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Romsey U12 Boy’s held on for a thrilling win against Gosport Borough Under 12.  In the closing seconds of the match, Gosport were awarded a short corner, which, to build up the tension, had to be retaken as one of the Romsey defenders was deemed to have leapt from the goal line before the ball was injected by Gosport.  At the second attempt, all the Gosport team, bar the goalkeeper, filled the Romsey Dee meaning 10 players attacked against 4 defending.  To end the game as winners Romsey needed to clear the ball from the goal area, Gosport attacked as the rest of the Romsey players ran from the halfway line to help as Joe Williams in goal, Harry Garton, Jack Jones and Frederick O’Hara defending tried to clear the ball.  Gosport managed a shot at goal but it was too high and the game was won by Romsey.

The game started a little one-sided, as Romsey’s passing game meant that they had most of the territory and possession. Early runs for Luke Walter and Rupert Willes led to shots from Jack Meehan being well saved by the Gasport Keeper. The first Romsey goal came from a short corner, Romsey’s third of the match, Luke Walter injected to Marcus Lake who passed back to Luke who had run to the near post for a well-worked goal.  Gosport tried to hit back quickly with Romsey’s Goalie Joe clearing the line as a goal looked imminent, Romsey defence, including Henry Allsopp, making his debut, and Daniel Hodge managed to keep the ball was in Gosport’s half for the remainder of the first period which finished 1 nil to Romsey.

The second period started with more Romsey pressure as the midfield of Thomas Hodge, Owen South, Sebastian Wells and Harry Garton dominated possession.  The Gosport Goalie kept his team in the match as Romsey couldn’t find a goal that their pressure deserved.  Marcus Lake forced the Keeper to make several saves, Rupert Wills had three shots saved within seconds and then Gosport hit back with a length of the pitch attack that was stopped by Jack Jones running back as he clearing the ball from the Romsey Dee to the sideline. 

The second period may have finished goalless but the third period opened up with goals from each side.  For Romsey Marcus Lake, who was nominated as the man of the match, scored a well-fought goal having muscled his way past 4 defenders to increase the lead.  His goal was immediately cancelled out as Gosport scored from a short corner, won straight from the re-start.  Gosport soon scored again as a long ball downfield was slotted into the Romsey goal.  With the score at 2, 2, Jack Meehan was unlucky to have a shot deflected by the Keeper, as the ball looped onto the top of the Gosport goal.  Jack then followed up with another attack, forcing the keeper to save, but this time Marcus was lurking close to goal to score with a real poachers effort, picking the ball up from just behind the Goalie to score a simple goal.

As the match drew to a close the tension increased as Gosport mounted several attacks, which resulted in the short corner being the final play.

The U12 girls travelled to Trojans this Sunday for their 3rd game of the season, having just 11 players and no subs. The team was without 2 key defenders so several players had to step into unfamiliar roles. Strong performances from Molly K, Annabel C and Evelyn B helped the team to fend off numerous attacks from a well drillled Trojans side. Defending for much of the first third, the team produced some solid passing hockey, but were unable to capitalise on the attacking opportunities they had. Trojans had one extremely tall, skillful player who was able to outrun the Romsey defence and produce many hard struck shots on goal. 3 of these were on target and the girls were 0-3 down by the end of the first third.

Romsey played their best hockey of the season in the second third, dominating the game much more. Numerous long balls got through the Trojans defence to find Phoebe L, Issy  R and Olivia W. The girls passed the ball well producing some great attacking runs, but were unable to convert their chances into goals. However the constant pressure from the midfield and good defence from Charlotte A, Eleanor B and goalkeeper Anna L denied Trojans the opportunity to score and the second third saw no goals.

