Outstanding Men's 1s Performance at Much Wenlock
Men's 1st XI 4-2 Ludlow
21st November 2015
Aldridge and Walsall 1st XI made the trip to Much Wenlock to play an in form Ludlow side. The hosts dominated possession in the early stages. A&W, however, were strong in defence and soaked up the pressure. As Ludlow pressed, a lightning A&W counter attack won the game's first short corner which Alex Dallaway swept home to give the visitors the lead. Ludlow continued to press and were rewarded with their own short corner which they converted following a well rehearsed routine. The remainder of the first half continued in the same fashion with the hosts dominating possession but the away side always looking dangerous on the break. It was another blistering counter attack that lead to a second short corner for A&W. This time it was Barry Guest to drag flick the ball into the top left corner and give the away side a 2-1 half time lead.
The second half continued in the same vein as the first. The A&W defence soaked up all everything Ludlow could throw at them, limiting the home side's chances. Ludlow's main play-maker was kept under wraps by Tim White, making sure he had little influence on the game. When Ludlow did threaten to score, keeper Ben Humphreys pulled out a stunning stick save from a Ludlow drag flicked short corner. A&W upped their tempo and continued to attack. Paul Richardson and Dave Kinsey were a constant nuisance but unable to convert their chances. It was Alex Dallaway and Barry Guest who converted two further short corners to secure the three points. Ludlow were able to get a consolation but A&W held on for a well earned 4-2 victory.
Women's 1st XI 0-0 Bloxwich
21st November 2015
This week Aldridge & Walsall ladies were against Bloxwich who are currently second in the league. Aldridge & Walsall knew it was going to be a tough game but settled into the game quickly. From the start, Bloxwich were putting pressure on Aldridge & Walsall defence creating chances but were kept at bay by a strong defence line including Lucy Baker, Helen Cragg & keeper Vicky Banks. Lots of creative running was seen by Rachel Martin, up front, but this week was unable to follow last weeks fantastic goal. Bloxwich were awarded a few short corners but Aldridge & Walsall were quick off the line to block the shots. At half time, the score was 0-0.
The second half saw a lot more end to end play, with both sides having chances. Rhian May -John & Lucy James worked tirelessly in midfield, having a hand in many attacking opportunities. With 10 minutes to go, an Aldridge & Walsall player was given a green card resulting in the team being down to 10 players. Bloxwich took advantage of the ‘card’, coming through strong on the attack, but Aldridge & Walsall remained calm and continued to give everything they had, determined that Bloxwich would not score. The final whistle went with no goals, a well earnt point for Aldridge & Walsall.
Late Market Drayton Equaliser Disappoints Men's 1st XI
Men's 1st XI 3-3 Market Drayton
14th November 2015
Aldridge and Walsall Men’s 1st XI were aiming to build on last week's win against 2nd in the league Market Drayton.
The home side started brightly and had the majority of the possession. Market Drayton, however, almost took the lead but for a fine reaction save from keeper Ben Humphreys. A&W continued to press and were rewarded for their enterprise when Alex Dallaway converted a short corner. A&W continued to dominate and were soon 2-0 up when neat play from Ollie Dallaway on the left released Paul Richardson who beat two defenders to score. Despite enjoying the majority of the play, however, A&W gave the away side a way back into the game just before half time.
After the break, Market Drayton changed their formation and worked hard for an equaliser. A&W soaked up the pressure and then countered with some good attacking play down the right wing, earning yet another short corner. This time it was Barry Guest who swept the ball in the bottom left corner. As the second half progressed, Market Drayton continued to apply pressure and Ben Humphreys was called upon to keep out a series of short corners. Daylight reduced, floodlights were turned on and the rain increased. Tired A&W legs amalgamated into a series of mistakes which led to Market Drayton firing the ball in at the back post to score. As the umpires signalled two minutes left, the opposition threw everything forwards and caught A&W outnumbered from another cross which skipped past three players and was crashed into the goal by a Market Drayton stick.
The match ended 3-3; Market Drayton ecstatic about the one point while A&W came off slightly disappointed they were unable to hold onto the three points.
Women's 1st XI 1-6 Barton
14th November 2015
After securing a good victory last weekend, Aldridge & Walsall Ladies were this week up against Barton, currently at the top end of the table. Aldridge & Walsall new it was going to be tough, and were missing a couple of key players.
