Match Reports

Top of the table USP took all three points as they look likely champions and promotion to Division 8 awaits, although the score line was harsh on a young Romsey team.

Romsey started from the pushback and got the ball in the USP circle through Ollie Bryant, but a solid clearance saw the chance come to nothing and then soon after USP took advantage down their right, overloading Ben Parker two on one, and then crossing and leaving Bryn W and Lukasz Suleja outnumbered to take an early lead.

Josh H and Will R were getting on top in the centre of the pitch but couldn’t set up any clear chances.

Romsey had to defend some penalty corners, but USP could make nothing from them, James Tower was always quickly out and one shot they had on goal was far to high.

The second half saw the young Romsey players attack USP and with James Tower pushing forward they looked the more dangerous.

Sean Rawles was unlucky when he combined with Carl Hendy, but it was a pass out to Dan B by Josh H that saw the forward beat two men and see his cross pushed for a long corner.

Colin Harwood moved up to take and played the ball wide to Josh H, he controlled the ball and moved forward playing it back in to the circle at pace to Colin Harwood who had moved with him, and as the ball bobbled up from the pass, Harwood unleashed an unstoppable shop that beat the keeper at the far post for a Romsey equaliser. “what a goal!” Echoed around the stadium and Romsey were back in it.

The equaliser saw USP up their game, and sadly for Romsey the scores weren’t level for long.

A USP break saw them play in their for forward to be one on one with Bryn, the keeper did well to smother the chance but the USP man managed to push in the rebound while on the floor.

Simeon Field playing at right had a great game, keeping the USP quiet and remaining calm under pressure, so USP switched the ball central and took a well timed shot for 3 1, which was harsh after the excellent defending by Field, Parker and Suleja.

Romsey almost snatched a second through half chances that fell to Sean Rawles and then young Barry H, but it wasn’t to be, and

in the  last few minutes a ball in to the circle hit a Romsey foot and bounced up to hit a USP stick and deflect pass Bryn for 4 1.

Romsey traveled to Trojans with what can only be described as a team of all star galacticos.  The question on everyone’s mind was could they come together as a team and deliver on the day? Thankfully, 1st team coach Stuart Robertson (aka ‘the special one’) was on hand with a white board and some tactics.

The results will go down in legend.  29 goals scored over 7 games. But this wasn’t just some free scoring bonanza of offensive total hockey.  Behind the success was a backbone of ruthless organisation and defensive brilliance.  In over 70 minutes of hockey the Romsey net was never seriously threatened.

So to the players!

Maya was absolutely outstanding in defence and deserves special mention and credit for her contribution to the clean sheet.  Fantastic strength on the ball and great calm distribution were the hallmarks of her game.

Camilla proved her value and versatility again in this tournament and got stronger game by game.  After some great all around play she deservedly came away with 3 goals in the final games.

Zach and Anna were tireless in their efforts and both were rewarded by goals.  Zach netting 2 great efforts and Anna showing cat like poaching skills at close range after an intervention from the ‘special one’.

Caitlin and Elsie were at the heart of everything scoring 7 goals between them and providing vital assists and defensive interventions throughout.

Charlie and Oscar shared the tournaments golden stick award both netting 8 goals each including some outstanding solo dribbles from Charlie and an incredible strike from distance by Oscar.

The results:

Andover 5-0

Winchester (B) 5-0

Trojans (C) 2-0

Salisbury (B) 5-0

Winchester (C) 5-0

Southampton (B)4-0

Bournemouth (B) 3-0

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 ladies 2xi started well scoring an early goal after a spell of good work by Alex H running the ball into the D and setting up Charlie Bouche to score. The remainder of the half was very evenly balanced, both teams needing to step up a gear to secure a win.
After a stern half time team talk Romsey were the Ines who came out stronger to dominate play. After a string of short corners the pressure eventually told with Sarah M driving a loose ball into the goal. With Romsey’s spirits high and the final whistle looming Haslemere pushed players forward for a final attack. Their gamble backfired though when deep in Romsey’s defending quarter Haslemere turned over the ball and Romsey counter-attacked. Swift transfer play ended in a great run from Sophie L with the ball into the D and passing to Alex to score the final goal to secure a 3-0 for Romsey.

