Mini Match Reports

Sunday saw a lovely sunny tournament at Winchester.

The first match against Trojans 1 was well fought and saw some close marking of players, a lovely run at goal from Milly and confident tackling from Lewie. But although Romsey maintained pressure up in the opposition’s half they ended the match 2-0 to Trojans.

The second match against Andover saw two similarly matched teams fighting for supremacy. Tom W and Tom C made great attempts at goal and defenders Imogen and Tilly worked confidently, tackling with precision. Ellie made a number of vital, confident saves and the end result was 0-0.

A tough match against Bournemouth ended with a score of 3-0 to the opposition, however the next match saw great work midfield by Harriet and tenacious tackling by Toby. Romsey dominated the match and Hannah, Milly and Tom were unlucky not to score, hitting the post several times. The game ended 0-0.

The final match saw Romsey triumph with a 2-1 win against Winchester with excellent goals from Milly and Tom C supported by the rest of the team.  Well done to all!

Great start to the season with U8s unbeaten in Winchester

Anna Ackerman, Oscar Cowburn (2), Camilla Day, Elsie Duncan (1), Clara Fuller, Charlie Gray (3), Caitlin Jupp (1), Sophie Morris, Anna Shepherd.

There was a lot of excitement with the U8s travelling to Winchester for the first mini tournament of the season. With most of the team having represented Romsey over the last season confidence was high going in to the first game against New Forest. Romsey enjoyed the majority of the possession in this game with midfielders Camilla, Clara and Caitlin controlling the midfield well and feeding the ball in to Oscar and Charlie up front. Oscar broke through after another period of possession scoring the first goal, this was followed with 2 goals from Charlie, Romsey winning 3-0.

The next game saw Romsey face Trojans. This game was fiercely contested and saw Romsey’s defence of Elsie and Oscar remaining solid whilst being well tested. Both were up to the task clearing the ball well for midfielders Anna A, Anna S and Sophie to pass on the Romsey’s forward line. As the game progressed Romsey grew in confidence, resulting in in a goal for Charlie. In the final few minutes Caitlin won the ball on the half way line and following a great run scored Romsey’s second, Romsey winning 2-0.

Romsey’s third game was against Bournemouth. This was a fast paced highly competitive end to end game with both teams showing great determination and putting together some lovely passing sequences. Both teams came close to scoring however the deadlock was not broken, final score 0-0. The whole team worked really hard in this game and came off the pitch with big smiles!

Against Southampton Romsey again enjoyed some great periods of possession. Camilla and Clara held great positions in defence with Southampton barely getting a glimpse of the Romsey goal. Anna A and Sophie worked hard in midfield. Following some great Romsey passing in the Southampton ‘D’ Catlin crossed the ball for Oscar to score his second of the day. Following the restart Southampton were unable to clear the ball due to great running and tackling from Charlie, this pressure lead to Elsie popping up to score Romsey’s second. Romsey winning 2-0.

Romsey’s final game was against hosts Winchester. This game proved to be the most exciting, nail biting and frustrating game of the day!! The Romsey team worked really hard keeping and maintaining possession with the ball barely leaving the Winchester ‘D’. Romsey hit the post and saw the ball go centimetres wide on at least 4 occasions. Romsey were really unlucky not to score and the game finished 0-0. Again the team came off the pitch with big smiles having really enjoyed being a part of such an exciting game.

Overall the Team enjoyed a great morning. The hard work put in in training could really be seen, team spirit was also evident and attitude fantastic.

Romsey under 10’s attended their first tournament fielding an all boys team and an all girls team, with a couple of supporting boys to allow for substitutions.

The first game against New Forest B saw a great start for the mainly girls team with Romsey putting the pressure on continually in the attacking half. Some great linking play between Phoebe Lewis and Zoe Phillips saw the attackers pushing forward, resulting in a well executed goal by Harriet Field. Some strong holding play by Lewie Brown and Tom Coltart and some great tackles by Sofia Ballesteros in defence ensured that Romsey won their first game 1-0.
The second game against Trojans was tougher with Romsey’s defence being stretched by the opposition’s strong attacking play. Lucy Walden working hard in midfield couldn’t stop the Trojan’s attackers breaking through in numbers and putting the ball in the back of the goal a total of 4 times. The whole Romsey team continued to work hard together and were unlucky not to get through the Trojan’s defence to close the gap.
Romsey’s third game against New Forest A saw strong support from Theo Cowburn and Tom Westmore in midfield, with Tilly Duncan putting in some solid defensive challenges to keep the scoreline at 0-0 for most of the match. A single goal by New Forest towards the end of the match left the final score 1-0.
The last two games of the tournament saw the girls working extra hard with no substitutes. Some great saves by goalkeeper Ellie Gibson helped keep the girls in the matches and a lot of outfield linking play kept the pressure on the opposition throughout. Romsey were unlucky to lose the penultimate game against Andover to a goal that went in off a defender’s foot but the sheer determination, fantastic teamwork and excellent play by the whole team enabled Romsey to end the tournament with a well deserved and brilliantly fought 0-0 draw against Salisbury.

