Match report – 27-01-24

Golborne ladies’ development 6 Whitchurch Ladies 3’s 0

With a few ladies missing this week we travelled to Golborne with some different players on the pitch. With only two senior players on the pitch the youngsters made some great passes and had quite a few chances on goal, with five short corners in the first half.

Golborne proved to have some very strong players with some very powerful shots on goal. At half time we were 5-0 down but still in good spirits but tired with only 11 players.

After switching around at half time Golborne only scored one more goal. All the girls are superstars in the making and showed great teamwork with some great breaks towards the goal.

Player of the match Erin Harnden who was excellent up front and in defence.

Whitchurch ladies 2s 1 Oswestry ladies 1s 4

Whitchurch had a slow start and Oswestry took full advantage of this. Oswestry scored two goals very early on. Oswestry kept the Whitchurch defence and midfield constantly fighting trying to push them back.  Goalkeeper Phoebe Gregory made many great saves to keep Whitchurch in the match.

The second half was pretty much the same with Oswestry dominating play but Whitchurch managed to find a few breaks and eventually managed to score with Freya Gresty running to the post and slotting past the keeper.  Oswestry came straight back scoring two more goals.

Whitchurch will put today’s game behind them and focus on next week’s match when they take on top of the league.

Whitchurch ladies 1s 0 Lymm ladies 2s 3

Whitchurch Ladies 1s started the game by applying a lot of pressure on the Lymm defence. After numerous shots and short corners which they were unable to convert, Lymm broke free and scored against the run of play.

This pattern continued after the goal, the team kept their heads up and continued to dominate play but without reward. Unfortunately, Lymm then doubled their goal tally in the same way.

At 2-0 down at half time Whitchurch lost key defender Chloe Lloyd to injury. This meant a reshuffle of all players on the pitch. The confusion meant the second half was a bit disjointed and did not flow the way the first half did. However, Whitchurch’s Hayleigh Busby and Hayley Kellett defended strongly and goalkeeper Caz Wynn stopped Lymm from scoring for most of the second half. 10 minutes before the final whistle was blown, Lymm were awarded a short corner which they converted to finish on a 3-0 win for the away team. Whitchurch were rusty after a few postponed games and will need to reassess their strategy going into their second game of the weekend on Sunday against Neston.
Player of the match was Jasmin Williams after her tireless work in the middle of the pitch.

Whitchurch Men’s 2s 2 Deeside Men’s 6s 2

Deeside started the game the stronger of the two teams earning several penalty corners in succession which brought goalkeeper and man of the match Merle Thelwell into the game from early on with a number of excellent clearances.

Whitchurch against the run of play, broke down the left side of the pitch through Alfie Edwards and his cross into the dee was met by Cian Hirst who’s deflection went just wide of the post. Whitchurch heads were up and as they pushed forward Will Edwards’ initial shot and rebound were scrambled away by the Deeside keeper.

Whitchurch eventually took the lead via a penalty corner strike from Chris Ruscoe and Whitchurch went into the break with a goal advantage.

Within minutes of the restart Deeside managed to scramble home an equaliser much to the frustration of the home team and then took the lead following the award of a penalty stroke following a goalmouth scramble and a mis-hit that looped into the air and hit the defender on the line.

Both teams showed their frustrations and received cards before the game settled back down to playing hockey. Whitchurch pushed for an equaliser and an excellent deflection by Joe Sheridan on his debut brought the scores level.

Both sides pushed for the winning goal but without success and at the end of the game Whitchurch were happy with a well earned point.