Patrick Fuller

Romsey vs Winchester

Sunday 8-Nov-15, HCS

Romsey’s U12 boys fight back from being 0-1 down to win 3-1 for their first win of the 2015/16 season.

Following a promising performance against Gosport last Sunday, Romsey’s U12 boys faced Winchester at home on a very mild but damp November morning.  The team was bolstered by three U10 boys playing their first match on a full sized pitch – Jack Meehan, Luke Walter and William Rossdale.

Winchester snatched the lead (1-0) in the first period following chances for both teams.  Romsey started the second period with all three U10 boys on the pitch and playing like seasoned U12s with some excellent passing, running and stick skills.  Romsey began to ratchet up the pressure, playing with more width and surging forward in numbers.  This left some gaps which Winchester tried to exploit, but Romsey’s defensive line up of Toby Hamblin, George Coltart and William Payne provided excellent protection for keeper Ollie O’Hara.  The pressure was finally rewarded when James Fuller converted a short corner to equalise (1-1).

Romsey started the third and final period with growing confidence following some shrewd tactical adjustments by Coach Charlotte.  Ben Harris, Elliot Colyer and William Ritchie combined well in midfield, linking up with the forward trio of Charlie Westmacott, Jack Meehan and Ben Lockey.  The boys took a well deserved lead (2-1) following a goal by Charlie Westmacott, which was followed up shortly by another from Charlie (3-1).  The final 10 minutes of the third period saw an increasingly dominant Romsey with any Winchester counter-attacks quickly being snuffed out.  The match finished off with two short corners to Winchester which were repelled, giving Romsey a well earned victory – their first of the 2015/16 season.

Player of the match went to George Coltart for his excellent defensive tackling and reading of the game.

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A cracking day for the first match of the season for the U12 Boys, at home to Salisbury.  The new look Romsey team for 2015/16 had four new players – Ben Lockey, Charlie Westmacott, Thomas Norman and William Payne.

The boys started well, absorbing the pressure from Salisbury and hitting them on the break several times.  Honours even (0-0) at the end of the first period.

Salisbury scored twice in the second period, one from a free hit and one from a short corner to take the lead (0-2).

The third period saw the boys dig deep, with the heat (and lack of subs) taking its toll.  A great scramble in the D saw Charlie Westmacott grab his debut goal for the U12s.  Unfortunately, two more goals from Salisbury, one on the final whistle, took the game away from Romsey.

A great effort from the new team.  Final score Romsey 1 – 4 Salisbury.


Romsey U12 Boys vs Salisbury 27-Sep-2015

Romsey U12 Boys vs Salisbury 27-Sep-2015

The U12 boys hosted Trojans at HCS, looking for a win to regain 2nd place in the league, and hoping to finish before the forecasted rain arrived.

Forwards: Ben Harris, Bailey Benham, Bryn Wathen

Midfield: Olly Westmacott, Christopher Blake, Noah Cooper, Morgan Robertson, Ben Sluman

Defence: Toby Hamblin, Jamie Reid, Will Richards, Archie Webster, Rob Budden (GK)

The first period saw both teams battling for possession in the midfield.  The first opportunity fell to Trojans, with Romsey keeper Rob making an important stop.  Romsey took the lead following a short corner, with Ben Harris pouncing on the ball to score from close range in the subsequent scramble.  1-0 Romsey.

The second period saw the arrival of the wind and rain.  Trojans scored from a short corner to take it to 1-1.  Romsey fought back, with some nice passing in the final third leading to Noah Cooper shooting from the edge of the D, and Morgan Roberston adding the final touch for a well worked goal.  2-1 Romsey.

The final period saw Romsey playing into the rain and wind (and most of the parents shivering).  Trojans began to play with more width, pinning Romsey back in their own half.  The resulting pressure in Romsey’s D led to Trojan’s winning a series of short corners.  Romsey defended each with determination, but were finally undone, with Trojans levelling the score at 2-2.  Romsey kept their heads up and tried to hit Trojans on the break for a winner, coming close but not close enough to take the win.  The 2-2 draw was a fair result, with the boys and parents beating a hasty retreat from the weather – hence the lack of photo!