Romsey boys played their first game against Trojans B. The team started strong, using the wings well and linking together some lovely passes to put pressure on the Trojans attack. Despite good possession and some great shots on goal from Sebastian Wells and Tom Westmore, Trojans managed to sneak a goal on the break just before full time, losing narrowly 0-1. Despite the unlucky result Romsey went into the next game against Trojans A with determination. The game was very defensive but the boys gave the Trojans players no time on the ball, pressuring them well. Great defensive efforts from Tristan Cuff, Lewie Brown and Jack Wormgoor aswell as some superb saves from goalie Joseph Williams kept the score line 0-0 in a well fought match. In the next game against Salisbury the team began to find their form, Theo Cowburn, Henry Allsop and Tom Westmore worked well upfront to pressurise the Salisbury defence, allowing Romsey to soon take the lead with a great goal from Marcus Lake. Romsey soon furthered their lead with another goal from Marcus Lake and a superb goal from a very tight angle from Tom Coltart. In their next game New Forest the team were unlucky to lose 0-2 despite great team work throughout. In their last game Winchester the team continued their good form with a 2-0 win, with goals from Marcus Lake and Sebastian Wells. The Romsey side showed maturity in their teamwork and passing throughout the day, a great team performance.

 

After an early start the U8s had a great day at Bournemouth. It was wonderful to see their team spirit growing and to see training being put into practice on the pitch. 

Team A

 

The team got off to an unlucky start losing just 1-0 against local hosts Bournemouth. Highlights included some great last ditch defending by Hannah Tyson.

 

Game 2 against Trojans proved to be the hardest challenge of the day but despite a 4-0 loss everybody in the team kept playing hard to the end. Charlie Gray deserves special mention after coming back from a hard knock in game 1 to show some outstanding work rate and team play.  

 

By game 3 the team were really starting to change through the gears and started to gel. Salisbury were soundly beaten 4-0 with goals from Milly Chatterley, Hannah Tyson and 2 for Charlie Gray whose celebration was worth the gate fee. Ava Farmer provided the defensive foundation for the victory while in midfield, Evelyn Prefrement, Emma Lake and Anna Shepherd and all made fantastic contributions.  

 

Game 4 against ‘New Forest’ ended in a hard fought 1-1 draw thanks in particular to some great defensive play by Maggie Nicholson and another great goal by Milly Chatterley. 

 

In the final match against Winchester the team continued to work hard and play as a team. But in a dramatic finish they were unlucky to lose to a late goal in the final seconds!

 

Team B

 

Team B had a flying start against Salisbury with Benji Wright scoring the opening goal in the first few minutes. Romsey continued to press with the forwards all working well together. Freddie Allsopp made some great runs forward and was rewarded with a goal. In the latter part of the game Annabel Norman added a further goal and Benji Wright added Romsey’s 4th to secure the win.

 

Game 2 against Bournemouth was a great contest. Bournemouth were quick off the mark and scored early in the game. Romsey were not down hearted and pressed from midfield with Oscar Cowburn tackling and distributing the ball to forwards Camilla Day and Clara Fuller. Towards the end of the game Romsey’s persistence paid off with Freddie con=ming from midfield to equalise.

 

Game 3 was another even encounter. Unfortunately Romsey failed to convert their chances and were caught on the counter by a fast Andover break and conceded the only goal of the game.

 

After game 3 the team had a bit of a break to re fuel on cake. This strategy worked as the team came out raring to go against Winchester in Game 4. Romsey played some great hockey in this game putting together some great passes. The were all calling and as a result put the pressure on early with Freddie scoring the first of his two goals of the game. Goals were then added by Oscar (2) and Benji (2). The game finishing 6-0.

