SATURDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2014
P10 W4 D1 L5 F24 A20
L1S WON 5-1 vs CHELMSFORD. SCORERS: SUMAN BALA GARG X2, FRAN PETTENGELL X2, LEXIE GUTHRIE
M1s LOST 0-4 vs BOURNE DEEPING
The Men’s 1st
XI made another bleak trip to the Fens and returned with nothing. Beset
by injuries and other unavailabilities, the early departure saw a squad
of 12 travel to Lincolnshire that included (Player) Coach Albert
Marcano fresh from his hattrick in the 2s last week. That was perhaps
the only thing that was fresh in the proceedings: the surrounding
farmland had received a recent layering of fertiliser and the air was
pungent to say the least. Despite the personnel shortages, the starting
side had more than enough ability and experience to potentially compete
with a Bourne Deeping side whose statistics suggested would be
free-flowing in attack and just as laissez-faire at the back. The match
began with a fine display by the home team of the former characteristic.
On an excellent surface, Stortford faced a full frontal assault from
the off, not just to their olfactory senses, but also their defensive
unit that was put under sustained pressure in the opening minutes. The
Bourne Deeping Dragons were breathing fire, moving the ball around the
pitch with aplomb and as their midfield surged forward, the Stortford
defence were frequently overwhelmed. A string of saves by David Butcher
kept the Stortford goal intact for a while but after a number of penalty
corners including a good clearance by Andy Round, the home side took
the lead with a drag flick low to Butcher’s right. A second swiftly
followed as a defensive lapse allowed Bourne to develop an overloaded
circle and the chance was well finished by a player arriving at the back
post who retained enough composure to place the ball above Butcher
diving to his left. As has been the case too often this season for
Stortford, two soon became three and despite captain Phil Mathison
returning to sweeper to shore up the defence, Stortford were looking
like they were vanquished with barely a third of the game gone.
positional changes appeared to have some positive impact though as
Stortford began to negate the Dragons’ flight forward. Indeed some
attacking moments highlighted that the home side had defensive frailties
of their own. Stortford won 4 penalty corners of their own as the first
half progressed although a combination of some last ditch defending and
poorly executed routines meant that Stortford went into the break 0-3
down. After some rousing words from Coach Marcano and Captain Mathison,
the second half represented a significant turn in events. It was
Stortford’s turn to attempt to put the Dragons to the sword. However,
whether it was the impact of the noxious air or something more
fundamental, the visitors’ attack looked increasingly impotent as the
game went on. A couple of promising opportunities were broken up by
Bourne by techniques that Stortford felt might have been punished by
penalty strokes but earned only penalty corners, but the failure to
convert any of the numerous corners Stortford won will be a matter of
concern for the team. A combination of poor decision-making and the
absence of a sterner test for the home ‘keeper provided the final
elements for Stortford’s failure to convert. As the game entered the
final quarter, a Bourne breakaway earned a penalty corner which was
again smartly converted and the game finished 0-4. Afterwards, it was a
very disappointed coach Albert Marcano: “the biggest stink today was the
team’s performance. We have capable players but they need to commit and
concentrate for 70 minutes to achieve success. Too often we made the
wrong choice or our basics let us down and we are not playing anywhere
near our potential.” With three games before the Christmas break,
Stortford know that they need to secure a good proportion of the 9
points available if they are to extract themselves from what is
beginning to look like another disappointing campaign. Next week they
entertain Ford at home in the final game of the first half of the
L2S WON 2-1 VS STEVENAGE. SCORERS: MARTHA HOULT, BECKY WITHERDEN
Ladies’ 2s went into Saturday knowing it was going to be another tough
match against Stevenage 2s. In the first half Bishop’s Stortford fought
well with Becky, Charlotte,
Sophie, Sarah, Lucy, Hooley, Carrie, Thumps, Vicky, Kate, Ros, Charlie,
Martha playing 110%. Unfortunately we lost our captain, Lauren Chandler early due to man flu :(
But we secured an early goal from Martha with a great assist from Charlotte
set up by Sophie. Panic set in as Stevenage scored an equaliser!
However, Stortford fought back harder than ever and Becky had her turn
to strike a short corner! SHE SCORED!
Ending score 2-1 to Bishop’s Stortford!! Still top of the league! Bring on next week!!!
Man of match: Ros
M2S LOST 1-2 VS WEST HERTS 3. SCORER: JOE SYMONDS
Men's 2nd XI were unlucky not to take something away from this
weekend's fixture against top-of-the-table West Herts, after a late
strike gave the home side all three points.
Bishop's Stortford got off to a great start and forced much of the play in the West Herts end of the pitch.
This constant pressure paid off midway through the first half, when
Gregg Pettit made his way into the West Herts 'D', only to be fouled as
he tried to make room for a shot on goal. A penalty flick was awarded
and Joe Symonds stepped up to send it past the keeper, giving Stortford a
much deserved 1-0 lead that they held on to into the interval.
