L1 Match Reports 2010-11

Romsey 1st XI (6) – Havant 3rd XI (1)

Edwards (2), Irving (2), Wyant, Welch

Romsey Ladies 1sts rounded off the season with a 6-1 win over Havant 3s to secure third place in Hampshire League Division 2.

The sun brought out some of Romsey’s best passing hockey, amid a great club atmosphere with the men’s 1st team giving strong support from the side lines.

On the score sheet twice were Carly Irving with some great driving play from the right, and Amy Edwards, her first being a reverse push from a Kate Moss reverse pass. Not to be outdone, the youngster Amy Welch also scored with a reverse touch after some slick Emily Bradshaw ground work. Fellow teenager Steph Wyant claimed her place in the match report after finishing off a set of penalty area triangular passes.

Roll on next season.

Romsey 1st XI (3) vs Southampton Uni (1)

Edwards, Jenner (2)

After recent results, Romsey needed to get back to winning ways, and they did just that with a 3-1 win over Southampton University. Having gone 0-1 down in the first 10 mins the home side woke up, started to pass the ball around, maintaining possession.

Amy Edwards converted the first goal after a slick one-two with Emily Bradshaw, and Erica Jenner drove the second home from a Carly Irving cross. Romsey did not let up in the second half, Erica again on the score sheet after a run through midfield and a one-two with Amy Edwards.

Not to be outdone for effort, the back line quartet of Lou Viney, Liz Forbes,  Sally Shrub and Emily Slade had an outstanding game with player of the match Liz Forbes’ diving reverse stick interception a memorable moment for Romsey.

Romsey go into the half term break sitting 4th in the table, 2points off 2nd spot. League games resume on the 5th March.

Havent 2nd XI (3) – Romsey 1st XI (1)


Facing their toughest match of the season against the runaway league leaders Havant, Romsey braced themselves for an onslaught of sleek,attacking hockey. That’s exactly what they got, but Romsey held their shape and resolve from start to finish. Two well-worked, short corner routines saw Romsey down 2-0 in the first 20 minutes, but continued to work hard and were rewarded by a goal late in the first half. A great team build-up lead to Erica Jenner coolly pushing a shot around the goalie from a Emily Slade cross.
The second half was pretty even, with Romsey’s marking holding strong and the team working hard to close down the ball, inparticularly player of the match Steph Wyant. The league leaders showed their class, half way through the second half converting a cross from the right with one touch in front of goal. Overall a deserved result, but Romsey can be proud of their performance despite losing 3-1.

Romsey 1st XI (0) – Eastleigh 1st XI (1)

Never has the phrase “a game of two halves” been used more accurately. Romsey stormed out of the blocks, dominating play with excellent passing manoeuvres. Their pressure earned them 5 short corners but they were unable to capitalise. A deft save by the Eastleigh goalie denied Erica Jenner, and a Lou Viney strike glanced past the wrong side of the post.

Confidence was still high after half time, but Eastleigh gained momentum scoring on a break away after a goal mouth scramble. Romsey fought back but their passing game began to desert them and they were unable to pull back the deficit, the game being decided by that single goal.

City of Portsmouth (1) vs Romsey 1st XI (4)

Jenner (2), Edwards (2)

Romsey 1sts chalked up their first win of 2011 with a 4-1 win over City of Portsmouth. Adjusting to an unfamiliar pitch surface, Romsey conceeded an early goal from an unstoppale short corner stike. However, a slick passing game enabled a fight back with Erica Jenner flicking to the top corner after good build up work between Amy Edwards and Emily Bradshaw.

The second goal came after a superb strike from Sophie Lock which rebounded into the path of Edwards who took her chance and finished neatly putting Romsey in front. Jenner struck again in the second half, again from a rebound after solid play in the D from Player of the Match, Amy Welsh.

The finalie came close to the final whistle, with Steph Wyant sending the ball into a goal line scuffle of which Edwards took advantage getting her 2nd goal of the game, and Romseys fourth.

Romsey go into next weeks home clash with Eastleigh in good spirits as they sit 2nd in the Hampshire Division 2 table.

Romsey 1st XI (3) – Vectis 1st XI (3)

Edwards (3)

After last week’s draw Romsey Ladies 1st XI came out strong hoping to to take a win from bottom of the table Vectis. With Romsey in confident form the first 20 minutes rarely saw Vectis get the ball into Romsey’s defending half. Romsey maintained the pressure on the Vectis goal with good build-up play and neat passing, ending in a string of shots. Defender Francis Savage had a strong game, taking her opportunities to support the attack up the right wing.  But against the run of play Vectis made a quick break and punished Romsey with a decisive strike to open the scoring.

Soon after a similar quick break from Vectis wrong-footed Romsey to produce an unlikely goal number two . But with Romsey still looking the stronger team the home team pulled back a goal soon after thanks to silky smooth linking play from player of the match centre midfielder Emily Bradshaw and striker Amy Edwards – Defender Liz Forbes slipped the ball through to Bradshaw, who dribbled the ball round two Vectis defenders before crossing to Edwards who struck it first time to beat the GK.

