’s attack adequately and often turned a defensive position into an attacking one. Benji scored midway through the first half, before Olie added another just before half time. In the second half Witham played as an even more cohesive unit and had numerous chances to increase their lead. Eventually Olie completed his hat trick before Albie scored two very good individual goals and Benji completed the scoring just before the final whistle. This was a very good all round performance, all the boys making a very positive contribution.

U10s @ Spratton Hall U11 Tournament Report

In wet and windy conditions, the U10s emerged as worthy victors of the Spratton Hall U11 tournament. Playing in the second pool, we were matched against Leicester Grammar, Quinton House and Beachborough. Our first game was a scrappy affair against Leicester Grammar, and we were desperately unlucky to fall to a 1-0 defeat. In our second match against Quinton House, we used our frustration as fuel and put in a terrific attacking display to finish as 4-0 winners. In our final group match - one that would decide whether we would be playing for 1st place or 3rd - we played with supreme confidence. We used the momentum that we had built up from the last game to dispatch Beachborough in a 4-1 victory. With Leicester having drawn their final group game, we were able to finish top of our group thanks to our superior goal difference. With the team playing so well, we went into our final game against Bedford full of confidence. As expected with a trophy on the line, the game against Bedford was a cagey affair. Both keepers were drawn into making some terrific saves, although those moments were few and far between. In the end, there was nothing to split the two teams even after extra-time. We went to penalties and, thanks to some excellent saves and some impeccable penalties, we were able to overcome our opponents and finish as well-deserved winners of the overall tournament. Every single member of the team played a key role in securing this trophy and they represented Witham brilliantly throughout the day. Well done boys.

U9 Football

Results

Witham Hall U9A   3 - 0   Laxton U9A

Witham Hall U9B   3 - 0   Laxton U9B

Witham Hall U9C   4 - 0   Laxton U9C

Report

Three U9 football teams travelled to Laxton Junior School on Thursday afternoon for a block fixture. On a lovely sunny afternoon, all the Year 4 boys represented the school superbly. In open, end-to-end matches, both schools had plenty of opportunities in front of goal, with Witham demonstrating sound composure and finishing. Defensively the boys had to work tirelessly, as Laxton possessed some skilful boys and girls in their teams. What was lovely to see, particularly in the C team game, was the camaraderie amongst the boys, who worked really co-operatively with one another throughout the afternoon – well done. A big thank you must go to all the travelling Witham parents who came to cheer all three teams on.