A great performance from the Whitchurch players yesterday on our first outing at the Shropshire-organised U13s Central Venue League. We were able to lend 2 players to Shrewsbury as they were short, so everyone got lots of play.
Results as follows:
Game 1 vs Shrewsbury. Whitchurch won 4-2 with goals from Ben Kimberley (3) and Morgan Chapman.
Game 2 vs Telford. Whitchurch won 3-2 with another hat-trick from Ben Kimberley.
Game 3 vs William Brooke’s. Whitchurch lost 5-2, with our goals coming from Locki Price and Morgan Chapman. William Brooke’s were an outstanding team, so we did really well with some great defending and goalkeeping from Aaron Swain.
Huge thanks to all the players and parents, and especially to Claire Hamer for running the team on the day.
Whitchurch Ladies 1s 2 Alderley Edge Ladies 6s 0
Whitchurch 1st team started their Cheshire Division 5 campaign with a well deserved victory against Alderley Edge 6s.
Whitchurch started the game slowly as they shook off the pre-season rust and lack of match practice. Throughout the first half Whitchurch struggled to find their first touch and sting together a combination of passes but could have taken an early lead as Sue Read steered the ball just past Alderley’s post.
The second half saw Whitchurch concentrate on the basics of passing and moving and within five minutes took the lead when a Sue Read shot rebounded off the keeper and Jess Kimberley fired home. Whitchurch continued to pressure with Lisa Sullivan pulling the strings in the centre of midfield and a fine run down the right wing by debutant Emily Vernon saw Sullivan pick out Read in the dee to score the second of the game.
Alderley could have got back in the game but a fine save by another debutant Bethany Wright in goal kept Whitchurch in the game giving them a first and well deserved win to start their league campaign.
Whitchurch Ladies 2s 2 Golbourne Ladies 2s 4
Whitchurch ladies 2s started their first game in Cheshire Division 5 fielding six debutant’s to the ladies section from last years Academy players.
Golbourne started the stronger of the two teams and during the first half some nerves crept into the Whitchurch girls which Golbourne exploited to take a three goal advantage at half time.
Whitchurch settled their nerves in the second half and began to show promise maintaining possession and from one of this spells Nicola Workman picked out Chloe Crump to pull a goal back and reward their efforts. Golbourne scored a fourth from a neat interchange of passing before Katie Goodwin deftly slid a pass through for Crump to score a second.
Whitchurch had a final opportunity in the final seconds when Laura Workman scrambled the ball just wide of the Golbourne post.
Despite the result Whitchurch learnt alot and showed great potential for the upcoming season.
Whitchurch 1s travel away to Oxton 3s whilst Whitchurch 2s entertain Warrington 2s at home next week starting at 12.30 at Whitchurch Leisure Centre.
A great day was had by Academy, Juniors and Seniors at our first Club Day (for many years) which was organised as part of England Hockey’s National Club Weekend.
The Academy kicked off the day with their first session of the new year. A lot of familiar faces missing – they turned up later on in the morning as the latest additions to our junior cohort – but plenty of new ones. Big thanks to Craig and Lee for helping out this week, and as usual to Neil, plus our ever-keen junior helper Jess!
Here’s a nice picture of the Academy players, parents and helpers at the end of the session.
It was fantastic to see such a great turnout of junior and senior players for the next session – a fitness and skills assessment. The enthusiasm and commitment to that first fitness test bodes well for the season!
And to round off the day, the Mens 1s and Fathom players hosted Northop Hall for a friendly. Some very promising spells, and some very rusty periods, ended in a 4-3 win to the visitors, and plenty of stuff to work on in training.
Well done to everyone who took part today, and helped organise it. If you have any more photos of the day, send them through and we’ll put them on the site.
The 2014 season is upon us! A welcome back to those returning for more fun and success. A warm welcome to those coming for the first time, and we hope you have as much fun as possible here with us.
We have a new club Webmaster appointed – many thanks to James Partington for taking on the role of webmaster. He has many ideas how we can improve communication thoughout the club using technology and will be giving regular updates via the website, Facebook and Twitter. If you have any comments or suggestions feel free to contact James at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So, as the new season begins, let’s enjoy our training, take it out onto the pitch and turn it into successes, and then come back and enjoy all that the club has to offer. Best of luck!