Match Reports

After two months of reasonable game and set piece training, but hampered by poor pre-league availability, a buoyant Romsey team finally delivered the goods against a relatively limited 10-man opposition.  Playing with our preferred single forward, five-man midfield and one-three defence plus three subs, a crushing result of 9-1 in our favour provided just the start that was needed.

RHC got the perfect start when Mozza Simpson-Scott seized on a defensive error to round the keeper within the first minute; this was backed up by a mazy, lanky run plus lunge from Ali Nawn – 2-0 in ten minutes.  Play then continued back and forth for most of the half.  Surprisingly, B&S won the first few penalty corners, but the home defence, well marshalled by Rob Noble and Jimmy Ponsford, held firm.  Following a couple of sharp saves from Nigel King in goal, a loopy miss-hit deceived everyone – 2-1!  Disappointed, but not undone, RHC immediately responded with Tom Wigley easing through and making it 3-1.  RHC then started to really dominate.  Strong performances from Jamie Sanderson in defence aided by Ben Davidson on the right and Felix Chapman-Sheath and Mozza higher up ensured that the ball was kept alive; several further chances went begging.  Not that everything was all one sided, the left flank of James Croft-Baker (JCB) and Cameron Le Grande also provided a constant threat.

After a positive half-time talk, RHC really turned the screw.  Six more goals followed:  Tom, Mozza, Ben, Ali and Noah Cooper (2).  Overall, RHC used the ball well, switching left and right, probing, but coming back as required; exactly to plan.  Even better, player availability for ball release was much improved; good calling and direction also helped.  On the down side, some ill considered individual runs, the odd aerial or wishful 45 degree pass still led to lost possession; patience is needed here.  Play the game plan, simple, considered; keep the ball, then pounce.  RHC gained any number of penalty corners.  Whilst we did not score, there were several near misses and, in the main, all routines looked dangerous.  Considering we had 14 players and numerous substitutions, it was good to see the team so effective in this essential set play; well worth our pre-league practices.

In summary, an excellent start against a weaker team; more demanding games will follow.  League debutants Jamie (MoM), Noah and Felix all played their part – well done.  Given their ages and relative inexperience, this was really pleasing.  A further mention must also go to Spencer Le Grande who managed to execute Ali’s substitution plan without fault; pace, structure and rhythm were maintained throughout.  Not mentioned above, but still worthy of note:  Christian Pain for a mature performance in central midfield playing ahead of Ali and Dave Miles who covered most positions in defence at some stage.

Romsey under 16 girls travelled to Fleet & Ewshot on Sunday the 17th of September, their first game of the new season .

Romsey arrived with a strong squad which soon showed as Zoe Henderson scored early on taking the ball past two defenders before a confident finish.

Minutes later Zoe was at it again passing players and putting a cross in for Sophie Lawson to finish with aplomb . It was not long before Bobs Cooper and Hannah Loran got in on the  act scoring convincingly . 

After 20 mins Romsey were 5 nil ahead and the defence marshalled by Emily Wann had not given Fleet any attempts on goal.

A further number of  goals followed in the second half including an expertly taken penalty by Sarah McLeod. Fleet had tried to rally and hit the post but solid defending from Antonia Luckhurst , Alex Orak , Emily Procter and Keeper Alice Dyer denied the opposition a goal!

As the game entered the final phase The Romsey midfield were running the show and great passing  from Georgina Scott , Ella Manger , Liz Field and Phoebe Moriarty-Palios got Romsey up the pitch quickly which saw Zoe Henderson, Sarah McLeod, and Sophie Lawson complete their hatricks!

With the clock running down Bobs was back on the pitch determined to get her hatrick which she duly did with a cool finish . Hannah popped in her second goal of the day in after reading play well , and at the final whistle it was a resounding 14-0 win for Romsey .

A fantastic team performance all round , well done girls !

Romsey U12 Girls ended their season on a positive note with a well deserved win over Alton at home on Sunday. The visitors were short of players but the girls readily volunteered to take turns playing for them, which made for an evenly matched and friendly game on the warmest day of the year so far.  Alton were quick to attack, putting pressure on the Romsey defence from the start. In an end to end period of play, they took the lead with a well angled strike. Romsey came back strongly however, with Liv W, Katy R and Neve A pushing forwards and creating lots of opportunities, which were saved by some excellent goalkeeping. 

The second third saw Romsey continue to attack, but in pushing forward they left themselves open at the back and Alton managed to sneak a second goal, with Romsey being denied numerous times by a solid Alton defence. Then Romsey managed to get a goal back with a goalmouth scramble that Katy R put away. The girls heads came up and they started to believe in themselves more. Some excellent interceptions from Molly and Lily ensured the team kept attacking, while Zara, Evelyn and Olivia Wells all marked well in defence, so that Alton could not often get in the D. 

