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Match reports 31/01/15

Whitchurch ladies 1s 2 Neston ladies 3s 1

Whitchurch entertained Neston in this top of the table clash, in what turned out to be one of the most competitive games of the season.

Whitchurch struck first winning an early penalty corner which Katie Plant converted to give Whitchurch the lead. Neston then settled and moved the ball around pressuring the Whitchurch players into making mistakes and giving away the ball. From one of these many attacks Neston were awarded a penalty corner and slotted the ball past debutant keeper Phoebe Jones for the equaliser.

The half-time break gave Whitchurch the opportunity to discuss their tactics and they went out in the second half to turn the tables on Neston playing simple quick passes and giving them no time on the ball.

Whitchurch again got the early break with another penalty corner and Sue Read poached the rebound off the keeper’s pads to give them the lead again. This time Whitchurch showed no signs off letting their lead slip and continued to apply pressure throughout the half but failed to extend their lead despite some excellent chances but enough for another well-earned 3 points.


Whitchurch ladies 2s 0 Macclesfield ladies 4s   3

The frustration for Whitchurch 2s continues, the score line in no way reflecting how well they played and competed for long periods of the game.

Whitchurch started the slower of the two teams and within a couple of minutes let in a soft goal as the defence switched off for a moment. The heads of the Whitchurch team however did not drop and they took the game to Macclesfield through captain Helen Apperley returning from her head injury a number of weeks ago. Whitchurch were awarded a number of penalty corners but couldn’t get the elusive touch.

The second half saw much off the same as Whitchurch continued to attack but couldn’t capitalise on the chances they created. Macclesfield took two chances well in the later stages off the game as the Whitchurch team had run to a stop.

The 1s travel away to Warrington 2s next week for another tough fixture whilst the 2s travel away to Alderley Edge 6s.


Whitchurch Mens Fathoms 8 Ludlow Mens Fathoms 2

In the spirit of the Fathoms league Ludlow couldn’t raise a full team so Whitchurch offered them two of the first team who didn’t have a fixture this week.

The added incentive spurred on the Fathoms team from the off to push for the win. In the opening minutes Ben Kimberley scored the first off his goals to give Whitchurch the lead. Ludlow re-grouped and scored an equaliser but Whitchurch took control up to the interval as Ben Kimberley completed his hattrick and Simon Brinceno dived full length to turn in a cross from Ben Fry.

The start of the second half saw Ludlow bounce back and some quick quality passing from their juniors picked out Ben Lea to slot the ball past the Whitchurch keeper.

Whitchurch again were spurred on and Ben Kimberley scored his fourth goal and Ellis Hickson scored from another cross from Fry. Craig Hockenhull slotted the ball past the Ludlow keeper later in the match after Kimberley turned provider. The final goal came as Ryan Murtagh picked the ball up and drove through the centre of the Ludlow defence and round the stranded Ludlow keeper for the final goal of the match.

Match reports 24/01/2015

Whitchurch Men’s 1s  0  Old Wulfrunians 1s   4

Whitchurch took on top of the league in their fixture. In what turned out to be a very competitive game the result went with the inform team.

Whitchurch travel to Barlaston next week.


Tamworth Fathoms 1 Whitchurch Fathoms 2

Whitchurch travelled to their furthest away game of the season expecting a nice easy game.

Whitchurch travelled with 10 players but were still confident against a young Tamworth team and they took the lead within a couple of minutes of the start with a Jack Barnes goal. Tamworth had strengthened their team with experienced players to assist the youngsters and it was not long before they equalised.

Whitchurch re-grouped at half-time and began to play the ball around faster and this led to Barnes receiving the ball in the Dee only to blaze his shot over the bar. It was midway through the half that the ball fell to Craig Hockenhull who skilfully beat the Tamworth defender and slipped the ball pas the keeper. Tamworth came back until the final whistle but Whitchurch defended valiantly with Mark Sugden leading the backline to earn a well-deserved win.

The Fathoms entertain Ludlow at home next week.
Alderley Edge ladies 6s 0 Whitchurch ladies 1s 3

Whitchurch ladies continued their good run of form and kept themselves in the promotion hunt with this win.

Two goals from Catherine Gresty and one from Katie Plant ensured another three vital points.
Warrington ladies 2s 6 Whitchurch ladies 2s 0

Whitchurch travelled away and played against one of the teams competing for promotion in the league.

The team is still in a development phase with a number of juniors playing their first season at senior level guided by some wise heads in the club.

This again was another strong performance against a good team as the team continues to grow in experience and confidence.

17/01/15 Whitchurch Hockey match reports – updated

Droitwich Mens 1s 1   Whitchurch Mens 1s 3

The Reds first match of 2015 was a tough away match against Droitwich, the Reds won the home fixture 2-1, but knew this was going to be a close match.

The Reds started the match well, and were controlling the early play.  The first goal of the match came within the first 10 minutes when a quick sixteen hit was taken to Captain Lee Davies who beat his defender and chucked an ariel over the Droitwich defence for Ben Lea to run onto and win a penalty corner, which he dispatched with a clinical drag flick.

