Hockey News

20 Nov 2017

1st VII v Kings Ely 1st VII

Witham – 2
Ely – 0

The Witham girls were raring to continue their good run of results on an extremely cold and brittle day. In the first half, Ely played the better hockey, passing it around our press and utilising the width well. Against the run of play, Bonnie was sent through on goal and finished decisively before adding a second solo effort. In the second half, Witham battled hard to keep a clean sheet with Tillie making some important saves. Overall a good result but lots still to work on.

1st XI v Oundle 1st XI

Witham – 0
Oundle – 0

The score line suggests a dull match but this was far from it. With both sides playing the larger format for the first time, players started to follow the ball in the first ten minutes making for a scrappy start. Before half-time, the teams started to open up and use the width to greater effect with Oundle and Witham coming very close before the break, needing good saves from the respective goal keepers. After a stern team talk, the game opened up to an end to end affair and Witham had to battle extremely hard to keep a clean sheet. Despite nearly winning it at the end through some superb hockey, the Witham girls had to settle for a stalemate – certainly a fair result. A good start to their eleven a-side experience and we look forward to the Wisbech fixture. Thank you to Oundle for their exceptional hosting as always.

2nd VII v Oundle 2nd VII

Witham – 2
Oundle – 0

The 2nd VII Hockey team had a superb match against Oundle on Wednesday. A few of the squad played up in the 1st XI so Jemima and Holly played in their debut appearance for the 2nds. They both played extremely well and credit must go to Jemima for scoring both our goals. Witham had much of the possession with numerous shots at goal but Oundle’s defence worked tirelessly and kept the score to 0 – 0 at half time. Rose our GK didn’t see much play but when she was required to perform she did so with a calm and level head. Very well done Rose! Our girls showed determination and perseverance, and were rewarded for both excellent team work and individual play, with a two goal win. Very well done girls and thank you to all our supporters for travelling to Oundle.

3rd VII v Oundle 3rd VII

Witham – 4
Oundle – 0

The senior girls played extremely well to defeat Oundle. Witham quickly got into their stride and scored three well worked goals in the opening ten minutes. The defence was rock solid clearing the ball quickly to turn defence into attack. When given the opportunity the forwards put pressure onto the Oundle defence and had a number of chances to score. In the second half Oundle were more positive but still Witham were resolute, even with players playing in unfamiliar positions. Witham added another goal to consolidate their dominance and produce an excellent all round performance.

3rd VII v Kings Ely 2nd VII

Witham – 1
Ely – 5

After a very long journey, the 3rd VII Hockey side were ready to play Kings Ely 2nd VII. This was going to be a tough ask, as they have 8 senior sides to choose from in Year 7 & 8! The girls were taken by surprise in the first 3 minutes, as 2 goals went by our defence at speed!  Witham knew they had to battle hard by marking back and tackling hard. After 10 minutes, a further 3 goals were scored by Kings Ely, who passed the ball with confidence and belief. Witham were starting to panic, as they hadn’t played such a skilful side with hard hitters. By half time, the score was Kings Ely 5, Witham 0. Mrs Welch had a really positive, match saving team talk at half time, giving the team a lift to go back on the pitch and stop Kings Ely from scoring again. The decision was to man to man mark throughout, even if Witham didn’t touch the ball. We needed to stop any more goals going in by Kings Ely. Witham started to pass the ball with belief, leading Witham to score within the first 2 minutes of the second half. The 3rd VII kept their game plan and fought admirably. The final score was Witham 1, Kings Ely 5, with Witham winning the second half, 1-0. This was a match where the girls really kept their heads after a heavy burden in the first half and turned the game around. Well done to all girls, I was very proud of how they managed this game. Thank you to all our parents who travelled to support the team.

U11B v Kings Ely U11B

Witham – 3
Ely – 2

The Under 11B went on to play second after the first round of games, so they had to really warm up on a very cold afternoon! There was a terrific buzz amongst the Witham team and they certainly started to take control from the start, with Izzie scoring the first goal within 2 minutes of play. The team were passing the ball from channel to channel with confidence and producing some lovely set plays down the pitch. Kitty in goal was working hard supported by Tilly and Rachel in defence. Midfield, Rosie, Isabella and Shivali were certainly moving the ball from one side of the pitch to the other, which was nice to see and very hard to mark. Just before half time, centre forward Izzie scored another goal for Witham, bringing them to a 2-0 lead at half time. The second half was tight. Kings Ely came back to defend harder and attack as a team. They scored a quick goal just after the start of the second half, which took Witham by surprise. Witham responded with another goal by Izzie, bringing the score to 3-1. Kings Ely scored again, bringing the score to 3-2, with minutes to go! Witham battled hard and marked tight, bringing the match to an end. A super game, with some lovely hockey played; well done girls and thank you to our side line support team.

