Boys U14 Match Reports

The U14 boys team travelled for a friendly at Salisbury on Sunday with a squad of 12 including 2 goalkeepers  Hal Cross and Aaron Welch who played a half each in goal and a half as an outfield player and in the latter both, in what must be a first,  scored a goal each in a comfortable 3 -1 victory.

The Romsey team started started strongly, with Matt Rowland and Robert Williams in central midfield dominating the game and quickly caused problems in the Salisbury D and when a loose ball fell to Welch he turned and hit it hard into the bottom corner for a debut goal. The rest of the first half was mainly one way traffic with a lot of attacks coming from the marauding right back Sam Green who had a fine game. Whenever Salisbury did attack the defence of George Forgan, Thomas Edwards and Jamie Sanderson stood firm although Cross was called upon to make a couple of fine saves.

Following a rapid half time change of kit Welch and Cross swapped positions and the new Romsey Keeper was quickly called into action as Salisbury attacked from the start and quickly scored an equaliser from a penalty corner. However that was the last of  the Salisbury attacks as conceding a goal galvanised the whole team who moved up through the gears to score 2 goals through Cross and Morgan Robertson who was making his debut when stepping up from the Under 12s.

The pace of Archie Attwood and  Matt Loveday on the wings coupled with quick interchange of passing was at times a joy to watch and the victory meant that the U14s remain unbeaten this Season.





The U14 boys fine, unbeaten run in the season continued with a great display of all round hockey by beating Bournemouth 7-2 to go top of the league.

Goals in the first half from central strikers Archie Attwood and Jake Rowland, both created by flowing moves down the right hand side involving Robert Williams, Ben Davidson and Art Barcia, gave a comfortable 2 -0 lead.

Further goals, early in the second half, from captain Tom Croft Baker and Matt Rowland seemed to indicate a run away victory but a mix of sloppy defending, and Bournemouth pressing led to a number of penalty corners of which Bournemouth converted two which changed the complexity of the game.

As Bournemouth pressed forward, Romsey were able to catch them on the break and the opposition’s resolve was finally broken when goals from Barcia and Rowland put Romsey 6 -2 up.  There was time for one more from Croft Baker before the final whistle to make a comfortable 7-2 victory.



In a match that will be remembered for the  constant driving rain and  an incredible performance by the Andover goal keeper, Romsey’s unbeaten season continued with a 6 – 0 win as they dominated the  match from start to finish, with exceptional play from all 13 players.

Hal Cross in the Romsey goal sat the majority of the match on his back board watching the attackers and midfield pepper the opposition with numerous shots whilst the Andover keeper made possibly up to 30 saves and so doing stopped his side from what might have been a complete annihilation. If Romsey felt anything, other than cold and wet, it was perhaps disappointment that a double figure score was not achieved.

The drive from captain Tom Croft Baker and Ben Davidson was the focal point of the team and the width provided by Matt Loveday, Matt Rowland  and Robert Williams stretched the Andover defence and ace striker Archie Atwood got his 6th goal of the week from a swept shot to start the rout. Further goals followed from Williams, Croft – Baker (2) and Harry Croft Baker (2) who was moved from his usual wing position to play up front with Attwood.

Rarely did Andover threaten but when they did the defence of Alex Mills, Raul Patel, Jamie Sanderson, Thomas Edwards and Sam Green snuffed any threat out with ease and then led the attacking with swift passing to the forwards.

Romsey remain unbeaten, having scored 14 goals this week alone, and aim to continue that run in a fortnight against Bournemouth.



A very much second string team, due to absences at Hampshire JDC training, travelled to Lymington for a friendly vs New Forest and came away with a brilliant 8 – 0 thrashing, with Archie Attwood scoring a brilliant 5 goals.

The team captained by Jamie Sanderson led 2 -0 at half time with goals from Attwood and Sanderson and in reality should have been further ahead due to their superiority.  Several chances were created by Matt Rowland, Rhys Walthen and Robert Williams but went begging. The message at half time was for the team, and particularly the strikers, to take their time and be more clinical and certainly that is what happened in the second half.

Attwood caused problems with his pace and power of shooting and scored 4 more to make his personal total 5, and Edward Robinson got the other.

The excellent performances of a number (if not all ) of the players  has put pressure on places for the upcoming league matches and this bodes well for the season ahead



A much changed U14 boys team travelled to Southampton today with debuts for George Forgan, Matt Rowland, and Noah Cooper who all started well and the team dominated the first 15  -20 minutes with Harry Croft Baker, Thomas Edwards and Jake Rowland to the fore. However the breakthrough could not be obtained and after Southampton opened the scoring with a well hit penalty corner,  the teams positioning, speed of passing and team play started to fall apart and Southampton scored a well earned second, albeit scrambled, goal to lead 2  0 at half time.

The second half was a different affair as Romsey  pushed further forward and became more dominant and  scored two through Croft Baker and a great reverse hit from Rowland to get a deserved draw, however there was an air of disappointment in the overall performance of the  team as the usual crisp inter passing and energy was missing but there is always merit in fighting back from being 2 -0 down.





Another scintillating performance from the U14 Boys away at Salisbury in the Wessex Cup with a resounding 5-1 win which  kept up the wining start to the season.