In the final third a tireless Mia A, now tasked with marking the Trojans centre forward, managed to limit her ability to get into the D, but could not prevent a couple of great shots from finding the target. Despite some suberb goalkeeping from Anna L, Trojans always seemed to have a player ready to pounce on any ball kicked away. Romsey were feeling their lack of subs, but kept pushing forwards. A final opportunity came at the end as Romsey were awarded an attacking short corner, but the final whistle blew as the team were judged not to have allowed the ball to go outside the D. The final score was 5-0 to Trojans, but this was probably Romsey’s strongest performance so far and the girls have much to be proud of.

Star player was awarded to Phoebe L.

Romsey under 16 girls third league match of the season was at Basingstoke on the 5th of November .

The weather was bright with a distinct chill in the air as the match started . Romsey made a solid start albeit without any fireworks .

Basingstoke were defending very well under sustained Romsey pressure but Romsey could not turn this pressure into goals . In fact Basingstoke’s tactic of the long ball counter attack from defence almost caught Romsey out on a couple of occasions  if it were not for strong tackling and awareness from Emily Wann and Antionia Luckhurst

As the half wore on the Romsey midfield started to dominate with Sarah Macleod and Clara Hackett playing well. Finally the deadlock was broken with a smart move down the right hand side by Ella Manger allowing Zoe Henderson to break into the D and pull a cross back for Bobs Cooper to rocket the ball into the back of the net !

It was not long before Romsey attacked again from the left hand side , Liz Field beat her opponent and sent a ball into the D which fell for Jess Whetren to finish smartly.

The half time score was 2-0 to Romsey but Basingstoke were not out of it , two attacks early in the second half brought a good stop from Romsey Keeper Alice Dyer and a second one that hit the post .

Coach Dave Miles rang the changes bringing Jess Grout on to bolster the midfield and Hannah Loran to help in attack . This seemed to work as Sarah Macleod and her midfield unit were starting to control the game and put a long diagonal ball through to Sophie Lawson , who had made a great run and got the ball with just the keeper to beat and she slotted the ball calmly into the corner of the net !

The opposition were now rattled , Romsey came again in quick succession scoring two goals, one from Bobs Cooper with another assist from Zoe Henderson and one for Zoe herself after a sparkler of a pass from Jess Whetren.

Romsey were in total control now , moving the ball nicely from defence with a good interception from Anna Roberts and lay off to Phoebe Moriarty-Palios who pushed the ball forward , Romsey were on the attack again .

 Basingstoke gave away a penalty with 10 minutes to go which gave Bobs Cooper her chance to secure another hatrick , she duly did and moments later grabbed her fourth of the game to make the final score a thoroughly deserved 7-0 to Romsey .

Player of the match went to Sarah Macleod after another strong midfield performance . Well done to all the girls , another great performance  keeping the winning start to the season going .

Romsey U12 Girls were a little depleted in numbers as they faced New Forest at home this Sunday. However the U10s came to the rescue, with Harriet F and Zoe P moving up to help the team and playing their first game on a full size pitch. Both teams started well with Phoebe L and  Mia A playing well together in the midfield.  Forwards Olivia A and Isobel R were able to get into the New Forest D but could not get a decent shot as they were closed down quickly by the defence. New Forest countered with some well worked attacks into the Romsey D, but were held off by defenders Lily P and Annabel C with goalkeeper Anna L saving the team with some good clearances. At the end of the first period the sides were evenly matched at 0-0.

The second period saw New Forest produce some strong penetrating attacks which enabled them to score 3 goals in quick succession. Romsey found it difficult to clear the ball out from their half as the opposition challenged for every ball. The defence worked hard with Grace F and Hermione M tackling well but New Forest had several skillful forwards able to get past the defence and shoot on target.

In the final period of play Romsey were again under pressure and New Forest managed to score another goal early on. Romsey upped their game and defended like demons weathering a string of defensive short corners without conceding a goal. They also managed to counter attack with Eleanor B narrowly missing the goal with a lovely strike. The girls pushed hard trying to get a goal in the final minutes of the game but were unable to convert their chances and the game ended 4-0 to New Forest.