Romsey’s U12 Boys travelled to Bournemouth on Sunday 30th November.

The first period started with the home team playing into the sun.  Both teams started brightly with some early chances at both ends.  Romsey were rewarded first with a cross from Harry Croft-Baker finding Bryn Wathen who took the chance to put Romsey ahead with his second goal in as many matches.  Olly Westmacott, in his first match for Romsey, nearly doubled the lead, only to see his shot well stopped by the Bournemouth keeper.  Bournemouth continued to create chances, with several shots just going wide.  Romsey held on to finish 1-0 at the end of the first period.

The clouds rolled in at the start of the second period as both teams started where they’d left off.  Bournemouth struck first to level the score.  This prompted Romsey to work even harder.  The back unit of Daniel Alavi, Jamie Reid, Will Richards, Noah Cooper and Stan Arnold closed down the Bournemouth forwards with some excellent tackles, clearances and composed passing to turn defence into attack.  Romsey’s trio of Harry Croft-Baker, Morgan Robertson and Olly Westmacott started to assert their dominance in midfield, linking well with wingers James Fuller, Will Ritchie and Joe Arnold.  Romsey cranked up the pressure with two goals from Harry Croft-Baker, the first a solo effort from the halfway line, the second from a short corner.  Morgan Robertson followed this up with a goal in the top corner to put Romsey ahead 4-1 at the end of the second period.

Bournemouth came out of the blocks sprinting in the final period, only to be denied by several fine stops by Romsey’s keeper Rob Budden and some brave defence from the back four.  Yet again, Romsey’s defence provided the platform with some great hockey to take the play into the Bournemouth half.  Romsey won back-to-back short corners but were denied both times by two fabalous acrobatic stops from the Bournemouth keeper.  However, it was third time lucky with Noah Cooper taking his chance well.  Bournemouth pulled one back, only to see Romsey pull further ahead with Morgan Robertson’s shot lobbing the keeper.

At the final whistle, a 6-2 win for Romsey against Bournemouth’s first team and probably their best game of the season so far.

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Romsey’s U12 Boys hosted Salisbury in bright sunshine at HCS, with the home team welcoming back Morgan Robertson for his first match of the season.

Romsey started the first period playing into the sun.  It was a sluggish start, with Salisbury pinning the home team in their own half, and winning two short corners in quick succession.  Salisbury came close on the second, rattling a shot of the post.  The pressure finally told, with Salisbury taking a deserved lead (0-1).  The goal stirred the home team into action, with Romsey hitting Salisbury on the break, and Harry Croft-Baker grabbing the equaliser (1-1).  The teams continued to trade short corners, with Romsey hitting the post just before the break.

The second period started much the same as the first, with Salisbury winning two short corners.  However, the Romsey defence (Noah Cooper, Will Richards, Ben Sluman and Toby Hamblin) together with keeper Rob Budden kept the visitors out.  With the visitors now playing into sun, Romsey’s trio of Bailey Benham, Elliot Colyer and Harry Croft-Baker began to take control of midfield, providing a platform for the forwards.  It was Salisbury’s turn to be pinned back.  Wingers Joe and Stan Arnold provided the breadth, with Jack Sluman linking up with the midfield.  Morgan Robertson and James Fuller both came close with chances in the Salisbury ‘D’.  A dominant period for Romsey.

The final period saw a number of chances from both teams as legs began to tire.  Keeper Rob Budden made a number of great stops, and Toby Hamblin defended heroically in only his second game for the club, making a last ditch tackle in the Romsey ‘D’ to prevent a certain goal.   However, Salisbury pounced on the rebound to retake the lead (1-2).  The Romsey boys kept their heads, with Bailey Benham battling away in midfield to shut down further attacks by the visitors and regain possession for Romsey.  With time running, Harry Croft-Baker played a beautifully weighted pass into the Salisbury ‘D’, which Ben Harris put away to level the score (2-2).  Romsey finished strongly in the final minutes but weren’t quite able to take the win.  Another good performance, and a well deserved draw.