U11A v Laxton U11A

Witham – 11
Laxton – 0

The U11 girls welcomed Laxton this Wednesday, with every Witham girl in Year 5 and 6 playing across the 3 teams. The U11A match started with both teams playing some nice, competitive hockey, with no score in the first 5 minutes. Eliza was first to score after a barrage of attempts from our attack, all of which had been saved by Laxton’s wonderful keeper up until this point. Our defence were certainly tested as well, with Matilda and Millie clearing the ball beautifully. Lilia was second to score, striking the ball from top D, followed by Rose getting a sneaking goal on the left post.

The second half was almost a completely different game, it was totally one sided and Laxton seemed to have lost their spark. Mollie worked relentlessly in the centre midfield to support her team. Lilia, Bunny, Matilda and Rose all worked together to score a further 8 goals despite all playing out of position. Captain, Charlotte, had very little to do in the second half but did a great job of leading her team. Well done girls on a resounding 11-0 win; taking our stats to 89 goals scored, 9 goals conceded.

U11B v Laxton U11B

Witham – 5
Laxton – 0

This was an accomplished display of hockey from the U11B team. Positioning held firm throughout, the girls tried hard with some success to convert skills practised in training into the competitive arena and we saw tenacity from all. The attack line worked well together with communication improving all match: goals were scored by Shivali (2); Izzy (2) and Alexandra (1). Some of these goals were scored due to great support work from others – Shivali and Millie in particular. At the back Rachel had a particularly impressive game tackling well and triggering many of the team’s attacking drives up the pitch. Well done U11B team!

U11C v Laxton U11C

Witham – 2
Laxton – 0

Witham U11C team had a good match v Laxton JS with lots of spirited play on show. Alice, Sammie and Olivia worked massively hard all game never giving up and chasing everything down and the team really benefitted from their tenacity and work-rate. Poppy P made the difference with her thoughtful positioning and rapidly improving stick work – she slotted in one goal but with a little more ambition, this could have perhaps been more. Poppy MT displayed a more competitive nature at the back with some good hitting on show, Kitty (at GK in the first half) absolutely saved the team from a number of Laxton attacks. Well done all!

U10A to Witham Hall U10 Tournament

Runners Up

The Under 10A team had a fantastic day at the Witham Hockey festival. The whole team played extremely well to be undefeated at the end of the group stages. The semi-final was a tougher game but with consistent efforts the girls progressed to the final. Unfortunately they came up against a strong team in Kimbolton who played a high standard of hockey but the girls equipped themselves admirably narrowly losing - a great result.

U10B to Witham Hall Tournament

Group matches:

V Laxton JS                       0-1 (lost)
V Kimbolton                       0-1 (lost)
V Bedford Girls’ School     0-2 (lost)

Play-off Match:

V Leicester GS JS - Lost by one on penalty shuffles after drawing 0-0

A mixed team of Yr 4&5 girls played in the U10B team at Witham Hall U10 Festival last week. There was a lot of tough competition against A teams from other schools. The girls should be proud that they remained competitive throughout, never giving up and always ready to try and attack whenever the chance arose. However, over their three group matches the defensive effort meant that legs rather ran out of puff resulting in a lack of energy for finishing when the girls did get chances. However, the girls should be proud that they gave all the opposition teams a tough match and made them all work for their goals. Grace is making lots of progress in goal and made some good saves; Alice and Olivia were tenacious in the mid-field; Sammie showed vision with her excellent passing; Katie and Poppy P worked hard down the wings showing ever increasing control and Poppy MT and Millie increasingly grew in confidence and determination as the tournament progressed. In the second group stage play-off match the girls enjoyed an exciting encounter v Leicester Grammar; after the final whistle followed by 5 mins of extra time, the score was still 0-0. The match then went to penalty shuffles and the girls lost on their last strike by 2 goals to 3! Exciting stuff!

U9A v Laxton U9A

Witham – 12
Laxton – 1

The U9A team started incredibly strong against Laxton’s U9A team, winning the first third 6 – 0 with goals from Katie S, Rosie, Matilda and Georgia. Laxton struggled to string passes together against our quick thinking players. The second third was much more even after some juggling around of players, but determined Georgia still managed to score two more goals! Laxton begun to battle harder and their attacking players managed to break through the defence and score a goal. In the final third Laxton did tackle hard but kept sending the ball straight back to our players, resulting in Millie, Katie and Chiara all scoring, with Olivia very nearly getting a final goal but unfortunately it was already full time. It was a really enjoyable game and thank you to Laxton for coming, and our parents for their support.

U9 Stars and U9 Stripes v Laxton U9B

Round 1: Witham 0      v    Laxton JS 1
Round 2: Witham 0      v    Laxton JS 0
Round 3: Witham 2      v    Laxton JS 0
Round 4: Witham 0      v    Laxton JS 0

This match was played in four rounds with Witham having two teams and Laxton JS just the one. The play was really close throughout with the Witham girls really tested at times by the attacking play from some talented Laxton players. Some excellent defensive work saved the day on numerous occasions and it was good to see Hetti and Flora W really making progress in attack and giving the Laxton defence something to think about. Maddie scored a goal which was a just reward after her disallowed goal at Stamford, and Matilda scored the other Witham goal. Eloise, Violet and Scarlett have to be commended for their tenacity and work-rate all game.