Witham Senior Boys Hockey report

02 Feb 2015

Senior Boys’ Hockey v St Hugh’s

Witham Hall 1st VII won 6-1 v St Hugh’s

Witham Hall 2nd VII won 2-0 v St Hugh’s

Witham Hall 4th VII won 5-1 v St Hugh’s

On a cold blustery afternoon at Witham all three teams gave an incredibly impressive account of themselves. The 1st VII were looking to bounce back after a poor result against St John’s and they certainly did through hard work and determination. The 1sts got off to a very strong start, dominated possession and created some excellent chances which were blasted into the goal by James Tattersall. The second half started a little more slowly, with the boys conceding an early goal. However, they never let their heads drop, stayed calm under pressure and pleasingly started to increase the tempo of the game, moving the ball earlier down the wide channels to exploit the space in behind the St Hugh’s defence. The 2nd VII were equally impressive but found themselves snowed off after 10 minutes which halted their momentum. However, the boys came out firing on all cylinders after the snow break and scored a couple of well worked goals with Oliver Simmonds causing mayhem up front, working tirelessly for the Witham cause. The 4th VII  also put in a very impressive performance and after a few nervous moments in front of goal, really found their feet and started to play some excellent hockey, coming away with a 5-1 victory. Across all three games, the boys will have learnt one particularly valuable lesson in front of goal; take your time, pick your spot and try not to hit the ball too hard. Well done to all those boys who played.

Senior Boys’ Hockey v Stamford U12s

Results

1st VII won 5-2 v Stamford

2nd VII won 3-1 v Stamford

3rd VII drew 3-3 v Stamford

Report

On Saturday afternoon four senior teams went to play Stamford. The 1st VII were in fine form once again, playing with a lot more confidence and working tirelessly throughout. Leading 2-0 in the early stages of the match, the 1st VII then had to get through a very difficult period where they soon found themselves level at 2-2. However, the boys stayed calm, did not panic and continued to push forward down the wide channels to exploit the space in behind the Stamford defence. This paid dividends and they managed to score three more goals to seal a well-earned victory. The 2nd VII were also in imperious form, putting in an extremely disciplined performance. Throughout the match, the 2nd VII boys held their shape incredibly well which made it very hard for Stamford to break them down. Absorbing lots of pressure early on, the 2nd VII went on to score some superb breakaway goals, using their pace to catch Stamford out time and time again. What was most pleasing about the 2nd VII performance was their work rate throughout the game and the way in which they communicated with each other. The 3rd VII game was one with a neutral result with both teams scoring some excellent goals. Attack was the name of the game for the 3rds and they should be very pleased this result. In the final game of the afternoon the 4th VII battled hard against a well organised Stamford team that retained possession well. This was another high scoring game which could have gone either way with both teams putting in some very strong tackles. However, Stamford ran out 5-3 winners. Well done to all the boys who played!

4th VII lost 3-5 v Stamford

Despite the bitterly cold weather and downpour of snow earlier in the morning, Witham’s IVth Hockey team took to the astro at Stamford School in brilliant (but freezing) sunshine. The opening exchanges of the game saw Stamford dominate, with both possession and territorial advantage. It didn’t take them long to get off the mark with a non-threatening cross from just inside the D being left by everyone, including Fraser in goal, which eventually trickled in without any further touch. Shortly after, Stamford found themselves 2 goals up with a well worked goal despite a triple save from Fraser Hakney and Isaac Barrow’s best defensive efforts.

Noah Cooper, Alexander Edwards, Isaac and Ned Chatterton all linked up well to bring Witham back into the game with a neatly worked counter-attack. However Stamford retaliated quickly and were soon leading 3-1 with 5 minutes left in the half. The remainder of the half looked to be being played out in something of a midfield stalemate, until with only a minute left Stamford broke the Witham defensive line and scored a fourth. A complete mental shutdown from the Witham boys allowed a fifth goal in only seconds later to leave the score 5 – 1 to Stamford at half time.

After some firm words at the break, Witham looked to re-engage with the game and bring some pride and parity to the score line. Indeed it was Witham who began the brighter and made the Stamford keeper work hard in goal. It didn’t take too long before excellent attacking pressure brought just rewards for Alexander Edwards who converted a rebound from the keeper. Shortly after, Noah Cooper doubled his tally and brought the game back to 5 – 3 with a well worked goal.

Callum Wass, Rori Rodell, Isaac Barrow and Ben Mackintosh all provided excellent defensive cover throughout the second half and the game finished with a deserved victory for Stamford, but an excellent turnaround from the Witham team.