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Romsey U8s team A match report.

The ‘A’team did not disappoint in conditions more appropriate for Emperor penguins.  In a bitter wind and charged atmosphere things began with a BANG against arch rivals Bournemouth.  The defensive efforts of Sophie, Camilla, Maya and Joe can only be described as heroic.  Clara and Zach were dynamos in an offensive role while Anna and Evelyn showed the power of the super sub!  In the end Bournemouth’s persistence was rewarded and the match was lost by a single goal.

By the arrival of the 2nd push back, some of the players and fans were suffering from mild frost bite and this may go some way to explaining  the goalless draw that followed.  Somehow, Camilla had remained immune from the effects of the cold and had some outstanding moments and showed real bravery coming back on quickly following a nasty knock!

By game 3, the players and fans had discovered the warmth of the clubhouse and most were de-frosted and ready for action following a much deserved hot chocolate hit.  Arch rivals Trojans lived up to their fearsome reputation and proved to be ruthless adversaries taking a 1-0 victory.  Maya deserves praise for fantastic work rate while Joe showed some skill full playmaking.  Clara, Zach and Camilla were able to provide a creative spark backed by strong work from Sophie, Evelyn and Anna.

By the 4th game against New Forest, the team moved to another level and become like a well oiled machine.  In a display that can only be described as ‘total hockey’ both teams deserve praise and admiration for an end to end match of the highest quality.  Well done to the ‘A-Team’

U8B team report

After two cancelled tournaments due to bad weather, Romsey B U8’s were unstoppable at the Salisbury hockey tournament. The team was in great spirits and on the pitch they showed that “practice makes perfect” with well coordinated team play and fantastic passing skills. Unstoppable, they won all their five games.

In the first game against Winchester B, Romsey never let Winchester in their defensive half and Caitlin showed great strength in the D scoring a hat trick. Charlie and Oscar scored one goal each, ending the game 5-0 to Romsey.

Bournemouth B were our second opponents which was expected to be the hardest game of the day. Remembering how they beat Romsey in the autumn, Oscar was keen to play defence and, together with Romilly worked hard defending well to do all they could to not let them score any goals.  Elsie worked hard in midfield assisting Charlie to score, finishing the game 1-0 to Romsey.

The third game was against Winchester B again, an error that couldn’t be changed on the day. Romsey played confident hockey and Caitlin, Oscar and Elsie scored one goal each. Elsie showed how she was a really strong distributor of the ball with many assists on goal. Charlie made a strong run from defence resulting in a brilliant long shot on goal just minutes before the end of the match. Unfortunately the goal was not allowed as it was outside the D. The game finished 3-0 to Romsey.

Trojans B were the fourth match opponents.  Oscar scored the first two goals, first one assisted by Charlie and the second one a straight shot in from the corner. Trojans then got settled into the game and scored despite some fantastic marking from Imogen and Anna, before Romsey finished strong with a further goal from Oscar with his hat trick. The game ended 3-1 to Romsey.

In the fifth and last game of the day Romsey met Salisbury B. All eight players were on the pitch and passing well. Both Imogen and Fran were playing really well in the midfield protecting Anna and Romilly in defence who made some good interceptions and protected the goal from some good shots by Salisbury. Oscar scored two goals and then there was an own goal from Salisbury ending the game 3-0 to Romsey.

A very enjoyable tournament on a very cold morning but the team were fantastic playing confident, fun and very fierce hockey. They have learned so much since the start of the season and this was shown on the pitch today making this a pleasure for all to watch – well done Romsey B U8’s.

Romsey B U8’s: Caitlin, Oscar, Charlie, Elsie, Fran, Romilly, Imogen and Anna.

Romsey under 16 girls headed off to the Isle of Wight on Sunday 14th of January for a cup and league double header .The team went by mini bus kindly loaned by King Edward School.

The atmosphere was great and we all enjoyed the crossing especially the breakfast !

Push back was at 11.30am and the IOW made a fast start and were pressing Romsey  from the first minute , They had several early chances and before long slotted one in to take the lead .

Romsey were under strength but all the girls were working hard and  were able to force a succession of short corners , the second one ending with Zoe Henderson finding Liz Field to slot the ball home for the equlaliser .

Romsey midfield were working  hard with great running from Sophie Lawson and Ella Manger , however the IOW kept coming and the Romsey defence had to be at is best with great individual work from Molly Oakley and Antonia Luckhurst to keep the opposition out .

After good battling from Jess Grout and Clara Hackett Romsey found themselves back on the attack and were able to force an error from the IOW resulting in another short corner .  Liz Field injected and Zoe Henderson shot into the top left corner to take the lead.

