17 Mar 2016
Witham Hall 0-2 Leicester Grammar
Witham Hall 2-2 Laxton Junior
Witham Hall 1-0 Grantham Prep
The Colts A enjoyed hosting a keenly-fought football tournament in cold, bright and blustery conditions. We began with a 2-0 defeat by a very talented Leicester Grammar side who would go on to win their remaining two games without conceding a goal. Our next match was against Laxton: a 2-2 draw with goals from Louis and Charlie provided a fair reflection of the play. In our final match a second-half left-footed strike from Louis was just enough to earn victory over Grantham Prep in a similarly close affair. Overall, our record of one win, one draw and one loss was enough to achieve second position out of the four teams present. Well done to the whole squad: Alex (c), Max, Sam, Oli, Joe, Harry, Guy, Charlie and Louis.
Laxton 1- 0 Leicester Grammar
Witham 4- 0 Leicester Grammar
Witham 0 – 1 Laxton Junior
After a truly appalling morning of driving sleet and gusts of wind, thankfully the boys were able to enjoy an afternoon of sunshine and stiff breezes that dried out the ground and allowed all the teams to pass the ball on the superb Witham surface prepared by Mr Exton.
Laxton edged out Leicester and then Witham eased past Leicester with a brace for Harry Leverton and one apiece for Will Chatterton and Jack Cummins. The final match was a close affair with Laxton pinching it in the last minute as Witham paid the price of losing their shape and marking for a moment. However before that both teams passed the ball attractively, the link up play from the boys and in particular George Weaving and Jack Cummins supplying quality ball to Sam Smith who hit the post and was unlucky not to score on a couple of occasions.
Ludo Elborne was industrious in midfield as was Finn Wass who got forward down the left to great effect. Well done boys some cultured football!
Witham Hall 2
Kirkstone House U11A 2
Kirkstone House A made the short journey to Witham to face the Colts B. In what ended up being an hour long game played over four quarters the level of football on display was excellent. Kirkstone started brightly and were soon 1-0 to the good; however as the game progressed the Witham boys grew into the game and started to put increasing pressure on the Kirkstone goal, forcing their goalkeeper into several quality saves. After a long period of sustained pressure Witham managed to get the ball over the line. Score after two quarters 1-1.
Into the second half of the fixture the game continued to be an excellent contest, with the pace of the Witham attack causing Kirkstone problems and equally their movement putting the Witham defence under pressure. Kirkstone managed to take the lead only for Witham to respond with a stunning solo goal from Sam Smith. Kirkstone then began to apply more pressure and forced a late penalty, only for goal keeper Max St John to save superbly and keep Witham in the game. Final score; Witham Colts B 2 -2 Kirkstone House A.
A fantastic performance against a strong side the boys showed real skill and character, well done lads.
The Colts C went into the latest round of fixtures with an unblemished record, looking to continue in a fine run of form. With the afternoon comprising a mini triangular tournament against strong opposition, it was always going to be quite a challenge.
In the opening fixture, Leicester took on Laxton and both teams looked well matched. It was Laxton who enjoyed the bulk of possession and territory in the early stages but Leicester always looked threatening on the counter-attack. Indeed in the second half with moments remaining, Leicester managed to score the clinching goal after Laxton committed large numbers to the attacking end. The final score was 1-0 to Leicester.
The Colts C then took on Leicester in the second match of the afternoon and the fresh legs looked to be the key difference. Goals from Sammie Stokes, James Wass and George Vergerson-Rowley sealed a comfortable 3-0 victory.
The final game saw the Colts C pitted against Laxton. The conditions began to take their toll on the boys and Laxton, having rested, looked to have more energy about them. Nevertheless Witham dominated the opening half but just couldn’t find a way through to the Laxton net. The second half quite literally presented the boys with an uphill challenge due to the slight incline of the pitch. Laxton applied pressure on the Witham defence which stayed strong for so long, thanks in no small part to the heroics of Richard Tomlinson in goal, who produced an absolute wonder save, palming the ball away twice in quick succession when it looked surely as if Laxton had scored.
Laxton finally breached the Witham defence with only a few minutes left of the game, but the Witham boys reacted superbly and with two minutes left managed to pull level after a finely taken goal from Sammie Stokes. The boys could have then gone on to win with a couple of late chances, however the draw sealed an overall victory for the afternoon.
Well done boys!
Witham Hall U9A wins v Wellow House
The U9A boys played so well yesterday that they won comfortably (11-1) against a side who had kept them to 2-1 at half time. The passing was slick, communication was excellent between the boys and they had such a determination to win. The half time talk was about polishing their performance and they did just that! They were asked to look carefully before making the final strike on goal and go and fetch the ball if the pass had not been so accurate. Attan made some terrific 2nd half attempts on goal to make sure the score line stayed only as a deficit of 1 goal. Two boys scored hat-tricks and some defenders even got on the scoreboard due to the level of pressure from every player. An excellent afternoon of football and we were well hosted.
Witham U9B&C v Wellow House
The U9B/C’s faced their Wellow equivalents in a series of matches which were largely dominated by Witham, who had arrived in a competitive mood. In the first pairings of the day the two B’s and C’s faced each other in what should have been a couple of even matches. The B’s were up against a physically imposing Wellow team who from the outset aimed to use their superior strength to out-muscle our players; thankfully we were more than equal to the task. Some crisp passing in the midfield opened up several crossing opportunities which drew 2 handball penalties, both of which were taken with aplomb. From then on Wellow pushed hard to get themselves back in the game, but our incisiveness on the counter-attack allowed us to create many more goal scoring chances, of which we took two more to give our B’s a well-earned 4-0 win.
Simultaneously our C’s were putting on a masterclass of attacking football, romping to an 8-0 win against their ‘shell-shocked’ opponents. Right from kick-off we were aggressive in our attacking intent, scoring almost immediately from a wonderful slide-rule pass from the midfield, playing in to our striker to thump home. From then on we were relentless, with wave after wave of attack, stopping only for the half-time change of ends, leaving us with a richly deserved victory. Once those two matches concluded we swapped opponents, with our B’s now facing their C’s and vice versa. Unfortunately, whilst the previous defeats had obviously demoralised their C’s allowing us to cruise to a comfortable 8-0 win it had the opposite effect on their B’s, who came to life as they narrowly beat our physically outmatched C team in a hard fought 4-2 defeat, this despite some heroic and battling play from all the players.
Overall the high skill level on display from both our teams, which whilst impressive, was bettered by the camaraderie of the teams, both in victory & defeat. We showed the same desire to run, tackle and fight for each other throughout, displaying all the qualities we have come to expect from Witham Hall pupils.
The U9 mixed boys and girls hockey teams had a fantastic morning of hockey on Saturday at Stamford Junior School. Each team played three rounds of matches against some very tough opponents which included, Magdalene House, Stamford JS, Copthill, Bedford, Stoneygate and Kimbolton. What was most pleasing to see, was the camaraderie between all the boys and girls and the effort and enthusiasm that was put in throughout the morning. We saw some really fantastic team goals and whether it was a win, draw or a loss none of the U9’s let their heads drop. You were all a pleasure to take. A big thank you must go to all the parents who turned out to support us.