Romsey u10s continued their good start to the season at Bournemouth on Sunday. Romsey established themselves in their first game against Southampton A, confidently winning 2-0 with some great goals from F Allisop and M Chatterley . They continued their good form against Trojans, building great passages of passing across the pitch with midfielders H Field and D Woodgate Jones driving the ball forward to pile the pressure on the trojans back line. Teamwork and determination throughout saw them a 3-0 win with another goal from M Chatterley and a brace from Z Phillips. M Chatterley was on fire against Winchester scoring all the goals in their 4-0 win. Romsey had a tough test against Andover, going one nil down early on. Brilliant defending from T Cowburn and H Tyson as well as some great saves from E Gibson in goal kept Romsey in the game, allowing Romsey to draw level after a great shot from Z Phillips taking them into full time with a 1-1 draw. Despite the frustrating nature of Romseys last game against Southampton B the team played with determination with some great drives forward from T Westmore in midfield, the game ended in a goal-less draw. A great team effort as a result of all their hard work in training.

Teamwork and Passing = Goals

Romsey U12 Girls travelled to Southampton for their first match of the season.  The team started strongly from the outset, with newcomer Eva Ackerman dominating the middle of the pitch and making some strong passes to forwards Molly Knapman, Phoebe Lewis and Eleanor Blake. The girls put lots of pressure on Southampton, intercepting passes and making some great tackles. It was from one of these interceptions that midfielder Annabel Coltart took the ball into the D and struck hard, scoring her first goal for the team.  This seemed to wake up the opposition who made plenty of counter-attacks, but the defensive team were solid. Centre Back Lily Pilinger, who was also awarded Player of the Match, had a great game, using her speed to good effect to chase down the attack and take the ball off them.

In the second of the three periods of play, Romsey kept up a strong, fast moving attack. Mia Adams and Phoebe Lewis combined well down the right wing, passing the ball to Eva who’s strike flew up into the back of the net for an unstoppable goal number 2.   The girls’ confidence grew and more great passing in the midfield between Olivia Wells and Hermione Murray saw a long hit fall to Molly Knapman, who calmly put the ball away for her first goal of the season.

The final third was a continuation of the first two. The girls kept attacking, but also maintained a strong defence which saw backs Chalrotte Ackerman, Grace French and Evelyn Berensford marking tightly and putting in some great tackles. Southampton won a couple of short corners, but the girls came out fast and denied the opposition a chance to score. Energy levels remained high and the team took every opportunity to counter attack. Some more fine teamwork saw Phoebe Lewis pick up a pass in the D, make a lovely turn and score. Romsey made it very hard for Southampton to clear the ball out from their half and Molly Knapman was well positioned to pick up another long ball for her second goal.

Anna Loadman, playing in goal, had a great match, staying focused and coming out strongly when the opposition threatened.

It was only in the final minutes of the game that Southampton put a long ball through to one of their forwards who was unmarked and managed to take the ball in and score. The final result was a very well deserved Romsey 5 Southampton 1.

Sunday saw a lovely sunny tournament at Winchester.

The first match against Trojans 1 was well fought and saw some close marking of players, a lovely run at goal from Milly and confident tackling from Lewie. But although Romsey maintained pressure up in the opposition’s half they ended the match 2-0 to Trojans.

The second match against Andover saw two similarly matched teams fighting for supremacy. Tom W and Tom C made great attempts at goal and defenders Imogen and Tilly worked confidently, tackling with precision. Ellie made a number of vital, confident saves and the end result was 0-0.

A tough match against Bournemouth ended with a score of 3-0 to the opposition, however the next match saw great work midfield by Harriet and tenacious tackling by Toby. Romsey dominated the match and Hannah, Milly and Tom were unlucky not to score, hitting the post several times. The game ended 0-0.

The final match saw Romsey triumph with a 2-1 win against Winchester with excellent goals from Milly and Tom C supported by the rest of the team.  Well done to all!

