Last Saturday's matches brought a whole range of emotions to our teams, from elation in the Ladies 4s to bemusement in the Mens 2s. Here are a few words from the captains.
The Ladies 1s can consider themselves a bit unlucky to come away on the wrong side of a 2-1 scoreline. In a very tight and feisty game Amersham scored two early short corners in quick succession. Wallingford heads didn't go down though and we pulled one back through a Connie Potts short corner on the stroke of half time. Wallingford had much of the possession in the second half and probably should have had a stroke awarded but they were ultimately made to pay for not taking their chances. It was another very strong second half performance though, good work girls.
A veritable basketball score today as the Ladies 2s drew 4-4 vs Oxford. Goals from Zara (3) and Heather Merryweather. It wasn’t always pretty but we took away a point and we had a lovely shandy afterwards. Job done!
The Ladies 3s were delighted with their 3-1 win over Oxford. After taking half a game to find our stride, and going into half time 1-0 down, we raised our game and played some great stick-to-stick hockey with good communication, support of other players and some silky skills from (to name a few), Hannah H, Tasmynn Chamberlain, Ruby M and Emily Bannin. Goals from Tas and Jo Porter, who had a fantastic game and scored the other two. Jo was named a well deserved Player of the Match. Great defence from Mairi Hills and Bea M as well as some speedy interceptions by Jenny Capon. Fab 3s debut from Hannah Dolling and thanks to Jenni Nutter for running the subs. Up the table we go!
6 - 0 win to go top of the league! 'Nuff said!
Ladies 5s took on Wychwood Ladies 2s at home today. The game started with Wychwood scoring an early goal in the first minute of the game. We dominated the game however the stars didn't line up today for us. They scored another 2 ending the first half with 0-3. We managed to get 2 back and we had our chances but just couldn't convert them into goals. We ended on a 2-5 defeat. Goals scored by Vicki and Chloe. We fought hard til the end but it was not to be today.
Wallingford Mens 1s produced another gritty performance to take a point from their away game against Oxford 2s. Jonny Chitty set up Dan Pilbeam to tap the ball through the keeper's legs from close range. In the first half, Wallingford had the best of the decisions from the umpires, but failed to connect with any of the good chances created.
In the second half, Oxford set up shop for long periods of time. Eventually finding a break-through, after a missed head injury put Wallingford on the back foot defensively. Wallingford rode their luck and dug in deep and some really great saves means a 3rd place finish is looking likely with only one round of games left.
Wallingford take on South Berks in an exciting conclusion to the season next weekend at the Hithercroft, 11:45 push back.
7-1 loss. Whoops!
The Men’s 3s travelled to Reading University to play Phoenix and Ranelagh. We started strong but couldn’t find the back-board after creating changes. After a break-away from Phoenix and a 1v1 with the keeper they took the lead. We then won a short corner and a Luke Casey drag flick took us level and the first half finished 1-1.
In the second half both teams created lots of chances but with 4 minutes to go Hayden McEwen found a loose aerial ball dropped to his feet and played it backwards though his legs to take us to 2-1. We then had another chance that just went wide made from some amazing play. Final score 2-1 to Wallingford. Everybody played amazing and everyone has worked so hard this season.
Next week is the last game of the season at home to Marlow and hopefully another win to finish the season on a high.
Mens 4s went down 2-0 at home to a strong Newbury side despite a dogged and determined defensive effort. Newbury scored a goal in each half, one after a series of short corners, the other late on after a goalmouth scramble whilst a Wallingford defender was on the ground just off the pitch. Roger Gill went closest to scoring for Wallingford, doing all the hard work beating defenders and the keeper but finding his own team-mate's foot as the ball crossed the line.
A long trip to Leighton Buzzard and a 5-1 defeat for the mens 5s. After taking an early lead with a goal from Pete Satchwell assisted over the line by John Rees following some composed passing play. The less said about the rest of the first half the better - some poor passing invited Leighton Buzzard onto us and they managed to score 4 quick goals to take a 4-1 lead into half time. The second half was much more even with some good passages of play for both teams - Leighton Buzzard nicked one more goal and finished 5-1 winners.