The second half soon saw Romsey level the scoring with a quick break of their own – swiftly playing the ball out from a failed Vectis short corner with a long ball up to Edwards who buried the ball with an unstopable strike from the top of the D. And 10 minutes from full-time victory looked in Romsey’s grasp when Edwards grabbed her hatrick. A freehit outside the D was taken by the quick thinking Emily Slade, who played a perfectly weighted ball into Bradshaw’s defence splitting run. Bradshaw continued into the D and slipped a superb ball back to the waiting Edwards, who finished first time with a sweep into the top corner.

But despite some great defending late into the game, Vectis snatched a draw in the dying minutes with yet another break against the run of play.  Romsey now in second spot play City Of Portsmouth away next week.

Romsey 1st Xi (0) – Havent 3rd XI (0)

Despite a 6 week break Romsey coped well with their first game of the New Year. With her debut appearance for the 1st team, U16 player Amy Welch had an excellent game on the left flank, her speed and agility out-shining an experienced opposition and Welsh was unlucky not to have have at least 2 assists.

Romsey’s lack of goals was not due to lack of chances or pressure in attack. Joining Welsh up front youngsters Rosie Bishop and Steff Wyant also worked hard and again were unlucky not to find the net from some searing balls hammered into the D from midfielder Carly Irving. While stallward Amy Edwards, playing despite illness, was thwarted by some great goal keeping.

Although Romsey spent much of the 2nd half camped in Havant’s D, Romsey defence soak up the pressure of Havants attacks.  A sterling performance from Marie Welch, who held the centre back position to breakdown several threatening Havant attacks, earned her joint man of the match with left back Tracy Nicoll. While Sally Shrubb and Liz Forbes also kept their composure at the back clearing two balls off the line and with Zoe Rogers in goal forced to make several saves from shorts corners. Although slightly sluggish after the Christmas break Romsey were perhaps a little unlucky not to come away with a win.

Romsey 1st XI (4) – Petersfield 1st XI (1)

Edwards (2), Bradshaw, Charlton

Romsey Ladies 1s took to the pitch against Petersfield keen to demonstrate the type of hockey they are capable of after a disappointing result the week before.

Romsey began the game well and were soon 2 goals to the good through Amy Edwards after some strong work by player of the match Carly Irving.

Irving was also key in the third goal releasing Emily Bradshaw through the middle for her to place it into the goal and consolidate Romseys dominance.

Continued pressure from Romsey was rewarded when Verity Charlton completed a fine move and put the hosts 4-0 up but then Romsey took their foot off the peddle and allowed Petersfield to sneak a goal back just before the break.

Despite showing such strength in the first half the scoreline remained the same and Romsey remain 3rd in the table with one league game to play this side of the Christmas break.

Romsey Ladies 1st XI  (2) V  Andover 2nd XI (2)

Viney, Irving

But Romsey dominated open play during the first half, powering through Andover’s back line effortlessly. An attacking format saw Romsey send a string of crosses and through balls into the D but Romsey were unable to find that final touch.

The deadlock was broken midway through first half when Sweeper Lou Vine hammered in an unstoppable short corner strike which found the back of the net despite a touch by the Andover GK to give Romsey a well deserved lead

The second half saw Andover lift their game, switching the ball well but Romsey still retained control in midfield, growing in confidence and inspiring several individual efforts including a notable run by Erica Jenner which was only denied a goal by the far post.

Then a controversial decision on the edge of Romsey’s D gave Andover a rare chance which they took well , slipping the ball just out of reach of Romsey GK Zoe Rogers. Against the run of play Andover then took the lead 10 minutes from the end with a short corner from another controversial decision. With a defeat unthinkable Romsey remained focused but it took an impressive solo effort by player of the match Carly Irving  to grab a much deserved goal: Irving taking a self pass free hit at the half way line and beating a string of defenders to eventually flick it into the goal and pull Romsey equal. It was a score-line which remained unchanged despite Romsey’s continued possession and creation of more goal-scoring opportunities.

Romsey 1st XI (3) vs Fleet & Ewshot (1)

Edwards, Irving, Lock

Romsey dominated much of the first half play, piling on pressure with a series of attacking moves from both flanks and great switching play from the centre. But Fleet and Ewshot’s GK was outstanding and despite a string of shots on goal and several shorts corners Romsey just couldn’t open the scoring. Then against the run of play Fleet & Ewshot made a quick break and fed a long ball through to the top of the D to beat Romsey’s shocked defence.

Undaunted, Romsey came out strong in the 2nd half, maintaining their high work rate and close passing play and were quickly rewarded with an equaliser from player of the match, Amy Edwards who scored with a beautifully taken one-touch finish into the bottom corner from a tidy short-corner lay-off from Emily Bradshaw.

Romsey’s second followed shortly after with Carly Irving sweeping the ball over the goalies pads.

The scoreline finished 3-1 to the home team when another Irving strike across the goalmouth was superbly deflected in by Sophie Lock who got in front of the goalie and made the decisive touch despite having both feet off the ground. A well-deserved victory but a score-line which belies Romsey’s superior play.



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