In the second half, West Herts began to see more of the possession and
ten minutes after the restart managed to break through the almost
impenetrable Stortford backline for the first time in the game. They
took their chance and were back on level terms. Moments later they had
an opportunity to take the lead. A last-ditch - but illegal - challenge
on the West Herts forward, denied a simple tap-in and a penalty flick
was subsequently awarded. However, they were unable to convert and the
scoreline stayed at 1-1. Stortford also had a chance to retake the lead,
but were denied by some alert goalkeeping. Five minutes before the end
of the match, West Herts won a succession of short corners and it was
from one of these set pieces that the stole all three points. A powerful
and precise strike from the top of the 'D' found the bottom corner of
the Stortford goal, making it 2-1 to the home side and leaving Stortford
disappointed that their valiant efforts left them empty handed.
visitors should take encouragement from the match despite the final
outcome, as similar performances against other sides in the division
will undoubtedly see them come out as victors.
Next week, Bishop's Stortford 2nd XI play hosts to Berkhamsted.
L3s LOST 0-2 VS CHESHUNT 1
M3s DREW 4-4 WITH BERKHAMSTED 2. SCORERS: MARTIN GAY, NICK PROWSE, DAN LEONARD, GRAHAM FARRANT
3's can count themselves lucky to have come away with anything from
this game having again played poorly. They are now in danger of wasting
their early season promise as they slip to 3rd in the table. The match
again started badly after late and very late drop outs hindered the side
for the second week running. That said, the 3's should still have had
more than enough talent on display to beat their guests, but they failed
to gel and conceeded sloppy goals at key times throughout the game. The
match eventually finished 4-4 with gay, prowse, farrant and Leonard all
scoring for the hosts. Next week Stortford travel to local rivals
Broxbourne and will be hoping to put right the wrongs of the last couple
L4s WON 3-1 VS CHILTERN 2. SCORERS: KATIE BROWNE, JO THOMPSON, LAURA SHAMBROOK
Bishop's Stortford 4s took all three points with a convincing 3-1 win
over Chiltern 2s on Saturday. A very close game, but BS ladies just had
the edge. The score was 0-0 at half time. However, shortly into the
second half BS took the lead with a fine strike from the top of the D by
Katie Browne. Chiltern fought back and quickly scored an equaliser.
However, BS kept attacking and soon the Chiltern defence tired. Jo
Thompson scored the second goal from close range and then a third from
Laura Shambrook, from a touch on by captain, Lisa Suckling, and Bishop's
Stortford ladies secured a comfortable win. Player of the match went to
Vicky Cox as sweeper - again leading a strong defensive line. Hannah
Witchalls, Molly Trimble, Amy Maclaren and Lisa Suckling also received
votes for their strong play.
M4s LOST 3-4 VS WELWYN GARDEN CITY. SCORERS: CRAIG BASSINGTHWAITE, ADAM BASSIGTHWAITE, ADRIAN KRISHMAN
of the 4s worst performances. The game started even with Stortford then
taking some control and having success down the right hand side where
James Stephenson, Oli Clift and Adrian Krishman combined well. Things
got even better when Duncan Barber was sent off for taking the ball
above shoulder height and Stortford took the leader through a Krishman
short corner. Soon after Stortford doubled their lead with a Krishman
strike being turned in by Craig Bassingthwaighte from just outside the
Thereafter things went the other
way. Welwyn overloaded the Stortford defence on several occasions in the
half and won a corner at the end which was converted.
After half time, Stortford continued to be overwhelmed in the middle of
the pitch and Welwyn created lots of chances, scoring three to go 4-2
Stortford showed some character and
rallied well applying pressure in the last quarter of the game but still
could not find the right passes most of the time. One strong Adam
Bassingthwaighte strike made for a very interesting last few minutes as
Stortford pressed for an equaliser but it wasn’t to be – and frankly
M5s WON 6-0 VS BROXBOURNE 4. SCORERS: NICK SLOWE X4, JAMES BROCKS, SEAN TRIMBLE
early start at home this week and with a team short of some of the
regular players a very satisfying result. Broxbourne brought a youthful
team, but it was the experience of Bishops Stortford that won out. Nick
Slowe bagged four goals and with it deservedly man of the match, but
this was a true team effort and enjoyable for the style of the victory.
The 5ths now find themselves second in their league.
From the start Bishops Stortford had the upper hand and had the
confidence to play higher up the pitch than usual. The young Broxbourne
players were quick to close play down, but didn't have quite the
firepower to cause concern in the Stortford defence. Steve Jones
stepping in as sweeper held the defensive line well with Grahame Smith
and Stuart Eames mopping up well. Badger continuing his role as
non-defending right wing back, once again put in a good performance and
along with a fine strike to score from a short corner set up the goal of
the day. It was a fine strike from well outside the D that was turned
in on the line by Nick Slowe who made a point of scoring from the
shortest distances possible.
3 goals in
the first half and 3 goals in the second show that the control continued
throughout the game, the remaining goal a fine effort from Sean
Trimble. Tom Nash once again played well up front causing issues for the
opposition defence and ran Nick Slowe close for Man of the Match.
