Final Hockey Matches of the Year

09 Jan 2020

1st VII v Spratton Hall 1st VII 

Witham 8 – 1 Spratton 

Going into the fixture we knew that Spratton had drawn with Northampton and Beeston, so they were very much on a level playing field to us. When people talk about the flight or fight response, in this game these girls most certainly fought. It was slight disconcerting when Spratton found the back of the net first and put us on the back foot. This was followed by a few minutes of scrappy play before the girls settled down to play their own hockey. Despite Spratton being very well drilled, they didn’t know how to react to our dynamic team. We set a high press, which they were unable to react to, and protected the centre of the pitch instead of being pulled out wide. We played clever, tactical hockey and as a result we picked holes in their defensive press to convincingly win 8-1. A special mention to Eliza M who was on incredible form this game. Not just converting 5 of the 8 goals, but her pace on the ball was outstanding. In fact, our midfield row was just phenomenal, as was the composure of our defensive line and the skills of our forwards. Very much a highlight of the season. 

 

1st VII v Oakham U13A  

Witham 4 -3 Oakham 

Going into the match with a previous win under our belts, the girls did not start with the same fight they had against Spratton HallThe team were missing Rose A due to her broken finger from the Spratton game which significantly impacted on the team. However, the girls fought until the very end, and, despite two late goals from Oakham, we were able to grit our teeth and defend until the final whistle, to hold them to a 4-3 win. A final win to finish off our fantastic season; not as pretty as some of the others, and an emotional group of Year 8 girls saw the end of an incredible season come to an end. I could not be prouder of everything the girls have achieved. Well done all. 

 

3rd VII v Spratton Hall U13C  

Witham 1 – 3 Spratton  

The 3rd VII played Spratton Hall U13C at home and had a very hard match indeed. Spratton controlled the first five minutes of the first halfand showed some excellent channel play and hard striking of the ball.  Spratton took an early lead by scoring two very good goals, which our goalkeeper couldn’t really do much about.  In the second half, Witham started to tackle and believe in themselves, which led them to score a goal early on.  Our defence battled hard to win the ball to the send through to our midfield and forward players.  Spratton were taken a bit by surprise by our new injection of belief. Witham had a few opportunities at goal, but just couldn’t get it past the keeper, which was a shame, as both teams were even in the second half. Just before the final whistle, Spratton scored again.  A great game, with a lot of improvement within the second half. Well done girls and thank you to all our supporters.  

 

3rd VII v Oakham U12B  

Witham 0 – 4 Oakham 

The 3rd VII final hockey game took place against Oakham U12B. The girls had beaten Oakham just before the half term, but we played their U12B side this time, which Witham knew would be hard. The first half was very even, Witham marked and tackled well. Goalkeeper Kitty made some outstanding saves, which certainly kept the score down, she was brilliant. The score at half time 0-0. 

In the second half, Oakham made the most of their centre impressive midfielder, who scored three very quick goals. She controlled the game and made it hard work for Witham to gain possession. Witham battled hard and never gave up, which was fantastic to see.  The final score was Witham 0, Oakham 4. The 3rd VII had a very tough match to finish on, but the dedication, commitment, determination and team spirit to keep battling was truly outstanding.  It has been a pleasure coaching such a loyal team and they had a great season. Well done to all the girls and thank you to all our supporters who supported throughout.   

 

U11A v Oakham U12A  

Witham 2 – 1 Oakham  

A superb finish to what was a most progressive and rewarding term for the U11As. Oakham U12A team arrived unbeaten and, in their words, unchallenged thus far. The Witham girls put everything they had learned during the term into practice and worked their socks off. From the starting whistle the standard of hockey was first class, end-to-end stuff. Witham scored the first goal after several failed attempts from both teams. The Oakham GK was incredibly skilful, saving shots headed for the top corner. Oakham soon equalised despite the best efforts with the Witham defence. Both teams were awarded several short corners that they failed to convert thanks to excellent defence, but Witham finally broke through with a fantastic team goal, with just minutes to spare. Katie led the team to victory in this most memorable game, in her final hockey match for Witham. It was a pleasure to coach these girls this term – thank you all very much, and thank you parents for the outstanding support.  

 

U11B v Oakham U11A  

Witham 5 – 0 Oakham 

A brilliant last game for the U11Bs, showed superb skill and determination. The entire team worked well from the beginning. They used strong passes, with accuracy, to ensure the ball was passed out wide and into space. Back in defence, Katie tackled well all term, clearing the ball out wide with strength. Scarlett played as a strong bottom diamond, and used her dribbling skills and awareness on the pitch to ensure the ball  up to the D. Imogen, Ella, Georgina and Cecilia all played as effective midfielders, and worked well to ensure the ball was cleared in the mid pitch but also used their skill to dribble up into the D. Eloise played well as a forward player and ensured she held well in the D to receive the ball. Overall, a pleasing last game, well done. 

 

U11C v Oakham U12C 

Witham 0 – 2 Oakham 

The U11C Hockey team had a great last match of the season against an older U12C Oakham team. The match was very balanced, both teams had equal possession of the ball and tested each other’s defenders. Good individual stick work was demonstrated, coupled with accurate passing and well-timed tackles. Unfortunately, the opponents were able to slip the ball twice into their goal but this didn't take anything away from how hard every member of the Witham team worked. A great season and much progress was made by all. Well done U11Cs.