Match Reports

After an early start the U8s had a great day at Bournemouth. It was wonderful to see their team spirit growing and to see training being put into practice on the pitch. 

Team A


The team got off to an unlucky start losing just 1-0 against local hosts Bournemouth. Highlights included some great last ditch defending by Hannah Tyson.


Game 2 against Trojans proved to be the hardest challenge of the day but despite a 4-0 loss everybody in the team kept playing hard to the end. Charlie Gray deserves special mention after coming back from a hard knock in game 1 to show some outstanding work rate and team play.  


By game 3 the team were really starting to change through the gears and started to gel. Salisbury were soundly beaten 4-0 with goals from Milly Chatterley, Hannah Tyson and 2 for Charlie Gray whose celebration was worth the gate fee. Ava Farmer provided the defensive foundation for the victory while in midfield, Evelyn Prefrement, Emma Lake and Anna Shepherd and all made fantastic contributions.  


Game 4 against ‘New Forest’ ended in a hard fought 1-1 draw thanks in particular to some great defensive play by Maggie Nicholson and another great goal by Milly Chatterley. 


In the final match against Winchester the team continued to work hard and play as a team. But in a dramatic finish they were unlucky to lose to a late goal in the final seconds!


Team B


Team B had a flying start against Salisbury with Benji Wright scoring the opening goal in the first few minutes. Romsey continued to press with the forwards all working well together. Freddie Allsopp made some great runs forward and was rewarded with a goal. In the latter part of the game Annabel Norman added a further goal and Benji Wright added Romsey’s 4th to secure the win.


Game 2 against Bournemouth was a great contest. Bournemouth were quick off the mark and scored early in the game. Romsey were not down hearted and pressed from midfield with Oscar Cowburn tackling and distributing the ball to forwards Camilla Day and Clara Fuller. Towards the end of the game Romsey’s persistence paid off with Freddie con=ming from midfield to equalise.


Game 3 was another even encounter. Unfortunately Romsey failed to convert their chances and were caught on the counter by a fast Andover break and conceded the only goal of the game.


After game 3 the team had a bit of a break to re fuel on cake. This strategy worked as the team came out raring to go against Winchester in Game 4. Romsey played some great hockey in this game putting together some great passes. The were all calling and as a result put the pressure on early with Freddie scoring the first of his two goals of the game. Goals were then added by Oscar (2) and Benji (2). The game finishing 6-0.


Romsey’s final game was against local rivals Trojans. After a quite previous game Sophie Morris and Elsie Duncan concentrated brilliantly clearing any threat posed by the Trojans forwards. With Romsey calling for passes and moving forward Freddie scored the winning goal. After a nail biting final few minutes Romsey held on for the win!


Romsey gained another turn around victory following their defeat away earlier in the season, this team emphatically coming out on top and moving up the league table to 5th place.
Romsey started brightly and youngsters Josh Harwood, Jamie Sanderson and Felix Chapman-Sheath used their pace to move the ball around the experienced ‘Stoke back line. They won a penalty corner early on but Carl Hendy’s shot went wide.
As the half went on it was building moves solidly from the back and keeping ‘Stoke penned in their own half and under pressure that was the key. James Tower and Duncan Sanders combined to set up Simon Mayes to drive in to circle and he interchanged with Phil Humphreys to win another penalty corner.

This time the ball was played out and Mayes beat two players before feigning to pass, and instead lifting the ball in to the goal to put Romsey 1-0 up.
As half time approached Dave Loescher had to clear up a couple of Basingstoke break aways, but Bryn Wathen was untroubled in the Romsey goal. Then in the 35th minute, Mayes broke in to the circle and drove alone the end of the pitch to pull the ball back to Hendy who made no mistake for 2-0.
The second half started with Romsey on the attack, and early on Colin Harwood intercepted an attempted clearance down the right, he played the ball to the top of the circle, and Rob Cavalier found himself with the ball and able to get a fierce strike away for 3-0 and his first goal for the Club.
Not to be out done, Harwood then played a similar ball to the top of the circle for Felix Chapman-Sheath to lift the ball first time past the keeper and high in to the net for 4-0.
The play continued, and this time a Harwood shot was stopped on the goal line, as the ball bounced up off Humphreys stick and the goalkeeper, the Romsey midfielder made no mistake smashing the ball down in to the goal from its lofted position.
Basingstoke did pull a goal back, when a well worked moved from an interception caught Romsey short at the back, and Loescher and Wathen and Ben Parker couldn’t keep the ball out as ‘Stoke made it 5-1.
But Romsey were not finished and Humphreys bagged his second from a similar distance to his first, this time after good play from Jamie Sanderson to get the ball deep in to the circle, and Humphreys pushed the ball, this time on the ground, over the line and it was 6-1.
Then with Dasve Loescher pushing up as the game drew to an end he played in Colin Harwood in the left hand corner of the pitch, Harwood lifted the ball over the defenders stick and drove towards the circle, as two defenders and the keeper closed him down he passed to Josh Harwood at the top of the circle to play the ball first time in to goal for 7-1.

