Boys U12 Match Reports

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.

A weakened u12 boys team travelled to Salisbury and despite a great team performance lost 2-0.

For the match in pictures see below!’

The U12 boys hosted Trojans at HCS, looking for a win to regain 2nd place in the league, and hoping to finish before the forecasted rain arrived.

Forwards: Ben Harris, Bailey Benham, Bryn Wathen

Midfield: Olly Westmacott, Christopher Blake, Noah Cooper, Morgan Robertson, Ben Sluman

Defence: Toby Hamblin, Jamie Reid, Will Richards, Archie Webster, Rob Budden (GK)

The first period saw both teams battling for possession in the midfield.  The first opportunity fell to Trojans, with Romsey keeper Rob making an important stop.  Romsey took the lead following a short corner, with Ben Harris pouncing on the ball to score from close range in the subsequent scramble.  1-0 Romsey.

The second period saw the arrival of the wind and rain.  Trojans scored from a short corner to take it to 1-1.  Romsey fought back, with some nice passing in the final third leading to Noah Cooper shooting from the edge of the D, and Morgan Roberston adding the final touch for a well worked goal.  2-1 Romsey.

The final period saw Romsey playing into the rain and wind (and most of the parents shivering).  Trojans began to play with more width, pinning Romsey back in their own half.  The resulting pressure in Romsey’s D led to Trojan’s winning a series of short corners.  Romsey defended each with determination, but were finally undone, with Trojans levelling the score at 2-2.  Romsey kept their heads up and tried to hit Trojans on the break for a winner, coming close but not close enough to take the win.  The 2-2 draw was a fair result, with the boys and parents beating a hasty retreat from the weather – hence the lack of photo!

Romsey under 12 boys turned Sunday’s away match into a true top two table clash. With winchester unbeaten and romsey having lost 5:0 to them in the first game of the season ,but still second in the table , romsey were able to show how much they had developed over the season as a team.
It was spritely start from both sides but somehow winchester got an early goal despite excellent tackling by Noah cooper and will Ritchie . Romsey rallied from some further attacks through further solid defensive play from will richards and keeper rob Budden . Pressure was shifting onto winchester , however a breakaway lead to romsey going 2 nil down.
Romsey kept their heads up despite this and bailey Benham picked up the ball and dribbled past a winchester player to feed in harry croft-baker whose shot went just wide. Christopher blake managed to gather the ball to recycle it into the d leading to a short corner. The whistle went for the end of the third, but the short corner was played with all of romsey team up on the winchester D. In a thrilling minute of intense hockey within the d a goal was given with the final vital touch coming from Morgan robertson’s stick.

The boys had real belief now and came out to the 2nd third with sustained pressure, through clinical defensive play from Daniel alavi and will richards gathering possession and feeding in robertson, croft-baker and Bryn Wathen through the centre and using width of the wingers olly westmacott, Jo and Stan arnold. There was a period of alternating short corners with shots going wide and another dramatic series of saves by keeper Budden.
One play from westmacott to Wathen slipped a pass to croft baker who took the ball from the halfway line using improving combination of stick skill and pace to reach the top of the D and slot a firecracker into the top right corner to equalise 2:2.

With 2 minutes, that felt like ten, till the end of the 2 nd third Romsey looked all of a sudden vulnerable and couldn’t clear the ball beyond the 23 and keep possession. Unfortunately winchester got the break they needed from a long corner and then another all within the blink of an eye to go 4:2 up after the second third .

After a rallying talk from coach Stuart Robertson, the Romsey boys came out of the break with a period of intense pressure on the winchester defence and a linking move from westmacott to croft-baker yielded a goal as somehow croft-baker managed to pass a number of players and push the ball passed their keeper at short range. For 4:3.
After a short break for a Romsey injury play intensified with end to end moves , but from a long corner winchester managed to win a well earned team goal. 5:3.
Time was running out for Romsey and they could not quite do it , despite hitting the winchester post toward the last moments.

The game was a great team effort for which the final score line doesn’t represent the fact that winchester would not have been sure the game was safe until the final whistle .

Romsey’s U12 Boys travelled to Bournemouth on Sunday 30th November.

The first period started with the home team playing into the sun.  Both teams started brightly with some early chances at both ends.  Romsey were rewarded first with a cross from Harry Croft-Baker finding Bryn Wathen who took the chance to put Romsey ahead with his second goal in as many matches.  Olly Westmacott, in his first match for Romsey, nearly doubled the lead, only to see his shot well stopped by the Bournemouth keeper.  Bournemouth continued to create chances, with several shots just going wide.  Romsey held on to finish 1-0 at the end of the first period.

