Stuart Robertson

A grey but dry day at Trojans Hockey club saw Sebastian, Theo, Jake, Rory, Lewie, Tom, Dylan, Leo and Freddie take the field for the Romsey boys U10s.

First up were Salisbury. After some good early pressure from Romsey and a near miss by Freddie, Sebastian picked up the ball just outside the cones and fired a shot at the goal, which was unluckily deflected in by a defender. 1 – 0. With Theo, Rory and Tom looking solid in defence it was only a matter of time before Jake grabbed a second after a great dribble. Final score 2 – 0.

Next up were Trojans B comprised of Trojans best girls. The boys flushed with their previous success pressed forward in a bit of a reckless huddle, but the Trojans were very well organised and showed great defensive and positional skills, keeping two wide players ready to attack if Romsey lost the ball. Eventually their chance came and Trojans slid the ball through a hole in the Romsey midfield. The two wingers out ran the Romsey defense and fired into an empty goal. Romsey then piled on the pressure again while Rory, Dylan and Leo kept the Trojans from attacking the Romsey goal. With a minute to go Sebastian scored a scorching goal, which resulted in a lost ball(!). However, just as Romsey were celebrating, the goal was controversially ruled out by the Trojans’ umpire for having been struck from outside the cones, even though the Romsey and Trojans’ coaches both agreed it was inside. So final score an unlucky 0 – 1.

With their confidence slightly shaken Romsey next took on an understrength Southampton. Lewie and Leo were temporarily loaned to the opposition. Early on Romsey created a chance and Seb smashed the ball in with his trademark golf swing. After this the game became a bit disjointed and there were no other real chances at either end. 1 – 0.

Against Winchester Girls Romsey were again on the attack from the off and almost immediately scored one of the best worked goals of the day with a Seb dribble down the wing, followed by a clinical pass that was expertly dispatched into the goal by Dylan. The Romsey midfield of Theo, Freddie and Rory snuffed out any Winchester attacks and two further dribbles and passes both to Jake saw the Romsey marksman slot home. In the dying seconds Lewie saved brilliantly from Winchester’s only attack but Romsey ran out convincing winners. 3 – 0.

In between games coach Carl educated Jake in the art and craft of goal hanging. How to gain maximum reward and credit from minimum effort. Would Jake take this lesson from the veteran goal scorer on board?

New Forest A looked a well drilled unit but immediately Romsey were piling on the pressure and the newly inspired Jake fired in from a tight angle to make the score 1 – 0. New Forest came right back and Dylan made a fantastic save on the line. The game was end to end. Freddie almost set up a second with a perfectly judged pass. Seb who had been sitting out the first half came on and managed to dribble from the half way line through the New Forest defence and slam another goal in. Minutes later another dribble and cross, saw Jake sweep home a third. 3 – 0.

Next up Bournemouth. This was another game where all the pressure came from Romsey. Within a minute Romsey were ahead when Seb crushed a ball between the feet of the full kitted Bournemouth goal minder. Theo, Leo and Tom kept Bournemouth well away from the Romsey goal while Dylan and Freddie piled on the pressure. It looked like Romsey were going to score a hat full of goals but the Bournemouth goal minder had other ideas and time and time again he single-handedly repelled the Romsey attacks making several fantastic saves. Finally though another dribble down the wing from Seb saw the ball crossed out of the reach of the helpless goal minder and the arch poacher Jake was on hand to snap up his fifth goal of the day. 2 – 0.

The final match of the day was against Trojans D. By this time the Romsey huddle had become much more spread out, with everyone playing more or less in Carl’s assigned positions. This enabled them to besiege the Trojans goal. Within minutes Theo, playing in attack, poked home his first goal. The Trojan defence then passed the ball straight to Seb on their own hit out and he made no mistake. 2 -0. If Theo and Lewie in their eagerness had not collided on the Trojans goal

line it would have been 3 – 0. But moments later Theo and Jake combined for a 3rd. A long hit in by Seb down the touchline saw Jake gather up the ball, dribble around the last defender and slot home. Soon after Lewie was on hand to steal a 5th and the scoring was rounded off when Seb again stole the ball from another Trojans hit out and reverse sticked the ball into the unguarded net. Final score 6 – 0.

This was a fantastic effort by all the boys. In seven games they won 6, scored 17 goals and only conceded one. Once they started to attack down the side lines and get crosses in they caused all the opposition problems. Hopefully this excellent performance bodes well for the In2Hockey tournament in a few weeks time.

