Ladies 1s (4) vs (3) Alton

Scorers: Pake, Bradshaw, Jenner, Moss

Romsey Ladies 1st XI took on bottom of the table Alton on a very frosty morning. By push-back time, the frost had cleared on half the pitch, but the half in shadow was still visiblly white. With options to cancel or play, the teams chose to play through the conditions.

Romsey got off to a very bright start with several early foreays into the visitors half. Romsey got off the mark when Katie Pake managed to find space at the top of the D to smash a pinpoint stike into the bottom corner.

Romsey continued the pressure, launching an attack down the left hand side, where Kate Moss penetrated the D and sent a bouncing ball through to Emily Bradshaw who got the final touch past the keeper.

Alton had a few break away moments looking to test the home sides defence, but Romsey reacted quickly, dealing with the danger.

Fifteen minutes into the game, and Romsey secured their first short corner with Erica Jenner flicking high. Alton’s keeper did well to make the save, but the resulting clearence presented a second short for Romsey. THis time, Jenner hit low, firing the ball into the goal for a 3-0 lead.

Shortly before half time, Romsey grabbed a fourth, with some quality work up the right hand side from Emma Palframan. A long corner ensued with Jenner slipping the ball into the circle, Bradshaw stopping it before the keeper could clear, and Moss on hand to capitalise, taking the score to 4-0 at half time.

Romsey had the majority of the play in the second half, and with the pitch conditions improving, more goals were expected. Notable games from Rosie Bishop, who was a constant nucense to the Alton’s defenders, and Jane Palmer, for her reliable tackling and pushing the team forward, earnt a joint player of the match.

Romsey had several excellent attacking opportunities in the second half. Emily Slade drove into the D from left back, and got a great shot that was only fractions wide of the post. Pake had a super opportunity in a one-on-one, but was denied by a brave save from the Alton goalkeeper.

To top it off, Alton’s defence managed a double goal line clearence. Necesary when Bradshaw drew the goalie off her line and both Pake and Jade Phillips’ follow-up shots were scrambled out by defenders just millimeters from the line.

With Romsey committing so much into attack, and not seeing the rewards, Alton set out to try and turn the tables. They earned themselves a few short corners and grabbed three goals in the second half, the third coming only minutes from the end.

The game finished 4-3, with Romsey feeling a little disappointed that they couldn’t maintain the magic of the first half, despite all the opportunity. On the plus side, a difficult run of games came to an end, and the 3 points puts Romsey mid-table in Division 1.

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