The clouds rolled in at the start of the second period as both teams started where they’d left off.  Bournemouth struck first to level the score.  This prompted Romsey to work even harder.  The back unit of Daniel Alavi, Jamie Reid, Will Richards, Noah Cooper and Stan Arnold closed down the Bournemouth forwards with some excellent tackles, clearances and composed passing to turn defence into attack.  Romsey’s trio of Harry Croft-Baker, Morgan Robertson and Olly Westmacott started to assert their dominance in midfield, linking well with wingers James Fuller, Will Ritchie and Joe Arnold.  Romsey cranked up the pressure with two goals from Harry Croft-Baker, the first a solo effort from the halfway line, the second from a short corner.  Morgan Robertson followed this up with a goal in the top corner to put Romsey ahead 4-1 at the end of the second period.

Bournemouth came out of the blocks sprinting in the final period, only to be denied by several fine stops by Romsey’s keeper Rob Budden and some brave defence from the back four.  Yet again, Romsey’s defence provided the platform with some great hockey to take the play into the Bournemouth half.  Romsey won back-to-back short corners but were denied both times by two fabalous acrobatic stops from the Bournemouth keeper.  However, it was third time lucky with Noah Cooper taking his chance well.  Bournemouth pulled one back, only to see Romsey pull further ahead with Morgan Robertson’s shot lobbing the keeper.

At the final whistle, a 6-2 win for Romsey against Bournemouth’s first team and probably their best game of the season so far.

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Romsey’s U12 Boys hosted Salisbury in bright sunshine at HCS, with the home team welcoming back Morgan Robertson for his first match of the season.

Romsey started the first period playing into the sun.  It was a sluggish start, with Salisbury pinning the home team in their own half, and winning two short corners in quick succession.  Salisbury came close on the second, rattling a shot of the post.  The pressure finally told, with Salisbury taking a deserved lead (0-1).  The goal stirred the home team into action, with Romsey hitting Salisbury on the break, and Harry Croft-Baker grabbing the equaliser (1-1).  The teams continued to trade short corners, with Romsey hitting the post just before the break.

The second period started much the same as the first, with Salisbury winning two short corners.  However, the Romsey defence (Noah Cooper, Will Richards, Ben Sluman and Toby Hamblin) together with keeper Rob Budden kept the visitors out.  With the visitors now playing into sun, Romsey’s trio of Bailey Benham, Elliot Colyer and Harry Croft-Baker began to take control of midfield, providing a platform for the forwards.  It was Salisbury’s turn to be pinned back.  Wingers Joe and Stan Arnold provided the breadth, with Jack Sluman linking up with the midfield.  Morgan Robertson and James Fuller both came close with chances in the Salisbury ‘D’.  A dominant period for Romsey.

The final period saw a number of chances from both teams as legs began to tire.  Keeper Rob Budden made a number of great stops, and Toby Hamblin defended heroically in only his second game for the club, making a last ditch tackle in the Romsey ‘D’ to prevent a certain goal.   However, Salisbury pounced on the rebound to retake the lead (1-2).  The Romsey boys kept their heads, with Bailey Benham battling away in midfield to shut down further attacks by the visitors and regain possession for Romsey.  With time running, Harry Croft-Baker played a beautifully weighted pass into the Salisbury ‘D’, which Ben Harris put away to level the score (2-2).  Romsey finished strongly in the final minutes but weren’t quite able to take the win.  Another good performance, and a well deserved draw.

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Romsey’s U12 Boys continued to enjoy the fair weather as they played their first away match of the season against Trojans.  The team included two boys playing their first match for Romsey – Archie Webster and William Ritchie.

Trojans struck first, early in the first period, with a quick goal before Romsey had chance to settle.  The midfield quartet of Harry Croft-Baker, Joseph & Stan Arnold and Elliot Colyer then began to assert themselves, driving play deep into Trojans territory.  Harry opened his account for the morning with a blistering shot from a tight angle.  Romsey continued to pour forward with front-men James Fuller, Ben Harris and Christopher Blake testing the Trojan’s defence before the first period ended all square: Trojans 1 – Romsey 1.

The change of sides in the second period obviously suited Romsey as they piled forward, supported by the back four of Jamie Reid, Noah Cooper, William Richards and Oliver O’Hara.  Harry Croft-Baker quickly added another goal to take Romsey ahead.  Trojans made the occassional visit into Romsey’s half, but did little to trouble Romsey’s keeper Rob Budden.  With William Ritchie charging up and down the right wing, and Archie Webster on the left wing, Romsey continued to drive forward.  Ben Harris had his shot stopped by the Trojan’s keeper, but Harry Croft-Baker tidied up for his hat-trick.  Harry added another two in the period to complete a dominant second period: Trojans 1 – Romsey 5.

Trojan’s came back at Romsey in the third and final period, with the play switching from end to end and chances going to both teams.  Trojans clawed two goals back, causing some momentary concern before the momentum swung back in Romsey’s favour with the defence providing the platform, pushing the play into the Trojans half.  Debutant William Ritchie got the scoreboard ticking again for Romsey with his first goal for the club.  The final few minutes saw some frantic action in the Trojan’s goal area with James Fuller’s shot being saved before Harry finished off, driving a reverse stick shot hard into the Trojan’s goal to claim his double hat-trick.