October has seen Romsey Under 16 girls continue where they left off in September with two convincing wins .

END TO END !

Their first match on the 1st of October was at home to Southampton in the league . The away team had a strong start with keeper Alice Dyer called into action making a splendid sliding save plus several others to keep the opposition out . Inevitably Southampton scored a  goal which stunned Romsey into action and it was not long before Zoe Henderson after a strong run and neat finish bought Romsey level .

It remained 1:1  for most of the first half with both teams defending extremely well , so much so Alex Orak fractured her finger in a strong tackle and was forced to come off and be replaced .   In the last few minutes of the half it was end to end action seeing Southampton go 2:1 up before Bobs made it 2:2 with a fine finish .

The second half saw Romsey  take control immediately  and Zoe Henderson got her second goal within a minute of the re-start . You could see the team grow in confidence and they started to boss the game with fine passing and movement in midfield leading to Phoebe Moriarty -Palios  calming slotting the ball past the Southampton keeper from the left hand side of the D .

The remainder of the half saw more end to end action but Romsey were clinical with their finishing seeing Sophie Lawson net from close range and Bobs complete her second hatrick of the season .

The final score to a thrilling match was 7-2 to Romsey  , well played to both teams for such an entertaining match!

SUNSHINE CUP SUCCESS !

The 8th of October saw Romsey under 16 Girls take on a strong New Forest Side in the first round of The Hampshire Cup in Lymington .

Both teams had strong support and all were enjoying the glorious weather with temperatures peaking at 20 degrees !

Romsey came out of the blocks very quickly and had wave after wave of attacks with Jess Grout and Ella Manger linking up well with atackers Zoe Henderson and Hannah Loran , however  the New forest defence was very strong .

New Forest soon came into the game and put the Romsey defence under pressure but they responded with great tackles from Emily Proctor , Emily Wann and good distribution down the line from Liz Field soon had Romsey on the front foot again .

It was not long before Zoe Henderson broke free  on the right and closed in on goal to score with a low hard shot into the corner .

However it remained 1:0 until half time and the New forest defence was being very stubborn .

Into the second half Romsey kept pressing forward looking for the all important second goal which soon came after a nice move down the left putting Pheobe Moriarty – Palios in the clear and she calmly put the ball in the right hand corner of the goal to put Romsey 2:0 in the lead .

Romsey were now in control with Sarah MacLeod and Clara Hackett running the midfield , more goals followed one from Zoe Henderson and with an inspired substitution Jess Whetran came on up front for Zoe and scored with her first touch and still had time for another one to make the final score Romsey 5 New forest 0 .

The player of the match as chosen by the opposition much to everyone’s approval was Sarah MacLeod after a great midfield performance .

A super team effort now sees Romsey go into the second round of the Hampshire Cup !

Great start to the season with U8s unbeaten in Winchester

Anna Ackerman, Oscar Cowburn (2), Camilla Day, Elsie Duncan (1), Clara Fuller, Charlie Gray (3), Caitlin Jupp (1), Sophie Morris, Anna Shepherd.

There was a lot of excitement with the U8s travelling to Winchester for the first mini tournament of the season. With most of the team having represented Romsey over the last season confidence was high going in to the first game against New Forest. Romsey enjoyed the majority of the possession in this game with midfielders Camilla, Clara and Caitlin controlling the midfield well and feeding the ball in to Oscar and Charlie up front. Oscar broke through after another period of possession scoring the first goal, this was followed with 2 goals from Charlie, Romsey winning 3-0.

The next game saw Romsey face Trojans. This game was fiercely contested and saw Romsey’s defence of Elsie and Oscar remaining solid whilst being well tested. Both were up to the task clearing the ball well for midfielders Anna A, Anna S and Sophie to pass on the Romsey’s forward line. As the game progressed Romsey grew in confidence, resulting in in a goal for Charlie. In the final few minutes Caitlin won the ball on the half way line and following a great run scored Romsey’s second, Romsey winning 2-0.

