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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.  


Romsey Boy’s return to winning ways with a commanding performance against Gosport, despite being one man down, due to illness, for the whole match.

The match started well for Romsey with their first attack allowing Sebastian Wells to run into the Gosport Dee where he earned a short corner, the ball was injected by Jack Sluman to Charlie Westmacott whose powerful shot was too good for the keeper and Romsey took an early lead.  

There was no letup in pressure as Romsey used both wings to good effect, on the right Sam Attfield’s running and passing led to a Romsey shot just going wide, then on the left-wing William Rossdale and Jake Meehan combined as William ran into the Dee, he passed to Charlie who scored his second goal.

Gosport then had a good period of possession forcing a good save, high to the left of the Romsey Keeper Oliver O’Hara, the rebound was struck by Gosport and cleared off the line by Thomas Dyer, as the ball was cleared Gosport were awarded a short corner. The short corner was defended by Romsey who launched a quick counter attack, and Charlie scored his third goal before the end of the first period.  

It looked like Gosport were getting back into the game at the start of the second period, scoring an early goal from a good run from midfield. But Romsey soon returned to a 3-goal lead after Jack Sluman took a free hit quickly, fed the ball to Charlie who scored again.

A further Gosport attack was stopped by Archie Davis, who then ran with the ball the full length of the pitch into the Gosport Dee, he was only stopped by a great tackle which denied him a goal. The second period ended 4 one.

As the third period started, Romsey upped their intensity and soon the goals began to flow again. First down one wing and then the other, Romsey’s attack caused Gosport a lot of problems. Sam Attfield had 3 quick shots saved by the keeper before Sebastian passed to Charlie in the Dee whose shot was saved. Then William coming in from his wing won a short corner, again Jack Sluman injected, Charlie’s hard shot was saved but Sebastian got the rebound first and passed to Charlie who scored. A few minutes later Romsey scored from another short corner, before Gosport got one back, hitting on the break the Gosport wing received the ball in plenty of space, he made a quick run into the Romsey Dee and scored with a shot just past the keeper.

Romsey soon got a goal back, this time going through midfield, Charlie passed to Jack Meehan who scored and then celebrated with his one-handed cartwheel. Jack Meehan soon returned the favour with a lovely pass to Charlie who scored his 7th of the game and Romsey’s 8th.  

The game ended with Gosport attaching but they could not find a way through, first Frederick O’Hara stopped a break, and then the match was concluded with a save by the Romsey keeper Oliver.

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

 

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Continuing from last week’s 2 all draw against the same opponents, the teams looked evenly balanced in the opening period. Romsey had the first opportunities to score after a good run by Sam Attfield led to a short corner being awarded and Jack Sluman was unlucky to see his powerful shot go just wide of the goal.  New Forest’s first attacked was stopped by a strong tackle from Owen South in defence, and Romsey countered with a run from Will Rossdale who was unlucky not to score, this was followed by Jack Meehan having his shot saved.

Then the action moved to the other end where New Forest had their first shot go wide, they were then dispossessed by George Coltard who went on a strong run up the middle of the field. But New Forest attacked again and after a good save from Goalie Ollie O’Hara, their shot wide again.

Romsey’s goal had a small respite as they attacked with Tom Norman shooting just wide, but then New Forest continued their attack, with a wide shot, a save from the Romsey keeper and then the first period ended with 3 short corners to New Forest, Romsey’s defence including Jack Jones and Archie Davis held strong preventing a score. An exciting first period finished goalless.

Romsey looked stronger in the second period, Jack Meehan, Luke Wlater and Will Rossdale combined well in midfield and on the wings to stretch New Forest, Romsey’s defence started to move up the pitch where Jack Jones made a couple of good tackles to prevent New Forest from attacking. Marcus Lake playing his second game for U12’s grew in confidence in midfield where Romsey started to dominate. George Coltard won the ball and passed to Jack Sluman who passed to Sam Attfield then the ball went to Will Rossdale who’s shot was just wide. Another run by Sam Attfield led to a short corner being awarded to Romsey, from which Jack Sluman’s shot was saved by the New Forest keeper.

Next it was New Forest on the attack which was stopped by Frederick O’Hara who passed into the midfield and Marcus Lake made a strong run passing to Will Rossdale on the wing.

The second period ended with New Forest breaking free and forcing a one on one with the Romsey keeper who produced a good save to keep the score nil-nil.

The third period started with the feeling that one goal would seal the match, the first opportunity went to New Forest who were awarded a short corner. After this was dealt with Romsey went on the attack, when Sebastian Wells threaded a pass to Thomas Norman who forced a great save from the New Forest Keeper.  

The action went straight down the other end, with lots of bodies in the Romsey dee, a rebound off the Keeper was hit by New Forest looking certain to be a goal, only for the ball to be deflected off the line by the end of the stick belonging to a fully outstretched Will Rossdale in midflight.

