10 Apr 2015


Leicester Grammar     0

Witham Hall Colts A    1

The Colts A finished their season on a high with a tremendously hard-fought victory at Leicester Grammar School. It was always going to be difficult without unavailable regulars Tom Davison and Oliver Allport but our boys battled hard from start to finish and were delighted when full-time finally arrived.

The game's only goal was scored midway through the first half when the excellent Harry Gillett aimed a pass towards striker Ewan Rodell, who was beaten to it by a backtracking defender. Under heavy pressure from Ewan, the defender proceeded to lob the ball over the advancing goalkeeper to give Witham the lead. From then on the hosts laid siege to Witham's goal. The second half was played almost entirely in the Witham half but our boys ran their hearts out, tackled doggedly and kept their shape well. With a bit of help from the frame of our goal and the reflexes of 'keeper ‘ Robert Tombs, Witham maintained their lead and celebrated joyously at the final whistle. 

Special mentions must go to Joe Atkinson for a calm and assured Colts A début and to Alex Spragg for excelling in an unfamiliar central defensive position. Overall, a terrific performance – what a way to end the term!

Witham Hall Colts B 1

Leicester Grammar  5

Goals: V. Bewley

A long coach drive was the precursor to a tough encounter with a team who were used to playing on a very lively surface and passed the ball to put us on the back foot and we struggled to find any fluency in the first half and rather handed the initiative to our hosts who scored four goals in the first half.

However, in the second half a swift re-appraisal of our tactics led to the boys playing with more determination and they spent much of the second period in the Leicester half, being rewarded with a very good strike by Vyvyan Bewley, from a tight angle, after some effective pressure from the Witham midfield. All boys played well in the second half and ensured that although we lost our last fixture, we played with determination up to the final whistle.

Felix Starkey made some good stops in goal as did Finn Wass when he donned the gloves for the last quarter of the match. At the back, Archie Bingham was firm and made some excellent bursts in to mid-field supported by the ever-reliable Max St. John. In midfield, debutant Otter Burford and Harry Leverton linked up well with front man Vyvyan Bewley who was supported in a forward role by Ben Lee whose instinctive drive came very close in the first half.

Witham Hall Colts C  4

Leicester Grammar  6

The Colts C boys went into the last game of the season hoping to continue their good run of form in the last couple of matches. They started brightly against strong opposition and produced a hugely entertaining first half which saw both teams score 3 goals each. All the Witham goals came courtesy of Sam Smith, who produced a very sound performance.

The second half opened up even more with chances at either end. Sadly, Witham weren’t quite as clinical in front of goal as their hosts and the final score was 6 – 4 to Leicester Grammar – Witham’s fourth goal came courtesy of a Sam Beattie spectacular free-kick.

Man of the match: Sam Smith

It has been a really pleasing season on so many fronts from the boys and they have been an absolute delight to coach.

Witham Hall Colts D  1

Leicester Grammar School  4

With it being the last game of football for the 2015 season, the boys made sure they all put in a good effort. The game was anyone’s - within the first 5 minutes the ball was constantly kicked back and forth from both teams! A tap in goal got Leicester in front 1-0, but with great pressure and good passing Sammie Stokes was able to break even just before half time making it 1-1. With the start of the second half underway, Witham Hall were eager to get in front. Ben Armitage and James Weldon were making some good runs down to the opposition goal. Leicester had many opportunities to score, but Leon Steinbach, Will Fairfax and Alexander Howells managed to keep the ball from going in the back of the net! Unfortunately, as the second half progressed the Witham Wall was broken, and Leicester managed to score some hard earned goals. The end score was a 1-4 loss. However, the Colts D boys can hold their heads high and reflect on what has been a great season! Well done!


Witham Hall U11B 13

Lincoln Minster Prep U11A  6

Zara scored 4, Mia scored 4 and Jemima scored 5

Witham had a superb final match of the season against Lincoln on the last Wednesday of term. The first quarter was close with Witham leading by just one goal. Jemima Paganuzzi and Mia Paylor both shot beautifully and worked very well as a team. Going into the second quarter Witham stormed into the lead scoring six goals! Chloe Howard worked tirelessly to keep the play up the court but Lincoln had some strong shooters getting many rebounds. Georgina Eatch marked very well and sprung up to intercept lots of Lincoln passes.

Going into the third quarter Sienna McAlpine stepped up to the U11B team and made her mark on the court making lots of interceptions. Katie Wraith moved the ball up the court with strong passing, feeding the ball into Zara Williams who shot well. Witham scored four more goals in the final two quarters all with the help and support of our captain Isabella Micklewright who had one of her best matches of the season. The final score was 13-6 to Witham. All of the girls worked very hard and have gelled really well as a squad over the term – well done Witham U11 netballers!!

Witham Hall  3

Lincoln Minster Prep U11B : 5

The match against Lincoln Minster was very close and low scoring as both teams were of equal ability. At the end of the first quarter it was level with 2 goals scored by each team. Sienna de Gale and Kate Harris scored each of these goals. The play was very back and forth with only 1 goal being scored by Lincoln Minster in each of the remaining 3 quarters. There was lots of slow and poor decision making due to the girls’ inability to make space and come towards the ball to receive the pass. Despite the girls being scoreless in the final quarter, they improved immensely. Pippa Thompson made some well-timed leads into space and Emma Garvin positioned herself fantastically around the court. Overall it is evident that the girls’ netball skills and knowledge of the game has improved greatly.