Romsey took revenge from a home defeat before Christmas to take all three points in an evenly contested in game in which the away side took their chances and defended as a unit to keep the home side out for much of the match.
Romsey started on the offensive, and pressed Camberley in their own half, Dave Andrews and Chris Harwood pushed up and intercepted many clearances in order to maintain the pressure.

Carl Hendy was unlucky when his goal bound shot hit a foot, near the line, but a penalty corner was the result.
Romsey opened the scoring when Jamie Sanderson tackled in his own half, winning the ball and then moving forward with it he picked out Hendy, who controlled it and then played in Josh Harwood who found himself with only keeper to beat, which he did beautifully for his first league goal of the season.
Camberley then upped their game, and it was Romsey’s turn to soak up pressure. Will Richards at left back made two important tackles to keep Camberley out of the Romsey circle, and when eventually Camberley won a series of penalty corners it was first Dave Andrews deflecting the shot, then Ben Parker twice clearing the ball from around the goal line and Dave Loescher tidying up to ensure Camberley were frustrated.
As Romsey cleared their lines from another attack, Josh Harwood found himself with the ball deep in his own half, he played a pass to Colin Harwood on half way who turned and ran towards goal, as the last defender came towards him he played the ball out right to Chris Harwood who was moving at pace down the right wing, as Chris Harwood ran towards the circle he drew the goalkeeper out brilliantly before squaring the ball to up rushing Colin Harwood who first time played it in to the open goal for 2-0 HT lead to Romsey.
The second half started with Romsey again on the back foot, but Bryn Wathen in goal pulled off two fine saves to keep the Romsey goal in tact, before Loescher and then Duncan Sanders made two fine interceptions in their own circle to keep the scoreline 2-0.
An move up the pitch by Romsey saw Dave Andrews win the ball in the far right corner from the Camberley defender, he drove with the ball in to the circle, and as Carl Hendy kept won defender busy, Andrews passed to the top of the circle for Colin Harwood to rifle in an unstoppable shot for 3-0.
Camberley were not lying down however, and Wathen was forced to two more fine saves and Parker & Loescher two more clearances as the visitors absorbed all the play in their defending third, but when they released the ball to Rob Cavalier, he played in Chris Harwood to sweep the ball up to Carl Hendy, as the ball ran to the Camberley defender, he played it out to Josh Harwood who ran with the ball again towards the goal keeper. This time the young forward drew the keeper, and went round him before slotting in for 4-0.
Camberley eventually got their deserved consolation from a penalty corner, but Romsey were well pleased with their victory and the way they took their chances. 

Romsey U16 Girls turned out on Sunday morning for their final National Cup group stage game knowing that only a win against local rivals Trojans would do to ensure they qualified for the next phase of the competition after their first disappointing loss of the season to Bournemouth last weekend, They would also have to do so without Captain Abbie James who had been in fantastic form all season but was unavailable due to National lacrosse duty.Coach Dave Miles laid out the game plan in the pre-game huddle and emphasized the fact that only a win will do. Romsey started the stronger pressuring Trojans high up the pitch and winning an early short corner leading to Bobs Cooper scoring the opening goal with a tidy flick after the ball was slipped left by Zoe Henderson, the lead was short lived with Trojans hitting back within a few minutes with a short corner of their own, Trojans center forward showing some fantastic skills to beat 2 players and the goalie and finish into an empty net, Trojans then took the lead with another fantastic solo effort by the same player this time beating 5 players and then the goalie to give Trojans a 2-1 lead. This seemed to wake Romsey up though who then really started to apply pressure to Trojans all over the pitch leading to numerous chances on goal and short corners, but some resolute defending and goalkeeping by the Trojans back line ensured that Romsey had to wait till very late in the half to receive the reward for the constant attacking pressure when Zoe Henderson beat a defender and broke into the circle slipping the ball square passed the goalie and Sophie Lawson finishing at the back post from a tight angle, 2-2 half time.