Barton started the game strongly and applied pressure from the whistle. Despite some excellent defensive work by Aldridge & Walsall, Barton quickly took the lead. Aldridge & Walsall struggled to move the ball around and found themselves under sustained pressure from a well drilled Barton side. The well structured side continued to press hard and by half time, Aldridge & Walsall were trailing 0-3
The break was crucial to Aldridge & Walsall .It was a chance for captain Mel Cuthbert to take stock, and channel the team's focus into playing with passion & pride. This is exactly what the team did, they played with great heart and collectively lifted the performance. Rhian May - John & Anna Milne were instrumental in the centre of the pitch and combined well with the forwards. Fran Ball intersected a ball and made a fantastic run from half way, Rachel Martin picked up the rebound from Frans' shot, securing Aldridge & Walsall a goal . Despite some late runs from Amy Poyner and Millie Brown, Aldridge & Walsall were unable to get back into the game.
The game ended 6-1 to the away team.
Men's 1st XI Claim Vital 3 Points
Men's 1st XI 1-0 Wolverhampton
7th November 2015
After back to back loses Aldridge and Walsall were looking to return to winning ways against 2nd from bottom Wolverhampton. After a promising start where Walsall kept the ball well and held the home team at bay but struggled to make many goal-scoring opportunities. Then after going down to 10 men a sudden new found urgency and direct play found young Dominic Boniface through on goal 1 on 1 with the goal keeper. A Wolverhampton defender recklessly challenged him, bringing him down and with Glenn Humphries running clean through on the back post saw the umpires issue a short corner as hard justice for the visiting team.
The second half started of with a more promising tempo from Walsall seeing Dave Kinsey on the end of a defence splitting cross from Glenn Humphries only to put the ball narrowly wide.
Then, from a half time change of formation, Glenn Humphries once again began a move that proved fatal with the demise of a tiring Wolverhampton team. Without looking up, Glenn put a through ball onto Kris Holder who had made a charging run to the top of the opposition’s D. With an old calm head, Kris controlled the bobbling ball and with his maize skills turned the defender twice to give him time to pick a visionary pass for Alex Dalloway to run onto clear through on goal. With the defender not knowing which way to turn tripped and left Alex time to pick a spot on goal to shoot and score a goal clearly the leader for the goal of the season contention.
Aldridge and Walsall then played safe and kept the ball well for the remainder of the game and take the 3 points back to the club house for a well-deserved pint.
Martin Grabs Winner in Stafford Clash
Men's 2nd XI 6-2 Wolverhampton
7th November 2015
Aldridge and Walsall HC 2nd XI continued their return back to form, winning a very convincing 6-2 against Wolverhampton HC 2nd XI, following their decisive 1-0 win the previous week.
Walsall started off very well, scoring early on in the first half, but with Wolverhampton soon equalising. Both teams attacked well, but Walsall's attack had the edge, in both skill and stamina, over the Wolverhampton defence, with good passing and moving pieces, looking both nice to the eye and inevitably to the scoresheet. There was some excellent play from Karl Webster and Andy Turner in midfield, breaking down many attacks before they had even fabricated. The defence cannot be left out unnoticed, however, defending many shorts and free hits in the 23, which often lead to promising counter-attacks. We should give the main credit to the goal scorers: Matt Moore, Simon Bradburry, Karl Webster, Andy Turner, and Dave Foster with 2, although his second will not be one he will be too proud of, having mis-hit the ball from a short, but somehow managed to bypass the keeper and bounce over two defending sticks!
Nevertheless, a big congratulations to the whole team on their performance; the scoreline only starting to reflect how well everyone played and the effort everyone gave to the final whistle.
Women's 1st XI 2-1 Stafford
7th November 2015
After their disappointing loss the weekend before, Aldridge & Walsall ladies were determined to get back on track with a win this weekend.
The game started well with both teams building up good play, which saw a number of attacking runs from both the forwards and midfields. Stafford were first to score a goal. Aldridge & Walsall, kept their heads up, playing some good hockey. The second goal of the game came following a build up from Aldridge & Walsall defence, some great stick work between Rhian May -John and Fran Ball in their attacking circle, resulted in Fran equalising the score line. Shortly after this, Captain Mel Cuthbert, caught the follow through from a Stafford stick, resulting in a cut just above the eye. Aldridge & Walsall quickly reformed while Mel received medical attention.
Mel returned to the field just before half time and led the defence in maintaining the 1-1 score at half time. After half time Aldridge & Walsall maintained fully focused on a win and successfully transferred the ball around with some great team play. Their second goal of the game after some skillful stick work by Rachel Martin. Despite some attacking play by Stafford, Aldridge & Walsall defended well, with Fiona Palmer adjusting well into a right defensive role. Both sides continued to push forward, but no further goals were scored.
