Hockey Update

05 Nov 2019

1st VII v Kimbolton U13A 

Witham 3 – 0 Kimbolton  

After the team’s performance against Wisbech on Wednesday the girls knew they needed to us this fixture to turn things around; and that was exactly what they did. They played well as a team, moved the ball nicely, communicated well, kept possession better, and overall looked played to their potential. Rose A soon found the back board to put Witham in the lead; giving the girls a much needed confidence boost to play like they knew they could. Excellent work from Millie A, Eliza M, Mollie D and Lilia D in the midfield and upfront enabled Witham to repeatedly penetrate the Kimbolton D, although the Kimbolton GK played outstandingly, being awarded MoM, and denied Witham from scoring more. Rose A, Bunny B and Charlotte W ensured a water-tight defense to finish with a clean sheet, and Mollie D scored two textbook goals that’s to her hard work and positioning in the D, enabling Witham to play the ball around the keeperShivali P also demonstrated her pace and eagerness on the pitch. 

 

2nd VII v Kimbolton U13C 

Witham 6 – 0 Kimbolton  

It was the first home game of the season for the Witham Hall 2nds. Witham dominated the first quarter, with Shivali P. scoring the opening goal. Soon after, Rosie J. doubled their lead. Witham’s dominance continued, but credit to Kimbolton as they kept battling hard. By half time, Witham had taken a 5-0 lead, thanks to goals from Mille D. (2 goals) and Izzie L. In the third quarter, credit to Kimbolton who kept the pressure on Witham ensuring a goalless quarter. But in the final quarter, Millie D. finished off what had been a fine performance for the team (and for her) with her hattrick goal, making the final score 6-0. A super effort from the Witham 2nds. 

 

2nd VII v Stoneygate 1st VII 

Witham 4 – 4 Stoneygate  

Aslow start from the Witham enabled Stoneygate to capitalise on defensive mistakes, giving them a 2-0 lead after just 10 minutes. Witham upped their game in the second quarter and thanks to Isabelle B. they clawed a goal back. In the third quarter it was a different game from Witham. They were much more focused and got their reward when Millie D. scored the equalising goal. Soon after Mille scored again making it 2-3, which was quickly followed by Isabelle B scoring her 2nd goal of the match and giving Witham a 2-4 lead. But in the final quarter, Stoneygate came out fighting. They scored again, bringing the score to 3-4. With only seconds to spare, Stoneygate launched another attack and scored the equaliser. 4-4 the final score. A fair reflection on the game as both teams played well. 

 

3rd VII v Kimbolton U12B 

Witham 0 – 1 Kimbolton 

Witham were certainly taken by surprise in the first five minutes and a strong Kimbolton side dominated throughout. Kitty worked her magic in goal, saving one strike after another and after five minutes the girls started to settle and stick to their game plan. Defensively, Amelia, Isabel, Lea and Olivia all worked hard to tackle, but unfortunately, the centre forward for Kimbolton was just too skilful and scored their first goal, just before the half time whistle. The second half seemed a different game, with Witham starting to take the lead. Despite shots at goal from Poppy, Sammy and Olivia, Witham couldn’t find a goal. Grace in goal at the other end of the pitch had little to do, as Witham enjoyed most of the possession. The team worked very hard indeed and were unfortunate to not find the backboard on at least one occasion. The final score Witham 0–1 Kimbolton. Congratulations to Sammy who was awarded Player of the Match. A great game to watch and tremendous improvement throughout from the Witham girls.  Thank you to all our side line support.   

 

3rd VII v Stoneygate 2nd VII 

Witham 5  1 Stoneygate 

 Witham dominated in the first two quarters and were eager to score. Sammy, Jemma, Lea and Poppy passed the ball nicely through the channels and the set moves were very impressive, resulting in three goals by half time. Defensively, Kitty was solid in goal, clearing any shot sent to her, while Olivia and Isabel fought hard in defence to tackle and clear the ball out of the Witham D. The score at half time was Witham 3, Stoneygate 0.   

The second two quarters went from strength-to-strength, with Grace heading into goal for Witham and saving some super shots by Stoneygate, who upped their game in the second half. Kitty joined the field of play, which gave another dimension. Witham still dominated and we scored a further two goals, bringing the score to 5-0 just before the final whistle. With twenty seconds on the clock, Stoneygate broke through and scored, which was super for them to finish on a high. The final score was Witham 5, Stoneygate 1, with Isabel Brown awarded Player of the Match, which was truly deserved. Well done to the whole team; a tremendous performance from start to finish! 

 

3rd VII Hockey v Oakham 

Witham 2 – 3 Oakham 

The 3rd VII enjoyed an even match with both teams having equal opportunities to score. The ball moved from one end of the pitch to the other with one team scoring and the other teaming then equalizing. Some good stickwork was demonstrated by both sides and each took advantage of lapses in concentration from their opponents, Witham unable to equalise leaving the final score 2-3 to Oakham. 

