Match reports – 18-11-23

Whitchurch ladies 1s 2 Crewe ladies 1s 4

Whitchurch ladies 1s faced top of the league side Crewe at home. After a reminder about formation from stand-in captain Lisa Sullivan, the ladies came out in force; passing and moving up the pitch and working as a team. After 10 minutes of applying pressure on Crewe, Whitchurch’s efforts paid off after India Freer-Carmichael picked out Georgia Munro from a fantastic pass from a free hit. Georgia then drove into the dee and made a cross to Bella Spencer-Blow who converted her first goal for ladies 1s this season.

Crewe then fought back and after countless shots saved by Gwyn Thomas-Rees in goal, they managed to break through and converted 2 goals to go into half time 2-1 up.

After half time, Whitchurch repeated their first half performance and came out strong with Munro making another outstanding run and scoring a second goal. Defenders Katie Laffey and Tilly James held Crewe off from the back and gave some great opportunities for Poppy Gilbert, Sarah Kay and Jasmine Williams to make some great passing phases of play in the middle of the pitch.

Player of the match Holly Edwards worked tirelessly up and down the pitch making crucial passes into the dee and defending from the front. In the end Crewe were able to break free and score from a well worked short corner. Whitchurch then dominated the game and at 3-2 looked as though they may break even after a series of shots on goal and short corners, one in which Hayleigh Busby nearly scored after a fantastic shot on goal was saved off the line.

Unfortunately, minutes from the end of the game Crewe hit the ball to an unmarked attacker up front against the run of play and scored their fourth goal leaving Whitchurch disappointed but proud of the fighting effort they put in to make it such a close game.

Northern Men’s 2s 1 Whitchurch Men’s 2s 2

Whitchurch travelled for a late start in Liverpool hoping to capitalise on the previous week’s victory. Whitchurch started on the front foot and raced into a two-goal lead with a brace from Martin Beecher.

Whitchurch should have made the game comfortable, but a number of excellent saves frustrated both Beecher and Will Edwards.

As the game started to settle it became very even with both sides pressing forward but for some excellent defending from James Partington, Adam Rance, Archie Phews and some timely saves from goalkeeper Neil Jones and some luck as a deflected shot looped just over the crossbar Northern would have been back in the game.

The second half continued in similar fashion to the first with neither team managing to take control, Alfie Edwards flying down the wing caused the Northern defence numerous issues and Liam Pallet was unlucky not to connect on the back post from a fierce cross.

With 10 minutes to go Northern scored, Whitchurch fended off a series of attacks with the midfield of Craig Hockenhull, Airan Jones and Nik Moga taking control to the final whistle and another victory.

Whitchurch Men’s 1s 3 Winnington Park Men’s 2s 2

In a thrilling encounter, Whitchurch 1’s emerged victorious over Winnington Park 2’s with a 3-2 win. The intensity soared when Jack Barnes expertly converted a penalty flick, punishing a defender’s foot block on the goal line to give Whitchurch the lead. Felix Jeffrey’s added to the excitement, flicking the rebound from a short corner into the net, defying protests from Winnington Park players. Despite Sturge’s stellar saves, Winnington Park found a breakthrough, early in the second half, narrowing the gap with a well-placed shot.

The game reached a crescendo as Winnington Park levelled the score with their second goal, putting immense pressure on Whitchurch. Despite creating numerous opportunities, Whitchurch faced a resilient Winnington Park goalkeeper and steadfast defence, thwarting their attempts. In a pivotal moment, the Winnington Park centre back received a yellow card for a reckless challenge on Joel Leese, giving Whitchurch a numerical advantage.

Seizing the opportunity, Whitchurch earned their second penalty flick, skilfully converted by Jack Barnes once again. With a man advantage, Whitchurch navigated the final minutes with composure, securing the three points. The hard-fought victory showcased Whitchurch’s resilience and strategic prowess in a heated exchange on the pitch.