4th November 2017
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
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
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
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