After the goal the match became an even and close encounter but the Reds were defending well as a team and Droitwich were finding it difficult to make any clear chances.  The next big chance in the game came to Whitchurch’s Joe Nicholson who picked the ball up around the half way line with a 1v1 against the goal keeper, Joe rounded the goalkeeper and hit his shot against the post.  About 10 minutes before half time Droitwich did equalise through a penalty corner which was hit into the bottom corner.

At half time the result was 1-1, The Reds were the better team in the first half and were unlucky not to be leading at half time.

The second half started with Droitwich having a lot more of the ball and making it difficult for the Reds to get any control in the match.  However with all the pressure Droitwich were putting onto the Reds in the second half the Reds defended well as a team and limited Droitwich to a only a few chances.  The next clear chance again came to Whitchurch’s Joe Nicholson who picked the ball up on the half way line and beat his defender to again have a 1v1 against the goalkeeper, he again rounded the keeper and his shot hit the post again.  The next goal came shortly after, when again another counterattack saw Whitchurch win a penalty corner and again Ben Lea dispatched with another drag flick.

Droitwich piled more men forward to find the equaliser, the Reds defended well and Droitwich were finding it hard to create any clear chances.  About 5 minutes before the end Whitchurch made it 3-1 with another counterattack found Adam Peate on his own in the opposition D and clinically hit a well-struck shot into the bottom corner to ensure the Reds will be taking all 3 points.

Overall the 3 points were well deserved and as predicted it was a close match however the Reds defended well and limited the chances Droitwich could create and scored 3 good goals and it could have been a couple more if Joe Nicholson’s shots had gone in, instead of hitting the post, which was very unlucky.

Whitchurch have a tough home match next weekend against Old Wulfrunians who are currently top of the league.


Stone Mens Fathoms  3  Whitchurch Mens Fathoms  1

After a period of two months, Whitchurch Hockey Club’s fathom team played their first game following the Christmas break and a series of cancelled games caused by the winter weather.

On the morning of Saturday 17th, it looked like the game away to Stone may have been cancelled due to the host’s pitch being hard, however, the only thing which transpired to be hard was that Whitchurch arrived with only eight players, whereas the home team had a full compliment of eleven.

The game commenced and Whitchurch shortly conceded a goal realising that both the midfield and defence lacked enough players to cope with the attacking presence from Stone. Despite the constant pressure throughout the game, Ben Kimberley scored Whitchurch’s only goal which was consolation for the three goals which were conceded.


Whitchurch ladies 1s 6 Neston ladies 4s 0

Whitchurch 1s continued their fine run of form with the win over Neston 4s. The early stages of the game saw the two teams very evenly matched, however debutant Phoebe Jones steered the ball just wide of the goal with her first touch but it was well into the first half before Katie Plant scored from a penalty corner deflection to give Whitchurch a half time lead.

The second half saw the Neston team tire as Whitchurch continued to apply pressure but Whitchurch were lucky when Neston broke and keeper Gwyneth Thomas-Rees pulled off a crucial save. Whitchurch were rewarded for their efforts when over a five minute spell Katie Plant deflected home her second and Catherine Gresty scored from two well-worked penalty corners.

Whitchurch settled and began to move the ball around and from this Sue Read scored deflecting a cross from Nicola Workman. Lisa Sullivan’s mazy run through the midfield saw the ball fall to Katie Plant at the top of the Dee to fire the ball into the corner for her hat trick.

In the final minutes Chloe Crump was rewarded for all her running down the right when the ball came through a crowded Dee and she tapped it past the Neston keeper.


Whitchurch ladies 2s 0  Crewe ladies 3s 2

Whitchurch rode their luck throughout the first half as Crewe attacked and Whitchurch defended solidly through Gayle Ladd, Mel Reid, Claire Roberts and Sally Pearce. Shola Bailey in goal made numerous saves to keep Whitchurch in the match.

The second half saw Whitchurch start to settle and begin to create chances with Laura Workman, Natalie Hollins and Monique Higgs battling hard in the midfield to deprive Crewe of possession. Whitchurch continued to press forward and were rewarded a penalty stroke which they failed to convert.

Whitchurch pressured and were rewarded with a number of penalty corners; a well-worked routine saw Ellie Windsor deflect just past the Crewe post. Crewe however took full advantage of their chances and scored two goals to give them the three points.

Level 1 Umpire Course- Chester hockey club – 18/01/15 – Deadline 07/01/15

For anyone wanting to do a L1 Umpiring award Chester hockey club are holding a course on 18/01/15.

Link for on-line booking.

Its rare that we get courses run as close as this so please make use of it. If you fancy going can you let the secretary know and we can arrange car sharing if a number are interested.

Venue: Chester Hockey Club, Plas Newton Lane, Chester CH2 1PR
Start date: 18.01.2015 | Duration: Sunday 18th January 2015, 9am-4:40pm