Witham Hall Hockey Update
27 Feb 2018
1st VII Hockey
Witham Hall 3
Stamford School U12A 1
The boys knew this would be a challenge coming up against a side that technically have many more hockey years of experience ahead of them. After both teams traded goals in the first five minutes, one of which was a stunner from George hitting the top corner, Witham settled into the flow, working hard to keep their defensive structure which they have worked so hard on in training. The boys worked tirelessly to stifle any attack with Harry, Hugo, Charlie and Louis particularly impressing with their defensive approach. With a strong base, Witham were able to push forward with confidence and goals followed with another belter from George, before Louis added a third with an audacious reverse flick into the bottom corner. The second half proved to be a scrappy one with Witham certainly tiring in the midfield after their hard work in the first. Nevertheless the approach from Oli, Harry, George and Joe was still first class, keeping their defensive structure and closing out the match with ease, with help from the ever ready James between the sticks. This really was the most impressive performance this season purely based on the defensive maturity from every member. Let’s hope we can continue the progress with Oakham on Wednesday and that the weather doesn’t cause havoc!
2nd, 3rd and 4th VII Hockey v St John’s Cambridge
Witham Hall 1
St John’s 2
Witham Hall 0
St John’s 1
Witham Hall 2
St John’s 4
After a slow start and too many lapses in concentration, the 2nd VII found themselves 1-0 down within the first five minutes of the match. Pleasingly, they were creating some superb opportunities down the other end of the pitch but lacked a little composure in front of goal. Alex and Ludo caused the St John’s defence a lot of problems and were ably supported by Eddie, who was threading through some wonderful balls to put them in on goal. The second half played out in very much the same way, with the 2nd’s absorbing pressure and then looking to counterattack. This paid dividends with Alex scoring soon after the restart. More chances came and went and as the game became more stretched, St John’s scored one more goal to win 2-1. The only thing lacking in this game, was some clinical finishing and this is something the boys will need to rectify before playing Stamford on Saturday.
Against extremely tough opposition, the 3rd VII fought bravely against a very skilful St John’s side. The game was wide open from start to finish and played at a very high tempo, with both sides having some superb opportunities in front of goal. Unfortunately, the 3rd’s struggled to find that all-elusive first goal and narrowly lost. It was by no means a bad performance and they can take a lot of pride in the way they represented the school.
Although they lost, the 4th’s could not have done themselves or Witham prouder. Growing into the game with each minute passing, they worked incredibly hard as a team and were rewarded for this, particularly in the second half. In the first half, they unfortunately conceded a few times, not through a lack of concentration but through being caught on the counterattack. Many brilliant opportunities came and went, where a little composure in front of goal was needed to get that first goal. At 4-0 down in the second half, the 4th’s never let their heads drop and with five minutes remaining, scored two very impressive team goals. Will, Henry and Richard certainly brought the game to life. 4-2 was the final score and certainly doesn’t tell the whole story. Well done boys, you played some great hockey!
2nd, 3rd and 4th VII Hockey v Stamford School U12’s
Witham Hall 2nd’s 4
Stamford School U12B’s 2
Witham Hall 3rd’s 0
Stamford School U12C’s 2
Witham Hall 4th’s 1
Stamford School U12D’s 1
On Saturday afternoon the 2nd’s, 3rd’s and 4th’s put in some sterling performances against Stamford School U12’s. The 2nd’s game was a closely fought contest and very much an end to end affair. Both sides scored some impressive team goals and what was particularly pleasing to see, was the perseverance of all the 2nd team demonstrated against a much more skilful side. A 4-2 score line did flatter us but the effort from all was first rate; well done to Alex who has now notched up 11 goals in six matches for the 2nd’s. The 3rd’s had a very tough afternoon and lacked a little bit of composure in front of goal. Time and time again they got into super positions in the oppositions half, but that all elusive first goal never came. With the game stretched, Stamford took their opportunities and were deserved 2-0 winners. In the game of the afternoon, the 4th’s had to come from 1-0 down and through sheer grit and determination, with 4 minutes remaining, Henry found himself one on one with the Stamford goalie. A cool, calm and collected Henry, pushed the ball into the bottom left
hand corner to end proceedings and leave things level at 1-1. Well done to all the boys who represented the school, you did yourselves and the school proud.
Colts A, B, C and D Hockey v St John’s Cambridge
Witham Hall 1
St John’s 2
Witham Hall 0
St John’s 5
Witham Hall 0
St John’s 0
Witham Hall 0
St John’s 3
The Witham Colts A had a most competitive game against St John’s, playing end to end, exciting hockey. St John’s scored first, smashing the ball from the top of D into the bottom corner. Witham responded with several failed attempts at goal, until finally Angus struck the ball into the goal to equalise. Fred made a superb save on the right post in a short corner, stopping St John’s from taking the lead. Jack (GK) also made some storming saves. Unfortunately, St John’s experience on the hockey field was too much for the Witham team and they took the lead with a well worked goal. The Colts A team certainly held their own in this exciting game and a draw would certainly have been a fair result.
After a long journey to Cambridge the team came off the bus eager to start their first ever fixture of Hockey. Unfortunately the score line didn’t reflect a good game of hockey, which it was. A great effort from all the boys showing great promise for their future Witham hockey careers.
Although the Witham Hall C team was predominately a Year 5 one, led by a few Year 6 boys, the standard of hockey was very encouraging. From start to finish the boys worked extremely hard and with a bit more quality in the opposition D, the game could of easily gone our way.
This was the Colts D team’s first hockey match and with very little hockey training, the odds were against them. The team thoroughly enjoyed their game, with all 9 members of the squad getting stuck in and doing their bit. The team was predominantly made up of Year 5 boys, as opposed to St John’s team who were all Year 6 and with a couple more years of experience. Thomas, Henri and Nat led the team wonderfully, trying their hardest and setting a fantastic example. Freddie made his debut in goal, saving some impressive attacks! It was great to see the boys from both teams enjoying their hockey and showing some promising skill.