Senior Girls Hockey Report

09 Nov 2015

1st VII:

Witham Hall 1st VII 2

Spratton Hall 1st VII 0

Alice Farmer

Ella Turner

The girls lined up keen to put two weeks of practice into play against a strong Spratton Hall side and one that they will come up against again on Saturday. Witham started extremely well with the press of the opposition free hits and the pressure on the ball contributing to Spratton mistakes and thus Witham attacks. Isabella Manara once again worked tirelessly to win possession and tormented the opposition down the right. It wasn’t long before a ball fell loose in the ‘D’ and after strong work from Anya Batty, Ella Turner finally bundled the ball into the goal. Witham had their tails up and started to move the ball wide with comfort. Off a sixteen, the ball was worked around the back, down the opposition weak sticks by Georgia Blackman and across to Isabella who drove into the ‘D’ and hammered an inch perfect cross to Alice Farmer who slotted the ball home with ease. This was a truly superb team goal and one that made all the hard work in practice over the last two weeks, worthwhile. The second half was a feisty affair with Spratton Hall making plenty of opportunities, however some miserly defence from Sophie Hamilton, Philippa Hix and Alice Farmer restricted any decent chance. Issy Wass pulled off some quite amazing saves to keep a very well deserved clean sheet with Ella Turner running her heart out all match. Well done to the girls on a brilliant result and a huge thank you to Spratton and to all the parents for their continued support.

Witham Hall 4

Wisbech Grammar School 5

On a dreary day, the Witham girls started in sleepy fashion against a skilful Wisbech side. Within minutes of the first whistle, Wisbech forced a short corner and smashed the ball passed Issy after sloppy defending. Witham finally woke up and started to compete for the ball and by half time the score was evenly poised at 2-2. In the second half the girls continued to let the Wisbech star player, travel with the ball into our D after diving in continually, which allowed her to breeze past any defence offered. Witham battled hard to create a very tense last few minutes with Isabella going very close with a smart break and shot but unfortunately it was not enough to come away with a result. Out of 5 goals conceded, 4 were scored by one player…A hearty performance from the girls who battled right to the finish but maturity in the tackle cost them a result.

2nd VII:

Witham Hall 1

Oakham Under 12A  2

Witham entertained the Oakham Under 12 A Team on Wednesday afternoon. Both teams showed excellent levels of skill and understanding of the game. Oakham got into their rhythm much quicker than Witham and scored an early goal from a short corner. This lead to more urgency from the Witham girls and in consequence the ball moved much more quickly around the pitch. The Oakham goal keeper made some impressive saves from the Witham attack but Sienna Bowman managed to level the scores just before half time. The second half saw both teams having large amounts of possession but Oakham were the only team to be able convert their pressure into goals. This was an excellent game of hockey with all the players making a positive contribution.

Witham Hall 2

Wisbech GS 2

This was a very even game with both teams having good periods of possession. The ball was distributed wide out to the wings enabling the game to move quickly from end to end. Wisbech scored first but Witham were quickly away in the second half and JoJo Chawner scored a good individual goal to level the scores. The Witham defence were unable to clear the ball during a sustained Wisbech attack, which lead to a second goal for them. Witham had quite a few chances to equalise and eventually Jess Stamp drove hard into the corner of the Wisbech goal to level the scores. Issy Blackman played exceptionally well in goal making some important saves especially on one on one situations. This was a very solid team performance.

Witham Hall 5 

Ranby 0

This was a one sided game as Witham were much sharper on the ball and more skilful in their execution of the skills than the opposition. Excellent passages of play by the whole team meant JoJo Chawner and Jess Stamp scored a couple of goals each and Ben Lee scored a well taken individual goal. The defence had very little to do in the game but when called upon they were very solid. This was a good all-round performance from the whole team.

3rd VII/Mixed Senior/U11 Teams:

2nd Senior v KimboltonU13D 

Witham 2  Kimbolton 1

This was the second match of the afternoon for all the girls in this team but they all gave their all right up to the end. Kate Harris and Abbie Leverton were solid in defence reading the game well and clearing the ball away from the danger area competently. Sienna Bowman and Lulie Pumphrey both had good games on their respective wings. Kimbolton took the lead from an unfortunate own goal but the girls worked hard in the second half to force a number of short corners from which Abbie scored a well stuck goal. Sienna scored the winning goal with a forceful shot into the corner of Kimbolton’s goal. Once again Izzy Blackman played an excellent game in goal making some important saves to keep her team ahead in the match.

Senior Mixed v Kimbolton U13C 

Witham 3  Kimbolton 3

The Senior girls were joined by four senior boys for the match against Kimbolton on Saturday. This was a very even game with the ball travelling from end to end with pace.  Harry Gillett and Ben Lee used their skills to great effect moving the ball out wide to Will Hazelwood who confidently dribbled forward and positively crossed into the circle for Olly Rymer and Tilly Conant to shoot. On the opposite wing Sienna Bowman positioned herself well and drove with the ball aggressively towards the circle making some excellent crosses. Abbie Leverton was extremely solid in defence where she was often left alone to deal with the on-coming Kimbolton attack. Izzy Blackman made some excellent saves to ensure the match ended in a very fair draw.

Witham Hall U12B v Kimbolton U12B 

Witham 0 Kimbolton 4

The Under 12B team played a very hard game against an extremely strong Under 12B Kimbolton side.  Jemima Foljambe had to play out of her skin to keep the score down within the first few minutes of the game and produced some excellent saves, which was good.  Kimbolton scored after ten minutes of play, which woke up Witham.  Lulie Pumphrey, Kate Harris and Jessica Stamp defended extremely well, but the Kimbolton forwards were too strong.  Two more goals passed us and Witham had a lot to do in the second half.  After a tactical half time talk, the team produced consistency and played very well indeed.  They did not give up!  Sienna McAlpine, Pippa Thompson and Cecily Hopkins performed some lovely channel runs to the D, but just couldn’t find the goal.  The final score was Witham 0, Kimbolton 4.  The score did not reflect the game and the girls worked incredibly hard throughout.  Well done - Mrs Welch was very proud of how the girls played.  Thank you girls and thank you to all our supporters.