 

Romsey’s final game was against local rivals Trojans. After a quite previous game Sophie Morris and Elsie Duncan concentrated brilliantly clearing any threat posed by the Trojans forwards. With Romsey calling for passes and moving forward Freddie scored the winning goal. After a nail biting final few minutes Romsey held on for the win!

 

The home tournament saw Romsey U10 B team play their first match against Southampton B. A well matched game saw end to end action with some great saves by goalie Joe Williams and some strong, controlled midfield play by Sofia Ballesteros. After going 1-0 down Romsey fought back hard, resulting in a fantastic effort by Sebastian Wells who dribbled around the Southampton defence to score Romsey’s first goal. The game remained 1-0 setting the home team off to a good start.
The second match vs New Forest B was again a fairly even match, with some great attacking runs by Imogen Akerman. Romsey’s continued efforts were rewarded by a second tournament goal for Sebastian Wells which gave Romsey their first win of the tournament. Romsey B’s were straight back on the pitch for their next match against tough opposition, Trojans B’s. Having lost their goalie due to illness, Romsey found themselves 3-0 down quite early on, however they worked hard to fight back, and showed some great linking play and teamwork, resulting in another goal for Sebastian Wells following a well executed pass in the D by Isobel Roberts. Despite strong defensive play by both Lewie Brown and Lucy Walden, Trojans kept piling on the pressure, resulting in a final score of 6-1 to Trojans.
Romsey came out for their 4th game against Winchester B’s with great spirit and determination and showed yet more fantastic teamwork. The team tried a different formation with Toby Fuller playing some great attacking hockey, away from his usual position in defence. The game was hard fought and well matched, but Romsey was unable to find the back of the net. Some fantastic saves by Ellie Gibson, including a goal-line save just as the final whistle blew saw another well deserved draw for the host team.
The final match against Andover B’s saw a great start from Romsey with an early goal by Isobel Roberts. Fantastic linking play between Isobel and Sebastian Wells was rewarded in a second goal of the match for Isobel. Despite conceding a goal, Romsey continued to work hard as a team and this was rewarded in a fourth tournament goal for Sebastian Wells. The final score was Romsey 3, Andover 1, leaving Romsey B’s with a well deserved tournament result of 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss.

Romsey U10s hosted their home tournament on Sunday. Romsey A played their first match against Southampton, linking up some beautiful passing in midfield between Marcus Lake and wingers Zoë Phillips and Harriet distributed the ball well up the pitch. Forwards Theo Cowburn and Jack Wormgoor worked hard upfront to earn Romsey an early goal. Romsey continued their great form, stretching the Southampton defence and maintaining their structure, earning themselves a 3-0 win. In their next match against New Forest the team struggled in the opening minutes, conceding several early goals before finding their feet and playing well towards the end of the game. Romsey fought to the finish and were unlucky to lose 4-0. Romsey then faced another tough match against Trojans A, losing 2-0 despite their ongoing determination. In their next match against Winchester Romsey dominated from start to finish, Tom Westmore, Tilly Duncan and Hattie Rogers were superb in defence, denying the opposition any attempt on goal. Romseys persistent pressure on the Winchester defence lead to great goals from Harriet Field, Zoë Phillips, Marcus Lake and Theo Cowburn, taking Romsey into full time with a 4-0 win. Despite taking an early lead in their last match against Andover with a great goal from Marcus Lake, Romsey lost the game 2-1. A great display of teamwork throughout the day to end a great year for the team.

Romsey U8 in Southampton

With lots of players representing Romsey for the first time the U8s were able to field two equally strong teams in Southampton on Sunday. Despite the cold there was an unwavering enthusiasm shown by all players all morning as the last couple of weeks’ training was put into practice successfully on the pitch.

Romsey ‘A’

Romsey U8 A’s all played amazingly at the mini tournament in Southampton on Sunday. They played 5 games in total, winning two (4-2)(2-0) drawing one(0-0) and losing two (2-0)(1-0).

Although positions were swapped throughout the games, giving players the chance to play in several positions, Milly and Freddy were the main goal scorers. Using their team work and dribbling the ball down the pitch into our attacking D and successfully scoring 6 goals altogether.

Maggie, Charlie and Joe were the main defenders making some terrific tackles, saving many possible goals. They worked together to clear the ball away from our defending D up to our attackers.

Ben and Annabel worked really hard all day making sure they supported our defenders, when needed. They were quick to receive the re bound shots, both having several chances at goal and were unlucky not to add to the score.