The deadlock was broken after a typically strong run from George Coltart led to a free hit to Romsey which was taken quickly, the ball was passed to Sam Attfield who went passed 2 defenders and scored to give Romsey the lead.

New Forest tried to hit back, winning 2 short corners, but again they were denied. Romsey then sealed the win with a well-worked goal, Sam Attfield passed the ball to Jack Meehan in the dee who shot past the keeper to score and then celebrated with his signature cartwheel.

New Forest almost got a consolation goal, but again they were denied by Will Rossdale clearing the ball off the line, and the score remained 2 nil.

Romsey U12 Boy’s twice fought back from a goal down to earn an exciting draw against New Forest. 

The opening period started well for Romsey with a good period of pressure leading to Owen South forcing a good save from the New Forest keeper.  The game started to move back and fore with both teams piling on the pressure, in goal Oliver O’Hara produced 3 good saves before New Forest finally scored their first goal.

Romsey responded with a good run down the wing from Luke Walter, but the final pass was intercepted by the New Forest defence.

New Forest tried to hit back but were denied first by a superb clearance from Jack Sluman and then by the post of the Romsey goal. The first period finished One nil to the visitors.

The second period started off with New Forest ramping up the pressure, in defence, Archie Davis put in a couple of good saves before Jack Meehan tore down the wing causing problems for the New Forest defence.  This was followed by a good run from Thomas Norman who passed to Sam Attfield who scored his first goal for Romsey.

The celebration was short lived as New Forest hit back straight away with a superb bit of individual skill which led to their second goal.  The pressure continued with New Forest being awarded a short corner after the Romsey keeper took down an attacking player.  The stoic defence of Owen South, Archie Davis, Jack Jones and Will Rossdale meant that the short corner was defended and pressure elevated.  The period finished with the score at two one.

The third period started with a lot of pressure from New Forest who again forced saves from the keeper and defence, with Will Rossdale clearing the ball off the Romsey line.  Romsey started to hit back when Owen South dribbled the ball out of the dee to the halfway line.  Sebastian Wells stretched the New Forest midfield with runs down the wing, before a group of Thomas Norman, Jack Sluman and Sam Attfield broke from midfield to run into the New Forest dee, with Sam scoring his and Romsey’s second.

The remainder of the game was played at a fast pace with both teams trying to seal a win, but the score remained 2 all, and the teams look well balanced for the return match next week.

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.

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The U14 boys have had an amazing start to the hockey season and they are top the tablewith 4 league wins out of 4 and an impressive goal difference of 32.
The season started with a 8-2 win over Basingstoke in the Wessex U14 cup which set up a
quarter final match against Bournemouth A team. This proved to be a great contest which
Romsey were unlucky to loss 1-2.
The league matches have seen great teamwork with everyone working hard for each other
resulting in some impressive score lines:
10-0 verses New Forest
11-0 verses Trojans Tigers
7-1 verses Southampton
7-2 verses Bournemouth 2
Goal scorers:
Morgan 14
Bryn 7
Rufus 6
Noah 4
Elliott 4
Bailey 3
Will R 3
Ben H 3
The defence of Will R, Elliott, Toby H, Will P, Dan and Archie has been solid and effective at
minimising the number of shots on goal. However when Rob has been called on he has
made some great saves, he certainly kept us in the quarter final match saving over 7 short
corners.
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The mid field of Morgan, Bailey, Noah, Ben S, Toby Y, James and Rufus have linked well with
defence and supplied great balls to the forwards of Will R, Bryn and Ben H.
The team have certainly taken on board the mantra of coach Stuart “Yellow to yellow, ball
speed up and movement off the ball.”

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The team is looking forward to the second half of the season and hopefully more success.

Romsey u18 girls played local rivals Andover in the quarter finals of the Hampshire cup on Sunday. The team started strong, maintaining possession and piling the pressure on the Andover defence. Midfield trio Abbie James, Abbie Buxton and Jade Phillips transferred the ball well around the Andover defence, leading to a great strike from Phillips which found the back of the net. Romsey continued to dominate the first half and were unlucky not to score with some great shots on goal from Emily Williams and Rosie Middleton, taking them into half time with a 1-0 lead. After the break Romsey continued their good form, pushing up high into the Andover defence. Great defensive teamwork from Gabriella Hebert and Shiela Forbes at centre back denied the Andover attack any chance at goal. After continued pressure Romsey finally got their well deserved second when Rosie Middleton latched onto a rebound off the keeper and slotted it home. Romsey nearly made it three with a well thought out short corner, Hebert slipped the ball back to Phillips on the injection spot who then crossed it to the back post which narrowly slipped past the goal. Fantastic result and a great team performance putting Romsey through to the semi-final.

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