Romsey U10’S girls had a very good tournament at Trojans despite starting with a 2-0 defeat against Winchester B the girls soon got into their stride beating their next opponents Andover B 1-0 with good play out from defence from Tilly and Lucy the ball was passed up the wing to Zoe who then shot past the keeper, the girls continued to pass well in their next game against New Forest B with great midfield play from Harriet, Maggie and Hannah and good forward runs from Immy it wasn’t long before Romsey took the lead with a great strike from a difficult angle Zoe scored the only goal of the game, the next match Romsey came up against a very strong Trojans side and despite some very good saves from Ellie and resolute defending from hattie, Tilly and Lucy Romsey went 2 goals behind however Romsey soon went on the attack with a Great goal from Hannah finishing the game 2-1 to Trojans, in the 5th game of the morning against Winchester C the girls put on a superb display after a fantastic run Harriet opened the scoring, Immy showed great pace up front which resulted in 2 further goals for Romsey finishing the match with a 3-0 victory to Romsey, Next up were Trojans E  again a great display by Romsey with goals from Zoe and Immy saw Romsey win 2-1, the final match was a 4-0 victory against Trojans D With goals from Immy, Zoe, Hannah and Hattie. A superb finish to a fantastic tournament.

Romsey U16 Girls played Trojans on Mothers day at HCS . Push back was 10.00am so it was an early start  for all.

Trojans came out the blocks very fast and controlled the first five minutes of play with some assured passing ,this produced their first opening and a fiercely hit shot that made Alice D react quickly to save high to her left and push the ball to safety . Trojans continued to probe and Romsey’s defense marshaled by Mollie O had to be strong .

Romsey soon got on the ball  and Hannah L made two Strong runs down the left  which gave Romsey confidence to really take up the attack .

It was not long before good work down the right from Ella M with the ball finding its way to Zoe H who set Up Robyn C for Romsey’s first goal . Before you could blink Romsey were two up with 2nd goal for Robyn C. Romsey’s midfield were starting to dominate with great control and passing from Carla H and Sarah M.

Georgia S came on as Sub after 15 minutes and in the space of 10 minutes had a hand in 3 goals . One was a calm finish inside the D from a cross the other was after some great control at the edge of the D before a ferocious shot into the corner of the goal and then an assist for Zoe H so she could score her first of the day .

After 25 Minutes Romsey were 5-0 up after some of the most attacking Hockey played all season . The Second half started with the same scoreline and Romsey were soon back on the attack with good passing and movement down the right from Jess G .

Sophie L read the play brilliantly , making an interception in the Trojans half she then drove  forward before pulling a pass back for Zoe H to finish with aplomb , this was starting to become a rout .

Goal number 7 soon came and again Sophie L was the provider for Sarah M to finish smartly .  This brought a response from Trojans and Romsey’s defence had to be on guard bringing great tackles from Antonia L , Emily P and Isabel T , However two good moves from Trojans produced two good goals .

Romsey was not finished yet and more great work in Midfield from Clara H got Romsey on the attack again with another goal for Zoe H after a goal line scramble . Romsey’s 9th goal was from a short corner which Anna R stopped from going out and pulled the cross back For Robyn C to score her 3rd Goal of the match .

Romsey went hunting for number 10 which came with only minutes to go , Jess G made a super run down the right , sending in a fierce cross which was pushed over the Line by Robyn C to make it 10 !

Final score Romsey 10 Trojans 2 . A fantastic team performance !

Player of the match – Clara H , a great all round performance .

Romsey took their chances and three points as expected against bottom of the table Poole.

It didn’t take long for Romsey to open the scoring Colin H won a free hit outside the circle and Chris H made a run in from the right to intercept a perfectly weighted pass to cross to Carl H who controlled and turned to shoot from a narrow angle for 1 0.

Romsey doubled their lead when the ball was played up to Carl H at the top of the circle who played the ball to Colin H to make it 2 0.

A well worked move then saw Josh H square for Dan B to shoot, but his shot was blocked by the last defender only for Josh H to sweep in the rebound.

Carl H made it 4 0 from a penalty corner strike, and then another penalty corner was played out to Colin H who passed back to Josh H, his shot was blocked on the line but the corner taker Ben P made no mistake from an inch out following up, to give Romsey a 5 0 HT lead.

The second half allowed for Romsey to play an open game with everyone getting time on the ball.

From a penalty corner early in the second half Ben P pushed out to Colin H, who stopped the ball and passed to Chris H, his slip to Josh H saw a family passing move end with a cool finish.

A young Poole side had played some good hockey and won a penalty corner of their own. Colin H and James T ran out but were taken out of the move by a swift pass and this allowed Poole to strike fiercely past the onrushing Bryn W for 6 1.

