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Match Reports – 04.11.2017

4th November 2017

 

Mens 1s

Hampstead and Westminster Men's 1s were in a precarious position following a string of unfortunate results.  Sitting 6th in the Men's Hockey Premier Division table, they were in dire need of a win. Reading on the other hand were in good form, just ahead of them in the league and looking to continue the momentum already built.

It did not take long for Hampstead to open the scoring, South Africa's Matt Guise-Brown doing so at the game's first Penalty Corner on 4 minuets.  Reading, a much improved side from last season, looked exceptionally dangerous on the counter attack. Quick, skilful forwards were given good service by a very experienced back, and converted their only Penalty Corner to tie the game at 1-1 with just 8 minutes on the clock.

Hampstead's top goal scorer of last season Guise-Brown put the away team back in front shortly after with another trademark Penalty Corner drag flick.  And 7 minutes before the half time break, Captain Toby Roche was lurking on the back post to tap in from a yard or so for his second goal in 3 games.

On the stroke of half time Reading scored again to make it 3-2 and far too close for comfort.

The second half was entertaining, but goalless, as both sides aimed to control proceedings. With the final whistle, came a much needed 3 points as Hampstead and Westminster look to get their season back on track, and close the game to within touching distance of the top 4.

Hampstead host Sevenoaks at Paddington Recreation Ground on Saturday, looking to maintain their solid home form and get another 3 points.

Result: Hampstead 3 - 2 Reading

 

Ladies 1s

Hampstead & Westminster eased to a 6-0 victory at home to Harleston Magpies to maintain their 100% start to the season and stay top of the Investec Conference East on goal difference.

Hampstead had many chances during the first half but allowed Harleston Magpies to stay in the game by not converting the opportunities, only leading 2-0 at the break through an Emily Maguire goal on after 4 minutes and Annabel Driver finishing a Penalty Corner on the stroke of half time

The home team came out into the second half firing in a quick 3 goals, starting with a straight strike at a Penalty Corner from Captain Annebeth Wijtenburg.  Lauren Turner, then put away two great goals to give Hampstead a commanding 5-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the second half.

With 5-0 on the scoreboard Hampstead dropped their intensity slightly but managed to convert a 6th (deflection from Jasmine Clark) close to the end of the game to finish off their hard work.

Another good win, makes it 7 wins from 7, but over the next two weeks Hampstead face their two biggest title challengers, London rivals Wimbledon on Sundayand Sevenoaks the weekend after.

Result: Hampstead 6 - 0 Harleston Magpies

 

Ladies 2s

This was bound to be a tasty affair after the aggy af encounters last season and Chiswick’s perpetual unnecessarily aggy general demeanour.

We quickly went 2-0 down after twenty minutes and struggled to adapt to the new formation being trialled, however,  for the last ten minutes of the half it all clicked into place and a great breakaway was finished off by a diving Shelby on the slide before two marauding runs by Steph and Shaz respectively were finished off by Chloe. 3-2 at the break and the Ladies 2s were on the charge.

We showed great determination and spirit and fight and were incredibly unlucky not to pop in another couple of goals with some great breakaway chances. A sucker punch with a rubbish bobbler of a short corner strike was our undoing, and despite a good effort at a final flourish it wasn’t to be.

Div 2 is proving a tough one but there are improvements week on week and that first win is going to be ever so well deserved! We go again with the hard work for our double header next week!

Result: Hampstead 3 - 3 Chiswick

 

Thirsts

Five goals and five wins for the Thirsts

The Thirsts made it five wins in a row on Saturday against Tulse Hill and Dulwich Diamonds thanks to five goals to their three.

It was not long in the first half when we went 1-0 up before making a gaff and letting a three v one get the better of Paddy in our goal .

Thanks to a penalty stroke we got the upper hand and the game unfolded as the oppo just couldnt agree on which umpiring decisions they did and did not want.  Before we knew it, things got out of hand and it was handbags at dawn.

A fairly scrappy game was played in the second half but we held out and actually broke through the tit for tat finishing well with a good lead over a fairly agricultural London suburban team.

