Match reports 21/03/15 & 22/03/15 – Ladies 1s promoted champions

21/03/15 Whitchurch ladies 1s 6 Golborne Ladies 2s 0

The ladies 1s won Division 5 Cheshire league and gained promotion with a comfortable win over Golborne.

From the start Whitchurch took the game to Golborne and within ten minutes Chloe Crump opened the scoring deflecting home a cross from the left to settle the nerves and give Whitchurch the lead. Lisa Sullivan scored the second with some individual brilliance as she ran through the Golborne defence minutes later and slipped the ball under the keeper.

Whitchurch continued to pressure and grabbed another as Sue Read deflected home number 22 of the season. Gayle Ladd pushed forward from defence looking to get in on the scoring and her shot was going inches wide of the post when Jess Kimberley deflected it into the goal.

The second half saw Whitchurch pushing for more goals as they looked to finish the season on a high. Lisa Sullivan continued her solo competition for goal of the season when she again went through the entire Golborne defence and slotted past the keeper with another spectacular individual effort.

Whitchurch pushed their inspirational captain Catherine Reece-Gresty up front and all her efforts for the season were rewarded when with minutes to go she scored the final goal of the game to round off a promotion-winning season.

21_03_15 Ladies 1s win league

Whitchurch ladies 2s 0 Wrexham Ladies 2s 4

Whitchurch entertained Wrexham in their final game of the season with Wrexham pushing to secure the second promotion place in the league.

Whitchurch expected a difficult game and Wrexham pushed the Whitchurch squad from the start to the end of the game. Whitchurch raised their game with some outstanding defending from the back four of Becky Brookfield, Mel Reid, Charlotte Ridgeway, Nina Brown and keeper Shola Bailey, who throughout the game withstood the Wrexham attacks and held firm making Wrexham work for every goal.

The midfield of Tracy Tolhurst, Helen Machin, Emily Vernon, Julia Neale, Phoebe Jones, Wendy Page, Monique Higgs and Sally Pearce ran themselves to a standstill competing for every ball and the goals that were conceded showed why Wrexham are competing for promotion. Laura Workman worked hard up front chasing the Wrexham defenders but was starved of possession for long periods by a disciplined Wrexham defence.

Whitchurch were extremely pleased with the result as the team again raised their game and some excellent performances restricted the number of scoring opportunities.


Whitchurch Men’s Fathoms 6 Old Wulfrunians Fathoms 2

The fathoms enjoyed a solid win on home territory this week.

The ten players from Whitchurch Fathoms had their numbers boosted by Jess Kimberley of the ladies firsts who played a key role in helping secure victory.

Jack Barnes opened the scoring in the first five minutes, in what went on to be a relatively one sided affair with most of the pressure on the Old Wulfrunians defence throughout the game.

A yellow card for arguing with the umpires meant Old Wulfs went down to ten men allowing another Jack Barnes goal, followed by one from Iain Bones from a well-executed short corner.

With backs to the sun in the second half, the Whitchurch Fathoms focussed on passing the ball more to open opportunities on the Old Wulfs goal.

Further goals from Ben Kimberley and Jess Kimberley from well worked short corners where the ball was passed around the D before ending up at the back of the net.

Old Wulfs pulled a goal back from a short corner, but a final goal from Simon Briceno ended the match 6 – 2.

The game was a relatively heated affair with Simon Briceno receiving a yellow card for a clumsy tackle. However the Whitchurch Fathoms kept their cool in what was a comfortable win.

Special mention to Jess Kimberley for stepping in at the last minute and making some well-timed tackles and a well-taken goal.


22/03/15 Alderley Edge ladies 6ths 0 Whitchurch ladies 2s 0

Whitchurch 2s travelled to Alderley Edge to play a Sunday game and complete their fixtures for the season.

Whitchurch’s confidence was up after the improvements of recent weeks and again they took the game to Alderley Edge from the start. Laura Workman and Charlotte Lawder making use of her pace up front to run through the Alderley Edge defence at every opportunity and Phoebe Jones using her skill to control the game down the left.

Whitchurch’s best chance of the game came when Charlotte Lawder broke down the right and shot from the top of the dee and the subsequent deflection was scrambled off the line despite the Whitchurch team diving in to the crucial touch.

The game remained very even between the two sides match with both competing keenly for ball but without either creating any clear-cut opportunities.

At the end of the game the Whitchurch team were very satisfied with another point to complete their season.