Saturday 04 October
Bishop's Stortford Hockey Club Ladies 1st XI lost 2-3 to Bromley & Beckenham
Bishop's Stortford Hockey Club Men’s 1st XI lost 1-4 to Ipswich & East Suffolk
the curate’s egg, there was much to be commended in Saturday’s
performance against an ambitious and talented Suffolk side, but for all
the positives, there remained an occasional whiff that served as a
reminder that not all was at its best. Both teams came into the
encounter with 100% records and the number of goals that IES had already
scored suggested that the visitors would offer some real early insight
as to the promotion prospects of this newly forming Stortford team.
Between daybreak and pushback, summer turned to autumn, and in marked
contrast to last week’s glorious weather, the majority of the game was
played in heavy rain. The visitors started with the highter intensity;
early questions were asked of the Stortford defence and answered by some
creaking responses. An early turnover gave IES possession deep in the
home side’s territory and an audacious but perfectly executed reverse
stick shot from the left hand baseline was enough to better Butcher and
give the visitors an 1-0 lead after just 4 minutes. IES pressed again
and hungry for goals created a couple more opportunities in the opening
minutes but were unable to force the ball home. Stortford began to
settle into their own rhythm and as the defence began to move the ball
with more fluidity, some tidy play marshalled by man of the match Jon
Taylor ably supported by his midfield colleagues saw Stortford create
some pressure of their own. However, just as it looked like the home
side had weathered the storm, IES scored from a penalty corner; the
initial shot rebounded to a man on the left side of the circle who made
no mistake in powering it towards the goal. Ecott on the post made a
valiant attempt to emulate Andy Round’s efforts last week in putting his
body on the line but was only able to deflect it into the net. With the
second goal secured, IES threatened to run away with it and pressed
hard and high, ensuring that the Stortford outlet was limited for much
of the time. Nevertheless, the home side continued to dig deep and
winning a few penalty corners of their own, eventually clawed their way
back into the match when a Jon Taylor drag flick was too direct for the
IES goalkeeper who was only able to parry it into the roof of the goal.
With a single goal separating the sides at half time, Stortford knew the
next goal would be critical. Unfortunately, this conclusion had not
escaped the visitors either and they came out as hard at the start of
the second period as they had finished the first. Pressure in the
Stortford lines took its toll and within 6 minutes, IES had again
exploited a turnover and as the IES striker collected the ball at the
top of the D, he made no mistake in calmly placing the ball beyond the
onrushing Butcher. Chances continued to be exchanged at each end, but
neither side was able to impact the scoreline further until the final
minutes when another IES breakaway was finished well for a convicing 4-1
win. After the game, Stortford Head Coach Albert Marcano was in a
reflective mood: “overall the quality of the performance wasn’t
reflected by the scoreline and we will win many games this year if we
play as well as we did for large parts of today’s match. If we can
tighten up at the back and be just a little more ruthless in the final
third, we will remain on course to achieve our ambitions.” Next week,
the short trip to Chelmsford offers an opportunity to prove that as well
as secure some local bragging rights.
Bishop's Stortford Hockey Club Ladies 2nd XI won 4-2 vs Leighton Buzzard
2s started brightly but were unlucky to concede an early goal. However, it
wasn't long before Jen Heath scored the equaliser leaving the score 1-1 for
half time. The second half was dominated by Stortford, with Buff quickly
making the score 2-1. Leighton equalised, and then were awarded a penalty
flick, making the score 3-2 to Leighton. After another goal by Jen, and a
cracking goal from Charlie, the game ended 4-3.
Bishop's Stortford Hockey Club Mens 2nd XI drew 2-2 with Winchmore Hill & Enfield
Men's 2nd XI picked up their first point of the season this weekend,
but will be a little disappointed not to have taken all three, as
Winchmore Hill & Enfield fought back from 2 goals down to snatch a
Stortford started the match much brighter than previous games,
both in creating attacking chances and looking more controlled in
Just after the quarter hour mark, Stortford finally made
the breakthrough. David Wilde's quick thinking from a free hit just
outside the opposition's 25yd line saw the ball fired into the
semi-circle finding Michael Clark, who instinctively sent it past the
keeper and give the home side a deserved lead.
Less than 10 minutes
later Stortford doubled their lead. This time from a well worked short
corner, that was switched from the top left of the 'D' to the far right
goalpost, where James Johnson calmly slotted the ball into the back of
the net, before the bewildered Winchmore defence could react.
Winchmore Hill & Enfield were not ready to give up though and as the
first half came to a close began to press a tiring Stortford further
back. Despite the resistance of the home side's back line, the visitor's
won a string of short corners and it was from one of these set pieces a
couple of minutes before the break that they halved the deficit. The
corner was initially cleared, however, a well timed half volley from a
tight angle somehow found it's way inside the post and over the line.
After the interval, the game was set up for a tense battle, as the
hosts protected their slender lead and Winchmore committed more men to
attack, striving to take something from the match.