The first half was particularly good to watch with captain, Tom Croft Baker and Ben Davidson running the midfield and  causing havoc in the opposing D, and the dominance was shown in the 4 -0 half time score, with goals from Croft Baker, Jake Rowland and a brace from Thomas Edwards. In truth there were more chances  which if they had been taken would have led to a more emphatic lead. However in the  second half, Salisbury improved markedly and Romsey only had a goal from a short corner from top scorer Rowland to rely on.

Further chances came and went, created mainly by wingers Matt Loveday, Harry Croft Baker and Art Barcia – all of whom had fine games, as the Salisbury keep battled manfully to keep the score down with fine saves from all of Romsey’s attachers.

This win pushed Romsey in to the quarter finals where sterner tests aait.



A local derby against fierce rivals Trojans opened the season for the boys in this years league and they came away with a comfortable 4 -2 win with braces apiece for Jake Rowland and Tom Croft Baker and in reality the score could have been even higher given the dominance of the team over all parts of the pitch.

Sam Green, making his debut at right back ,had an outstanding game in both defence and attach and the efforts of him Raul Patel, Alex Mills and Jamie Sanderson meant that Trojans attack was thwarted at every occurrence.

Tom Croft Baker and Ben Davidson ran the centre of midfield allowing wingers Art Barcia, Harry Croft Baker and Matt  Loveday the freedom to attack and put multiple crosses in for Rowland and Thomas Edwards, and perhaps the only criticism was that more of the chances were not taken.

Leading 2 -0 at half time, Trojans scored quickly after the break and threatened to come back into the game but a further goal each from Croft Baker and a penalty corner strike from Rowland meant the points and result were safe.








Due to holidays and school trips,  Romsey had to field a much changed team  particularly in defence with Thomas Edwards in goal, Art Barcia at centre back and Ed Roberts at sweeper but in truth they had little to do as most of the play was in the Andover final third.   The final 12- 0 score line did not flatter the team and in reality could have been much, much more, with many missed chances and air shots in the first half.  Andover  could not deal with the speed of the forwards – with Harry Croft Baker and Matchy Lincoln marrurading up and down the flanks,  and centre forwards Jake Rowland and Zack Cooper using all of the skills and speed to tear Andover to pieces  and they  scored 7 goals between them-with Rowland getting 4.

As usual Tom Croft Baker and Ben Davidson drove forward from midfield and Croft Baker scored one – as did his younger brother – but it was Davidson who  tried so very  hard to score and frequently beat 2 or 3 players and was very unlucky not to register his first goal of the season with numerous shots from to the edge of the D being blocked or saved.

As the goals continued to fly in, the team played with more and more confidence and spread play between them all, but with 10 minutes to go the biggest cheer of the match came when Ollie Bryant (having swapped positions with Zack Cooper) scored his first ever goal for Romsey.

A great end to a very good season, giving hope and confidence for next year.

The Under 14 boys travelled to Trojans and apart from a very sleepy (and hail covered) opening 7 minutes, they arguably controlled the match but ended up on the end of a heavy 5 -0 defeat. It was a game when everything that tried failed, both in defence and attack. If there was a count on the number of chances created then Romsey would have been well in credit but with Trojans playing on the fast counter attack, they regularly pierced the Romsey defence and seemed to score with every meaningful attack.

Despite valiant efforts in midfield from Matchy Lincoln, Tom Croft Baker and man of the match Zack Cooper, the half time score of 3 -0 still gave Romsey hope but the need to press forward to grab a goal caused more gaps at the back and  two more second half Trojan goals completed the scoring.

The chances from the wings created by Art Barcia and Gus Reid fell to Croft – Baker, Ben Davidson and top scorer Charlie Harrigan and all of their many attempts  were either blocked by the defence or saved by the goal keeper, and one attempt from Harrigan even clipped the top of the cross bar.

Their remains one match to go before the end of the season and Romsey need to win that to retain their position in the league.


A game of two halves saw the under 14 boys take complete control in the second half, after arguably the worst 35 minutes of hockey they have played all season.

Lack of energy, team play and poor inter passing meant that New Milton dominated the first half and only the efforts of defenders George Forgan, Raul Patel, Alex Mills  and Finbar   kept the score to 0-0 at half time.  The lack of passing meant that the midfield and attack spent most of the first half  chasing shadows and running sideways and  thus the half time break came out a crucial time.

The break allowed the opportunity to instil the need to improve  passing so as to retain possession  better and put pressure on the opposition higher up the pitch. This improvement was apparent from the first minute and led to an early chance for top scorer Charlie Harrigan who dispatched it low into the bottom corner and in reality that lead never looked in jeopardy. The half time team talk and the early goal  bred confidence through the team and a second quickly followed when Thomas Edwards (who played in 4 different positions in the match) bundled in his first goal of the season.

Further chances came and went with opportunities for Art Barcia , Zack Cooper and Ben Davidson and although Romsey dominated, New Milton looked dangerous on the break and needed several vital tackles, block and interceptions from man of the match Jamie Sanderson.

The team now travel to arch rivals Trojans next Sunday, prior to a final game of the season away at Andover.



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