Match reports – 14-10-23

Deeside Ramblers ladies 5s 8 Whitchurch Ladies 3s 0

A very well played match where the score line did not match the level of play. With play being pretty even in both halves.

New goal keep Alice Snaith was kept busy throughout with lots of brilliant saves but also some very cheeky back post goals. Bella Clarke had numerous breaks with great runs, but the keeper matched her and no goals unfortunately. The weather was the coldest this year and with downpours of rain one side of the pitch seemed to be more slippery than the other and Tracey Tolhurst’s first outing in a while turned into her attempting some gymnastics on the pitch.

The attackers made some great runs and had numerous attempts on goal but unfortunately was not fruitful on this occasion. The defence had a tough time for as many breaks we had Deeside also made some massive runs. All players have given 100% throughout and are starting to work better with each other and looks good to continue through the season.

Whitchurch ladies 2s 0 Deeside Ramblers ladies 4s 1

From the beginning of the match, Whitchurch could tell that it was going to be a close game. Time on the ball was very even, however, despite some great tackles from Eleanor Beecher, and excellent defending by Cath Reece-Gresty, Deeside scored off a short corner in the first half.

Whitchurch came back strong and seemed to dominate throughout the second half. Many great passes were made between midfield players including Nipper, Freya Gresty and Maisie Bennett, which led to multiple shots on goal, however none made it past the Deeside keeper. Whitchurch still didn’t give up, with some brilliant runs being made by Lucy Chadwick, and lovely tackles from Lexi Morgan meaning that Deeside barely got the ball in the Whitchurch dee, however Whitchurch could not secure a goal in time for the end of the match.

Wilmslow Men’s 3s 7 Whitchurch Men’s 2s 1

Whitchurch travelled away for their second late start in two weeks to play in the pouring rain. Wilmslow attacked from the whistle and camped in the Whitchurch half for the first 5 minutes of the game. Whitchurch then started to settle and move the ball around and should have taken the lead as numerous chances came and went. Wilmslow then took the lead from a penalty corner against the run of play.

The second half saw Wilmslow use their experience to control play and frustrate the Whitchurch attacks and several unforced errors by Whitchurch were punished by Wilmslow. Whitchurch continued to cause Wilmslow problems on the break and Danny Foulkes scored a consolation from a penalty corner, but Whitchurch will want to put this behind them and move on next week.

Whitchurch Men’s 1s 4 Deeside Men’s 5s 1

In an exciting hockey match, Whitchurch 1’s displayed their prowess as they secured a 4-1 victory over a strong Deeside Ramblers 5’s team. Deeside came out with a strong start, taking the lead 1-0 early in the game. However, the tide began to turn when Felix Jeffrey’s remarkable play earned a flick, expertly converted by Jack Barnes to level the score at 1-1.

The momentum continued to swing in Whitchurch’s favour as Steve Lloyd made a brilliant shot from the top of the dee, threading the needle between the keeper’s legs to put Whitchurch ahead 2-1. Not long after, Ethan Gresty showcased his skills, converting a short corner with a beautiful drag flick, extending the lead to 3-1 by the end of the first half.

The second half was characterized by Whitchurch’s control of the game, although they missed several clear-cut chances to put it out of reach for Deeside. But they were determined, and Ben Lea sealed the 4-1 victory with a fantastic goal from a tight angle, ensuring Whitchurch’s well-deserved triumph. A thrilling match that showcased Whitchurch 1’s resilience and skill on the field.