Romsey Ladies 2nd XI notched up a sixth win of the season to maintain their 3rd spot in Hampshire’s Div 3. It was a game of two halves; Romsey dominating the first 35. Although waterside looked dangerous on the break Romsey’s back line remain composed allowing just one threatening shot on goal. Meanwhile Romsey’s midfield and forward line took advantage of their better teamwork and skill securing a 4-0 lead at half time.
But the second half saw a transformed opposition, with a new formation and belief. Romsey were closed down quicker and had to defend deeper. Waterside effectively won the second half 1-0 thanks to a fast break and instinctive shot on goal but despite Romsey being unable to find the net again their win was never in doubt.

Romsey ladies 1XI travelled to local rivals Trojans for their first game back after the half term break.

Trojans 3XI were quick out of the blocks, and started piling pressure on the Romsey D. Romsey defended well in the opening 10 minutes, with centre midfielders Bethan Knights and Erica Jenner working hard to stop the Trojans players driving down the middle of the pitch. Romsey deflected the early pressure which allowed them to start to build some well worked spells of possession. Midfielders Emma Bouchard, Sheila F and Kate Moss linked up well in the middle of the field, passing the ball from one side of the pitch to the other. Romsey started to create some meaningful movement up front, with Kate Olingschlaeger and Emily Williams working hard to create space. Unfortunately Romsey were unable to capitalise on these opportunities, which allowed Trojans to build pressure and with a break down the left they made the most of some good team work and put the ball into the Romsey goal making it 1-0 at half time.

Romsey knew that Trojans would attack hard again in the second half, but they were positive in attack with Emma Beeching and Jenny P linking up well in midfield and up front, determined to create a chance on goal.

However Trojans worked well in defense and prevented Romsey from scoring any of the chances they created. In a flurry of short corners won by Trojans, defenders Liz Forbes and Gigi H supported goal keeper Ange Cryne to defend well, but unfortunately the continued pressure was too much for the defenders and Trojans converted one of their efforts to make it 2-0. Romsey didn’t let their heads drop, with Sophie Hurley driving the ball up the wing to create a chance in the Romsey D, but Kate O and Erica J were unable to get the ball into the Trojans goal. With the last hit of the game, Trojans won another short corner, which they expertly converted to make the final score 3-0 to the home side.

Romsey Ladies 1XI hosted Southampton 2’s hoping to improve on the previous weeks play. Southampton put some early pressure on the Romsey defensive line with Liz Forbes, Gigi H and Emily Slade working well to prevent an early Southampton goal. After an unsettling first 10 minutes, Romsey started to have longer possessions of play which allowed midfielders Sheila F and Emma Bouchard to gain confidence and start to push the Romsey team forward. Romsey optimised after a Southampton mistake in their own half, with a quick ball down the middle of the pitch from Bobs C to Kate Olingschlaeger, who dribbled the ball past the last Southampton defender. The Goalkeeper was quick to react and stopped Olingschlaeger’s shot, only for Emily Williams to pick up the rebound and put it into the Southampton goal past a defender who had got back to help. Unfortunately for Williams, the umpire spotted an infringement by the Southampton defender and awarded a penalty flick to Romsey. Erica Jenner stepped up and cooly converted the chance to make it 1-0 to the homeside. Southampton were not going to let this goal put them on the back foot and within minutes of Romsey scoring, they had converted one of their attacks and evened up the score line to make it 1-1 at the break.

Romsey built on the possession they had in the first half with Charlotte Jones and Jess Preece controlling the midfield line, moving the ball well from one wing to the other. Jenny P made some surging runs up front and drawing the Southampton defenders to the sides of the pitch. This allowed Kate Moss to utilise the space created and drive the ball into the Southampton D. Bobs C was unable to get a shot off in the D, but the ball found a Southampton foot resulting in a short corner for Romsey. The ball was received at the top of the D by Moss who slipped it to Williams who calmed swept the ball into the back of the Southampton goal to make it 2-1 to Romsey. With only 10 minutes to go, Southampton were determined to get something from the game, and with a flurry of short corners won, Romsey had to call on their defenders and GK Laura Kemp to prevent Southampton evening up the score. Romsey held out and secured all 3 much needed points.



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