Romsey weren’t stopping their though, and from another penalty corner Colin H passed directly to Josh H for 7 1 and the first hat trick of the match.

With Romsey now playing some open hockey, Lukasz S made sure Poole didn’t make it in to the circle again, and Rob C, Simeon F and James T gained confidence with time on the ball, and played some strong passes to build moves through the midfield.

Colin H picked up a loose ball and beat two defenders before playing a great one two with Carl H and sweeping the ball home for 8 1 and then he returned the favour by playing in Carl H, who saw his first shot blocked but made no mistake hammering in the rebound for 9 1 and his hat trick.

Carl got his fourth and Romseys tenth when Will R played in Josh H to square for the striker to shoot calmly in to the goal, and Will R was unlucky not to get on the score sheet as his play on the left had been so strong all match.  At the end Dan B was set up by Colin H for what would have been his first goal for the club, his shot beat the keeper but came back square off the foot of the post and Romsey put the rebound wide.

Romsey went in to this match on a four game winning run, and an eye on runners up spot, unless current second placed Lavant, who Romsey had already beaten home and away, could win against top of the United Services.

Sadly Romseys result and a win for Lavant make that an even greater challenge now.

Romsey were all over the Swanage defence from the off, the Swanage keeper in inspired form kept out efforts from TK, Carl H, Colin H and Sean R, with Man of the Match Matt D seeing two efforts flash just wide.

With Romsey having to make enforced changes as Dave M, Dan B and Ben P all went off injured for short periods, Swanage too their chance on the break and despite the heroics of Nick W in goal who kept out a number of shots, Swanage took a lead in to the break.

Romsey started the second half as they had started the first, Dave M, Dan B and Carl H all went close, but the Swanage keeper kept all chances out and then history repeated itself as a fast break saw Lukasz S as last man and a fine cross saw a first time strike for 2 0 to the away team.

Romsey rallied and with 15 minutes to go, after Josh H had a penalty corner strike ruled out for a lifted shot, Colin H made no mistake with a first time shot inside the post.

Alas, Romsey couldn’t manage to get a point from the game as with Rob C and Simeon F pushing up to support the attack along with James Tower, the forwards contrived to swing and miss when composure was required and so Romsey ended up losing 2 1.

 

Romsey U16 girls played the New Forest on Sunday in a league match . The weather was bracing to say the least …..

Push back was at 1.30pm with beautiful blue skies but a bitter wind . New Forest made a strong start and dominated the ball for the first five minutes . Romsey soon found their feet , Robyn C started to put some good passes together (including a great ariel )to Sophie L and Zoe H up front which resulted in a couple of half chances .

Romsey had to be wary as the New Forest had a strong line up and were soon back on the attack  despite good defensive work from Emily P , Emily W and Antonia L ,  Alice D had to make a string of important saves to keep Romsey in the match .

Romsey started to move the ball wide and both Jess G and Phoebe M drove deep into the New Forest half on more than one occasion  tipping the balance of play back into Romsey’s favour . It was not long before one these break outs on the right found its way to Zoe H who burst into the D and slid the ball across for Phoebe M to calmly finish on the back post , 1-0 to Romsey!

New Forest were in Shock for a period and Romsey came again , Phoebe M was stretching their defence at will …..Short corner to Romsey ! Robyn C injected to Zoe H who took the ball into the D then slotted it back to Robyn C to strike the second goal !

This was the wake up New Forest needed , straight from the re -start they were on the attack. With only ten minutes of the half left the New Forest pressure told and they scored two quick goals to leave the match tied 2-2 at half time.

The second half started and both teams were after the win ,Romsey were creating chance after chance with great work on the wings from Jess G and Phoebe M .  One chance fell To Anna R who got free only to see her shot blocked , Zoe H had another shot narrowly go wide . 

The game became stretched and the midfield duo of Mollie O and Clara H were working end to end to cut off the New forest renewed attacks . The match was in the last couple of minutes and Antonia L made two fantastic last gasp tackles but the New Forest team kept coming and with the final move of the match they came down the right and squared a great ball into the D for their forward to score !

New Forest supporters and players were ecstatic, the final whistle went,  Final score New Forest 3 Romsey 2 . 

A tough end to a great match to watch , well played and fantastic effort Romsey .

Player of the match – Phoebe M , fantastic wing play .

 

2018 03 18 – All junior training is CANCELLED due to the snow – please check with your squad manager before travelling if you have a match scheduled.

The Mini Beast from the East will inevitably have an impact on training and matches this week. We will endeavour to keep this page updated with the latest information. Please also monitor your emails and twitter @romseyhc

If the pitch is frozen then training or matches are not possible because it is not safe to play. Because the forecast is not always definite we cannot always cancel  training the day before, sometimes we only know that the pitch is unsafe when we first inspect it in the morning.