Well done to James Shrimpton (the younger) for a MoM performance and not so well done to joint DoD Brownie and Piran.

Finally, thank you to Sir Michael Fallon for his support in defence.

Result: Hampstead 5 - 3 Tulse Hill and Dulwich Diamonds

 

Vets

15 men selected, 15 men ready for play before push back!! Whoop whoop! A first for the season and after a good warm up, a strong Hampstead squad took Surbiton apart in the first half.  One up after 5 minutes from a Boud short corner strike, we were unlucky to have the lead cancelled out by some deft footwork from the oppo right wing.  These things happen, but we kept up the pressure and were soon ahead again after a nice deflection (sans footwork) from Jay.   Saxby tickled the third over the line from 6 inches (even he can't miss from there!)  The fourth came just before half time when Hammo picked up a long ball from Boud, took it round the keeper and slipped it back for Patrick to tickle over the line from six inches (even he can't....etc etc!)
Good work from the mid-field engine room of Jay, Dog and Edo and nice to have some old faces back in the defence giving us options.  Prit making the M11 journey to toil manfully at the back.  Stevie and Daws had agreed to take it in turns to stretcher each other off and the former was spotted still walking after the game so there are hopes we will see him on the pitch again soon!  The latter however was declared "utterly f*@ked" and sadly won't be seen again this side of Christmas.
4 -1 up at half time we hoped to increase the lead but slacked off a bit in the second half and no further goals were added or conceded.  Possibly we were a bit tired with the two week break (and longer for others) but we'll need to improve on that next week.   Whatever, 3 points against Surbiton is always good and on to Reading.
MoM:  Edo
DoD: Hammo (if anyone’s wondering where the toilet brush for changing room 1 is, it’s in Hammo’s kit bag; an excellent boot cleaner apparently).

Match Report Saturday 13 Sept 2014 – Men’s 1s v Wimbledon

The Men's 1s seized victory from the jaws of defeat as they started their 14th consecutive season in the NOW:Pensions Premier League with a last-gasp 2-1 win over London rivals Wimbledon in The Cage (Pad Rec water for those new to this!)

The Wombles took an early lead in just the fifth minute and held their advantage until the dying moments – but one of our many new faces, Andy Hayward struck his first goal in the famous blue and white stripes with just four minutes left on the clock. Just  one minute later, one of the oldest faces, Will Naylor tapped in his 51st Premier League goal for HWHC to win the game at the death.

Wimbledon, bolstered by the arrivals of internationals James Bailey and Ian Sloane, went into the match as favourites over a HWHC squad who have added 10 new faces themselves, but had spent very little time together in pre-season.

The visitors went on the attack from the first whistle forcing us to play deep inside our own half, attempting to shut down space as best we could. However, the expected lack of match sharpness and team understanding meant that Wimbledon had little trouble in breaking down the defence, and they scored a well-worked goal inside five minutes, an unmarked striker tapping in on the far post.

A combination of improved individual defence - Alex Jakeman standing out in particular - and profligacy from Wimbledon allowed us to gradually work ourselves back into the game and stay within one goal until the interval.

HWHC enjoyed more possession at the beginning of the second half but still struggled to put together any meaningful attacks, with Michael Hoare and George Farrant in the centre of the Wimbledon defence remaining largely untroubled.

Meanwhile, the away team continued to squander their attacking possession, including four penalty corners - one of which was cleared off the line by captain Toby Roche.

As time ebbed away and Wimbledon failed to kill the game off, Hampstead grew in confidence and, with four minutes left, they finally won a penalty corner of their own.

New boy, and Kiwi international Hayward is a specialist in such situations (did you see the World Cup and Commonwealth Games?), and he made no mistake from the top of the ‘D’, netting with a trademark strike to level the scores.

Hayward celebrates his first HWHC goal
Hayward celebrates his first HWHC goal

The home fans celebrated at the prospect of an unexpected point from this first, difficult fixture – but more was to come.

Moments after the restart another summer signing, James Simpson, stole the ball, allowing Oliver Didham to attack down the left and cross for Naylor, who exploited the space between the retreating defence and onrushing goalkeeper to finish expertly seconds before the final whistle.

HS