As the game
progressed, players from both sides began to tire, resulting in spells
of scrappy play and Stortford's task was made harder when they saw their
captain, Rick Oakley, temporarily sent to the sin bin after a poorly
timed tackle. During those 5 minutes, Winchmore Hill took advantage of
having the extra man and following a goalmouth scramble were awarded a
controversial equalizer, despite Stortford hotly contesting that the
ball had not crossed the line.
With the second half coming to a
close and Stortford returning to a full complement of players on the
field, neither side could break through the opposing ranks. Winchmore
Hill had a player sent to the sideline, after receiving a yellow card,
but with only seconds left on the clock, there was not enough time for
Stortford to use the man advantage and both teams had to settle for a
This was, however, a much improved team performance from
Stortford and they hope to build on this next week when they travel to
Bishop's Stortford Hockey Club Ladies 3rd XI lost 0-3 to Leighton Buzzard
Bishop's Stortford Hockey Club Mens 3rd XI lost 0-6 to Cheshunt
The 3s came down to earth with a bump on Saturday in a bizarre game which saw them lose 6-0 away at Cheshunt.
Despite starting with only 10 players, due to a late drop out and a
player stuck in traffic, it was the visitors who looked the most
dangerous in the early exchanges winning corners and creating chances
that they were unable to convert. This was to be the story of the game
though, as once back to full strength after 10 minutes Stortford had a
Kamikaze 15 minutes which saw them concede 3 sloppy goals. Stortford did
eventually settle again and saw the half through only 3-0 down.
Following some reorganisation, Stortford started the 2nd half brightly,
feeling that the game was far from beyond them. During a good spell of
possesion and a number of corners, Stortford should have pulled at least
a goal back, but were hurt on the break on numerous occasions conceding
another 3 second half goals.
It was one of those days where the
players all felt they played poorly, but on review of the chances knew
they had had more than their fair share and the score probably flattered
One to put down to experience and look forward to the next game and the chance to get back to winning ways.
Bishop's Stortford Hockey Club Ladies 4th XI lost 0-1 to St Albans 5s
Stortford Ladies 4s had a very defensive game this weekend, as St
Albans were constantly gaining possession and pushing into Stortford's
D. Despite relentless pressure from the opposition the defence stayed
strong, partly due to some excellent goalkeeping from Jo Newman who
saved numerous shots. However, St Albans continued to put pressure on in
the second half yet the defence line including Milly Aylott, Daisy
Aylott, and Katie Browne managed to stay strong until only conceding one
goal in the last few minutes of a very tense half.
did manage to break through St Albans tight positioning a few times and
after superb skill from Verity Ellis and a few crosses between Fiona
Lemon and Nadia El-Zanfaly the ball was received by Jo Thompson and Lisa
Suckling who did have a couple of shots on goal vut were unlucky in
of the match went to Katie Browne for excellent defending during a hard
and tiring game. The other defenders and goalkeeper also, deservedly,
received nominations for player of the match.
Bishop's Stortford Hockey Club Mens 4th XI lost 0-3 to Rickmansworth
put in a much better performance. Just 11 players were able to make the
trip but they worked hard and managed not to concede an early goal.
Stortford struggled to keep the ball at first but as the first half
developed and in the second half they started to put together some good
Stortford conceded twice in the first half when
loos balls fell to Rickmansworth forwards and both were powerfully
finished past Stott.
Stortford had the better of the early
exchanges in the second half forcing short corners and having a couple
of open play opportunities on the break.
Still plenty of
defending to be done with Sam Cunningham and 6th team Captain Duncan
Laws putting in admirable stints to help nullify the attacking threat.
Rickmansworth added only the one goal from a half that could easily have
Bishop's Stortford Hockey Club Mens 5th XI won 10-0 vs West Herts
Stortford welcomed a strong West Herts side to Hockerill on a rainy
day. However a glorious return to form for the 5ths brought sunshine to
the day. This was a very tidy display of passing hockey that is becoming
the new norm. The midfield of Saket and MoM Chris Slack kept the pace
up and controlled the centre. The defence line that are rapidly learning
to play in their new formation with Gary Jones playing a strong role in
the centre joining Stuart Eames and Graham Smith who both continue to
remain solid. West Herts were fast on the break and keeping a clean
sheet was nearly as impressive a feat as the 10 goals that were put
away. The only disappointment being the injury to Paul Beverley who had
played an excellent game at left back before his hamstring went which
will keep him out for a while.
The goals were all well taken,
Nick Slowe bagging 4 as did Chris Slack with neat passing in the dangers
areas from both to set them up. Saket's 2 were well deserved for
driving the ball into the D on several occassions. Oli Newman attacked
well on the right, the youth policy working well!
If you have any 5ths team players in your Fantasy team, you've made a good decision...... this week!
Bishop's Stortford Hockey Club Mens 6th XI – BYE week