Football and Hockey Update

06 Mar 2020

1st VII Hockey

Result

Witham Hall 1st VII 3 - 5 Stamford School U13A 

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A slow start saw the boys fall 1 - 0 behind early but pleasingly they did not let their heads drop and, through slick play between Harry P and Oscar H, the team carved out some superb opportunities. Some were taken and some missed, and, with things finely poised at 3 - 3 going into the break, the 1st team knew that they would be punished if they didn’t start to be more clinical. In the second half, although Stamford had far less opportunities, they were clinical and ruthless when given chances in front of goal. At 5 - 3 the 1st team continued to push hard, to earn three short corners in quick succession but could not draw level. It was a tremendous end-to-end game and the boys should not be disheartened by the result.

2nd VII Hockey

Result

Witham Hall 2nd VII 4 - 1 Stamford School U13B

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This game highlighted the true ability of the 2nd VII Hockey team. Following on from their previous training session looking at urgency and linking passes, it was a delight to see the boys put this into practice. Witham set a high press and played a strong attacking game. The strength started in defence, as Harry L and Ollie G tackled clinically all game, stepping up to make numerous interceptions. Hugo D controlled the middle of the pitch, while Rafe C and Arthur F worked hard in the outer channels with Angus G-S upfront. James H was unfortunately injured early on, resulting in no substitute so the boys had to dig deep to keep the tempo and standard high as fatigue set in. The boys have full trust in Thomas M-C in goal, who was still needed despite our strength, and he made some impressive clears to keep the team out of trouble. The final score was a well-deserved 4 - 1 win with goals from Hugo D (2), Arthur F and Angus G-S.

3rd VII Hockey

Result

Witham Hall 3rd VII 1 - 5 Stamford School U13C

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A bright start from Stamford in this match saw them take the lead quickly. Witham fought back but the Stamford defence stood strong. Continued pressure from Stamford saw mistakes creep in and led to two further Stamford goals before half time, the scoreline 3 - 0. After the break, Witham found themselves with more of the possession, but they couldn’t convert. Breakaway attacks from Stamford kept the Witham players on their toes. Unfortunately, for Witham, despite their best efforts, Stamford scored a further two goals, to take the score to 5-0. Witham never gave up and in the dying minutes of the game, Wilf scored a consolation goal. A difficult match for Witham and a final score of 5 - 1 to Stamford.

4th VII Hockey

Result

Witham Hall 4th VII 3 - 3 Stamford School U13D

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Witham pushed Stamford on to the back foot early into the game, some nice link play set James up for an early goal to put Witham ahead. A second from Caleb soon followed as Witham dominated the match for the starting ten minutes of the first half. The complacency was soon erased as Stamford fought back with a well-worked goal ahead of half time to leave the scores at 2 - 1.

The second half saw both teams battle hard for the ball, but it was Witham who extended their lead to 3 - 1 first, Caleb adding another to his tally, but Stamford were quick to reduce the lead once more. Despite an impressive work rate from both sides, there was little added for the majority of the half thereafter. Witham defended wave after wave of Stamford attack and, up until the final minute, held the score at 3 - 2. A mis-timed 16-yard hit provided Stamford with an opportunity to equalise and they took it with impressive accuracy as the final whistle blew. The final score of 3 - 3 a fair representation of the match.

5th VII Hockey

Result

Witham Hall 5th VII 4 - 0 Stamford School U13E

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A great performance from the 5th VII who displayed good skills and tenacity earning a well-deserved victory. Austin W excelled scoring three goals and Noah P took his chance scoring the other. The defence of Archie P (Goalkeeper), Aidan R and Freddie H operated well as a unit and thwarted many Stamford attacks. Theo G, Isaac K-F and Johnny G all worked tirelessly to contribute to the win.

U12A VII Hockey

Result

Witham Hall U12A 5 - 1 Stamford School U12A

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A slow start saw Witham concede early, putting themselves under pressure and chasing the game from the outset. A lack of composure and urgency in possession led to more Stamford chances, but thankfully the half time whistle blew before further damage was done. At half time the U12As regrouped and played a stellar second half. They held their shape well, moved the ball with great urgency and caught the Stamford defence napping on numerous occasions. Some wonderful individual and team goals were scored on the strong and reverse side. Five goals in total were scored with the final score 5 - 1. The boys showed tremendous amounts of character and really took on board what they were being asked to do and executed it perfectly.

Colts A Hockey

Result

Witham Hall Colts A 4 - 2 Stamford School U12B

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With all Year 6 boys out representing the school it was a delight to have such depth in the A squad to play against Stamford School U12B team. Although we knew they would be physically stronger than us, the boys had a good warm up and were ready and raring to go by the time the delayed Stamford boys arrived.

It wasn’t long before Thomas W continued his goal scoring trend to put us in the lead with a nicely executed shot, with so much power it would have taken some impressive keeping to stop. The lead didn’t last long with Stamford coming straight back at us, picking our defence apart to slot one in and equalise. Both teams had their chances up until half time, we in particular had numerous short corners that missed the target, and play that got us into the circle but we didn’t get anything from it. That being said, Thomas found himself on the end of some excellent linking play from Alfie R in the midfield to get his name on the score sheet for our second goal.

After half time, Witham picked up the pace and intensity. Despite forcing the ball from time to time, we showed our ability to use the channels and create out attacking chances. In defence Max, Ben and Jack held a tight ship. Better ball movement in the D saw Harry Ticker convert two goals in the second half, and Stamford just the one, to see the score finish 4 - 2. A special mention to Marcus S who played in goal for the A team for the first time this season, and who made some excellent saves.

