Hockey Reports verses St John’s Cambridge

22 Sep 2017

1st VII v St John’s 1st VII

Witham Hall – 4
St John’s – 1

With this their second interschool fixture of the term, the girls were determined to continue their winning start and build on last week’s victory against Stamford. Starting with a high press, the team worked hard to put pressure on the opposition’s defence creating early chances to break the deadlock, but to no avail. Unfortunately it was St John’s who scored first after a neatly worked short corner routine hammered into the corner. The reaction from Witham was not ideal as heads went down and the team started to panic on the ball – half time was needed badly. After a very stern talk at the interval, the girls had to show more fight and structure if they were to gain anything from the match. In the second half, it really was like a different team had turned up. Bonnie worked hard to stretch the defence as Bella provided some solidity in restricting their skilful right forward. It wasn’t long before the equaliser came through a deflected shot from Ella and from then on, the game was all Witham. Tillie made a string of top saves to keep the conceded goals to just one alongside Lulie and Mia in defence. Josie and Sienna changed the dimension of the game when they entered the fray, both worked hard to restrict the opposition. Poppy and Katie worked tirelessly for the team up and down the pitch until the final whistle sounded finishing 4-1 – a complete turnaround and a tremendous second half performance. The pick of the goals came from Ella where Bonnie dragged a defender wide, crossed to the top of the D and was swept home decisively. Thank you to St John’s for hosting us so well and to all the parents for their continued support.

2nd VII v St John’s 2nd VII

Witham Hall – 1
St John’s – 0

The 2nd VII Hockey team travelled to Cambridge to play against St John’s. The match started with much of the possession in our attacking half but when called upon the defence were quick to clear the ball up to the mid field players, leaving our GK with very little to do. The girls continued to think about their stick work and passing the ball into space before being tackled. After a number of attempts at scoring, a superb pass from Rose into the circle for Matilda to convert was successful and Witham went into the lead. The second half of the match saw both teams have their chances with a number of short corners being awarded. With excellent defending from both teams the score did not change resulting in a well-deserved win for our 2nd VII Hockey team. Very well done girls, I am so proud of the way you worked as a team and the effort you put in as individuals. Well done!

Witham Hall 3rd VII v St John’s 3rd VII

Witham Hall – 2
St John’s – 2

The 3rd VII travelled to St John’s and were very excited to play against a hard, skilful team.  St John’s took control straight away and were fast on and off the ball, which took Witham by surprise.  After a lot of ‘Mrs Welch shouting’, the team started to get into gear.  Witham tackled hard and marked back to win the ball after losing possession. Hera, Millie and Isabella had to work hard in defence to keep the ball out of the D, which they did as a team displaying some confident clearances out to the wing. Eleanor, Holly and Daisy played the ball through the channels and had some golden opportunities at goal. The score at half time was Witham 0, St John’s 0.  This was a great match, with everything to play for. The second half showed determination, competitiveness and consistent effort.  St John’s scored straight away, with a goal following by Witham. 1-1 and Witham really wanted to win. St John’s scored a second goal, which Kitty couldn’t do anything about. Kitty was fighting hard to keep the St John’s shots out of the goal, which she did brilliantly. Witham stole the ball and made a break, five minutes before the end.  Excellent passing out to the wings, with a great shot to finish. Witham had levelled the score - fantastic determination by all! Well done to all the girls and congratulations to Isabella who won St John’s ‘Player of the match’. I would also like to congratulate Eleanor, who had the best game of hockey, I have ever seen her play. Thank you to all our supporters who travelled to St John’s to support the dream team!

U11A v St John’s U11A

Witham Hall – 8
St John’s – 0

The U11A team had a fantastic game against St John’s U11As this Wednesday. St John’s came out strong and put Witham on the back foot for the first couple of minutes, but it wasn’t long until Rose found the backboard during a well-executed short corner routine. The Witham team looked really slick, moving the ball wide and working together well, resulting in Eliza, Millie and Matilda all scoring goals. With the score 5-0 at half time we made some significant changes to our structure and positioning to challenge the Witham girls. This didn’t stop the scoring frenzy though with Matilda, Eliza and Millie all scoring again. St John’s did have some attacking play and Charlotte made a great save, charging down the attack. Lilia, Bunny and Mollie all worked hard in a variety of positions. Well done girls, another great game!

U11B v St John’s U11B

Witham Hall – 2
St John's – 2

Witham started confidently moving the ball effectively down the pitch. The forwards had opportunities to pressurise the St John's goal and were able to convert two chances. The girl's started to move out of position effectively narrowing the pitch making it difficult to create space and move the ball quickly. St John's had the better of the second half and scored two goals. All of the girl's tried hard but they need to stay in their positions if their game is to reach its potential.

U11C v St John’s U11C

Witham Hall – 5 (Clara 2; Olivia 2; Lydia 1)
St John’s – 0

The Witham girls were buzzing to get going with their match, after waiting their turn while the first round of matches was being played. Lydia started the game with confidence and the girls converted what we had just practised brilliantly, enabling Clara to score the first goal within minutes. The U11Cs showed how positive and fired up they can be with their hockey, showing energy and commitment throughout the game with lots of loud cheering from the side-line! Poppy M-T and Grace played with enthusiasm, and Kitty had a much more restful game in goal after her last match! Clara, Olivia and Lydia scored further goals and there was some excellent stick work on show from Poppy P and Alexandra. Sammie showed how much her understanding of positioning has improved. Well done girls – we were proud of your performance today.