SENIOR BOYS HOCKEY AND FOOTBALL REPORT!
04 Apr 2015
U12A TO OAKHAM TOURNAMENT
Witham Hall 1 Trent 1 (d)
Witham Hall 1 Bilton Grange 0 (w)
Witham Hall 2 Stamford 0 (w)
Witham Hall 0 The Perse 3 (l)
Witham Hall 0 Beeston Hall 0 (d)
The U12 boys set up for a long afternoon of hockey against some strong opposition, most of whom play hockey as a major sport at Under 11. The boys started well with a fine draw against Trent, however this was at the cost of losing captain, James Tattersall to a painful injury. The boys battled on and impressed on the pitch with Will Chandler, Toby Hanson and Joe Fox combining well against Stamford and Bilton to assert their authority. Toby Hanson in particular scored a stunning goal – beating the defender to slide home. In the knock out stages, Witham came up against The Perse who were simply outstanding. The individual skill was a sight to behold and despite a resilient effort from the defence of Orlando Thain, Alfie Buik and Joey Robinson in goal, the opposition were just too strong. In the final game, Orlando Thain really did assert his ability, defending with grit and attacking with guile. The boys were unlucky to draw this and should have won but again showed real potential as a hockey side with Oscar Fower in particular showing real talent. It was a very exciting performance from the boys and one that bodes extremely well for next year! Thank you to all the parents and to Oakham or hosting a great afternoon.
Witham Hall 1st XI 5 S. Anselm’s 0
The boys worked hard in their last game of the season against a stubborn S. Anselm’s side. An early goal set the tone for the afternoon after Toby Hanson breezed down the right flank to set up James Tattersall to sweep home. Witham continued to press but were unable to assert their authority on the scoreboard. In the second half, Witham dominated with Will Davison and Alex Anthony working hard in the midfield. Joe Fox and James Tattersall started to link extremely well and two more goals came quickly together. Henry Saunders Watson continued to cut in from the left side setting up a fine opportunity for Alex Anthony who smashed the ball home after a rebound off the keeper. Well done to the boys on a fine way to finish the season and thank you to all the parents for their continued support.
Witham Hall 10-0 S. Anselm’s
The 2nd VII ended the season with a very strong result against S. Anselm’s. Playing some excellent hockey throughout, the boys moved the ball at pace time and time again, exploiting the space in behind the S. Anselm’s defence. William Chandler was in superb form scoring five goals, using all his skill and guile to get past the S. Anselm’s defenders. George Davies ended his hockey career at Witham with a well-earned hat trick, striking the ball cleanly with pinpoint accuracy into the corner of the goal; well done George! Toby Sumner (captain) put in a sterling performance in the middle of the pitch, working tirelessly for the Witham cause and was well rewarded towards the end of the game with a goal. Boys it has been an absolute pleasure coaching you all this term and I wish you every success for next season.
Despite playing hockey all term, we accepted a late football fixture v Stoneygate, who happened to have the same date free in their calendar! However, it is to be remembered that they are a football school!
Witham Hall 1-6 Stoneygate
The senior boys ‘A’ team endured a tough but enjoyable afternoon against a very talented and unbeaten Stoneygate side. After having a glorious opportunity in the opening exchanges to take a 1-0 lead Witham lost their way a little. Stoneygate, to their credit, really did play some superb football, moving the ball early into feet and showing excellent skill in the tight areas one on one. This ultimately led to some impressive team goals and a well-earned 4-0 lead at half time. In the second half the Witham boys rallied together and eked out a consolation goal with Alexander Anthony tapping in from close range. Stoneygate went on to score a couple more goals late on to make the final score 6-1. Although the score did not go in Witham’s favour, the boys played the game in the right spirit and never stopped working hard for each other.
Witham Hall 2
In a ‘one off’ football match, the Senior ‘B’ Team took to the pitch to face a well-seasoned Stoneygate team. The game started brightly, with both teams going close. Will Davison was strong in defence, putting in some crunching tackles. The break finally game when Frankie Atkinson placed an excellent shot, giving Witham the 1-0 lead going into half time. After the break, Stoneygate hit back quickly and through an excellent move, equalised 1-1. Thanks to some outstanding goalkeeping from Eshan Mehta, Stoneygate didn’t add to their goal count. But with a strong run and fantastic shot, George Davies gave Witham a 2-1 lead. About five minutes from the end, Witham conceded a free kick just outside the box. With a superb kick, Stoneygate equalised – simply nothing the keeper could have done to prevent it going in. In the last few minutes of the game, Witham had chances, but Stoneygate’s defence held out. Final score 2-2. This was a super game, good football by both sides.