Romsey came out strong in the final third, creating numerous chances. Midfielders Amy, Mia and Phoebee helped to keep up the pressure by making some lovely runs and passing the ball well. Romsey had several short corners in the period, one of which Liv W managed to convert with a well struck shot from the top of the D. With Charlotte R now up front, along with Eleanor, the team kept up the pressure on Alton. On the few occasions that Alton managed to attack, the defence held firm, with Aimee clearing the ball well at sweeper and Anna making some great saves in goal, the team did not concede a single short corner or goal. With continued pressure from the whole team playing attacking hockey, the girls scored their 3rd and winning goal towards the end of the final third through ?. It was a fine performance from the whole team and a great way to end the season. 

Romsey gained some revenge from their heavy defeat at home on what was only their second game of the season back in October, to all but halt Bournemouth’s plan to grab the runners up spot in the league, and so it appears this was a third versus fourth fixture.
Romsey started brightly against a Bournemouth side who had won all their previous seven home games bar one. Some early interchanges between James Tower and Steve White down the right played in Chris Harwood to cross, while Matchey Lincoln missed his shot Colin Harwood’s attempt was smothered by the keeper.
Colin Harwood was then played in by Chris Harwood to set up Carl Hendy, but the whistle blew for a somewhat harsh lifted ball. Hendy then played in Colin Harwood who saw his goal bound shot turned away by the in form keeper.
Then Romsey it was Romsey’s turn to absorb pressure, Dave Loescher twice cleared, and Will Richards played a blinder a left back, supported by Man of the Match Tower, who smashed the ball high in to his own goal from a wide Bournemouth cross, to avert danger with a corner.
Soon after Bournemouth took the lead, with a great move by their centre forward who shot high in to the corner of the goal from the top of the circle.

With Bryn Wathen then being called on to make two good saves, and Duncan Sanders getting two tight tackles in it looked like Romsey would fall further behind. However, a quick break saw Dave Andrews play the ball to Colin Harwood, he beat his man and played a perfectly weighted ball to Chris Harwood inside the circle, as defender and keeper ran out to close him down, Harwood played the ball square for debutant Matchey Lincoln to equalise just before half time.
In the second half, Romsey again started on top. Rob Cav & James Tower combined down the right for Chris Harwood to win a hit just outside the circle. He ran the ball back out of the 23 yard line, and played it to Andrews who played it to Hendy, who shot past the keeper to give Romsey the lead.
The lead was extended when a penalty corner was played out by Colin Harwood to Matchey Lincoln, and the younger forward lifted the ball in to corner of the goal with a great drag flick for 3-1.
With Bournemouth desperate to get some points, Romsey had to undertake a rear guard action for the remainder of the match, and Bournemouth had a number of chances to close the arrears.
The first they did from an interception, Wathen having no chance, and then after clearances off the line by Cav, Loescher, and brilliant Will Richards cut out, and Tower in a frenetic 15 minute period, eventually Bournemouth made it 3-3, but Romsey held out for a point and Bournemouth trudged off disappointed they had drop points at home for only the second time in the season.

It was a game of two halves. Romsey started strong getting in the opponents D within minutes. Rosie received the ball, passed it round the keeper to Elaine who pushed the ball into the goal. Romsey continued to apply pressure, with the midfield making lots of runs. Receiving a pass from Elaine, player of the match Ellie poached the ball from a member of the opposition in the middle, ran to the top of the D, shot and scored. In another break, Bethan ran the ball up the pitch, passed to Elaine and with the help of Lesley worked the ball around the keeper, with Lesley getting the final touch.

In the second half Havant came out strong applying pressure from the whistle, which soon resulted in them scoring. Romsey managed to hold off any further attacks resulting in a 3-1 win!

Romsey ran out winners in a game they dominated, but made it far from easy as they didn’t make the most of their chances to make for an exciting finish.
These teams shared a 3-3 draw earlier in the season, so it was going to be a close game, but Romsey made the most of the opening exchanges, although they couldn’t get a breakthrough.
It was Man of the match Hal Cross, playing in only his second game outfield who showed Romsey how it should be done. He intercepted the ball from the last two Aldershot defenders and created a clear run towards the keeper, as he squared up to the goalkeeper with the ball he made no mistake firing Romsey 1-0 up with his solo effort.
Aldershot had their chances, two long balls found their centre forward free, a great save from Bryn Wathen kept one out and great tacking by Dave Loescher preserved the Romsey goal.
With Aldershot then winning a number of penalty corners, Romsey had to rely on Duncan Sanders to clear two chances and then calmly play the ball out to Ben Parker to relieve pressure.
As Romsey built again, it was a great move from Dave Andrews who played in Felix Chapman-Sheath tha cut open Aldershot just before half time. Felix beat his man, but played a superbly weighted ball to Josh Harwood who cut in to the circle to pass square to Carl Hendy who got a great touch at the near post for 2-0.
Hendy then had a shot saved high up by the keepers hand, and Steve White had a shot from the edge of the circle that was blocked, but the half ended 2-0.
Romsey made so good openings in the second half, Hendy was played in by Colin Harwood but he put his shot wide, and then when he was played in by Hal Cross he carried the ball towards the goal before seeing it roll wide again. Harwood had the ball in the net, but it was blown for a penalty corner, from which Rob Cav, saw his shot saved at the near post by the keeper.
Then with Romsey regretting not adding to their lead, Aldershot broke and were awarded a penalty stroke when a Romsey foot and a Romsey stick tackled compounded the situation. Aldershot made no mistake, Wathen wrong footed and it was 2-1.
As Romsey had to lift their game, Dave Andrews and Josh Harwood created a solid wall in front of Sanders and Loescher and played the ball out through James Tower. He found Colin Harwood on the half way line, and after a great shout for a pass from Hal Cross, played the ball through the Aldershot defence for the young striker to run on to, just like in the first half he clamly took the ball towards the keeper before slotting it past him for a 3-1 victory.
The win lifted Romsey to forth in the table, which looks like it will be their final position with one game to play.