 

U11A v Kimbolton U12A 

Witham 6 – 3 Kimbolton  

 

U11A v Wisbech U11A 

Witham 9 – 1 Wisbech  

The U11As made a show stopping start to the game against Wisbech, scoring within 30 seconds thanks to some impressive team play. Wisbech quickly retaliated to level the scores, only to ingnite a fire in the Witham side who went on to score goal after goal, despite a change in positions in the second half. Wisbech offered some attacking play and looked dangerous on several occasions, but Witham’s defence made short work of their attacks. Without a doubt, the best performance so far for the U11A team and good timing in the lead up to IAPS. 

 

U11A v Oakham U13B  

Witham 3 – 3 Oakham 

A change of plan saw the U11As travel to Oakham to play against their U13B team in order to provide a tough game after their IAPS success. With Leila missing from the squad due to illness, and playing against a more physical side, Witham found themselves two goals down in the first half, despite having lots of attacks on the Oakham goal, including two impressive breaks. The second half was a different story and Witham came out fighting. Play was end-to-end and Witham engaged in tackles and started making some big hits, the match finishing in a well-deserved draw, 3-3. 

 

U11B v Wisbech U11B 

Witham 5 – 0 Wisbech 

A tough start for the U11B’s, as Wisbech provided some competitive, end-to-end hockey. A scrappy startcourtesy of a lack of discipline on the ball, not aided by Wisbech who gave little respite with their interceptions and markingDespite this, Witham managed to score ahead of half time. Positive discussions at half time saw a much improved start, Witham creating more space on the pitch and making good, strong passes and scoring four more goals. 

 

U11C v Wisbech U11C 

Tigers 0 – 0 Wisbech 

A hard-fought game against a steady Wisbech team, with plenty of excitement and end-to-end play. Flora W impressed with her movement around defenders, Elizabeth battled hard in the middle and Violet was equally strong in defence as in attack. Hettie made a late and fantastic save in this her first match as GK and Bryony and Charlotte held steady defending the ‘D’; in fact Charlotte is increasingly becoming an attacking defender with some impressively confident strong moves up the pitch. Sophie worked tirelessly at centre-midfield, always committed and never giving up. Violet was voted the well-deserved player of the match. 

 

U11C v Wisbech U11C 

Lions 0 – 1 Wisbech  

Another hard-fought game that could have so easily ended up as a draw. A small defensive error late on, and a mouth guard lost to the astro carpet, led to Witham conceding a goal in the dying moments of the game. The forward line was led by the efforts of Jess Ha, who was voted player of the match, and supported by Isabella and Flora L. Darcy and Mieke worked with absolute commitment in the mid-field. These two young players have made so much excellent progress and their work ethic is second to none. Coco was steady and consistent in defence and Jess Hu backed the players up at GK. A tough match to lose after so much progressive play. 

 

U11/10 Hockey v Grantham Prep U11A 

Witham 1 – 1 Grantham Prep 

The U11/10s had a super match against Grantham Prep. Both teams played with enthusiasm and were keen to put their skills from training into practice. Grantham quickly scored, catching our defenders off-guard. Witham responded well, raising their performance and work rate. This determination was rewarded and with careful passing the captain, Flora W was able to score. Both teams worked hard for the remainder of the match with opportunities at both ends of the pitch. The match finished with a 1-1 draw.  

 

U9A to Foremarke Festival 

Witham 2 – 2 The Elms (Minna 1, Isadora 1) 

Witham 2 – 0 Foremarke Hall B (Minna 2)  

Witham 2 – 1 Foremarke Hall A (Isadora 2)  

Witham 2 – 0 Belper HC (Isadora 2)  

Witham 0 – 3 Warwick  

Witham 3 – 0 Fairfield (Isadora 2, Victoria 1)  

Witham 1 – 0 Pennine Way (Minna 1)  

The U9A enjoyed a long day at the Foremarke festivalwith pitch time totalling 70 minutes of hockey. Witham worked hard all afternoon and demonstrated some excellent hockey. Apart from a blip against Warwick, the Witham side were certainly the strongest team at the festival. They kept their position well, moved the ball into space, and worked as a team. Great effort and commitment from such a young team. 

 

U8X Team v Stamford JS 

  1. 1-1 draw 

  1. 4-1 win 

  1. 1-2 loss 

fantastic learning opportunitythe U8Xs gained knowledge and understanding of positional awarenessWitham won one match, drew one and lost one. Well done to Isabelle, Charlotte, Isabella, Alessandra, Emma, Cecilia and IsadoraParticularly memorable were the four goals scored by Emma in one of our matches; the rapidity with which Isadora scored the first goal in our first game, along with the improvement from all to hang on for a draw in a game where Stamford grew and grew in confidence.  In the last game an outstanding player from Stamford gave the team a challenge, but Charlotte scored a most exciting goal to keep us in with a shout.