The half time team talk led to a change in tactics by Coach Miles and the Romsey Girls came out firing on all cylinders following the new game plan perfectly with a flurry of attacking pressure from both wings as the trio of Jenny Pimley, Zoe Henderson and Sophie Lawson run riot with numerous attempts on goal but once again The Trojans back line defended excellently clearing their lines on each occasion until Zoe Henderson broke free down the right and drove the ball into the circle and forced a good save by the Trojans goalie but Sarah MacLeod picked up the rebound at the top of the circle and thumped the ball home for Romsey to take the lead. Romsey continued their attacking pressure whilst Stand in Captain Sheila Forbes and Gigi Hebert doubled up and made the skillful Trojans forward life a misery shutting her out the game, Romsey scored a fourth after a lovely solo run from Sophie Lawson down the left lead to a lovely square pass eliminating the goalie for Jenny Pimley to finish from close range at the back post, the scoring was finished off after Zoe Henderson once again made amazing drive down the right wing beating two players driving the base-line and pulled the ball back for Bobs Cooper to place the ball in the bottom corner to make the final score 5-2.

Coach Dave Miles was thrilled with the result and the way in which the girls conducted themselves and stuck to the game plan, The win means Romsey finish 2nd in the table behind Bournemouth and qualify for the U16 National Cup regional playoffs to be played on March 12th against the other teams that qualified from the South West Clusters.  

Haslemere took revenge for the reverse score line back in early December in an evenly contested game.Romsey provided both umpires and Peter Lloyd and Nick Welby allowed a great game to be played with some excellent advantage played at key times that both teams appreciated.

Haslemere were on top for the first 15 minutes, and Romsey were indebted to Bryn Wathen for a number of saves, and James Tower two first time clearances as it seemed Haslemere did everything but score.

Romsey got back in to the game and Rob Williams started linking up with Jamie Sanderson down the left to push play up the Romsey attacking end of the field.

Romsey fell behind though when the Haslemere winger got past Ben Parker and evaded Dave Loescher to play the ball across Wathen, Tower arrived with the forward but was only able to push the ball in under pressure despite his best efforts.

This raised Romseys game, Sanderson played in Colin Harwood down the left, he played in Phil Humphreys who cleverly worked the ball back out to Williams to drive the ball back in and it fell to Carl Hendy to make no mistake close in for 1 1.

Romsey started the second half on top, and had a few half chances, Harwood’s reverse strike was calmly saved by the keeper, and Josh Harwood was unlucky when he was played in and squared across the keeper only for Haslemere to clear. 

Humphreys and Williams combined with Simon Mayes but Romsey couldn’t find the final ball.

Then with Romsey tiring Haslemere won a penalty corner and somewhat against the run of play in the second half converted to retake the lead

With Romsey pushing for an equaliser and with extra players upfront Haslemere grabbed a third on the break in the final minutes for 3 1 scoreline.

Romsey Boy’s return to winning ways with a commanding performance against Gosport, despite being one man down, due to illness, for the whole match.

The match started well for Romsey with their first attack allowing Sebastian Wells to run into the Gosport Dee where he earned a short corner, the ball was injected by Jack Sluman to Charlie Westmacott whose powerful shot was too good for the keeper and Romsey took an early lead.  

There was no letup in pressure as Romsey used both wings to good effect, on the right Sam Attfield’s running and passing led to a Romsey shot just going wide, then on the left-wing William Rossdale and Jake Meehan combined as William ran into the Dee, he passed to Charlie who scored his second goal.

Gosport then had a good period of possession forcing a good save, high to the left of the Romsey Keeper Oliver O’Hara, the rebound was struck by Gosport and cleared off the line by Thomas Dyer, as the ball was cleared Gosport were awarded a short corner. The short corner was defended by Romsey who launched a quick counter attack, and Charlie scored his third goal before the end of the first period.  

It looked like Gosport were getting back into the game at the start of the second period, scoring an early goal from a good run from midfield. But Romsey soon returned to a 3-goal lead after Jack Sluman took a free hit quickly, fed the ball to Charlie who scored again.

