Boys U12 Match Reports

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Romsey U12 Boy’s twice fought back from a goal down to earn an exciting draw against New Forest. 

The opening period started well for Romsey with a good period of pressure leading to Owen South forcing a good save from the New Forest keeper.  The game started to move back and fore with both teams piling on the pressure, in goal Oliver O’Hara produced 3 good saves before New Forest finally scored their first goal.

Romsey responded with a good run down the wing from Luke Walter, but the final pass was intercepted by the New Forest defence.

New Forest tried to hit back but were denied first by a superb clearance from Jack Sluman and then by the post of the Romsey goal. The first period finished One nil to the visitors.

The second period started off with New Forest ramping up the pressure, in defence, Archie Davis put in a couple of good saves before Jack Meehan tore down the wing causing problems for the New Forest defence.  This was followed by a good run from Thomas Norman who passed to Sam Attfield who scored his first goal for Romsey.

The celebration was short lived as New Forest hit back straight away with a superb bit of individual skill which led to their second goal.  The pressure continued with New Forest being awarded a short corner after the Romsey keeper took down an attacking player.  The stoic defence of Owen South, Archie Davis, Jack Jones and Will Rossdale meant that the short corner was defended and pressure elevated.  The period finished with the score at two one.

The third period started with a lot of pressure from New Forest who again forced saves from the keeper and defence, with Will Rossdale clearing the ball off the Romsey line.  Romsey started to hit back when Owen South dribbled the ball out of the dee to the halfway line.  Sebastian Wells stretched the New Forest midfield with runs down the wing, before a group of Thomas Norman, Jack Sluman and Sam Attfield broke from midfield to run into the New Forest dee, with Sam scoring his and Romsey’s second.

The remainder of the game was played at a fast pace with both teams trying to seal a win, but the score remained 2 all, and the teams look well balanced for the return match next week.


A new look Romsey U12’s Boys, fielding 3 debutants of Marcus Lake, Sebastian Wells, and Owen South put in a good team performance against a strong Trojans side to winning 2 nil.

The first period started well for Romsey with Marcus Lake making a strong run up the wing leading to a period of pressure that led to Jack Sluman scoring an early goal. Trojans tried to hit back quickly but were thwarted but some good Romsey defence, George Coltart put in two strong clearances before a third Trojans attack led to a short corner being awarded. Romsey survived due to the defending of Archie Davis and Jack Jones and then Will Rossdale made a good run on the other wing putting the pressure back on the Trojans goal. As the first period came to a close, Owen South marked his debut with strong running causing problems in the Trojans defence, and Romsey were unlucky not to extend their lead as Will Rossdale had 2 shorts agonisingly wide.

The second period was a more evenly fought contest, with short corners being awarded to both teams, but neither team managed to work the ball past good defences.

Romsey started the final period with plenty of energy as Jack Meehan and Luke Walters combining well leading to a period of pressure where Romsey were awarded 3 short corners. As before Romsey’s shots went wide of the target and Trojan weather the pressure without conceding. The game then went up the other end of the pitch as Trojans had their best period of the game, Romsey’s Goalie, Oliver O’Hara, made some great saves coming out of his goal as Trojans attacked. The defence worked well and kept all the Trojan shots out and then, as the ball was cleared, Romsey mounted a counter attack. This time the midfield pairing Sam Attfield and Sebastian Wells linked up, l putting the pressure back on Trojans, Romsey were awarded a short corner from which Jake Sluman scored his second, to put the game beyond Trojans.

Romsey Boys U12’s continued their winning ways, with a well fought 2 goals to one win over Southampton. The first period was fairly even with play moving end to end, Romsey had the better opportunities, winning 3 short corners but stout Southampton defense prevented them from scoring. At the Romsey end a strong defending from the back 3 of Jack Jones, George Coltart, and Freddie O’Hara prevented Southampton from scoring or being awarded any short corners.
The second period saw a more dominant Romsey break the deadlock when Charlie Westmacott scored with a cheeky flick past the keeper. Will Rosedale was unlucky not to score before Jack Sluman scored the second to capped a joint man of the match performance. Southampton were fortunate not to concede more as Archie Davis, Jack Meehan and Charlie Westmacott all had shots stopped. At the other end, Southampton had their best attack cleared by a brave clearance from the other joint man of the match George Coltart. The second period finished 2 nil to Romsey.
In the third period, Southampton were difficult to break down, they defended very deeply with most of the team behind the ball and only attacked on the break. Romsey’s midfielders Luke Walter, Sam Attfield, Thomas Norman and Will Rossdale, kept the pressure on Southampton before Jack Sluman was unlucky to have a shot stopped. Jack then ran back and managed to clear the ball from Southampton’s break up the field. Romsey’s goalie Oliver O’Hara twice made good saves when Southampton broke and managed a 2 on 1 with the keeper. Southampton eventually scored from their only shot corner of the match to set up a nervy finally few minutes as Romsey managed to hold on for the well-deserved win.