This was a point won for Romsey, as Lavant pushed to avenge the defeat they suffered at Romsey before Christmas.They pressed Romsey in the first 15 minutes and it was stout defending by centre back Ben Parker and Duncan Sanders who kept them away from clean shot opportunities. Two vital clearances by James Tower and Will Richards meant that Bryn Wathen only had to make one real save in the opening exchanges.

Romsey rallied and Carl Hendy was played in by Hal Cross, the experienced strikers shot lacked its usual power and The Lavant keeper made a comfortable save.

Buoyed by this chance, Romsey swapped a few players positions and started to be more offensive. Dave Andrews and Colin Harwood combined with a number of swift short passes to play in Steve White but he couldn’t get a shot away, then Hal Cross had a chance but his shot went wide. 

Romsey won three penalty corners and from the the third Jamie Sanderson stoped the ball and played it to his right for across to fire a shot just wide.

The second half saw more early Lavant pressure, and a move by Lavant saw the ball cut square to the striker two yards out, only for Wathen to make a great reaction save.

Then Tower and Rob Cav combined down the Romsey right to relieve some pressure and played in Hendy who was tackled.

Romsey had a half chance when Harwood was played in by Richards down the right and his cross just eluded White at the far post.

With two minutes to go Sanderson had to go off, taking a painful ball on the toe.

Lavant pushed up In search of the winner, and the ball looked like it may go off the back line for Romsey hit out, but under pressure Wathen conceded a long corner. This last chance saw Lavant drive into the circle and appeared to have scored the only goal of the game from a super shot, only for Wathen to make an amazing one handed stick save and Romsey cleared their lines as the final whistle blew.

After a few weeks of feeling things were very tough Romsey ladies 2xi came back with a win.
There was a positive feeling as the ladies started the match against US Portsmouth, with some good passing across the whole pitch Romsey took the upper hand. With several chances being thwarted by the US goalkeeper Romsey kept battling. US Portsmouth had a break resulting in a short corner which Romsey dealt with smoothly by Liz Murray GK (out of retirement)and then replied by Tilda Bryant receiving the ball just outside the D, moving around one player to give the ball to Elaine Gibson who took a shot which went through the goal keepers legs to give Romsey the lead.
Having been dominant in the first half, Romsey continued to put pressure on US Portsmouth in the second half. Some beautiful passing from the back through midfield and into the D resulted in Verity Charlton  (player of the match)scoring past the keeper. Now  a very buoyant Romsey kept playing to their strengths, passing and keeping possession of the ball to gain a short corner from which a pass from the top of the  D to the left of the keeper was picked up by Charlton again to slot it into the goal. Romsey held on until the final whistle keeping a clean sheet. A great team effort. Score 3-0.

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 Dave 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 under 10’s attended their first tournament fielding an all boys team and an all girls team, with a couple of supporting boys to allow for substitutions.

The first game against New Forest B saw a great start for the mainly girls team with Romsey putting the pressure on continually in the attacking half. Some great linking play between Phoebe Lewis and Zoe Phillips saw the attackers pushing forward, resulting in a well executed goal by Harriet Field. Some strong holding play by Lewie Brown and Tom Coltart and some great tackles by Sofia Ballesteros in defence ensured that Romsey won their first game 1-0.
The second game against Trojans was tougher with Romsey’s defence being stretched by the opposition’s strong attacking play. Lucy Walden working hard in midfield couldn’t stop the Trojan’s attackers breaking through in numbers and putting the ball in the back of the goal a total of 4 times. The whole Romsey team continued to work hard together and were unlucky not to get through the Trojan’s defence to close the gap.
Romsey’s third game against New Forest A saw strong support from Theo Cowburn and Tom Westmore in midfield, with Tilly Duncan putting in some solid defensive challenges to keep the scoreline at 0-0 for most of the match. A single goal by New Forest towards the end of the match left the final score 1-0.
The last two games of the tournament saw the girls working extra hard with no substitutes. Some great saves by goalkeeper Ellie Gibson helped keep the girls in the matches and a lot of outfield linking play kept the pressure on the opposition throughout. Romsey were unlucky to lose the penultimate game against Andover to a goal that went in off a defender’s foot but the sheer determination, fantastic teamwork and excellent play by the whole team enabled Romsey to end the tournament with a well deserved and brilliantly fought 0-0 draw against Salisbury.

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