Even though Romsey had the lead they could not settle it was end to end stuff , the IOW kept pressing and just before half time drew level.

The second half continued in the same fashion with end to end action , the IOW were awarded a penalty but Alice Dyer remained calm and made a great save  at the other end Zoe Henderson went on a great solo run and hit the post .

Disaster struck with ten minutes  to go ,the IOW scored to lead 3-2 . Romsey now poured forward with attackers Hannah Loran and Jess Whetren working hard .  A great piece of skill by Anna Roberts put Romsey on the attack again , even defenders Emily Procter and Molly Oakley were striding forward to help Romsey in attack.

Unfortunately Romsey ran out of time and the final whistle went and the IOW had won 3-2 .

Despite all the running the cup run was over , time to concentrate on the league as they say !

Player of the match was Sophie Lawson after a tireless display in midfield which took her end to end !

A great team performance from Romsey saw them dominate Trojans to win five nil.  The team lined up with Joe Williams in goal, Daniel Hodge, Owen South, Will Rossdale and Frederick O’Hara in defence, Thomas Hodge, Sam Attfield, Luke Walter and Sebastian Wells in midfield and Rupert Willes and Marcus Lake up front.  The starting Substitutes were Henry Allsopp, Harry Garton and Jack Jones.

Romsey started well with a good passing game keeping the ball wide and getting the better of the early midfield battle.  A great pass from Will set Sam on a run into the Trojans dee where a Trojan foot foul led to Romsey being awarded their first short corner.   The Ball was injected by Luke to Sebastian whose shot was saved but Romsey were awarded a second short corner.  This time the shot was just wide allowing Trojans to clear their lines.

Trojans then attacked down their left-hand side but were stopped by Daniel, in defence, who passed to Sam on the wing who fed the ball to Marcus who forced a save from the keeper.  The ball was cleared but not out of the Trojans 16 and Romsey were back on the attach this time Luke scored through heavy traffic from just inside the Dee. The rest of the first period carried on with Romsey pressure but the scores did not change.

Trojans started the second period with more intensity and the possession evened out, things started to go Romsey’s way again when Sebastian took a free hit and made a break into the Trojan’s dee resulting in a short corner to Romsey. The short corner was well defended and the match returned to a midfield battle, the only goal of the second period came from a quick break out from Romsey’s defence, Will found Sebastian after a good run passed to Sam in the dee, who slotted the ball past the Trojans goalie. Romsey continued the pressure with a run from Luke and were awarded with a short corner, but the Trojans defence held firm and the second-period finished two nil.

The third period started as the second finished, with short corners awarded to Romsey, and good defence keeping the ball out of the back of the net. But just as Romsey had struggled to convert the pressure into goals earlier, their luck changed, and the goals started to flow. After a typical run from Rupert up the wing, he passed to Sam who knocked the ball on to Marcus who was clear in the dee and he scored. Next it was Sam’s turn to receive the ball in a bit of space to score his second, then Thomas made a good run up the wing and into the dee, as the defence cleared the ball, they found Jack Jones on the wing who dribbled into the dee and scored, to make the result 5 nil to Romsey.

Romsey, putting out an almost full squad of 15 players, managed to hold on to win the match with the last touch of the game being a save from Joe Williams the Romsey Goalie.

It was a very even contest, with much of the match taking place in the midfield section of the pitch.  The first of 3 periods finished goalless despite shots on goal from Luke Walter and Jack Meehan and a short corner to Romsey.  At the other end the defence, including Owen South, Frederick O’Hara and Daniel Hodge, held well with Hamble only managing to force one save from the Romsey Keeper.

The second period started with a bang as Jack Meehan scored early, only for Hamble to hit straight back with their goal. After the fireworks of the first couple of minutes, normal play resumed with an arm wrestle in the middle with the wide players of Rupert Willes, Henry Allsopp, Will Rossdale, Harry Garton and Jack Jones making ground when they received the ball.

The third period started with the teams still level, Romsey had the better of the opening exchanges, but the goal to break the deadlock did not seem to be coming their way. The midfield player, Jack Jones, Thomas Hodge, Jack Wormgoor and Sebastian Wells push up to increase the pressure on the Hamble defence.  Jack Meehan had a shot cleared off the line, having gone around the goalie, Rupert Willes’s shot hit the goalie as he was scrambling back into position and at a short corner, Will Rossdale had two shots brilliantly saved.  Finally, the goal arrived, as Marcus Lake made a run from the edge of the dee to score the decisive goal.  From the resultant restart Romsey were determined not to slip up, but Hamble, a player down due to injury, wanted to claim a draw and with the last play of the game they came very close to succeeding.

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.

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