Late Goal Proved Crucial for Women's 1st XI
Men's 1st XI 0-5 Streetly
24th October 2015
Local rivals Streetly were the hosts for Aldridge and Walsall this week, as they looked to follow up last week's battling win. The first half was dominated by the hosts, as they scored two early goals to take control of the match. Then, a downpour of biblical proportions started and both teams did well to keep the standard of hockey so high. Despite getting into a number of good positions, it was Streetly who snatched another goal before half time. Skipper, Ben Humphreys, reminded the side of their much improved second half performance a couple of weeks ago and to keep battling, and the team responded with some much slicker play. A number of chances came and, unfortunately, went but the momentum was with A&W. However the Streetly strikers were clinical with their chances and slotted a drag flick before a lucky bobble sealed a 5-0 result. The team look to bounce back and keep up their 100% home record against Solihull Blossomfield next week.
Women's 1st XI 1-2 Dudley
24th October 2015
A&W 1-2 Wolverhampton Tettenhall It was the home side who started the strongest, putting together some good attacking moves. They took advantage of Wolverhampton's sluggish start and Lucy James scored a great 1st goal from open play. Wolverhampton quickly picked up their game and began to move the ball around. Aldridge & Walsall remained focused resulting in an hard fought end to end game. Despite several attacking runs by Fran Ball and Heidi they were unable to increase their lead. Wolverhampton equalised before half time. In the second half, both sides were more determined than ever and moved the ball at pace from stick to stick, some great skills shown by both sides. With 20 minutes to go, it was the away team who got through Aldridge & Walsall defence bringing the score to 1-2. The final push from Aldridge & Walsall to equalise saw the team put in 110% to the game. Though they were unable to equalise, they should be extremely proud of their effort.
Strong Start for the Badgers!
A&W Badgers 1-0 Streetly
24th October 2015
A well fought game for Aldridge & Walsall Badgers against rivals Streetly proved to be a success for their new team of youngsters. The new players fitted in well and played at the standard expected at Aldridge & Walsall. The team coached by manager Dave Foster and assistant coach Liam Humpage managed to win 1-0. A great run and pass from Rob Steadman set Ethan Allen for a late and crucial goal. The goal scorer said that hard training and testing drills proved key to their success. Two goals in the same amount of games for Ethan against Streetly has resulted with no losses for the team as their last game ended in a 1-1 draw. The match was tough with the same amount of chances either side of the pitch but with hard work and good play, the team got a well-deserved win.
Manager Dave Forster made regular substitutions to give the new youngsters some good game time and experience for them to carry forward into the upcoming matches. A solid defence and a great game for keeper Aiden Hill was the backbone for key passes which created chances to pressure the opposition. The team should be happy with the result as everyone played well against a strong side. Now with a win under their belt and experience of playing with one another, the coach can look at the team and strengthen it where needed for a greater performance, sure to challenge any opposition they come up against.
This year the hockey club Xmas dinner will take place on Saturday 28th November 2015, 7pm - late at the Boathouse, Sutton Park .
Tickets are £30 per person which includes a 3 Course Dinner (4 choices per course). Raffle and gratuity is also included.
Contact Mel Cuthbert 07985 024643 / 01922 442397 for more information.
Please come along to support the club!
Richardson Seals the Deal Against Wednesbury
Men's 1st XI 1-0 Wednesbury
17th October 2015
Paul Richardson's third goal in as many games was enough to give Aldridge and Walsall a hard-earned win against local rivals Wednesbury.
The transfer of two Aldridge and Walsall players to Wednesbury in pre-season added extra spice to a scrappy encounter, which was a far cry from the high standard of hockey seen in their opening two games.
The decisive goal came mid way into the first half, as Richardson turned home Nick Dickson's cross from the left following good work from Kris Holder and Neal Kassell.
The second period was end-to-end, with captain Ben Humphreys making a number of saves in the Aldridge and Walsall goal to keep the visitors out.
Aldridge and Walsall will be looking for a stronger performance this weekend when they visit Streetly in the second ofback-to-back local derbies.
Women's 1st XI 1-2 Dudley
17th October 2015
Aldridge went out positive in this weeks home fixture, but It was the away side who started the strongest, putting together some good attacking moves. A/W quickly got into the game, resulting in some good end to end hockey.
Following an A/W short corner, a penalty stroke was awarded to A/W. Rachel Martin calmly took the stroke, scoring in the bottom left corner. The second half saw the away side digging deep, good set pieces allowed them to pass A/W midfield. A/W defence, led by captain Mel Cuthbert, battled hard but struggled to get back into their attacking half. Dudley were awarded several short corners which keeper Vicky Banks defended well.
With 10 minutes remaining, Dudley broke through A/W defence to score an equaliser. The pressure remained and in the last 2 minutes, Dudley were awarded a controversial short corner, from which they scored.
The final score was 1-2 to the away team.
