Mini Match Reports

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!


Romsey u10 played their first tournament of the season on Sunday at Winchester. In their first match against Salisbury Romsey started strong, piling the pressure on the Salisbury defence. Midfield trio Marcus Lake, Sebastian Wells and Tristan Cuff dominated the attacking zone, feeding great passes into Zoë Phillips and Harriet Field upfront who worked hard to create chances on goal. Tilly Duncan and Toby Fuller were solid in defence, denying Salisbury any opportunities at goal on the counterattack. Romsey continued to pressure Salisbury’s defence and their hard work was soon rewarded after Marcus Lake managed to slip the ball past the keeper into the net to take the lead. Fighting to the finish Romsey went into full time with a 1-0 win. Next Romsey faced local rivals New Forest. Despite some great attempts on goal from Phoebe Lewis and Ellie Gibson, Romsey were unable to find the back of the net. Outstanding goalkeeping from Joe kept Romsey in the game, taking the team into full time with a hard fought 0-0 draw. Despite excellent team work throughout the game, Romsey were unlucky to concede two goals against a very strong Bournemouth side, losing 2-0. Against Bournemouth B the team linked up some beautiful passes in the attacking zone, taking them to a 3-0 victory with two great goals from Sebastian and a lovely strike from Zoë. Romseys next two games against tough opponents Trojans and Southampton ended in 3-0 and 2-0 losses. Romsey came back fighting in their last match against Winchester with newfound determination. Despite an early goal from the opposition, Romsey brought their A game spreading out the play well and driving the ball down the wings, allowing Romsey to take back the lead with two superb goals from Zoë and Marcus. Goalkeeping heroics from Joe at the back allowed Romsey to maintain the scoreline, going into full time with a 2-1 victory. Excellent team work throughout the day resulted in a great team performance.

The U10s had a great tournament at Trojans, winning the majority of their matches. The quality of their play, attitude and team spirit were excellent throughout.


Romsey u8s played their last tournament of the season on Sunday at Trojans. Romsey A played their first match against Trojans Artichokes. After conceding an unlucky goal in the first few minutes, Romsey began to settle into the game, piling on the pressure and pushing high into the Trojans defence. Great passing between Milly Chatterley and Ellie Gibson in midfield pushed Romsey forwards, soon leading to a great goal from Sebastian Wells to even out the score line. Well placed tackles from defenders Toby Fuller and Lucy Waldon prevented Trojans from furthering their score. Tristan Cuff in midfield fed the ball well out to the wings where forwards Harriet Field and Imogen Akerman worked hard to break through the Trojans strong back line. Despite their efforts Romsey were unlucky not to further their score, going into full time 1-1. Romsey B played the next match against Trojans B. Great teamwork between Tilly Duncan and Hattie Knapman in defence denied Trojans any early opportunities. The girls linked up well with midfielders Lewie Brown and Tom Coltart who showed great skill in dribbling the ball into the shooting zone and soon found Sebastian Wells on the right wing. Despite an impossibly tight angle a great strike from Seb found the back of the net, taking Romsey into the lead. Several great shots followed from Sofia Balasteros and Annabel Norman who were unlucky not to score. Zoe Phillips and Sebastian Wells in midfield worked well together, continuing to pile the pressure on the Trojans defenders. Fighting to the finish Romsey went into full time 1-0 up. Romsey A then beat Salisbury 1-0 with a superb goal from striker Marcus Lake, they then beat Southampton 1 5-0 with two goals from Marcus, two goals from Harriet and a great strike from Tristan. Against local rivals Winchester they drew 2-2 with another 2 goals from Marcus before drawing 1-1 with Bournemouth after another great goal from Sebastian. Romsey B beat Winchester 2-0 with goals from Marcus and a lovely shot from Tom before winning 5-0 against Southampton with goals from Sebastian, Tom and Sofia. Romsey B then won 5-0 against Trojans Carrots before drawing 1-1 in their penultimate game against Bournemouth. In their last game against Trojans Broadbeans Romsey won 3-0 with two goals from Seb and a well aimed shot from Zoe. A great team performance as a result of their hard work throughout the season.

u8s trojans 2016

Romsey U10’s travelled to Bournemouth for the New Forest minis tournament.

Two teams were entered and 10 games played – the squad should be very proud of their 6 wins and although 4 games were lost they were all extremely close games and most lost against the run of play.

Joe Williams played his first time as GK and showed great calm in the position.

Many players were asked to try out more than one position throughout the morning and Charlotte Akerman, Annabelle Coultart, Lily Pillinger and Anna Loadman all adapted to their position in every game and supported with some wonderful passing and defending.

Two of our younger U10’s – Phoebe Lewis and Harry Appleton had a fantastic tournament, displaying great determination – Phoebe scoring 2 goals and Harry 1.

Tom Dyer and Freddie Ohara were both solid in defence – as always! – but when asked to push up Tom was rewarded with a well placed goal.

Molly Knapman and Mia Adams played solidly in mid field and as forwards, both unlucky not to score during the tournament.

A battle for top scorer of the day emerged between Luke Walter, Jack Meehan and Will Rossdale – Luke and Jack finished on 4 and Will on 5!

U10s in New Forest Tournament

U10s in New Forest Tournament

Romsey U8s, so far undefeated this season, continued their winning streak at Salisbury Minis Tournament.  They won all four of their matches with Tom Coltart, Harriet Field, Marcus Lake and Sebastian Wells scoring 12 goals between them.  Defenders Tom Coltart and Toby Fuller were magnificent and kept our sheet clean.  Ellie Gibson, Annabel Norman and Zoe Phillips had several chances at goal and were unlucky not to add to our scoreline.  Romsey dominated every match and demonstrated how much they have developed as a team, playing the full width of the pitch, executing some great passes and using their improving stick skills to great advantage.  A well-deserved result.

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