A further Gosport attack was stopped by Archie Davis, who then ran with the ball the full length of the pitch into the Gosport Dee, he was only stopped by a great tackle which denied him a goal. The second period ended 4 one.

As the third period started, Romsey upped their intensity and soon the goals began to flow again. First down one wing and then the other, Romsey’s attack caused Gosport a lot of problems. Sam Attfield had 3 quick shots saved by the keeper before Sebastian passed to Charlie in the Dee whose shot was saved. Then William coming in from his wing won a short corner, again Jack Sluman injected, Charlie’s hard shot was saved but Sebastian got the rebound first and passed to Charlie who scored. A few minutes later Romsey scored from another short corner, before Gosport got one back, hitting on the break the Gosport wing received the ball in plenty of space, he made a quick run into the Romsey Dee and scored with a shot just past the keeper.

Romsey soon got a goal back, this time going through midfield, Charlie passed to Jack Meehan who scored and then celebrated with his one-handed cartwheel. Jack Meehan soon returned the favour with a lovely pass to Charlie who scored his 7th of the game and Romsey’s 8th.  

The game ended with Gosport attaching but they could not find a way through, first Frederick O’Hara stopped a break, and then the match was concluded with a save by the Romsey keeper Oliver.

Romsey had one of those days where nearly everything went right in a game they needed to win to put six points and a superior goal difference between them and the Vikings.
The game started well for Romsey, Rob Williams and Josh Harwood combining off a Vikings foot for Williams to shoot, only for the play to be pulled back for foul.

Williams made up for it a few minutes later when he intercepted a pass and drove on to goal to put Romsey 1 0 up. 

Vikings pushed forward, but Dave Loescher and Duncan Sanders were solid at the back, using Will Richards to release the ball out on the left, and James Tower on the right. He started the move for the second goal, playing in James Boggis who combined with Phil Humphreys and Jamie Sanderson to allow debutant Simon Mayes to apply a deft touch at the near post for 2 0.

Romsey needed some strong defending to ensure they held a two goal advantage but Bryn Wathen in goal was never troubled.
From a penalty corner played out from Humphreys to Colin Harwood, Rob Williams fired just wide. Then Williams played in Josh Harwood who cushioned his pass to Harwood senior to fire in for 3 0.
Harwood senior made it 4 0 when he found space in the circle and was beautifully picked out by Mayes, to fire in again.
Humphreys grabbed the fifth from a penalty corner routine that broke down, but as the ball was played back in he made sure, forcing it over the line.
Boggis completed the 6 0 half time score line getting on the end of some great passing and cross from Jamie Sanderson who a reverse tap in.
Vikings held Romsey at the start of the second half, and it the home side couldn’t find a break through until Boggis crossed close in for Harwood Senior to get his hat trick. 

The from a penalty corner Harwood passed square to Mayes for him to rifle in an unstoppable shot for 8 0.
Vikings rallied and got a deserved goal back with a well worked move that saw Wathen close down the main forward only for him to pass it back for his partner to strike home
As the game closed out Harwood grabbed two more goals, one from a pass in to the circle by Man of the match Tower and then near the end Josh Harwood crossed the ball for Harwood to volley the ball first time in to the roof of the next for his fifth and Romsey tenth

The U16 boys lost their first league match of the season 3-1 on Sunday, a score line that was a little unfair given the balance of play although Romsey did not play well enough to win.

Salisbury started strongly and the defence marshalled by the returning Alex Mills kept strong and repelled wave of attacks allowing Romsey to come into the game and take the lead through Ben Davidson.

The second half was very much in reverse to the first as Romsey started strongly but could not convert a number of chances allowing Salisbury back into the game and despite the heroics of Captain Hal Cross in goal, the precise nature of Salisbury’s attacks and their clinical finishing meant they ran out easy winners