Final score: Trojans 3 – Romsey 7.


Romsey U12 Boys @ Trojans 20141019

The sun shone on Romsey U12 Boys as they faced Bournemouth (2) at HCS.  It was a young Romsey team with three new caps – Toby Hamblin, Chris Blake and Bryn Wathen, all urged on by coach Lewis.

The first period saw end-to-end play, with both teams rewarded.  Romsey started brightly with Harry Croft-Baker charging forward from midfield, supported by Bailey Benham and Elliot Colyer.  Romsey struck first, with Harry firing in a goal off the keepers outstretched hand.  1-0 Romsey.  Bournemouth then pressed forward in numbers, scoring a well worked goal.

The second period saw more end-to-end play, but with the momemtum swinging Romsey’s way with forwards James Fuller and Ben Harris  making a number of penetrating runs towards goal.  Harry scored his second goal of the match to put Romsey 2-1 ahead.  Bournemouth continued to press forward at pace, testing Romsey’s defence.  However Noah Cooper, William Richards, Jack Sluman, Jamie Reid and Toby Hamblin were up to the challenge, restricting Bournemouth to a handful of chances which didn’t trouble Romsey’s keeper Rob Budden.  Romsey continued to launch attacks, and were rewarded when Bryn Wathen shot from close range for a goal on his debut.  3-1 Romsey.  Chris Blake joined the forwards as a target for Romsey’s midfield trio of Harry, Bailey and Elliot.

The third period saw Romsey dominating the play, but with a number of dangerous breaks from Bournemouth as legs began to tire.  Romsey defended valiantly, with Will, Noah, Jack, Jamie and Toby snuffing out most of the attacks.  However, a few got through – one saw keeper Rob throw himself at the ball, with a Romsey stick clearing at the last moment.  Another saw a Bournemouth goal disallowed as the final shot came off the back of the stick.  Romsey were dominant in the final minutes, pinning Bournemouth down at their end, with great interlinking play from the Romsey midfield and forwards.  Bournemouth had one more chance with a break leading to a short corner at the final whistle.  Romsey kept them out to earn their first win of the season.

Final score, Romsey win 3-1 .  A very promising performance which hopefully bodes well for the rest of the season.

Romsey U12 Boys (5-Oct-2014)

Romsey U12 Boys (5-Oct-2014)

The Romsey under 12 boys made it through the floods to meet Fareham for a match of 2 parts. By the end of the first 20 minutes they found themselves 3 nil down with the real concerns about what would happen in the next 40 minutes. Fareham’s goals started with a penalty flick due to a defensive foot on the goaline. The next goals and attacks were through many individual skilled runs with the Romsey giving too much space and freedom into the D. Things started to stabilise just before the first 20 minutes. However it was an inspired change in formation, by coach Pete Cooper, that changed the game dramatically. With the boys now playing 5 at the back and 3 in central midfield the Fareham attacks were stifled and a firm base for swift attacking moves created. The back five with Ben Whittaker and Noah Cooper coordinating the formation gelled and pressed well. Harry Croft-Baker, Matt Loveday and Jai Mew worked well in the centre regularly penetrating the Fareham D. Jai Mew, on debut for the club, had an excellent game showing calm, skilful movement and stick work with well directed passes. Romsey’s first goal came eventually after intense pressure in Fareham’s half with good team passing finished off by Ben Harris sweeping the ball into the goal. The final 20 minutes seemed to crescendo into even greater pressure from Romsey with Fareham seemingly not able to hold the ball up out of their half. Romsey’s second goal came with 10 minutes to go with Matt Dyer tidying up yet another exciting move slotting the ball passed the keeper.
This left Romsey with real belief that they could equalise. Piercing attacks and short corners kept coming with Romsey overcoming the Fareham outfield players with only the keeper preventing them from equalising. Despite some firecracker shots on target from Croft-Baker and a clever flick from open play which hit the post, Romsey could not make it leaving the score 3:2. However they came away knowing that they had played an amazing game and showed great character to nearly turn their fortunes around after such a difficult start.

Romsey U12 Boys put up a great fight on Sunday against Salisbury. They definitely deserved the 4-1 win for all of the effort they put in. James Fuller had the game of his life; battling in defence and threading some great passes that ripped up the Salisbury defence. Matt Dyer scored the first goal finishing off a lovely pass sent from Harry Croft-Baker. Salisbury fought back though and finished off a good move just before the end of the first third. The second goal came just after the break when Mathew Loveday swept in a rebound after a fierce shot was half saved by the visiting goalkeeper. Salisbury worked hard to level, pushing forward hard but were then vunerable on the break. Morgan Robertson made a good run into the D and charged at the Salisbury keeper and nutmeging him for the third goal. Croft-Baker was again the provider for the 4th drilling a ball into the D which was neatly deflected in by Robertson.







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