Colts B Hockey

Result

Witham Hall Colts B VI 1 - 2 Stamford School U12D VII

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The Colts B Hockey team put in a fine display against a Stamford team a year older. In the opening exchanges, Witham carved out some tremendous opportunities and took an early lead. However, Stamford game back strongly, to level before the break. With both sides pushing for a winner it was Stamford who scored to take a 2 - 1 lead. Pleasingly, the boys did not let their heads drop, showing huge amounts of bravery to stop Stamford scoring again. They also created two glorious chances to draw level but could not quite get on the end of some accurate slip passes.

Colts A Football @ Leicester Grammar Festival

Results

Played 5, Won 1, Drawn 4, Lost 0      

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A rewarding, if ultimately slightly frustrating afternoon for the Colts. An extended squad of ten played some excellent football in all five of their ten-minute games and could perhaps count themselves unlucky not to have registered victories in each. Possession, territory and scoring opportunities were in Witham’s favour in all games, but the team seemed to find goalkeepers, posts and crossbars too frequently. However, underpinned by a lot of hard work, the squad provided some attractive football on understandably heavy surfaces, for which they deserve great credit.

Colts B Football @ Leicester Grammar Festival

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The wet afternoon didn’t stop the boys from getting stuck in from the start, dominating Stoneygate in a 3 - 1 win, despite conceding first. Unfortunately, the boys couldn't continue this momentum and were on the back foot against St Bart's. Witham began to rush on the ball, frequently giving away possession. Despite this, the team defended well to secure a 0-0 draw against a side with some talented individuals. Witham then played Laxton and dominated possession, mainly in and around the opposition's penalty area for a majority of the game. However, the passing was poor which prevented a chances from being created,  credit to Laxton's defence, although Witham were disappointed to come away with a 0 - 0 draw. Hosts Leicester Grammar were next and some skilful players who controlled the midfield. Some poor marking in defence meant that we were lucky not to concede early on as we gave away numerous chances. The boys managed to create a chance of their own which was finished off superbly, putting Witham 1 - 0 ahead. Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be and Leicester Grammar scored a deserved goal in the closing stages of the match due to poor positioning in defence. The final match, against Fairfield, was a different affair to our previous matches in what was proving to be a frustrating afternoon. Once again, our opposition had some skilful players but all of a sudden our work rate began to improve. We were much better organised in defence which made it very difficult for Fairfield to create any clear-cut chances. Witham also started to move the ball more effectively when in possession, which gave the team a handful of chances, one of which was expertly finished off to give the Colts Bs a 1 - 0 win in the final game. Overall a positive afternoon as the boys maintained their unbeaten record.

Colts C Football

Result

Witham Hall Colts C 0 - 5 Grace Dieu Colts A

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A nervy start led to Grace Dieu pressuring the Witham defence continuously. Poor game management resulted in a clear penalty awarded, which was finished into the roof of the net. Witham settled and began to defend with more confidence and forcefulness. However, the Colts Cs had difficulty using the possession to create the attack. Grace Dieu squeezed two more goals in before the half to widen the gap to 0 - 3. Witham displayed much more promising football heading into the second half, and the team seemed to understand the importance of passing accurately to each other to build the attack. Unfortunately, our finishing fell short and our midfield was overwhelmed by having to support at both ends of the pitch. Our opponents netted two late goals to make the final score-line 0 - 5. Credit to Grace Dieu’s formidable team, but the result was not reflective of the great effort by the Witham boys.

Colts D Football @ Spratton Hall Tournament

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On a heavy surface, the opening encounter with Leicester Grammar finished 0 - 0. A 1 - 0 victory over Akeley Wood was next, courtesy of a goal by Oliver, followed by defeat by the same margin to Beachborough. Bedford Prep were our next opponents, and Witham triumphed narrowly 1 - 0, thanks to an excellent finish. This set up a final game in which we once again faced Akeley Wood and this time ended up the victors by 2 - 1, thanks to two goals by Jack. Team spirit was evident in abundance on a damp afternoon, with Hector showing impressive industry and tenacity in a variety of positions throughout the competition. A pleasing afternoon on which Witham won two, lost two and drew one.

U9A Football @ Laxton Junior School Festival

Results

Witham 0 v 0 Laxton
Witham 1 v 0 Bedford

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Witham U9As started strong. The team moved well, albeit a necessity with a biting wind chill factor, and found space to build play towards the Laxton goal. Despite a number of chances on goal, Witham were unable to capitalise. Laxton broke well, but solid defence courtesy of Josh and Gus, along with Macsen in goal, held the team to a clean sheet, to see the first match finishing a goalless draw.

The team continued the positive vein of form in the following match against Bedford. A quick turnaround prevented the cold setting in, so the team were ready to go. And they did. They pressured Bedford relentlessly, moving the ball in and out of the wings to provide chances at goal. Play of the day saw the ball work from the back all the way to the front, through almost every player on the pitch, before Lepley put the ball into the back of the Bedford net. Bedford didn't sit back and accept defeat and were unlucky to not score shortly after; a fine long-distance shot curled over Christophe in goal only to hit the post. This lifted Witham, but no further reward could be found from their efforts. A very pleasing result that will help the team to build confidence in future matches.

U9/8 Mixed Football @ Laxton Junior School Festival

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Mixed teams took part in the Laxton Festival on Thursday playing plenty of matches against Laxton and Bedford Prep. As the afternoon progressed the boys held their shape well, trusted each other on the ball and utilised the space when there. There were some tremendous team and solo goals scored in challenging conditions. The boys behaved impeccably throughout and were a credit to the school.