07/08 FEBRUARY 2015 – P10 W5 D3 L2 F25 A14
SATURDAY 07 FEBRUARY 2015
P7 W3 D3 L1 F18 A8
Ladies’ 1s DREW 3-3 vs WALTHAM FOREST. SCORERS: Lou Rhodes, Sally Powell, Suman Bala Garg
L1s travelled away to Waltham Forest this week. The girls were relieved
to be playing hockey again and keen to get back some form following
their last defeat against Upminster.
The excitement of a match
at the Olympic pitch created a buzz in the changing rooms and as the
match started it was clear to see the Stortford fighting spirit was
alive and well.
Waltham Forest also came out strong and both
teams had chances to pile on the pressure in the first ten minutes.
Waltham Forest's continual switching on the forward line took a bit of
getting used to but Stortford defence quickly stepped up to the
challenge and got themselves organised.
A Stortford long corner
saw most of the team pushing up to attack and this was when Waltham
Forest found an opportunity. A quick break and some textbook hockey saw
them streak up the pitch and slot a goal home to go 1-0 up.
Stortford heads could have gone down but if anything this just put more
fire in the belly of the Stortford team and some fantastic passing
through midfield and quality movement from the forwards saw them create a
number of opportunities.
A powerful short corner strike from
Suman Bala Garg was denied by an unpadded spot on the logging keeper's
stomach (OUCH indeed). After a minute or two of injury time play
continued and Stortford defence were once again called into action. A
quick turnover and a fantastic ball found Sally Powell in behind their
defence for a one on one with the keeper. Powell once again showed her
quality as a player as she forced the keeper to move and then slotted
the ball home to take us to 1-1.
Forest were not content for
Stortford to have drawn level and continued to look for goal scoring
opportunities. Their persistence was eventually rewarded and Stortford
once again found themselves on the back foot. But not for long as Man of
the Match Sally Powell made a steaming run towards the baseline and
crossed the ball in front of goal. Elizabeth Reay (better known as Buff)
couldn't quite get a touch from the P-Spot but Captain Louisa Rhodes
was heading for the right post and managed to deflect it up into the
side of the goal. 2-2 at half time with all to play for.
second half saw much of the same with both teams working hard to keep
each other out and create opportunities for going forward. Waltham
Forest moved to a half-court press to try and defend strongly but the
Stortford defence kept their composure and transferred the ball from
side to side until the spaces opened up.
Some strong attacking
play and another short corner opportunity saw Suman Bala Garg step up
for another straight strike and this time the keeper had no chance of
stopping it as it blasted through to the back board. But once again
Waltham Forest refused to be beaten and yet another goal saw the teams
drawing level for the third time in the match (3-3).
continued to put pressure on and with two minutes to go found themselves
in a goal scoring position and were rewarded with a short corner. This
time a last minute winner wasn't to be and the game ended 3-3. A great
match for such a prestigious venue with both teams putting in a gutsy
The Stortford 1s mean business now and will be
taking the fight into next week’s game when they come up against top of
the table St Albans at home (1.30pm).
Men’s 1s DREW 1-1 VS COLCHESTER. SCORER: VERNON BROWN
week’s performance was a little like the combination of peanut butter
and chocolate; it might work on paper, but the execution can be a bit
hit and miss. Stortford came into the fixture with strugglers Colchester
on the bag of four successive league victories, seeking to avenge their
1-6 humiliation away from home in the autumn. Aside from that
performance, the visitors had picked up a solitary win, and after some
recent heavy defeats, Stortford sensed the opportunity to put themselves
into a comfortable mid-table position. Jon Taylor and Alex James
returned to the squad although Andy Round’s knee injury kept him on the
sideline for another week.
