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Romsey ladies 2xi started well scoring an early goal after a spell of good work by Alex H running the ball into the D and setting up Charlie Bouche to score. The remainder of the half was very evenly balanced, both teams needing to step up a gear to secure a win.
After a stern half time team talk Romsey were the Ines who came out stronger to dominate play. After a string of short corners the pressure eventually told with Sarah M driving a loose ball into the goal. With Romsey’s spirits high and the final whistle looming Haslemere pushed players forward for a final attack. Their gamble backfired though when deep in Romsey’s defending quarter Haslemere turned over the ball and Romsey counter-attacked. Swift transfer play ended in a great run from Sophie L with the ball into the D and passing to Alex to score the final goal to secure a 3-0 for Romsey.

Romsey Ladies 2nd XI notched up a sixth win of the season to maintain their 3rd spot in Hampshire’s Div 3. It was a game of two halves; Romsey dominating the first 35. Although waterside looked dangerous on the break Romsey’s back line remain composed allowing just one threatening shot on goal. Meanwhile Romsey’s midfield and forward line took advantage of their better teamwork and skill securing a 4-0 lead at half time.
But the second half saw a transformed opposition, with a new formation and belief. Romsey were closed down quicker and had to defend deeper. Waterside effectively won the second half 1-0 thanks to a fast break and instinctive shot on goal but despite Romsey being unable to find the net again their win was never in doubt.

Romsey ladies 1XI travelled to local rivals Trojans for their first game back after the half term break.

Trojans 3XI were quick out of the blocks, and started piling pressure on the Romsey D. Romsey defended well in the opening 10 minutes, with centre midfielders Bethan Knights and Erica Jenner working hard to stop the Trojans players driving down the middle of the pitch. Romsey deflected the early pressure which allowed them to start to build some well worked spells of possession. Midfielders Emma Bouchard, Sheila F and Kate Moss linked up well in the middle of the field, passing the ball from one side of the pitch to the other. Romsey started to create some meaningful movement up front, with Kate Olingschlaeger and Emily Williams working hard to create space. Unfortunately Romsey were unable to capitalise on these opportunities, which allowed Trojans to build pressure and with a break down the left they made the most of some good team work and put the ball into the Romsey goal making it 1-0 at half time.

Romsey knew that Trojans would attack hard again in the second half, but they were positive in attack with Emma Beeching and Jenny P linking up well in midfield and up front, determined to create a chance on goal.

However Trojans worked well in defense and prevented Romsey from scoring any of the chances they created. In a flurry of short corners won by Trojans, defenders Liz Forbes and Gigi H supported goal keeper Ange Cryne to defend well, but unfortunately the continued pressure was too much for the defenders and Trojans converted one of their efforts to make it 2-0. Romsey didn’t let their heads drop, with Sophie Hurley driving the ball up the wing to create a chance in the Romsey D, but Kate O and Erica J were unable to get the ball into the Trojans goal. With the last hit of the game, Trojans won another short corner, which they expertly converted to make the final score 3-0 to the home side.

Romsey Ladies 1XI hosted Southampton 2’s hoping to improve on the previous weeks play. Southampton put some early pressure on the Romsey defensive line with Liz Forbes, Gigi H and Emily Slade working well to prevent an early Southampton goal. After an unsettling first 10 minutes, Romsey started to have longer possessions of play which allowed midfielders Sheila F and Emma Bouchard to gain confidence and start to push the Romsey team forward. Romsey optimised after a Southampton mistake in their own half, with a quick ball down the middle of the pitch from Bobs C to Kate Olingschlaeger, who dribbled the ball past the last Southampton defender. The Goalkeeper was quick to react and stopped Olingschlaeger’s shot, only for Emily Williams to pick up the rebound and put it into the Southampton goal past a defender who had got back to help. Unfortunately for Williams, the umpire spotted an infringement by the Southampton defender and awarded a penalty flick to Romsey. Erica Jenner stepped up and cooly converted the chance to make it 1-0 to the homeside. Southampton were not going to let this goal put them on the back foot and within minutes of Romsey scoring, they had converted one of their attacks and evened up the score line to make it 1-1 at the break.

Romsey built on the possession they had in the first half with Charlotte Jones and Jess Preece controlling the midfield line, moving the ball well from one wing to the other. Jenny P made some surging runs up front and drawing the Southampton defenders to the sides of the pitch. This allowed Kate Moss to utilise the space created and drive the ball into the Southampton D. Bobs C was unable to get a shot off in the D, but the ball found a Southampton foot resulting in a short corner for Romsey. The ball was received at the top of the D by Moss who slipped it to Williams who calmed swept the ball into the back of the Southampton goal to make it 2-1 to Romsey. With only 10 minutes to go, Southampton were determined to get something from the game, and with a flurry of short corners won, Romsey had to call on their defenders and GK Laura Kemp to prevent Southampton evening up the score. Romsey held out and secured all 3 much needed points.

Romsey Hockey Club is committed to protecting the welfare and safety of the children at our club. The latest Safeguarding Parent / Legal Guardian Information and Guidance document can be downloaded here.

RHC Parent / Legal Guardian Information and Guidance

The document covers:

  • What can you expect from RHC?
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  • Who is the RHC Welfare Office?

Please take a few minutes to review the one page document; Safeguarding is a club wide responsibility.

