Match reports 12/11/16

Timperley Ladies 4s 0 Whitchurch ladies 1s 2

Timperley started off at the stronger of the two team as Whitchurch struggled to find their feet.

Whitchurch settled into the game and Lucy Rattliffe passed the ball to Sue Reed who tapped in the opening goal. Timperley had many chances on to equalise but goal keeper Maddy Sugden defended them off and to keep the score Whitchurch in the lead.

Emily Hilton, Emma Harper, Clare Fitzgerald and Charlotte Lawder worked well defending at the back and feeding the ball up to Catherine Winter-Gresty, Phoebe Jones, Laura Workman and Lucy Ratliffe.

In the second half Whitchurch applied the pressure straight away, after gaining a short corner Whitchurch scored from a strike of the top of the dee from Lucy Ratcliffe and securing the points.

Whitchurch ladies 1s will be at home playing against Wimslow 2s


Whitchurch Men’s 1st 4 – Deeside Ramblers Men’s 6s 1

Whitchurch had a much calmer game than last week’s thirteen-goal thriller, but were able to ensure a solid win against an experienced Deeside team. A strong turn-out with a number of substitutes meant that they could apply constant pressure on a Deeside team which combined experience at the back with speed and skill up front. Tom Leonard started the scoring after being put through by Alex Fry with a strong strike on goal, whilst Ryan Murtagh, Tom Forster, Matt Brooks and Ben Fry were able to keep the Deeside attack at bay and clear the ball quickly and accurately, and Aaron Swain in goal made an excellent stick save to keep Deeside from getting off the mark.

More pressure from Whitchurch paid off with a goal from Martin Beecher during a period where Deeside had lost a player to the sin bin, giving them a comfortable 2-0 lead at half time. The half-time talk centred on getting the basics right, sharpening up ball control and passing, but this was a much better performance than last week in general and Whitchurch started to put together the smooth passing game which has given them so much success, with Joel Leese, Ben Kimberley and Steve Lloyd combining well in the middle of the field, and Martin Beecher and Jake Wood providing width in attack.

In reply, Deeside started putting on pressure in the Whitchurch half, leading to a number of short corners, finally leading to a goal to make it 2-1, but this inspired Whitchurch to regroup and counter, and Tom Leonard was able to grab his second with a flick lifted over the diving Deeside keeper very shortly after. A number of shots went just wide, and the Deeside keeper made a number of critical saves, but eventually Whitchurch got their one and only short corner of the game, and Jack Barnes was able to fire a shot through the legs of the Deeside keeper to make it 4-1. The last few minutes were then spent defending with James Partington and Ryan Murtagh each getting critical saves in, before the final whistle gave Whitchurch their 6th win of the season to stay top of the division.


Whitchurch Ladies 2s 21 Bebington Ladies 2s 0

The Whitchurch team were raring to go after a 2-week short break. They needed a big win to put them back at the top of the league as they sat second at the start of the match on goal difference. Before any of the action began both teams participated in a 1 minute silence to remember those who have fallen in conflict.

Whitchurch were straight out from the get go with Hayleigh Busby slotting the ball away in the first couple of minutes. Soon after Ashleigh Heath pushed two more goals past the keeper. This was followed by great passing and tactical play which allowed Tracy Tolhurst to fire away another two goals. Another chance came for the growing in confident team with a short corner in which Becky Brookfield slapped in her first goal for the club. Olivia Edgerton scooped up the next goal, followed closely by Millie Edwards who in her first senior game placed a further two more goals away in the net, with Ashleigh Heath and Tracy Tolhurst both scoring to finish their hat tricks. At half time Whitchurch had a lead of 11-0 but they still weren’t finished.

Many short corner chances came for the team and with new routines there was much success. Again, Whitchurch came and again Whitchurch scored with Emily Vernon picking up two goals, Ashleigh Heath adding two more goals to the tally, Becky Brookfield pushing the ball through the legs of the keeper. Millie Edwards also adding four more goals to her total. The teamwork allowed Edwards to drive the ball down the right wing and into the dee with Busby getting the final tap into the goal.

The final score of 21-0 was down to the whole performance of the team with excellent passing and defending from all players.

A jubilant 2s will face Alderley Edge 7s next week.