Witham Girls’ Hockey:
02 Oct 2015
St John’s 2
This was a match between two evenly matched teams. The Witham girls started strongly and were able to deal well with the St John’s attack. Alice Farmer in mid field and Lottie Sharman in defence were particularly reliable, both reading the game well and clearing the ball positively out of the Witham defensive area. Sienna Bowman and Ben Lee stayed out wide and were able to attack down the St John’s wings. Jo Jo Chawner got in behind the opposition defence and scored two goals in the first half. Alice frequently drove out of mid field into the attacking circle and scored the third goal in the first half.
The second half saw Witham coming under much more pressure and only some fantastic goal keeping from Issy Blackman saved the game for Witham. St John’s had numerous opportunities to score but Issy dealt with the situation superbly and only let in two goals from dozens of attempts. This was an excellent game and everyone made a positive contribution.
Witham Hall: 0
St Johns: 2
The Witham U13C hockey team played a thrilling game of hockey against St John’s, Cambridge on Wednesday the 23rd of September in the Walled Garden. The game opened with St John’s having the first push back, whilst Witham quickly prepared for a defensive battle to win the ball back. Kate Harris and Jessica Stamp started off as the dynamic duo in the backline, assisting the fantastic work of first-time goalie Chloe Howard, who made numerous saves throughout the match. Halfway through the first half of the game, St Johns took the lead, making a quick, tight shot straight into the goal. The Witham girls recovered immediately, now even more eager to find a goal for themselves. The girls created several opportunities but just ran out of time at the end of the first half.
Witham Hall came back onto the field determined and ready to reclaim the lead in the second half. Kate Harris was brought into centre forward line with Abbie Leverton taking over in the backline with Jessica Stamp. The quality of play had risen since the first quarter as the girls’ sense of drive become most evident. Abbie Leverton and Jessica Stamp were always quick to react in defence and their strength of pass in the backline was brilliant. Cecily Hopkins and Pippa Thompson were both quick to receive the ball on the left and right wings, quickly bringing the play down to the forward line, allowing Tilly Conant and Kate Harris to have several attempts at goal. Kate Harris made several swift, side-ways shots towards the goal, only just missing but contributing to the excitement and thrill of the match. Halfway through the second half, Captain Tilly Conant took a nasty knock to the knee, as the St John’s goalie defensively kicked away the ball. In true captain style, Tilly quickly recovered and was back on the field continuing to fight for at least a draw. Suddenly, St John’s made a fast game-changing move, scoring a very quick goal 5 minutes before the end of the match. Despite the Witham girls knowing that it would be tough to get back into contention with such a short amount of time left, they kept their heads high and gave their all to the very end.
This was a very close fort game between two even sides. The ball quickly travelled from end to end and only good saves from both goalkeepers stopped either team from scoring in the first half. After the break Witham were more positive and quicker to the ball resulting in two well taken goals. The whole team played their part in a well-deserved victory.
Witham Hall 9
St John’s 1
Witham U11A and B Hockey girls arrived in Cambridge on mass alongside the Senior Rugby squads on a sunny September afternoon. The U11A girls made a slow start and despite having multiple shots on goal, resulting in lots of short corners, the girls left it until 10 minutes in to score their first goal! St John’s had some nice play and made good tackles but made few breaks into our defensive D with Mia, Lulie and Georgina standing strong. Bonnie slotted in the second goal of the half and the girls quietly jogged back to the centre; with barely a word muttered between them the girls needed some serious geeing up at half time!! They were playing really nicely but needed to get the bit between their teeth and start communicating on the pitch. So the girls went out all guns blazing in the second half and within 5 minutes we had gone from 2-0 up to 7-0 up with Bonnie scoring goal after goal! The girls were working together well, and working for each other. Despite Bonnie getting the final touch on 7 of our goals this would not have happened if it wasn’t for selfless play and great passing in and around the D from the rest of the team. Ella also scored two lovely goals, one of which was from a well worked short corner. Throughout the second half we continuously shuffled players around giving everyone a good run out; St John’s saw an opportunity whilst shuffling and took it, scoring a good goal. The final score was 9-1 to Witham, well done girls!
