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Match reports 07/03/15

Whitchurch ladies 1s 10 Whitchurch ladies 2s 0

The return fixture saw the 1s having to go all out to keep their promotion chances alive and from the off they took the game to the 2s.

Lisa Sullivan opened the scoring with a well stuck penalty corner to give the 1s the lead, the 2s however where in no mood to lie down and a quick counterattack saw Laura Hollinshead break through the centre of the 1s defence and fire just wide of the post.

This focused and fired up the 1s and saw Keeley Hathaway score a brace before the halftime break. The juniors in the 2s stepped up their games for long periods and defender Becky Brookfield and goalkeeper Shola Bailey made a string of crucial tackles and fine saves to keep them in the game.

The second half continued as the first finished with both sides not willing to give any ground. The 1s kept the score ticking over with a clinical display of finishing that has got them top of the league. Sue Read scored two from crosses from Jessica Kimberley on the right wing. The 2s gave everything with Tracy Tolhurst and Julia Neale never stopping in the midfield, but as the 2s started to tire the 1s took full advantage with another two goals for Keeley Hathaway and one each for Catherine Gresty and Ellie Windsor.

The 2s had a momentary lapse of concentration and Lisa Sullivan scored the goal of the game taking a quick free hit that was run to the top of the dee and smashed into the bottom corner of the goal.

Both teams took a lot out of the game the 1s the points and the 2s some excellent performances as the team gets stronger with every game they play.

The 1s travel to South Cheshire next week whilst the 2s take on Oxton at home 12.30 at the Whitchurch Leisure centre.


Whitchurch Fathoms 1            Barlaston Fathoms 6

Whitchurch Fathoms learnt a hard lesson against an experienced Barlaston team, Whitchurch couldn’t play their normal attacking game using their pace and youth to dominate the opposition.

Whitchurch had the early run of the game but against the run of play Barlaston took the lead. Whitchurch came back into the game as Ben Kimberley poached another goal on the back post.

Whitchurch attempted to attack the Barlaston team but they easily soaked up the Whitchurch attacks and counterattacked on the break exposing Whitchurch and took the lead again before the break.

The second half saw the Whitchurch team continue to attack Barlaston in an effort to get back in the game but Barlaston continued their game plan and continued to pick off the Whitchurch team with a number of well-executed goals.

The game gave the Fathoms plenty to think about and work on before the start of next season.

Match reports 28/02/15

Wrexham ladies 2s 2 Whitchurch ladies 1s 1

Top of the table clash, Wrexham 2s vs. Whitchurch 1s took place on Saturday.  Wrexham took advantage of knowing their own water based pitch well by playing hard and fast.

Both teams, equally pegged, attacked and defended well. Whitchurch thought they had taken an early lead, only for it to be disallowed. Whitchurch keeper Phoebe Jones did an excellent job saving two shots from Wrexham breaks meaning the score remained at 0-0 at half time.

The second half began much like the first, with both teams desperate to score, Wrexham succeeding in converting a short corner. However minutes later the Whitchurch attack retaliated, Nicola Workman drove the ball through the Wrexham defence to score a fantastic aerial goal.

A break by Wrexham ensured a second goal, leaving Whitchurch on the run.  The last ten minutes saw great passing between Whitchurch players, Ellie Windsor, Lisa Sullivan and Catherine Gresty with many opportunities to score being created but none converted. Whitchurch worked exceptionally hard until the final whistle, but were disappointed to walk away with a loss.  Whilst still top of the table, Whitchurch 1s have to win all their remaining matches to secure promotion this season.


South Cheshire ladies 2s 2 Whitchurch ladies 2s 0

Whitchurch ladies 2s travelled to Congleton High School to play mid table team South Cheshire 2s.

Whitchurch applied pressure during the first 15 minutes generating a number of chances. Unfortunately the defence were caught out on a lucky break that gave the opposition a goal advantage.

Whitchurch continued to press with Laura Hollinshead making several breaks into the D but the forwards were unable to convert their chances.

Congleton’s second goal came after a lapse in concentration from the team. Overall, Whitchurch showed great endeavour and deserved to come away with a point from this game.

Laura Hollinshead was voted player of the match.


Bridgnorth Men’s Fathoms 1 Whitchurch Men’s Fathoms 2

A full strength Whitchurch Men’s Fathoms team were hosted by Bridgnorth Hockey and Cricket club this week.

The grass pitch, situated on the cricket out field, was always going to be a challenge to the younger Whitchurch players and warranted a change of tactics to the usual style of play.

