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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.

 

Romsey were frustrated to come away with a 1-0 defeat against Havant 3a’s. Despite being the more attacking team Romsey couldn’t find their  final touch in the D and saw several shots either go wide or get blocked by Havant’s strong defence
In contrast Havant took one of their few goal scoring opportunities mid-way through the first half, sweeping a ball past Romsey’s keeper to go 1-0 up.
Romsey continued to push forward in the second half, with some piercing runs from Charlie Bouche and joint player of the match Sophie Lawson.

As usual Amy Edwards, the other joint player of the match, anchored the back line and in the final 10 minutes played up-front. Edward’s skilful play in the D successfully won a string of short corners but  Romsey’s final touch continued to fail them and the score remained 0-1.

Romsey Ladies 1xi travelled to Yateley for their first game after the half term break. Romsey started strongly, with good connecting play up the wings, building up play from the defensive unit of Liz Forbes, Emily Slade and G.Hebert. Despite the intense periods of attack, Romsey were unable to convert their early chances, with crosses from Emily Williams escaping the sticks of players waiting in the D. As the half progressed, Yateley gained in confidence and Romsey needed their keeper Laura Kemp to stop some attacks from the Yateley forwards. However, neither side could convert and the first half ended 0-0.

The second half saw Romsey come out strong again, willed on by the positive first half play, with Bethan Knights and Emma Beeching having some early attempts on goal. There was good attacking play from R.Cooper and S.Forbes in midfield, which resulted in the Yateley defensive being split. This allowed Kate Olingschlaeger to receive the ball in the D and slip the ball past the keepers near post to give Romsey a 1-0 lead.

This goal gave Romsey the confidence they needed, with Kate Moss switching the play from left to right and Emma Bouchard working hard in midfield to open up gaps in the Yateley formation. Romsey were positive in attack and won a number of short corners, which tested the Yateley defence, but didn’t result in a goal. With more attempts on goal Romsey won another short corner, which player of the match, Erica Jenner received at the top of the D, dribbled past 2 Yateley defenders as well as the goal keeper and put the ball in the back of the goal to make the score 2-0 to Romsey. Romsey then kept their heads after a late Yateley attack to see out the game 2-0 winners.

Romsey 2nd XI (1) V Yateley 2nd XI (3)

An injury and absence of key players were blamed for  Romsey’s ladies 2nd XI 3-1  defeat against Yateley 2nd XI. Despite a weakened team Romsey started typically strong with their signature possession play, controlling the first 20 minutes of the game. But a lapse in concentration and tricky bounce of the ball gifted Yateley a goal against the run of play.

Romsey were still confident and quickly came back with an equaliser – Elaine Gibson, blocking a Yateley clearance and slipping the ball to Verity Charlton who crossed it for Sophie Lawson to volley in from the post.

1-1 at half time and Romsey were confident of a win, but minutes into the second half and centre midfielder, Gibson took a nasty injury to her ankle forcing her to retire.  Romsey never quite regrouped, while they still looked strong in possession it was Yateley who were able to capitalise on their chances for a 3-1 win.

ROMSEY 2nd (2)  XI V WINCHESTER (2)

Romsey put on a great performance to draw 2-2 against what is expected to be their toughest opposition of the season:  Winchester who were demoted from Div 2.

Despite Winchester’s reputation,Romsey were determined to play their usual attacking game – a tactic which paid off when Romsey went one goal up within ten minutes,thanks to a great goal by Ellie Rowlings who made the most of a ball in from Lesley Humphreys.

Winchester’s well-organised midfield were thwarted time and again by a solid Romsey defence anchored by Alice Dyer, who had an outstanding game in goal. But just before half time, and against the run of play, Winchester made a break from deep in their half outnumbering Romsey’s defence for the first time and seizing their chance to level the game.

The second half and a second goal for Romsey courtesy of a cross from Charlie Bouche which was swept in from the penalty spot by Sophie Lawson, but Winchester upped their game and looked threatening. Romsey’s defence snubbed out several attacks and player of the match Amy Edwards who had an outstanding game, kept them in the game with an heroic dive on the line to save a certain goal. But a defensive error deflected a poor Winchester strike in the final minutes to end the game at 2-2.

Romsey 2nd XI (6) v Petersfield (0)

Romsey Ladies 2nd XI cruised to their second 6-0 win of the season when they played at home against Petersfield. Swift and decisive hockey characterised Romsey’s play scoring two goals within the opening minutes. The first saw Charlie Bouchard score a well placed goal after great work from Charlotte Swithenbank crossing from the right and then Sophie Lawson sweeping in the second from close range.
The third goal came after a period of complete dominance by Romsey, which finished with Elaine Gibson skilfully cutting into the D, checking her run and hammering home a great strike, wrong-footing the Petersfield keeper. Lawson pounced again from close range to finish the first half on 4-0.
The second half and Romsey continued to dominate. A moment of brilliance saw Amy Edwards find Bouchard who slipped it to Lesley Humphreys to calmly slot the ball passed the beleaguered keeper.
With the last strike of the game, Gibson smashed the ball high into the net completing the rout for Romsey.

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