Frustation for Men's and Women's 1st XI
Men's 1st XI 3-5 Coventry Sikh Union
10th October 2015
Aldridge and Walsall travelled to Coventry Sikh Union on Saturday, knowing they were in for a very tough game against a side who rarely lose at home. A number of injuries to regulars didn't help their situation either.
The match got off to the worst possible start as Sikh Union found themselves 2-0 up in the first ten minutes. However A&W didn't help themselves after that, as more poor play left them 4-0 down at half time and staring down the barrel.
This was a completely different match in the second half after skipper Ben Humphreys demanded pride was shown and the next 35 minutes was won. Sharp reactions from Matthew Bown earned the first goal and his second soon followed. Sikh Union scored a breakaway but A&W's spirit was not broken, as Alex Dallaway's bullet drag flick kept the game alive, but there was not enough time left. The result was a 5-3 loss but the second half performance was one to be proud of.
Women's 1st XI 0-0 Leek
10th October 2015
Aldridge & Walsall ladies found themselves defending deep in their own half as Leek pressed high in the opening minutes.
Aldridge & Walsall quickly spurred into life and the midfield started to win possession inside the Leek half. Midfield pressure was maintained but Aldridge & Walsall were unable to score.
As the game continued, both sides continued to push for a goal with penalty corners being awarded to both sides with neither being able to put the ball into the net.
In the final 2 minutes Aldridge & Walsall were awarded another penalty corner, a great shot from Rachel Martin unfortunately was slightly to high & no goal was awarded .
The game ended with no goals.
Men's 1st XI Off to a Flying Start!
Walsall 3-0 Old Wulfrunians
3rd October 2015
Aldridge and Walsall opened up their season at their brand new home, Aston University Sports Ground, with a solid home victory over a battling Old Wulfrunians side. The first half was a tight affair, but A&W just about deserved their 1-0 at half time, thanks to a deflected finish from Glenn Humphries. Ben Humphreys made a few fine saves to keep the score line 1-0, before some neat interplay between the strikers resulted in the second goal; this time for Paul Richardson. Shortly after, Richardson capitalised on a goalkeeping mistake to put the icing on the victory and secure a 3-0 win.
Annual Membership Subs
A reminder that all annual membership subs are due by the 31st October 2015. This can either be by direct debit or cheque. Please ask your team captain / John Hayward (membership and match fees secretary) for more information. All weekly and annual membership details can be found HERE
The first social of the year will take place on Saturday 17th October at Walsall Cricket Club, 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets will be £10 per person which includes use of the bar, entry into the skittles competition and mostly importantly a 2 course meal! If you will be attending, please could you put your names down HERE, so we know numbers for catering purposes. Thank you!
Club Day 2015
The first event of the season saw a fantastic turnout for the Club Day at our new pitch and clubhouse at Aston University Recreation Centre! It was great to see some new faces at the club - where we gave our new members a warm welcome!
New Adventure for Aldridge & Walsall
With the start of the new hockey season around the corner, there is a sense of excitement around Walsall & Hockey Club as members look forward to the long-awaited relocation to Aston University Recreation Centre and Playing Fields on Birmingham Road.
The new state-of-the-art synthetic pitch, due to open in August 2015 has promised to be a major development in the club's long term strategic plan of encouraging the younger generation from the local community to take up the sport of hockey, following the success of our athletes at London 2012.
Club Chairman, Andrew Dickson explains, "the club has recently signed a Community Partnership Agreement with Aston University. This is an exciting new venture for the club with a brand new state of the art playing surface with changing rooms and a club house for drinks and after match hospitality on site."
The club caters for all ages and playing standards, but above all, Aldridge & Walsall Hockey Club has a sociable and friendly atmosphere, and provides a great environment to meet new people. The club currently runs four men's teams, one ladies team and a junior section, with plenty of opportunities to develop and progress within the club. The relocation has also provided the club with a new on-site clubhouse for members and opposition to socialise, as well as hosting regular social and charity events the club organises.
We are currently welcoming new players. Senior training commences on Monday 7th September, 8-10pm at Aston University Playing Fields and Junior training starts later that week on Saturday 12th September, 9.30-10.30am at Walsall Campus (entrance via Magdalene Road).
For more information:
- Facebook: Aldridge & Walsall Hockey Club
- Twitter: @Ald_Wal_Hockey
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aldridge & Walsall Hockey Club is a Sports Club Standard accredited club. The club has met minimum operating standards set out by Walsall Council showing that the club is well managed, child friendly, safe and effective in delivering their sport.
Monday 7th September
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aston University Recreation Centre
(Birmingham Road, Walsall, B43 7AJ)
Saturday 12th September
9:30 am - 10:30 am
University of Wolverhampton, Wasall Campus
(Magdalene Road, Walsall, WS1 3TA)