Match reports – 02-03-24

Macclesfield ladies 4’s 5 Whitchurch ladies 3’s 2

An excellent match to watch with end-to-end play from the start. Lots of great opportunities for both teams. Tilly Windsor scored for Whitchurch in the first half and Freya kellett in the second half. Some excellent passes and communication on the pitch and lots of support from the sideline was appreciated.

Special mentions this week for Sue Read, Jan Teggin and Mel Reid are the glue that holds the team together and all three of them had a smashing match and also guiding the newer players to improve.

Newcomers Megan Hayward and Isla Hearn also excelled this week with some spectacular tackles and great endurance with no subs. Isla Gregory, Tilly Windsor, Esme  Mackreth and Freya Kellet all made some, at times seeming inhuman, runs and won some key tackles. And not forgetting Lexi Morgan and Alice Snaith who put up a great fight in defence.

Player of the match Freya Kellett

Whitchurch ladies 1s 2 Clwb Hoci Eirias ladies 1 5

Whitchurch ladies 1s suffered a 5-2 defeat against Clwb hoci Eirias in a tough home game on Saturday. The away team dominated the first half, scoring a goal early in the game and putting Whitchurch under pressure.

Whitchurch fought back with Lisa Sullivan scoring a solo goal after stealing the ball from an Eirias defender and running into the dee to slot it past the keeper. Eirias followed this with 3 more goals to further their lead in the first half.

Early in the second half, Katie Laffey added another goal for Whitchurch from a strike off a penalty corner, but it was not enough to prevent Eirias from sealing the win with a fifth goal in the final minutes. Whitchurch will look to bounce back in their next few games.

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

Following on from good performances in recent weeks Whitchurch travelled to Winnington with a high expectation of gaining points.

Whitchurch pressured from the off, attacking down the wings through Cian Hirst and Oliver Edwards resulting in Will Edwards getting his first goal to give Whitchurch the lead.

Whitchurch were guilty of some complacency, ill-discipline and the loss of Ollie Hogg through injury caused some disorganisation which Winnington took full advantage of to take a lead into the break.

Captain Neil Jones’s halftime talk focussed on work rate and keeping the play as simple as possible, and this seemed to stir Whitchurch into action.

In defence James Partington, Thomas Wyndham-Lewis and Lucas Hill stood firm sweeping up the Winnington attacks whilst Nik Moga, Liam Pallett and Archie Plews made themselves available in the midfield controlling the game and passing the ball around.

Whitchurch maintained possession but struggled to break down a stubborn Winnington defence and it took a 40-yard pass from Craig Hockenhull to be touched past the Winnington keeper by Will Edwards to break the deadlock and bring the scores level.

The game then opened as both teams pushed forward for the win and a crucial three points. Whitchurch broke down the left-hand side via Joe Sheridan who picked out the lead run of Airan Jones who slipped the ball inside to Will Edwards to complete his hattrick.

Winnington pushed for the equaliser in the final minutes of the game but Whitchurch held firm to secure a valuable three points.