Hockey Round up!

15 Feb 2016

1st VII:

Thomas Deacon Academy    1

Witham Hall                               8 (James x 5, Joe, Oscar & Toby)

In only their second 7 a-side game, the Witham boys struggled to keep possession in the first half, often running into traffic rather than using the space. At half time, after a scrappy first 20 minutes the score was 3-0 with the boys playing at nowhere near their potential. After the break, the talking increased and so did the pressure with clear cut chances created continually. James continued his fine goal scoring run adding five in total, split with Toby setting up a well worked goal for Oscar. Despite a late TDA goal, Witham finished the stronger, but still the ball needs to do more of the work and the team’s potential is yet to be realised.

2nd XI/VII

Witham Hall                        2

Lincoln Minster U13A      0

The 2nd XI hockey team were in fine form on Wednesday and played some of their best hockey to date. Eshan and Will P. were solid at the back throughout and were ably supported by Finn and

Will H. who are improving more and more each week. Toby had his best game in the centre of midfield alongside Oliver who drove the team forward time and time again, creating some excellent opportunities for our forwards. However, even with all these opportunities we were struggling to hit the target and take the lead. After a short rest in the first half, Hans certainly turned what was a close game on its head with some superb runs down the right wing, getting in behind the Lincoln Minster defence. After winning numerous shorts, Max stepped up and gave Witham the lead with a thunderous strike. A late Toby goal saw the 2nd XI run out 2-0 winners.

U12A: 

Witham Hall                                0

Thomas Deacon Academy    0

  After a lacklustre start and a few stern words from Mr Wills the U12A hockey team played some exciting hockey. TDA had some excellent chances in the opening five minutes but couldn’t get the ball beyond the imperious Robert who performed superbly and was ably supported by William in defence. The U12A’s also had their chances in front of goal but like TDA found it hard to get the ball beyond the goalkeeper who put in some good saves. At half time with the score at 0-0 the game was certainly in the balance. Pleasingly, the U12A’s started the second half a lot more brightly and looked dangerous on the counter attack. Chances came and went for both sides but in the end a draw was a fair result. Well done to all the boys who played!

3rd VII/U12B

Witham Hall 3rd VII                            1

Thomas Deacon Academy U13B 2

The 3rd VII enjoyed a highly competitive game in Peterborough, but were left rueing a number of missed opportunities that could, and perhaps should, have won them the game.

The action moved swiftly from end to end, particularly in the second half as the game opened up and, after bringing themselves back in to the game at 2-1, the last 5 minutes not only saw Witham hit the post but, much to the home side’s credit, they also cleared two attempts from off the line!

Witham Hall U12B VII                       3            

Thomas Deacon Academy U12B 2

After a bright start that saw Witham take the lead with a fine strike by Harry Gillett, the U12B side allowed a competitive TDA side back in to the match with some sloppy defending and thereby found themselves behind at half-time. However, with the mind firmly focussed on working harder and moving the ball both wide and more quickly, opportunities were increasingly created, and after Ben Marshall had claimed the equaliser, Gillett stole a yard on the defender to squeeze the ball home with only two minutes left. A deserved victory for carrying out exactly what was asked!

Colts Hockey:

Witham Hall 2 Stamford JS 1

Witham Hall 0 Stamford JS 1

The Colts boys did themselves proud playing in their second game of hockey this term. On a fairly windy afternoon both matches were end to end and saw some excellent play.

Stamford JS impressed throughout with their excellent stick skills but were matched by the Colts hunger and desire to compete in all areas of the pitch. On pitch one a close game ended 1-0 and on pitch two the Colts managed to run out 2-1 winners with a couple of breakaway goals. Particular mention must go to Felix and Sam who had not done much hockey goalkeeping before. Both boys made some impressive saves and can be very pleased with their afternoons work.  Well done to all the Colts who took part.