In the first run out after the Christmas break, Romsey HC 2’s were keen to put the miserable end to the previous year behind them. Losing in back to back games against Title Rivals Hamble and lowly Bournemouth had put Romsey on the brink of being pushed out the race to Hants Div 3.
Emotions were high, adrenaline was higher and Romsey started the match at an unprecedented tempo immediately putting League leaders Haslemere on the back foot.
Within 10 minutes the wave after wave of slick passing movement between the Romsey front 3 and the pacey wingers Romsey got their first short corner. A simple quick push out to the top of D on the impeccable Romsey pitch gave Ali Nawn a chance to let loose a powerful strike under the foot of the flailing Haslemere keeper, 1 nill to RHC.
Romsey looked dominant in possesion and strong at the back proving a strong opposition for Haslemere until a rare attack saw Haslemere cut back from the byline, causing the pass to glance off a Romsey foot in the D and setting up the Haslemere forward to shoot low and sure into the bottom left of the goal. 1-1.
The second half started with a fast tempo and both teams felt they could snatch the crucial 3 points with end to end attacking pleasing the now substantial spectator numbers. A rejuvenated Haslemere looked the most dangerous and Romsey seemed to be hanging on for the first time in the game, with the two pacey Haslemere forwards causing havoc attacking the Romsey goal at speed making Veteran Goalie ‘Safe hands Nige’ to pull off some classy saves, somehow keeping Romsey in it, as well as securing him MOM in the process.
Sadly even these heroics had to come to an end eventually and Haslemere completed a slick 1, 2 move at the top of the Romsey D that some say resembled “a hot knife through butter” with Haslemere scoring and going 2-1 up with 15 to go.
Romsey never really looked like getting back in the game after that and with committing more and more men forward in a valiant effort to equalise got got at the back once again and Haslemere scored again to make it 3-1.
The game ended as such and a battered and bruised Romsey left the arena knowing that not only that this result may well have ended their chance of promotion this season, but also that they have some serious thinking to do before the next fixture against Yately.

Continuing from last week’s 2 all draw against the same opponents, the teams looked evenly balanced in the opening period. Romsey had the first opportunities to score after a good run by Sam Attfield led to a short corner being awarded and Jack Sluman was unlucky to see his powerful shot go just wide of the goal.  New Forest’s first attacked was stopped by a strong tackle from Owen South in defence, and Romsey countered with a run from Will Rossdale who was unlucky not to score, this was followed by Jack Meehan having his shot saved.

Then the action moved to the other end where New Forest had their first shot go wide, they were then dispossessed by George Coltard who went on a strong run up the middle of the field. But New Forest attacked again and after a good save from Goalie Ollie O’Hara, their shot wide again.

Romsey’s goal had a small respite as they attacked with Tom Norman shooting just wide, but then New Forest continued their attack, with a wide shot, a save from the Romsey keeper and then the first period ended with 3 short corners to New Forest, Romsey’s defence including Jack Jones and Archie Davis held strong preventing a score. An exciting first period finished goalless.

Romsey looked stronger in the second period, Jack Meehan, Luke Wlater and Will Rossdale combined well in midfield and on the wings to stretch New Forest, Romsey’s defence started to move up the pitch where Jack Jones made a couple of good tackles to prevent New Forest from attacking. Marcus Lake playing his second game for U12’s grew in confidence in midfield where Romsey started to dominate. George Coltard won the ball and passed to Jack Sluman who passed to Sam Attfield then the ball went to Will Rossdale who’s shot was just wide. Another run by Sam Attfield led to a short corner being awarded to Romsey, from which Jack Sluman’s shot was saved by the New Forest keeper.

Next it was New Forest on the attack which was stopped by Frederick O’Hara who passed into the midfield and Marcus Lake made a strong run passing to Will Rossdale on the wing.

The second period ended with New Forest breaking free and forcing a one on one with the Romsey keeper who produced a good save to keep the score nil-nil.

The third period started with the feeling that one goal would seal the match, the first opportunity went to New Forest who were awarded a short corner. After this was dealt with Romsey went on the attack, when Sebastian Wells threaded a pass to Thomas Norman who forced a great save from the New Forest Keeper.  

The action went straight down the other end, with lots of bodies in the Romsey dee, a rebound off the Keeper was hit by New Forest looking certain to be a goal, only for the ball to be deflected off the line by the end of the stick belonging to a fully outstretched Will Rossdale in midflight.

The deadlock was broken after a typically strong run from George Coltart led to a free hit to Romsey which was taken quickly, the ball was passed to Sam Attfield who went passed 2 defenders and scored to give Romsey the lead.

New Forest tried to hit back, winning 2 short corners, but again they were denied. Romsey then sealed the win with a well-worked goal, Sam Attfield passed the ball to Jack Meehan in the dee who shot past the keeper to score and then celebrated with his signature cartwheel.

New Forest almost got a consolation goal, but again they were denied by Will Rossdale clearing the ball off the line, and the score remained 2 nil.



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