Girls U16 Match Reports

Romsey U16 Girls turned out on Sunday morning for their final National Cup group stage game knowing that only a win against local rivals Trojans would do to ensure they qualified for the next phase of the competition after their first disappointing loss of the season to Bournemouth last weekend, They would also have to do so without Captain Abbie James who had been in fantastic form all season but was unavailable due to National lacrosse duty.Coach Dave Miles laid out the game plan in the pre-game huddle and emphasized the fact that only a win will do. Romsey started the stronger pressuring Trojans high up the pitch and winning an early short corner leading to Bobs Cooper scoring the opening goal with a tidy flick after the ball was slipped left by Zoe Henderson, the lead was short lived with Trojans hitting back within a few minutes with a short corner of their own, Trojans center forward showing some fantastic skills to beat 2 players and the goalie and finish into an empty net, Trojans then took the lead with another fantastic solo effort by the same player this time beating 5 players and then the goalie to give Trojans a 2-1 lead. This seemed to wake Romsey up though who then really started to apply pressure to Trojans all over the pitch leading to numerous chances on goal and short corners, but some resolute defending and goalkeeping by the Trojans back line ensured that Romsey had to wait till very late in the half to receive the reward for the constant attacking pressure when Zoe Henderson beat a defender and broke into the circle slipping the ball square passed the goalie and Sophie Lawson finishing at the back post from a tight angle, 2-2 half time.

The half time team talk led to a change in tactics by Coach Miles and the Romsey Girls came out firing on all cylinders following the new game plan perfectly with a flurry of attacking pressure from both wings as the trio of Jenny Pimley, Zoe Henderson and Sophie Lawson run riot with numerous attempts on goal but once again The Trojans back line defended excellently clearing their lines on each occasion until Zoe Henderson broke free down the right and drove the ball into the circle and forced a good save by the Trojans goalie but Sarah MacLeod picked up the rebound at the top of the circle and thumped the ball home for Romsey to take the lead. Romsey continued their attacking pressure whilst Stand in Captain Sheila Forbes and Gigi Hebert doubled up and made the skillful Trojans forward life a misery shutting her out the game, Romsey scored a fourth after a lovely solo run from Sophie Lawson down the left lead to a lovely square pass eliminating the goalie for Jenny Pimley to finish from close range at the back post, the scoring was finished off after Zoe Henderson once again made amazing drive down the right wing beating two players driving the base-line and pulled the ball back for Bobs Cooper to place the ball in the bottom corner to make the final score 5-2.

Coach Dave Miles was thrilled with the result and the way in which the girls conducted themselves and stuck to the game plan, The win means Romsey finish 2nd in the table behind Bournemouth and qualify for the U16 National Cup regional playoffs to be played on March 12th against the other teams that qualified from the South West Clusters.  

The U16 boys lost their first league match of the season 3-1 on Sunday, a score line that was a little unfair given the balance of play although Romsey did not play well enough to win.

Salisbury started strongly and the defence marshalled by the returning Alex Mills kept strong and repelled wave of attacks allowing Romsey to come into the game and take the lead through Ben Davidson.

The second half was very much in reverse to the first as Romsey started strongly but could not convert a number of chances allowing Salisbury back into the game and despite the heroics of Captain Hal Cross in goal, the precise nature of Salisbury’s attacks and their clinical finishing meant they ran out easy winners


Running Out Of TimeThe weekly seniors’ training sessions are well under way and have been running for the last 3 weeks.

  • Men – Tuesdays 20:00 to 22:00
  • Ladies – Thursdays 20:00 to 21:30

Please note U16s and U18s are welcome at the above sessions.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get back into the rhythm… there is only a few weeks before the first matches.

Full training schedule here.

Romsey U16 Girls (1) vs (1) Winchester U16 Girls

Scorer: Williams

Romsey played their penultimate league match of the season at Winchester on Sunday.

Romsey took the lead after 12 minutes with a superb run down the wing by Emily Williams who then drove into the D and fired the ball past the keeper and into the back of the net.

Both teams made several attempts at goal in a very competitive first half with Winchester levelling the score just before half time.

The second half continued in the same vein with both sides producing numerous attacks and both defences holding firm.

Romsey were awarded a penalty corner 10 minutes from time which narrowly skimmed past the post.

The match finished 1-1, again a terrific team display from Romsey.

Romsey U16 Girls (8) vs (0) Southampton U16 Girls

Scorers: Phillips, Williams 2, Penn-Newman 3, James, og

Romsey started the match against local rivals Southampton positively, winning a penalty corner two minutes into the game. A great strike from Jade Phillips put Romsey 1-0 up.
Romsey continued their hard work, putting pressure on the Southampton defence. Romsey were soon 2-0 up after a reverse hit from Jade Phillips found Emily Williams who fired the ball into the back of the net.

Romsey increased their lead further after Katrina Penn-Newman found space in the D and flicked it past the keeper to make the score 3-0. SONY DSC

Southampton made a few breaks at goal but were denied by the Romsey’s strong defensive line who worked very effectively together to retain control at the back.