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Romsey’s U12 Boys continued to enjoy the fair weather as they played their first away match of the season against Trojans.  The team included two boys playing their first match for Romsey – Archie Webster and William Ritchie.

Trojans struck first, early in the first period, with a quick goal before Romsey had chance to settle.  The midfield quartet of Harry Croft-Baker, Joseph & Stan Arnold and Elliot Colyer then began to assert themselves, driving play deep into Trojans territory.  Harry opened his account for the morning with a blistering shot from a tight angle.  Romsey continued to pour forward with front-men James Fuller, Ben Harris and Christopher Blake testing the Trojan’s defence before the first period ended all square: Trojans 1 – Romsey 1.

The change of sides in the second period obviously suited Romsey as they piled forward, supported by the back four of Jamie Reid, Noah Cooper, William Richards and Oliver O’Hara.  Harry Croft-Baker quickly added another goal to take Romsey ahead.  Trojans made the occassional visit into Romsey’s half, but did little to trouble Romsey’s keeper Rob Budden.  With William Ritchie charging up and down the right wing, and Archie Webster on the left wing, Romsey continued to drive forward.  Ben Harris had his shot stopped by the Trojan’s keeper, but Harry Croft-Baker tidied up for his hat-trick.  Harry added another two in the period to complete a dominant second period: Trojans 1 – Romsey 5.

Trojan’s came back at Romsey in the third and final period, with the play switching from end to end and chances going to both teams.  Trojans clawed two goals back, causing some momentary concern before the momentum swung back in Romsey’s favour with the defence providing the platform, pushing the play into the Trojans half.  Debutant William Ritchie got the scoreboard ticking again for Romsey with his first goal for the club.  The final few minutes saw some frantic action in the Trojan’s goal area with James Fuller’s shot being saved before Harry finished off, driving a reverse stick shot hard into the Trojan’s goal to claim his double hat-trick.

Final score: Trojans 3 – Romsey 7.


Romsey U12 Boys @ Trojans 20141019

The sun shone on Romsey U12 Boys as they faced Bournemouth (2) at HCS.  It was a young Romsey team with three new caps – Toby Hamblin, Chris Blake and Bryn Wathen, all urged on by coach Lewis.

The first period saw end-to-end play, with both teams rewarded.  Romsey started brightly with Harry Croft-Baker charging forward from midfield, supported by Bailey Benham and Elliot Colyer.  Romsey struck first, with Harry firing in a goal off the keepers outstretched hand.  1-0 Romsey.  Bournemouth then pressed forward in numbers, scoring a well worked goal.

The second period saw more end-to-end play, but with the momemtum swinging Romsey’s way with forwards James Fuller and Ben Harris  making a number of penetrating runs towards goal.  Harry scored his second goal of the match to put Romsey 2-1 ahead.  Bournemouth continued to press forward at pace, testing Romsey’s defence.  However Noah Cooper, William Richards, Jack Sluman, Jamie Reid and Toby Hamblin were up to the challenge, restricting Bournemouth to a handful of chances which didn’t trouble Romsey’s keeper Rob Budden.  Romsey continued to launch attacks, and were rewarded when Bryn Wathen shot from close range for a goal on his debut.  3-1 Romsey.  Chris Blake joined the forwards as a target for Romsey’s midfield trio of Harry, Bailey and Elliot.

The third period saw Romsey dominating the play, but with a number of dangerous breaks from Bournemouth as legs began to tire.  Romsey defended valiantly, with Will, Noah, Jack, Jamie and Toby snuffing out most of the attacks.  However, a few got through – one saw keeper Rob throw himself at the ball, with a Romsey stick clearing at the last moment.  Another saw a Bournemouth goal disallowed as the final shot came off the back of the stick.  Romsey were dominant in the final minutes, pinning Bournemouth down at their end, with great interlinking play from the Romsey midfield and forwards.  Bournemouth had one more chance with a break leading to a short corner at the final whistle.  Romsey kept them out to earn their first win of the season.

Final score, Romsey win 3-1 .  A very promising performance which hopefully bodes well for the rest of the season.

Romsey U12 Boys (5-Oct-2014)

Romsey U12 Boys (5-Oct-2014)



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