Having lost a number of training
sessions and games in January due to the weather, the team was grateful
for the opportunity to play. The temperature may have made Hockerill
feel more like a polar ice cap than Caribbean beach but the turf was
playing true. That said, the game started scrappily, perhaps reflecting
the limited pitch time recently or the cold that made stick skills
tricky. Some early frustration kicked in with a number of Stortford
players being spoken to by both umpires although as the first half
advanced, players and umpires alike settled into their rhythm. The home
side had the bulk of possession in the first half, but when it came to
actual chances, Colchester perhaps had the lion’s share; Butcher made a
stunning reflex save to react to a point blank shot, while a penalty
corner variation saw a hard flick cannon off the upright. With no score
at half time, Coach Albert Marcano exorted his players to take more from
their dominant possession whilst keeping patience.
half saw this partially implemented. Stortford did move forward with
greater assurity and began to carve the Colchester flanks open. However,
patience was not in abundance both in terms of individual decision
making and in phases of the game. As a result, whole swathes of
possession were not translated into meaningful outcomes. Penalty corners
did begin to flow and Alex Palmer saw a lively drag flick that was
fizzing towards the net well-picked by the post man, but a number of
other good chances were squandered. Finally a mazy run by Josh Lloyd
found the ball at the feet of Vernon Brown. His initial attempt was
thwarted by the Colchester keeper, but made no mistake in looping the
rebound into the net with around 15 minutes of the game remaining. The
next 10 minutes were all Stortford’s and the home side really should
have added at elast a second and probably a third goal to secure a win.
However, with just 4 minutes remaining, Colchester won a string of
corners and made no mistake with the third attempt, slipping the ball
wide before slinging the ball past Butcher to equalise. There was still
time for a further Stortford attempt, but having done the hard work,
Vernon Brown was unable to find the target.
although Coach Marcano was disappointed with both the outcome and the
performance, he reflected that although points were frittered away,
there was still much promise for the season and his side remained
unbeaten since mid-November. He said afterwards “the team now need to
get back into their stride and cannot dwell on the performance in a
negative way. They need to make room for a positive day next week in a
crucial match.” Stortford travel to Brentwood next Saturday, and with
sides beneath them making good ground and points on the board starting
to look more valuable than games in hand, a positive result will do much
to keep the wheels on Stortford’s season.
Ladies’ 2s WON 4-0 vs ST ALBANS 4s. SCORERS: E FARRANT x2, M HOULT, C SHILLITO
are a girl’s best friend, with a new tactic using the diamond format
the Bishops Stortford 2nd team were on top form. After 3 weeks without a
match we were fighting harder than ever with 3 cracking goals in the
first half by Beth, Martha and Thumps the half time whistle blew and we
were raring for more goals! St Albans gave us a tough second half but we
carried on fighting and Beth secured a short corner goal! We won 4-0!
Hooley was woman of the match! Bring on next week!
Men’s 2s LOST 1-2 VS WELWYN. SCORER: GREGG PETTIT.
Men's 2nd XI task of escaping the dropzone was dealt a blow this
weekend, after losing 2-1 to a clinical Welwyn side. Stortford dominated
possession in the first half, building attack after attack. However, as
has often been the case this season, they failed to find the end
product and they were left with a bitter taste going into the half-time
interval, when a quick counter-attack by Welwyn was converted just
minutes before the break to give them a 1-0 lead.
The second half was very similar, as the home team controlled most of
the play and began to create chances on goal - mainly through short
corners. But again they were caught on the break and Welwyn's lead was
extended with only their second real attempt on goal. Stortford
continued to press and were finally rewarded from a set piece. A well
worked short corner confused the Welwyn's defenders, allowing Gregg
Pettit enough time to make space for himself and power the ball into the
back of the net. Unfortunately for Stortford, this was to be their only
goal and despite having a handful of opportunities to draw the game
level, were unable to make them count.
week, Stortford take on Blueharts, who are one place and one point
above, so victory will be a huge step towards survival in Division 3SW.
Ladies’ 3s DREW 1-1 vs HERTFORD
Men’s 3s WON 3-0 vs St ALBANS 4. SCORERS: MIKE LANDOLT, MIKE CLARK, BRUCE RODDA.