Witham Hall 3
Bedford U11B 2
The Witham U10As played their first game of the season as a collective but looked at ease from the first push back. Playing against Bedford’s U11B team, they had to match girls with a much greater physical pedigree as well as more experience of the game, but that didn’t unnerve them in anyway. Despite going a goal behind after only 10 minutes, the girls showed great tenacity and enthusiasm and were able to produce two good goals, both resulting from speedy counter-attacks. The first was dispatched by Rose Brassey and the second by Bella Fox. At half time, with a one goal lead, the girls spoke openly about their need to exploit the width and concentrate on controlling the ball before pushing it away.
In the second half, Bedford pressed hard and applied a lot of intensity to the game. The Witham girls began to show that their energy was being zapped. However a third goal, after a wonderful cross pitch movement with the final cross being inch perfect for Josie Turner to guide in from near the penalty spot, meant that even a solitary response from Bedford wasn’t enough to level the game for them.
Player of the match was Poppy Wraith, whilst special mention goes to Jemima Foljambe who pulled off some outstanding saves in both halves.
Witham Hall 8
St John’s College, Cambridge 1
After a long journey into the heart of Cambridge, the girls took to the field in good spirits and confident mood. With a great degree of rotation amongst the squad, it was difficult to get into a very steady rhythm; however the girls dominated from the start in spite of this. With goals flowing from Rose Brassey (x2), Charlotte Bingham and Izzy Golland, the girls had a 4-0 lead by half time.
Cambridge came out fighting in the second half and Jemima Foljambe had to be at her best in goal. She was eventually beaten by a fine strike from a St John’s attacker, but this just reinvigorated the Witham team. A further four goals were scored by Witham leaving the final score as 8-1, with Rose completing her hat-trick, Ffion Trundell, Charlotte Bingham and Josie Turner also getting in on the action.
Player of the match was: Izzy Golland
Witham Hall 1
Despite yet another lengthy journey for the U11B girls, and their travelling band of loyal supporters, the girls greeted this game with enthusiasm and energy. From the first whistle it was clear that this was going to be a very competitive match and indeed the game flowed from end to end. Gigi Granger made her debut in goal for the Bs and excelled with some terrific saves. Unfortunately, the first opportunity for Gresham’s came very early on when Gigi wasn’t as warmed up and the ball managed to slip under her feet for a Gresham’s lead. The response from the girls was terrific and Izzy Golland, captain for the day, soon had the team level with a fine individual goal. Both teams then continued to create chances but the half time score remained 1-1.
In the second half, both teams looked to be going all out for the winner, but both goalkeepers put in a tremendous display. Ffion Trundell and Charlotte Bingham proved an excellent rear-guard and Rose Brassey looked menacing in attack. Matilda Craven, playing her first match for the B team, made some worthy contributions too. With four minutes left in the game, Witham created a wonderful opening on the counter attack but just lacked the cutting edge to apply the finishing touch to grab a goal. Then, for the final 2 minutes, it was all Gresham’s and Witham had to defend 3 consecutive short corners to hold on for the draw. This they did and the final result was a fitting end for both teams who worked tirelessly but with little to separate them.
Player of the match: Ffion Trundell
The Witham girls played an exciting game against Bedford, with both teams having good periods of possession. Both teams’ defences had to work hard and both goalkeepers were kept busy. The attacking players from both teams had chances to score but unfortunately the decisive goal came late in the match and went to the Bedford team.
Witham Hall 0
The Under 10B team played a very strong Bedford U10A side last Saturday and certainly had to work for the whole 30 minutes of play. Bedford was strong across the board and their channel play was consistent and accurate. Witham worked very hard to stop the runs into the D and the quality of tackle across the Witham team was excellent. Bedford scored 2 goals very quickly which woke up the Witham team! Witham made some lovely runs down to the goal, but unfortunately just couldn’t find the space to shoot. The final score was Witham 0, Bedford 4. I couldn’t have asked any more from any Witham player – they gave me 100% throughout and worked hard for the name on their shirt. A wonderful game of hockey and I am very proud of every Witham player – they never gave up and fought very hard against an extremely skilful Bedford side. Well done girls and thank you to all our side line supporters.
Bedford U10C 6
Witham U9B 1
The Witham U9 B team played a Bedford team that were physically stronger. The game started with both teams having good periods of possession which the Bedford team managed to convert into goals. All of the Witham girls tried very hard especially in defence but they were unable to stop the opposition winning convincingly.