Witham Hall Football and Hockey Update

17 Jan 2018

1st XI Hockey

Result

Witham Hall       2
Spratton Hall      2            

Report

The boys were keen to get the season underway and their opponents were the formidable Spratton Hall. Always a tough match and after losing last season, the boys knew it would be a tricky afternoon. During the first ten minutes, Witham had the best of the play, dominating in attack. Unfortunately chances came few and far between which enabled Spratton to break. After a well worked short corner, Spratton managed to force the first goal after a lapse in concentration from the defence. Witham needed to react. Just before half time, Spratton squeezed another in after another slow reaction in defending our D. Despite having the better of the possession, the boys went into half time 2-0 down and confidence low. After a slight alteration in formation, the boys knew an early goal would change the game and it certainly did. Defending resolutely at the back with Finn and Max gaining in confidence every minute, the midfield soon released Joe to strike the first blow after a break away. Wave after wave of attack rained down upon the Spratton goal, until another midfield release set Joe up to reverse hit from the top. The ball was saved and broke to George who first time thundered the ball into the top corner – a phenomenal strike!

Confidence was oozing and the game opened up as the midfields tired with both teams counter attacking. Both teams had chances to win it and after Witham came close, Spratton had the best opportunity with a minute to spare. Spratton broke free with two attackers bearing down on goal, before Freddie sprinted back and made a last ditch jab to win the ball as the attacker was about to strike – a majestic tackle and one that most certainly stopped a last gasp loss.

This was a tremendous effort from the boys. The half time result was not reflective of the performance and to come back to take a draw and possibly more was a testament to their determination and team work. Lots to work on but a brilliant start to the season.

2nd XI Hockey

Result

Witham Hall       0
Spratton Hall      0

Report

The 2nd’s first game of the season was certainly one of two halves. In the first half, Witham had the better of the chances in front of goal. Two one on one situations and some excellent skill from Alex at a short corner, were well saved by the Spratton keeper. Playing direct hockey benefited the boys enormously and this combined with a high press, allowed them to win a lot of ball in the Spratton half, which in turn put them under a lot of pressure; the only thing lacking was a goal. With the score 0-0 at half time, things were finely balanced. In the second half, as legs tired, the 2nd’s found themselves defending a lot more. Wave after wave of Spratton attack was thwarted by the imperious back four of Rory, Freddie, Ben and Jack. They were ably supported by Hugo, who’s phenomenal work rate led to a call up to the 1st XI. With five minutes remaining, the game could have gone either way but 0-0 ended up being a fair result. A good start to the season.  

3rd XI Hockey

Result

Witham Hall        0
Spratton Hall      1

Report

The 3rd’s made a steady start but their defence was tested early on in the game, with Spratton Hall breaking through and getting an early shot off at goal. However, they were denied by Felix making a good save, demonstrating sound footwork. Soon after, Spratton then earned a short corner with five minutes left in the first half and managed to score in the bottom left hand corner. In the second half, Witham played very well, putting Spratton under pressure right from the off, earning a couple of short corners. Unfortunately the 3rd’s couldn’t quite find that all elusive goal and at full time, Spratton had won 1-0.

Colts A Football

Result

Witham Hall        4
Spratton Hall      0

Report

The first football match of the season saw the visit of a skilful Spratton team. Both teams started well and seemed evenly matched, testing each other out. As the first half continued, Witham started to get on top but were unable to create any clear cut chances. Half-time, 0-0.

In the second half Witham started strongly. After a few minutes, a Witham corner – James hit a fierce cross and Angus rose majestically to head the ball past the stranded Spratton keeper into the top left corner.

The first goal proved the turning point. After that, Witham took control, the team combining well, putting together some neat passing revolving around Louis, James and Toby in midfield, backed up by the strong defensive partnership of Oscar and Freddie. Goals for Witham now flowed regularly – some swift interplay left Angus one-on-one with the goalie and he finished coolly with a neat chip; a fine shot/cross from Oscar was dummied by Angus and sped on through into the bottom corner of the goal.

A combination of teamwork and skill produced a very good first performance of the season and, more importantly, a 4-0 victory over Spratton.

Colts B Football

Result

Witham Hall        4
Spratton Hall      0

Report

In their first game of the season, the Colts B welcomed Spratton Hall to Witham. The game started very much with Spratton on top and for the first 10 minutes, the Witham boys were forced into a lot of defending. However, as the game progressed, the Witham boys grew into it a lot more, playing some nice attacking football. With 5 minutes of the first half remaining, Jack put Witham in the lead with a strike from the edge of the box after a cleared corner. Half time, Witham 1-0 Spratton.

Expecting an equally tight second half, the boys knew they would have to play their best to prevent Spratton from getting back into the game and this they did. The defence was solid, with the midfield linking well with the attacking players with some nice, accurate passing on display. Further goals came from Rafe, Henry and Oliver. The final score was perhaps a little unfair on a good Spratton side, who had played their part in a very entertaining match. It was a most accomplished performance for the first game of the season. Final score, Witham Hall 4-0 Spratton Hall.

Colts C Football

Result

Witham Hall        6
Spratton Hall      1

Report

The Colts C’s started their season in fine form on a cold afternoon away at Spratton. The team was impressively purposeful in attack and quickly established a commanding lead. This enabled some changes of position, in order to give the boys experience in different areas. Highlights included a Harry hat-trick and a superb long-range goal from Charlie. The final score line reflected a dominant performance, which bodes well for the season ahead.

Colts D Football

Result

Witham Hall        0
Spratton Hall      4             

Report

After a long bus journey, the boys were eager to get their football season underway. This was evident in the first few minutes of the game, after some crunching tackles were made by the defence along with some teasing through balls from the midfield. The Spratton boys were putting up a strong fight and played some good football of their own, creating a few chances which drew some magnificent saves from the Witham goalkeeper Henri. After a tight first half, some tired legs were evident, Spratton maintained their high pressure and managed to score a few quick fire goals in the last ten minutes, leaving the final score at 4-0. In many ways the result didn’t reflect the balance of the game; however the boys kept putting 100% effort in until the last whistle. Some key lessons have be learnt but overall a good platform from which to build on. Well done boys.

Colts E Football

Result

Witham Hall        4
Spratton Hall      2             

Report

The Colts E’s travelled to Spratton on Saturday for their first football fixture of the season. The two teams were well matched to start with, but as soon as Harry found his form, Witham dominated in attack. Isaac worked hard in defence and cleared away any danger competently. Cecil and Johnny were the link in midfield, ably supporting Harry. Will made a couple of important tackles and Alfie was excellent in goal, denying Spratton on numerous occasions. Harry scored a brilliant hat-trick and Spratton unfortunately scored an own goal to complete the victory.