Following a week of cancelled matches and training due to the frosty weather, the Ladies 3rd XI were keen to get back on the pitch. A 14 strong side faced Portsmouth & Southsea, currently placed fourth in the league and 8 points ahead. Romsey started well, putting some early pressure on the home side. However Portsmouth weathered this and started to find their stride, playing some composed hockey, especially through the midfield which they dominated for much of the game. Romsey were boosted by the returning Ladies 2s striker Ella P, coming back from injury, but a high cross from Anne H caught her hand and she was off the pitch, having started to provide some good control and opportunities going forward. Portsmouth’s midfield dominance provided them with many attacking opportunities and the Romsey defence had plenty of action including several short corners. However it was open play that produced the first goal for Portsmouth, surging forward in numbers and allowing a well struck shot to find the back of the net. Under pressure, Romsey struggled to link together, losing too many balls on the attack and a 2nd Portsmouth goal soon followed, for a 2-0 lead at half time.

After another poor push back, Romsey regrouped and started to penetrate the Portsmouth D more, producing a number of attacking short corners, one of which was converted by centre back Hilary A. The team started to believe in themselves and played some much better hockey. The midfield worked tirelessly to win back the ball and drive forward, with debutant and U16 Jess G playing a solid game and linking well with the more established players. This allowed forward Ruth M to find herself up close with the Portsmouth goalie and winning a short corner. A fantastic pass from Ella P found the youngest member of the team Grace M making a perfectly timed run and scoring her first goal for the team in style. Unfortunately Portsmouth came straight back, not tiring despite only having 11 players and finding plenty of chances up front. An unlucky goalmouth scramble saw the ball trickle frustratingly over the line. Romsey kept pushing forward to try for a late equaliser, but were caught out by an unmarked player surging into the D and scoring from a well struck cross.

Despite the final 4-2 scoreline, Romsey were buoyed by their performance, having scored 2 goals against a strong side and playing much better as a team. The whole game was also a pleasure to play thanks to the excellent umpiring at both ends – Thank You Nick W.

Romsey Ladies 1XI travelled to Basingstoke for an early morning game. Basingstoke started confidently, looking to build on their strong start to their return to Division 1. On a wet and bouncy pitch, Romsey tried to acclimatise themselves to the conditions, working the ball well from defence through the midfielders to the forwards. Kate Moss and Bethan Knights worked well in the centre of the pitch, distributing the ball out and working well to cover the direct moves that Basingstoke were making as they looked fierce in attack. Romsey worked well as a team, coming back to cover when Basingstoke made moves forward causing Emily Slade to make some committed challenges to break down the attacks. There were some promising attacks from both sides, with Emily Williams, Emma Beeching and Kate Olingschlaeger making runs up front and driving the ball into the D to try and get a shot off on goal. However, neither side could make the most of their chances, and the score was 0-0 at half time.
Basingstoke came out hard after the break, GK and player of the game, Laura Kemp was quick to drop to the floor and prevent Basingstoke from finishing off one of their direct attacks on goal. Romsey gained in confidence as they kept the home side at bay, with S.Forbes and Emma Bouchard working hard in midfield to try open up gaps in the Basingstoke back line. Romsey were determined to make the most of their penetrations into the D, winning numerous short corners. Erica Jenner stopped the ball at the top of the D and dribbled in towards to goal, causing the Basingstoke keeper to drop to the floor to try to prevent an attack. This allowed R.Cooper to slot the ball into the goal past the keepers pads with 8 minutes of the game to go. All Romsey had to do was keep their heads and try prevent a Basingstoke attack. G.Hebert worked relentlessly in defensive to ensure that Romsey finished the game 1-0 winners. A total of 8 players received players for man of the match, which sums up how much of a team performance this win was.

Romsey maintained their 4th position spot in Hampshire division 3 after coming away with three goals and a defensive a clean sheet against Haslemere on Saturday. Romsey’s goals all came from open play, testament to an attacking and confident team. It could have been more but Romsey, which fielded five new players, were unable to capitalise on 6 short corners. Haslemere were strong in midfield but rarely troubled Romsey’s experienced defence and their handful of shots on goal were swiftly dealt with by Romsey’s on-form keeper.

Romsey Ladies 3rd XI suffered a frustrating defeat at the hands of local rivals Eastleigh 2nd XI. Romsey started off well, producing some good attacking hockey, but were unable to capitalise on a few early chances, the only short corner for Romsey saw Hilary A put the ball just wide of the post. The game became very end to end, with Eastleigh attacking strongly and managing to get into the Romsey D, only to be denied by a solid defence, with Anne H clearing the ball off the line and some fine goalkeeping by star player Lucie W. The junior element of Romsey played well throughout, with Liz F and Emily W combining well in midfield on the attack, however the Eastleigh defence proved solid and quick to counter. Neither side were able to capitalise on their chances and the first half ended 0-0.
Only minutes into the second half, a ball crossed the D to a waiting Eastleigh player, who found the backboard with a well struck shot. Romsey kept up the pressure, producing more penetration through the midfield, but Eastleigh defence was solid, cutting out any ball that managed to penetrate into the D. A rare shot by Cat G hit the post and trickled in front of the goal, but there was no Romsey player to put it in the net. Eastleigh also kept pushing forwards and managed to grab a second goal from a ball across the D which found an unmarked player ready to pounce. The final result of 2-0 to Eastleigh was disappointing and the home side must do better to keep possession, get the ball into the D and produce more shots on goal.



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