3s got back to winning ways with a vibrant attacking performance. Both
teams first touches were wayward in the first 20 minutes. However, the
high octane pace of Stortford's counter-attacks was the factor that
ultimately undid a technically sound St Albans side. Mike Clark got
Stortford's first-half goal after good counter-attacking by Chapman and
Rodda. Rodda nicked a goal off Clark for an early second-half goal after
a similar fast-break. Landolt capped off a fine debut with a clever
goal from a penalty corner. Shepherd and Barber dominated the St Albans
defence, to earn the shut-out. However, MoM was ultimately debutant Mike
Ladies’ 4s POSTPONED
Men’s 4s POSTPONED
Men’s 5s POSTPONED
Men’s 6s WON 5-1 VS STEVENAGE 6s. SCORERS: JAMES NASH, ANDREW COX, WILL SALE, TONY PENMAN, JOHN GOULD.
return to league matches and a return to form for the Mighty 6’s this
week as they settled some unfinished business from October.
but not unpleasant, Stevenage was the venue for this week’s match.
Although the facilities were not quite at the same level as the previous
week’s friendly, the quality of play from Stortford was a cut above.
From the off Stortford had the upper hand and kept it throughout the
match. With a youthful right channel it was only a matter of time before
the chances started and Stortford opened the gates from an Andy Cox
blast. Stevenage pressed back, but were contained by a sturdy back line,
until minutes before half time James Nash neatly swept a goal in from
the back post taking the 6’s two goals ahead.
With half time over,
and a youthful John Collins finally making an outing, Stortford
continued to dominate over the second half. The pressure resulting in a
goal for John Gould and a powerful penalty corner conversion from Tony
Penman. Stevenage retaliated and, although their own penalty corner
efforts were repelled, they finally managed to pull one back from their
main playmaker. However it proved to be their only highlight of the
match, with a late goal from Will Sale finally putting the game to bed.
With the final score standing at 1-5 a victorious Stortford departed to
claim their spoils and celebrate their ongoing resurgence.
of performances, it was another strong showing from Stortford, with
debut goals coming from Andy Cox, James Nash and John Gould. Play was
intelligent and simple, with passes finding their mark and Stortford
building good plays across the pitch.
Up front there were strong
showings from Phil Hoult, Rick Carr, Will Sale and James Nash with
support from Graham Perry & elder statesman John Collins. Across
midfield Tony Penman held the ball up well and ably supported Ethan
Jones, John Gould and Duncan Laws in the channels, keeping the attacking
line well fed. And in defence Ross Howarth again commanded well, with
Alex Kings providing both a solid defence and a good outlet for attacks
on the right-hand side of the pitch.
Man of the match this week
though was Andy Cox for both his first goal for the club and also a
solid game in defensive midfield. With a tight grip on the centre of the
pitch, and close marking of Stevenage’s danger man, there was little
Stevenage could do to counter for much of the game.
also for keeper Jon Jackson, with some canny saves preventing Stevenage
from turning the tide it was another fine display of his goaltending
While next week’s visit from St Albans may prove to be more
of a challenge, if the 6’s can keep their heads and their structure then
they’ve definitely got a shot at troubling the top of the table teams
over the coming weeks.
SUNDAY 08 FEBRUARY 2015
P3 W2 D0 L1 F7 A6
ENGLAND HOCKEY MEN’S TROPHY R3
Men’s 1s LOST 2-4 VS ASHFORD (MIDDLESEX). SCORERS: JON TAYLOR, ALEX JAMES
ENGLAND HOCKEY MEN’S MASTERS’ CUP R3
Men’s Masters WON 4-2 vs SOUTHGATE . SCORERS: TONY COLCLOUGH X3, VERNON BROWN X1
ENGLAND HOCKEY LADIES’ MASTERS’ TROPHY R3
Ladies 035s WON 1-0 vs NORWICH DRAGONS. SCORER: SALLY POWELL