M6s LOST 0-1 VS STEVENAGE
greatest hits compilation for the Mens 6th this week, as the team
played all their old favourites. While the opposition may have changed,
the home side’s songs remained the same.
Racing out of the gates for the first half, Stortford came out the
stronger side. A welcome addition of Gary Jones in centre mid-field
bolstered alongside Captain Duncan Laws closed down the centre of the
pitch and ensured good distribution. Simon Radbourne and Jonathan Barber
worked effectively on the left and right to create the play for the
forwards, and there were enthusiastic showing from the attacking
line-up, both young and old. James Nash and Will Sale made strong
showings for the youth element, while an ever-youthful John Collins
proved to still be a handful.
back, Rob Gill, Ross Howarth and Andrew Hewins (making his 6th team
debut), tied up the majority of Stevenage’s attacks, leaving Jon Jackson
with a relatively quiet time for the first 35.
Sadly, as the second half drew on, the old enemies of the 6th Team
reared their heads. With tiredness and occasionally erratic
substitutions, the game became a much more even-handed affair. In the
end, all it took was for a penalty corner to be conceded to turn the
scoreline. As a weakly hit attempt defied both Jackson in goal and Gill
at the back post, it all felt worryingly familiar.
Stortford upped their work rate for the rest of the half, but to no
avail. They failed to convert any of their own penalty corners, while
both teams failed to put away anything from open play. As the final
whistle blew, the score remained a disappointing 0-1 for the home team.
On balance, Stortford again played good hockey, generally controlling
the run of play, but still ultimately lacking the anticipation &
creativity up front to turn their chances into goals. It was an
enjoyable game, but still a disappointing loss.
Man of the match this week was Andrew Hewins, making the most of his
right back position in an impressive first outing for the 6’s.
SUNDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2014
u16 Girls drew 4-4 with Chelmsford.
weather lashed down on Stortford over the weekend, trees and roads were
left in disrepair as was the U16 girl’s squad. Having had 14 on
Saturday night an early call off due to injury and two players unable to
get to the match due to flooding meant the girls were down to a bare
11. Thankfully Frankie Limmer managed to swim to the pitch just in time
for the starting whistle.
damp wet conditions were juxtaposed by the performance of the Stortford
girls as from the very first whistle the imposed themselves on their
Chelmsford counterparts. Attack after attack flooded down the right hand
side of the pitch as Stortford's Philippa Otter, Jemima Sharman and
Zaza Cooper parted the seas of the Chelmsford defence almost at will.
Numerous chances were created but not taken as Stortford's strikers hid
behind their markers. Eventually the dam broke however and good work
again down the right gave Stortford a well-deserved short corner. Up
stepped Jemima Sharman on 14mins to smash the ball into the Chelmsford
this goal the tides turned and Chelmsford worked their way back into
the game. As they were getting no-where going down the flanks they
barged their way straight through the centre of the Stortford midfield
and defence. Aggressive attacking and quick running left Stortford in
their wake, and Chelmsford clawed back a goal with a strike from the top
of the D. Stortford although still playing the better hockey lost their
way and quickly conceded two more goals, one from a straight strike at a
short the other another fast run and strike through the centre of the
pitch, meaning Stortford trailed 1-3 at half-time.
a quick team talk in the rain the girls came out again looking to make
up for their mistakes in the first half and capitalise on the numerous
chances they had created. However they quickly conceded a fourth goal
from a short corner and were looking likely to fall apart.
something has changed with our U16s over the course of the season and
they have developed into a stubborn side. No longer do they get washed
away by the opposition or tear up due to playing below the high standard
they have set themselves. A turning point came with 20mins to go in the
match when a ball from Holly Radbourne to Frankie Limmer at the top of
the box, saw the forward turn and strike hitting the defenders foot.
From this point on the match was ALL Stortford. The short corner routine
again came up trumps with Sharman placing a ball onto Katie Champion's
stick for a deflection.
Chelmsford attack was easily thwarted by the organised defence of
Otter, Cashman, Brown and Fraser-Andrews and the pressure increased
exponentially on the Chelmsford goal.
after wave of rain poured down on the pitch as waves of attack poured
down on the opposition goal. Chelmsford had sporadic counter attacks
that rarely threatened the home goal. Attacking down the right hand side
continued to open up the oppositions defence and then a ball from the
right hand shoulder of the box found Clemmie Carr unmarked at the back
post to knock home the ball with 5mins remaining.
forward came the home side and this time breaking down a counter attack
on the left hand side of the pitch the ball found its way to Cooper
completely free with an open goal to level the scores. The ball was
brought back to the centre point only for the final whistle to sound.Both
sides felt that they should have won the game but the girls were happy
with the result from their final match of the National Championship.
Coach Mathison was proud of his team, but philosophical saying ‘If we
had played that way for all the matches we would definitely have
achieved great results, but in the end it has been a learning experience
for the girls this season and I expect big things from them next