Romsey’s third game was against Bournemouth. This was a fast paced highly competitive end to end game with both teams showing great determination and putting together some lovely passing sequences. Both teams came close to scoring however the deadlock was not broken, final score 0-0. The whole team worked really hard in this game and came off the pitch with big smiles!

Against Southampton Romsey again enjoyed some great periods of possession. Camilla and Clara held great positions in defence with Southampton barely getting a glimpse of the Romsey goal. Anna A and Sophie worked hard in midfield. Following some great Romsey passing in the Southampton ‘D’ Catlin crossed the ball for Oscar to score his second of the day. Following the restart Southampton were unable to clear the ball due to great running and tackling from Charlie, this pressure lead to Elsie popping up to score Romsey’s second. Romsey winning 2-0.

Romsey’s final game was against hosts Winchester. This game proved to be the most exciting, nail biting and frustrating game of the day!! The Romsey team worked really hard keeping and maintaining possession with the ball barely leaving the Winchester ‘D’. Romsey hit the post and saw the ball go centimetres wide on at least 4 occasions. Romsey were really unlucky not to score and the game finished 0-0. Again the team came off the pitch with big smiles having really enjoyed being a part of such an exciting game.

Overall the Team enjoyed a great morning. The hard work put in in training could really be seen, team spirit was also evident and attitude fantastic.

Romsey U12 Boy’s got their season underway with a good performance against Trojans and were unlucky that the score didn’t reflect their efforts or dominance in most of the game.  Fielding five new players, Thomas and Daniel Hodge, Harry Garton and Rupert Willes in the outfield and Joe Williams in goal, Romsey started very strongly with most of the first period played in the Trojans half.

The early pressure told with a great goal from Rupert who scored with one of his first touches in his first Hockey game.

As Trojans soaked up the pressure, Romsey’s defensive line pushed further and further up the field, Romsey back 3 of Daniel Hodge, Owen South and Freddie O’Hara were defending well in the Trojans half when they were hit by a break, great scrambling defence from Romsey prevented a score but Trojans did earn a short corner.  After the corner was taken, a brilliant tackle and pass from Sebastian Wells, lead to Sam Attfield breaking down the centre of the pitch and one on one with the keeper he was denied a goal by a great save.

Romsey used the width of the pitch well, with Jack Jones on one wing and Luke Walter on the other both causing problems for Trojans midfield. However, despite maintaining much of the possession and territory Romsey could force a second goal and the first period ended 1 nil to Romsey.

Trojans started the second period much stronger, three good attaching moves were dealt with by Romsey’s defence, then a shot on goal was well stopped by Joe Wiliams, but the pressure soon told when Trojans had a two on one with the Romsey keeper and a square pass to an unmarked attacker on the post led to a simple tap-in.

Romsey’s attack starting to fire again when Owen South fed a pass to Jack Meehan who made a good run upfield, then Sebastian earned a short corner for Romsey from a promising move up the wind. With the action going end to end the second period ended one all.

The third period started well for Romsey’s passing game, Thomas Hodge found Sam Attfield who passed to Luke Walters who was unlucky to see his shot just go wide. Then Trojans hit back on the break, and Harry Garton, who was the last man back, managed to clear the ball. The Trojans broke again and scored with a great hit from just inside the dee.  The goal seemed to up Trojans energy and they soon made it four with a goal from a short corner.

Next for Romsey came a goal that is an early contender for goal of the season.  Will Rossdale took a sideline ball and started up the wing, he used a reverse dink to pop the ball through a defender’s legs and carried on, past serval more defenders into the dee and scored.  It was a goal that earned him the man of the match nomination from Trojans.

The match ended with a good period of pressure from Romsey who earned a couple of short corners but they didn’t manage to score and so the match finished up 4, 2 to Trojans.

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