Match Reports 24/10/15

Whitchurch ladies 1s 4 Lymm ladies 4s 1

On Saturday 24th October Whitchurch 1s played Lymm’s 4th team at home.

The game started with a Whitchurch push back and resulted in much of the play being in the Lymm half. Both teams worked the ball well with Whitchurch being the stronger team.

Sue Read scored her first goal of the season for the 1s ten minutes into the match with a quick push into the bottom corner. Minutes later she scored again with a first touch deflection after a pass from Lisa Sullivan.

The rest of the first half was a close match with both teams having chances to score. Phoebe Jones came close to scoring after a pass from Ellie Windsor but was unable to get the ball in the goal.

Whitchurch’s captain Catherine Gresty also had a chance to score but a quick save from Lymm keeper resulted in it being 2-0 at half time.

Ten minutes into the second half Lymm got a short corner and a combination of short, quick passes resulted in a goal.

Despite the typical English weather (rain) Whitchurch kept working hard which resulted in a straight strike goal from Lisa Sullivan that was lifted just over the diving goalkeeper.

Lymm wanted another goal and a big hit found three Lymm players and only goalkeeper Gwyn Thomas- Rees in the dee and she pulled off a spectacular save, gaining time for the defence to drop back and support.

Whitchurch weren’t having another Lymm goal and with a hard hit from Gayle Ladd the ball was worked down the right by Emily Hilton and Jane Williamson. This then resulted in a short corner as the ball hit a Lymm foot in the dee. After this a number of shorts followed and Jane Williamson straight strike was met by Katie Plant putting her stick in the way to make the ball fly into the net.

Another strong 4-1 win for Whitchurch with Lisa Sullivan getting player of the match.

Next week Whitchurch have a week off before they are back in action on the 7th November against Alderley Edge 5s.


Warrington ladies 2nds 10 Whitchurch ladies 2nds 2

Whitchurch ladies 2nds travelled to Warrington on Saturday. Despite the score of 10-2 Whitchurch never gave up in battling for the ball and to pushing to get the ball into the opposition’s dee. Warrington were the stronger of the two teams and applied pressure from the start but as Whitchurch were finding their feet Warrington slotted the ball past goal keeper Shola Bailey.

Whitchurch worked from the start to the end trying to frustrate a strong Warrington team and a run from Jess Kimberley striking the ball from runner Charlotte Lawder on the left wing ran the ball and spotted Ashleigh Heath on the right who slotted the ball into the Warrington goal this boosted the confidence of the Whitchurch side. Warrington then sprung back on the break and scored a further four goals which brought the score line up to 5-1 at half time.

At half time Whitchurch had a motivating team talk which boosted the confidence of a lot of the team. Despite the score Whitchurch didn’t give up going for loads of tackles. Emily Vernon and Captain Julia Neale sprang into action by applying pressure and gaining the ball from the mistakes that Warrington made taking advantage to run the ball weaving in and out of the Warrington side but unfortunately wasn’t able to convert a goal.

Despite the chances that Whitchurch had on goal Warrington got stronger and pressured Whitchurch back into their dee and scored a further three goals. On the break Whitchurch had many tactical plans of how to keep the ball in the Warrington dee and a strike from the halfway line from Tracy Tolhurst straight into the Warrington dee picked out Emily Vernon who slotted the ball into the goal this left the score board at 8 – 2.

Warrington then bounced back and scored the remaining two goals before the end of the final half and the left the score at 10-2. Debutant Sally Pearce saw quite a lot of action this week along with Mel Reed, Wendy Cooper and Emma Clarke defending the Whitchurch dee but Warrington were a stronger as a whole team and clinical in the dee. Whitchurch can take many positives from the game but also many thinks to work on in the future.

After the week off Whitchurch will be travelling away to play against Neston 4’s and Ashleigh Heath was awarded player of the match.


Mossley Hill Men’s 3s 5 Whitchurch Mens 2s 0

Whitchurch started the day with only ten players but it got worse when two players failed to turn up at the meet and Whitchurch faced the possibility of travelling with only nine players, fortunately Chris Wilson stepped in at the last moment and Whitchurch travelled to Liverpool with nine players.

Whitchurch realised that with their reduced numbers that they couldn’t complete throughout the match and decided to defend and counterattack. From the start Whitchurch should have took the lead as their first opportunity fell to Craig Hockenhull who shot just wide of the Mossley goal.

Mossley started to make use of their numbers and move the ball around, however Whitchurch maintained their discipline and maintained their shape frustrating the Mossley attacks. Whitchurch again came close as a ball hit into the Mossley dee went through a crowd of players and bounced off Aaron Swain’s stick and wide off the post.

From this point on Mossley took full control of the game and despite all the efforts of Chris Wilson, Doug Buckeridge, Richard Leigh and Iain Bones in defence Mossley finally took the lead and quickly scored a second. Mossley continued to pressure the Whitchurch goal and brought the best out of keeper Neil Jones with a string of saves to keep the score to a minimum. Despite all their resistance Mossley inevitably scored a third before the break.

The half time break was very positive as the team was urged to continue with the same level of discipline and effort. Whitchurch held out for another twenty minutes before Doug Buckeridge took a ball to the knee ending his game. Mossley were very sporting and lent Whitchurch two players so the game could be completed.

Despite the effort of all the Whitchurch players especially midfielders Aaron Shackleton and Josh Parry who worked to the end all tired and Mossley scored two well worked goals to complete a deserved victory.

Whitchurch would like to thank Mossley for supplying another umpire and also sportingly sharing their players so the game could continue.

Whitchurch 2s travel to Llandudno next week.


Whitchurch Mens 1s 6 Lymm Mens 4s 0

Whitchurch continued their domination of North West Division 8 South West with another win over Lymm Mens 4s.

Martin Beecher scored a hattrick and goals from captain Joel Leese, Ben Kimberley and Felix Jeffreys kept them top of the league and on track for promotion.