Romsey ‘B’

Romsey started the tournament very well winning 1-0 in a tough game against Salisbury A, Romsey made good use of space and passed the ball well. The goal came from a pass from George to Benji across the D with support from Evelyn.

Romsey then were unlucky to lose to Trojans A (0-1), Winchester B (0-1) and Trojans C (0-3) as they were very close games with great defence from Oscar and Elise.

In the final game Romsey played amazingly against Bournemouth A using the space to score two goals from Hannah and Milly with lots of support from Clara. The final score was 2-0.

Both teams worked and fought as a team, they all showed great improvement throughout the day, playing with all the width of the pitch, executing some great tackles and passes, and using fantastic stick skills. Well done Romsey U8s!

Romsey A played their first match of the tournament against Trojans B; despite a great team work throughout Romsey were unlucky to concede a few late goals, taking them into full time with a 0-2 loss. The team came out with new found determination against Salisbury, great defensive team work from Lewie Brown, Hattie Knapman and Tilly Duncan denied the opposition any opportunity on goal to keep a clean sheet throughout the game. Despite some inspired attempts at goal from forwards Hartiet Field and Jack Wormgoor, Romsey were unable to find the back of the net. In the next game against Andover, Romsey began to find their form, attacking well and earning themselves a 2-0 victory with goals from Harriet Field and Marcus Lake. In their next against Bournemouth Romsey piled on the pressure with great runs up the wings from Zoë Phillips and Tristan Cuff pushing the team forwards. After an early Bournemouth goal, Marcus Lake equalised with a great strike into the back of the net. In their last match of the day the team faced local rivals Winchester, despite some great saves from goalie Joseph Williams Romsey were unlucky to concede, going into full time with a 0-2 loss. A great team performance throughout the day as a result of all their hard work at training.
The second under 10’s tournament of the season saw Romsey fielding a strong “B” team at the Roger Merry Memorial Tournament at Southampton. The team started the tournament with a strong performance, winning their first match against New Forest B 2-0, with both Tom Coltart and Henry Allsop finding the back of the net. The second game against Trojans C saw some fantastic stick work and passing by the whole team, with Ellie Gibson putting in some strong tackles in midfield and Theo Cowburn passing the ball out well from defence. Unfortunately Romsey were unable to get the ball past the Trojans defence, leaving the scoreline 0-0 at the end of the match.A tough match against Bournemouth A’s again saw some great play by the team and an excellent cross from the right-wing into the D by Sebastian Wells, narrowly missed being put into the goal by Henry Allsop. Great positioning up front by Lucy Waldon kept the pressure up from Romsey, who were unfortunate not to convert any of the opportunities, leaving the match 0-0. The second to last game was against Southampton A’s which saw some fantastic defensive work by Phoebe Lewis and Sophia Ballesteros, keeping the ball away from the goal, and some incredible saves by goalie Joseph Williams, who supported both Romsey teams during the tournament. Romsey were unlucky to lose their final match 2-0 to Andover A’s, but should be incredibly proud of the fantastic teamwork, skills and determination that the whole team displayed throughout the tournament.

Milly Chatterley (1), Oscar Cowburn, Camilla Day, Elsie Duncan, Clara Fuller, Charlie Gray, Caitlin Jupp, Emma Lake, Sophie Morris, Maggie Nicholson, Hannah Tyson.

There was a lot of excitement with the U8s travelling to Winchester for the first mini tournament of the season. With all but two of the squad representing Romsey for the first time Romsey used the first few games to settle. Romsey showed great team spirit and improved each time in closely fought games against Trojans B (0-0), Trojans A (0-2), Bournemouth (0-2) and Salisbury (0-1).

After a break of two games (and refuelling on cake!) Romsey went into 3 back to back games. This enabled Romsey to get used to playing in their positions, grow in confidence and start putting together some good passes.

Romsey defended solidly, moving the ball forward well and were unlucky not to score against Winchester B with the game finishing 0-0. Against Winchester A, Romsey showed their growing confidence enjoying some good periods of possession. Towards the end of the game Milly broke through scoring a well-deserved goal for the team; the game finishing 1-0. After a win spirits were high going into the final game against Andover. Romsey started well going close in the first few minutes. Andover fought back hard at the end, Romsey showed great spirit with everyone getting stuck in defending, Oscar as the final defender was unbeatable saving several shots on the line! After a nail biting finish the game ended 0-0.

Romsey improved brilliantly over the course of the tournament, the squad were happy, smiley and positive for the whole morning and should be incredibly proud of their effort!

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