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A second great performance from Romsey as the came out convincing winners against a strong Gosport Team.
The first period started off with some fine attacking play from Romsey with Jack Sluman on the wing stretching the Gosport defence, Romsey were awarded 2 short corners, but good defence and goalkeeping kept the score nil all.
Gosport’s first meaningful attack led to a two on one with the Romsey keeper Oliver O’Hara standing tall tackling the player and clearing the ball out of the dee.
Romsey was soon ahead after a 3rd short corner led to a goal scored by Jack Sluman, this was followed by some impressive attacking from Thomas Norman who had his first shot saved and his second shot led to another short corner. William Rossdale scored from the short corner and Romsey looked dominant for a period of time, Charlie Westmacott scored a scorching goal with a powerful shot.
The first period ended with Gosport being awarded a short corner after some good attacking play, as the whistle had gone for the last play of the period Gosport were able to fill the dee with all of their players. A scrappy period of play led to a Gosport being awarded a goal through a very congested dee. The first period finished with Romsey leading 3 one.
Romsey started the second period with some fine goals, Charlie Westmacott scored again but this time showing off his skill with a reverse hit, this was followed by Thomas Norman delicately flipping the ball passed the keeper to score his goal.
The game moved quickly, with the majority of possession being fought over in midfield, where William Rossdale put in some good tackles and taking the ball up in attack. Sam Attfield had an impressive debut in midfield, he took the ball up to the dee on a number of occasions and was unlucky not to have scored. The lead was stretched by goals from Jack Sluman and Jack Meehan who performed the best goal celebration with a very impressive one-handed cartwheel.
Gosport attacked with confidence but struggled to find a way through the defence of Romsey. George Coltart, in defence, put in a man of the match performance he was helped by good performances from Jack Jones and Frederick O’Hara who both put in some strong tackles and kept Gosport at bay. The second period ended however with Gosport scoring a second goal, to go into the final period 8 two down.
The third period started with Charlie Westmacott going around the Gosport keeper to score his 5th, this was followed by two goals from Jake Meehan to complete his hat trick. Gosport hit back and scored their third and final goal. The midfield and defence were busy once more with some good tackling from both sides as the game went one way then the other, both teams were tiring but Romsey’s better passing game paid off with 2 quick goals scored by Luke Walter and a final goal from Charlie to seal a convincing win.

This was a very one-sided match, with the game over as a contest by the end of the first period as Charlie Westmacott scored the first hat-trick of his 7 goal haul, and Jack Meehan opening his own tally on the way to his hat-trick. 

 

Salisbury were pressed by a strong midfield of William Rossdale, Jack Sluman, Luke Walter, Thomas Norman and debutant Archie Davis, who were dominant at the start of the match. In the first period, Salisbury only managed to exit their half 3 times, each attack was stopped by the defense of Thomas Dyer, Freddie O’Hara, George Coltart.

 

Salisbury started the second period with a much-improved performance and the game began to ebb and flow. Debutant Jack Jones came off the bench and was straight into the action with some important tackles as Romsey’s defense held strong. Normal service resumed with Jack Meehan, Charlie Westmacott and Thomas Norman all scoring.

 

The final period was similar to the second, with Romsey dominating possession and field position, however, Salisbury did manage a few meaningful attacks but Romsey managed to defend well without giving away any short corners.

 

Romsey’s Goalie Oliver O’Hara weathered the boredom of not being in the game and finished with an impressive stat of being the only player on the pitch not to have touched the ball.

 

The match finished with the home team winning by 11 goals to Nil.

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