Competitive start for Witham footballers v Maidwell Hall and Spratton Hall. Colts D make a particularly impressive start.
19 Jan 2015
Witham Hall Colts A 1
Maidwell Hall Colts A 3
Despite a defeat, the Colts A could take many positives from their display in the opening match of the season. A rather hesitant start from our boys saw the visitors take a two-goal early lead, but Witham gradually became more confident and deservedly pulled a goal back midway through the second half. The best move of the match saw the impressive Harry Jones burst down the wing – beating a defender in the process – before delivering a superb low cross that was instinctively finished on the half-volley by Vyv Bewley. The home crowd then sensed that an equaliser was possible, but our hopes were extinguished when Maidwell made the game safe in the dying minutes with their third goal. Overall, an encouraging performance from Witham.
Witham Hall 2
Maidwell Hall 2
Goals: Joe Atkinson; Ben Lee
This was a very competitive game that could have gone in the favour of either side up to the final whistle. Witham started brightly as the visitors were clearly getting the journey out of their legs; pressure on the Maidwell defence told, with Joe Atkinson firing in from a tight angle after the midfield trio of Ben Armitage, Oliver Allport and Felix Starkey had enjoyed a long period of possession and dominance. Maidwell fought back well to level with a quickly taken indirect free kick that cannoned in off an unfortunate Ben Lee.
After half time Witham again dominated with the introduction of Sam Smith giving Witham more width down the left hand side, and Sam duly slotted in a teasing cross that Ben Lee coolly finished putting Witham in front again. With Felix taking charge of goal-keeping duties in the second half to replace a very confident Will Robertson, the back line was reconfigured to allow Sam Beattie a break after a great stint at right back. Maidwell threw everything at us and eventually equalized with a few minutes to go. Witham could have won it with several fine efforts from Joe Atkinson going very close indeed, but the draw was certainly a fair summary of a very encouraging first outing for the B squad.
Man of Match was Max St John, whose defensive determination, fitness and awareness marked him out during the afternoon. Well done boys!
Witham Hall 1
Maidwell Hall 3
In the opening fixture of the season, the Colts C took to the glorious green roadside pitch to face Maidwell Hall. The opening 10 minutes saw Witham have plenty of possession and territorial advantage. Chances on goal were few and far between with the Maidwell defence standing strong and in good number. Ludo Elborne, Finn Wass and Harry Leverton all looked bright, but none were able to get the vital shot away. And so the half continued, until the final few minutes when an injury to a Maidwell player led to both teams reducing to 6-a-side. Space opened up on the field and the pacey lone striker of Maidwell found himself in space. His composure was sound and he gave Maidwell a decisive lead. Only seconds later, the striker doubled Maidwell’s advantage as the Witham boys had poured forward searching for an equaliser. The half time whistle blew shortly after with the boys wondering how they were facing a two goal deficit.
The second half began in a similar vein; plenty of possession and endeavour from Witham started to lead to chances. Elborne and Oliver Rymer teamed up superbly, with Elborne going through on goal. A cynical challenge brought Ludo down in the Maidwell penalty area and he stepped up and blasted the ball away with confidence to bring the score to 2-1. The game began to get a little erratic with Witham throwing the proverbial kitchen sink forward to bring the scores level – Elborne was brought down again, this time just on the edge of the box, but the resultant free-kick was disappointing. Despite the lion’s share of possession, Maidwell led another counter-attack, which Freddie Sumner saved superbly, only for the rebound to be picked up by Maidwell’s double goal-scorer to despatch with aplomb for his hat-trick. This goal proved to be the clincher as Witham were unable to find anything in their reserves to bring the game back. A disappointing result to a promising opening match.
Man of the Match – Oliver Rymer
Witham Hall 3
Maidwell Hall 1
The Colts D football team made an extremely impressive start to their season with a 3-1 victory over Maidwell Hall. This was a game of two halves: Maidwell had the better of the opportunities in the opening ten minutes, but Witham were keeping possession well and started to find cracks in the Maidwell defence. Towards the end of the first half, Witham conceded a breakaway goal to go in at the break 1-0 down. In the second half, the boys played some superb football, starting at the back with the imperious Leon Steinbach who was ably supported by Will Fairfax who grew in confidence with every minute played. In the midfield, Hamish Gordon-Stewart, James Alford and Otter Burford dominated possession and picked out some extremely good passes which led to the equaliser where Rory Pepper put the ball into the top right hand corner of the goal. Pushing for a winner, Witham found themselves being caught out on the break a couple of times but these attacks were met by James Weldon and Sammie Stokes. James and Sammie both put in some truly superb tackles and should be proud of the way they played, breaking up many of the Maidwell attacks. With five minutes remaining, Otter Burford, who had an outstanding game scored a wonderful solo goal to give Witham the lead and shortly after, Rory Pepper drove home his second in as many minutes to seal a 3-1 victory. A really great start to the season boys, well done!
Witham Hall 3
Spratton Hall 2
Following last week’s performance against Maidwell Hall, the Colts D knew what they had to accomplish when we arrived at Spratton Hall. It was anyone’s game in the opening 10 minutes of the first half, with both teams attacking and defending really well. This was until Sammie Stokes intercepted a Spratton Hall pass and gave it to James Alford to smash in the back of the net! It didn’t stop there; as the opposition was looking for another opportunity, there was a great tackle from Hamish Gordon-Stewart. Rory Pepper was then able to dribble the ball through and get a shot on goal making it 2-0 to Witham. In the second half the boys started where they left off. Making some great runs with the ball were Max Moore and Will Fairfax which kept the pressure on Spratton. While in defence, Leon Steinbach and James Weldon found themselves caught out, but made some really superb tackles to win the ball back and get it down the other end. Halfway through the second half, saw the football in the goal keeper’s box - Sammie Stokes pounced on it and scored in the bottom left corner. Towards the end of the match Witham conceded 2 goals within 3 minutes, but it was too little too late, as the final whistle blew. The end score 3-2 Witham Hall way. Well done boys!
Witham Hall 3
Maidwell Hall 2
The U9A’s started their new season away to Maidwell Hall. Despite the sunshine, the bitterly cold wind made conditions difficult. In the first half, Witham had the wind in their favour, which proved to be quite an asset. It wasn’t too long before the first goal was scored, courtesy of a fine finish from Joshua Clarke. But credit to Maidwell as they fought back and it was only due to some outstanding saves from Guy Hurst that Witham held onto their lead. The lead was then doubled thanks to Louis Batty and just before half time, James Wass added a third goal, making the half time score 3-0 to Witham Hall. But in the second half things began to change and suddenly the wind was in Maidwell’s favour. Maidwell had chance after chance, putting the Witham defence under real pressure. Eventually, they broke down the Witham defence and in the space of 5 minutes, scored two goals! But thankfully due some excellent defending from Ben Price and the rest of the team, Witham hung onto their now slender lead. This was a very entertaining match for the spectators. Man of the Match was Guy Hurst.