If you get to training only to find out it is cancelled we apologise. We always do our best to get the information out as soon as possible, whilst also wanting to try and ensure that we don’t cancel unnecessarily.

Thank you for your understanding.

Stuart Robertson

RHC Junior Chair

Cold weather is forecast this weekend. If the pitch is frozen then training or matches are not possible because it is not safe to play. Because the forecast is not always definite we cannot always cancel  training the day before, sometimes we only know that the pitch is unsafe when we first inspect it in the morning.

As a result please check here and on the club’s Twitter feed @romseyhc for the latest news about training.

If you get to training only to find out it is cancelled we apologise. We always do our best to get the information out as soon as possible, whilst also wanting to try and ensure that we don’t cancel unnecessarily.

Thank you for your understanding.

Stuart Robertson

RHC Junior Chair

Romsey had another tough encounter, but managed to make it four wins in a row in against a strong Salisbury.

Salisbury started strongly, but with James T moving up to centre midfield to support Josh H, the two started to gain control of the game. The two played a number of interchangeable passes and Dan B and Carl H both had half chances, but Romsey couldn’t make the early break through.

Romsey had two more chances when Colin H broke in to the circle, his first effort went wide of the far post, and his second effort whilst on target was a disappointing shot too close to the Keeper.

Romsey eventually won a penalty corner, and Carl H made no mistake, after Stuart R’s neat trap, with his low drilled shot inside the post.

Romsey doubled their advantage when Stuart R beat three players on his was in to the circle, his shot come cross was touched on by Carl Hendy where Josh H found himself unmarked at the far post to turn and shoot for 2-0 at Half Time.

Salisbury had a break away, and as Bryn W came out to narrow the angle, the Salisbury forward to it wide round him, but could only lift his shot in to the side netting.

Salisbury started the second half as they had the first, except this time they made their pressure pay by winning a penalty corner and as Carl H as done for Romsey drilled in a shot for 2-1.

They continued to press, and Romsey were indebted to Colin H for making three key interceptions as he added his centre back cover to that of right back and left back in the second half.

With Ben Parker solid at left back, he and Elliot Colyer started to make some moves back in to the Salisbury half, but Dan B couldn’t get the vital touch to move the ball on.

Matt Duke made the Romsey right half his own as time went on, and he made a number of passes with Josh H to get in to the circle, before setting up Carl H took control to make it 3-1.

Romsey couldn’t hold their two goal advantage for long, and Salisbury pulled a goal back when a Bryn W save was controlled by the Salisbury forward to smash in the goal for 3-2.

Romsey needed their fourth goal, Dan B was unlucky when he took the ball up to the keeper but the ball ran the wrong side of the post.

With Lukasz S becoming the saviour in the final moments making a number of important interceptions, Romsey were able to run out 3-2 winners.

Romsey went in to this encounter off the back of a fine win last week against the second placed team, Hamble a place below then appeared on paper to be an easier fixture, but it didn’t work out that way.

Romsey dominated the first ten minutes, creating fin runs in to the last quarter through Matt D and Josh H, with Greig S providing good cover support, but Sean R and Dan B couldn’t get any final touches.

Josh H made one run and elected to pass when Sean R and Carl H had taken the two defenders away and the young midfielder may have been better to go through on his own.

With Bryn W in goal making a tremendous clearance when he took the ball cleanly and the Hamble forward went spinning over him, Romsey returned to pushing forward.

Romsey won a penalty corner and Ben P dispatched to Greig S who lifted the ball in to the top corner, the Keeper got a hand to it but it dropped down over the line to give Romsey a 1 0 lead.

Greig went close again when Carl H set him up but a fine save kept the ball out and Matt D couldn’t get to the follow up before it was cleared.

In the second half Romsey piled forward, Andy M on the right and Barry H on the left in only their second matches did well down both flanks but Romsey couldn’t score.

Josh H set up Carl H to shoot wide and Sean R then was played in only to see his shot from a narrow angle cannon back off the post.

Lukasz S and Ben P were commanding at the back allowing James T and Rob C to push forward but this left Romsey exposed to the counter attack.

Man of the match Bryn W in goal saved what looked like a certain equaliser when he saved with his left leg in a three on one situation to maintain Romseys third clean sheet in their three matches since Christmas.

With the Hamble GK saving twice from Colin H, Dan B had a chance to make it 2 0 when played in by Sean R but the keeper was again in inspired form and came out to the top of the circle to save the goal bound shot.

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