In the first half Whitchurch Fathoms played down hill and pressured the Bridgnorth back-line creating the first Whitchurch goal by Jack Barnes in the opening 10 minutes.

Sporadic break away runs from the Bridgnorth attack were effectively cleared away by the Whitchurch defence led, by Ryan Murtagh, supported by Mark Sugden, Doug Buckeridge and Neil Jones in goal.

Yet it was incessant pressure and well worked attacking play through a mid-field of Craig Hockenhull and Phil Tranter to the Whitchurch forwards of Jack Barnes, Simon Bricento, Ben Fry and Ellis Hickson that led to the Whitchurch Fathom’s second goal – slotted away by Ben Kimberley from the edge of the ‘D’, hitting the back board with a satisfying thump.

Starting the second half 2 – 0 up, Whitchurch expected a different game from Bridgnorth who would use the down hill advantage to good effect. Whitchurch snubbed out many attacks by intercepting long-hit power plays within the Bridgnorth half.

Yet as the game entered the last ten minutes, Whitchurch Fathoms to lost some of their focus and discipline allowing Bridgnorth to score their goal in the last three minutes of the game.

All in all a good performance from the Whitchuch Fathoms on an unfamiliar surface which caused the ball to bobble about, move slower than the astro turf and prevent flat-stick stops.

Bridgnorth were welcoming hosts at a friendly clubhouse with a good atmosphere – serving a welcome chicken and leek casserole afterwards.

Match Reports 21/02/15

Bloxwich Men’s Fathom 6 – Whitchurch Men’s Fathom2

The Whitchurch Fathoms set out to Bloxwich without their most experienced players.

Playing 10-a-side in the first half, Whitchurch got off to a good start with an Ellis Hickson goal in the first five minutes.

However after a well placed short corner and a goal in open play, Bloxwich ended the first half 2 – 1 up.

Starting the second half with just 9 players after Aaron Shackleton took a stick to the face, the Whitchurch Fathoms were always going to be on the back foot against an experienced Bloxwich team.

Spirited defence from Doug Buckeridge and Richard Leigh, good goal keeping from Neil Jones and positive attacking play from Ben Fry, Ben Kimberley and Ellis Hickson meant the Fathoms kept themselves in the game for most of the second half. A further goal from Ellis Hickson brought the score to 4 – 2 with 10 minutes to play. With a man-down, Whitchurch gave Bloxwich too much open space in mid-field enabling them to take two extra goals before the final whistle.

The 6 – 2 score line flattered the Bloxwich side in what was a close fought game against a largely in-experienced Whitchurch side.


Match reports 14/02/15

Whitchurch ladies 1s 11 Macclesfield ladies 4s 1

The game started late after a Macclesfield car containing the goalkeeper and captain broke down on the way too the match. Whitchurch lent the opposition their away kit and provided a goalkeeping kit so the game could commence.

Whitchurch took the game to Macclesfield from the start with numerous penalty corners but it took Whitchurch a while to break down the resolute Macclesfield defence. Katie Plant opened the scoring deflecting home a penalty corner. Jane Williamson got the second not long after deflecting home a cross from Chloe Crump on the right wing. The third came as Lisa Sullivan drove down the base line and picked out Nicola Workman for the third. With almost the last action of the half Macclesfield scored from a penalty corner.

Whitchurch came out in the second half to prove a point and attacked from the off. Katie Plant scored another from a penalty corner followed by a ten-minute hattrick from Sue Read and not to be out done Katie Plant scored her third of the game. Jane Williamson scored her second of the game shooting from the top of the dee past the stranded keeper and Chloe Crump got on the score sheet poaching off the keeper’s pads. In the final minutes of the game Ellie Windsor deflected home a cross from Catherine Gresty for her first team goal.

Whitchurch 1s entertain Oxton ladies 3s at home next weekend in a re-arranged fixture.


Whitchurch ladies 2s 0 Neston ladies 4s 5

The second team ladies started slowly and Neston took full advantage scoring two goals early on in the match. Whitchurch settled and started to play the ball around and control the match. Whitchurch were awarded a number of penalty corners but couldn’t get the final touch.

The second half saw Whitchurch continue to pressure through new girls Wendy Page, Nina Brown and Evelyn Crathern. Laura Hollinshead came closest too finding the elusive goal they needed when her shot was saved on the line as the Whitchurch side tired Neston clinically scored three goals from three penalty corners.

The second team have a break next week from the league returning to action on the 28th February.