Just before half time Romsey made it 4 after a great initial strike from Jade Phillips which was saved by the keeper and then tapped over the line by the ever alert Katrina Penn-Newman.
Romsey started the second half with the same determination, they soon increased their lead after Georgia Appleby dodged the tackles to get herself into the D where she delivered a great strike from the top, which took an odd bounce off a defenders stick and into the goal.

Abby James then made it six with a great strike. Romsey’s attacking play was very impressive and produced two more goals before the final whistle from Emily Williams and another from Katrina Penn Newman giving Katrina a well deserved hat trick.

A superb performance from Romsey, final score Romsey 8 Southampton 0.

Romsey U16 Girls (2) – (0) Winchester U16 GIrls

Scorers: Perriam, Phillips

Romsey continued their impressive start to the season with a win over local rivals Winchester.

After a slow start Romsey soon found their feet, Lydia Kearney latched on to a pass up the wing fired a great shot across the D which was flicked in by Emma Perriam on the post.

Romseys defensive line held firm against the Winchester attack and Romsey went into half time 1-0 up.

The second half started well With Romsey maintaining possession, about 15 minutes into the second half Romsey increased their lead further with a super strike from the top of the D by Jade Phillips.

Winchester had several attempts at goal which were confidently saved by goalkeeper Georgie Pugh. Romsey had a few more chances before the final whistle went.

A Well deserved victory! Player of the match went to Gabriella Hebert for a sterling performance in defence.

U16 Girls (4) vs (0) Southampton U16 Girls

Scorers: Phillips, Appleby 3

Romsey U16 Girls started their first home match of the season in style, they took the lead after 10 minutes with a great strike by Jade Phillips from a penalty corner.

Romsey dominated possession and went into half time 2-0 up with a well taken goal by Georgia Appleby.

The second half continued in the same vein with Romsey keeping Southampton’s defence under pressure, superb passing soon saw Romsey score a 3rd goal through Georgia Appleby.

Girls U16 Team
Romsey continued to work hard with Gabriella Hebert, Emily Morgan, Gigi Hebert and Emily Pitt-Pitts defending solidly each time Southampton made a break.

Constant attacks up the wings from Emma Perriam, Rosie Middleton, Katrina Penn Newman and Tilda Bryant continuously pushed Romsey into the attacking D creating opportunities for Emily Williams to strike the ball into the top right hand corner which was well saved by the Southampton goal keeper.

A final penalty corner was awarded just before the final whistle giving Romsey yet another goal opportunity. Jade Phillips sent a great strike to Georgia Appleby who was quick on the post to knock the ball past the keeper and into the corner of the goal to score a well deserved hat trick.

Player of the match went to Emily Morgan for superb work in defence and midfield, It was an all round good team performance.

Romsey U16 girls played Havant away on Sunday narrowly losing 3-2 in an enthralling game. Havant dominated early possession and it needed some stout defending of the D by Zoe Lynch, Emily Pitt-Pitts and Emily Williams to keep Havant at bay. Romsey relied on quick breakouts orchestrated by Georgina Appleby using the pace of left forward Jade Phillips to exploit some early opportunities for Lydia Kearney and Matilda Bryant. When the ball dubiously hit a Romsey foot just inside the area the eagle eyed referee Bart Simpson awarded a short corner. The resultant corner was well charged down by center back Gabby Herbert but the ball rebounded to a Havant striker and her shot deflected off the stick of Marge to wrong foot the Romsey keeper Nyah Sherwin. Romsey struck back with Emma Periam combining well with on the left with Jade Phillips who put Lydia Kearney through on goal but she was forced wide of the D by some good Havant defending. On the stroke of half time Romsey were unable to defend a short corner and Havant snatched a second goal against the run of play. Buoyed by their half time tactical team talk by coach Maggie and manager Edna. Romsey started the second half brightly forcing Havant back with Georgina Appleby stamping her authority in the center of midfield. The early domination of the ball paid dividends when Lisa fed a slide rule pass down the wing to Jade Phillips who crossed for the oncoming Lydia Kearney to strike an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner. Romsey were now winning all the 50:50 balls with Rosanna Middleton and Matilda Bryant not allowing their opposite numbers any time on the ball. It was against the run of play when a “Homer” like error allowed Havant to score a third soft goal. Romsey to their credit did not let their head drops and almost pulled a goal back when Lydia Kearney evaded a series of tackles only for her shot to be well saved. Jade Phillips who’s pace was causing Havant continued problems again broke away and her pin point pass was perfectly executed by Lydia Kearney to make a final nail biting five minutes for the Havant to narrowly hold to their 3 -2 lead. Special mention must be made of the excellent performance of Romsey goal keeper Nyah Sherwin who played up from the U14’s.

The Award Winners with GB Bronze Medalist Annie Panter


The winners were:

  Player of the Season Most Improved Player
U8 Katie Lou Ryan Luke Walters
U10 Matt Dyer Sophie Davidson
U12G Anna Poller Jennifer Pimley
U12B Raul Patel Thomas Croft-Baker
U14G Jade Phillips Gabby Hebert
U14B Callum Darch Chris Harwood
U16B Jack Murray Ben Ellis
RHC Junior Club Person of the Year Ian Wilson
Bonham Cup, Most Improved Junior Roma Creedon


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