L1 Match Reports

Aldershot & Farnham 1s (4) vs (3) Romsey Ladies 1s

Scorers: Olingschlaeger, Phillips, Bradshaw

Romsey ladies 1st XI travelled to the edge of Hampshire to play 3rd in the table Aldershot & Farnham. With a few players unavailable, Romsey had to reorganise the back-line, bringing Emily Slade into the middle with Gabby Hebert, and the experienced Tracy Nicoll slotted in at left back.

It was the home side who started the game the more lively, making cutting runs into the Romsey half, putting the visitors under pressure. Romsey dealt with the pressure, but were struggling to put anything together themselves. Mid-way through the first half, against the run of play, Romsey won the ball in the middle of the pitch. Erica Jenner sent a pass through to Emily Bradshaw who got behind the defence and made a pass across the D for the dependable Kate Olingschlaeger to slot past the goalkeeper to put Romsey 1-0 up.

It was a very short lived lead, as the home side came straight back at Romsey and grabbed an equaliser. Before Romsey could get a grip of what was happening, Aldershot & Farnham won a short corner and promptly converted to take the lead. The misery continued for Romsey, as a third goal came in quick succession and the visitors were in a state of disarray.

Romsey shock themselves down and began to fight a bit more for the ball, but just before half time, Aldershot grabbed a fourth goal to put them 4-1 up at the break.

It was a new team that stepped back on the pitch for the second half, as Romsey started to play in the manner which has won them their last 3 games. The back line became impassable, with Slade and Hebert working well together to make tackles and quash any further advances from Aldershot.

Romsey made the first move towards a comeback with a well-finished short corner, which saw youngster Shiela Forbes smashing a ball across goal, for Jade Phillips to get that all important touch on the post.

Romsey continued to keep the pressure on, and the home side started to feel it. Player of the match Emily Williams was a constant threat up the left wing as she got the better of the defender time and time again. Romsey went close with a few more short corners and a superb shot from Williams that went agonisingly close to the far post.

Aldershot were still fighting, and sent a ball through to their nippy forward who went to attack the Romsey goal. Keeper, Laura Kemp, was on her toes and came out to deal with the danger with a calm and clinical block.

Romsey kept at it, with the U18 combination of Emily Pitt Pitts and Phillips finding space down the right hand side causing Aldershot some concern as a long corner was conceeded. Romsey quickly spread the play across to the left, where veteran left-back Nicoll calmly played the ball into Erica Jenner in the D. Whilst Jenners initial shot was saved, the rebound was picked up by Bradshaw who found the goal, slipping the ball past the out of position goalie.

At 4-3 Romsey were back in the match with Aldershot doing everything they could to slow things down and run out the clock. Unfortunately for Romsey the final whistle came too soon and the match ended 4-3.

A fantastic second half performance showed that Romsey can more than compete with top of the table teams. However, the lapses in concentration in the first half was ultimately what cost them the game.

Romsey Ladies 1s (1) vs (0) Southampton 2s

Scorer: Jenner

Romsey made a super confident start to their match against local rivals Southampton 2nds. The home side maintained possession for several minutes, knocking the ball with apparent ease frustrating the visitors who couldn’t get a touch on the ball. Romsey began making forays into the final third where they started to pick at the weaknesses of the Southampton defence. Romsey piled on the pressure, and gained a short corners, which unfortunately saw the ball go wide.

Romsey kept at it, and with another strong ball up the line, another short corner was earnt. An amazing strike from captain Erica Jenner, deflected off a Southampton stick on the line and flew up into the goal. Romsey went into half time 1-0 up and looking dominant.

Southampton began the second half with determination, pushing deep into the Romsey half but were quickly denied by the home sides defence. Romsey countered and returned to their first half form of bombarding the visitors goal, and maintaining most of the possession.

After several attempts on goal from Emily Williams, and player of the match Jade Phillips, Romsey were unlucky not to further their lead.

In the dying minutes, Southampton got a rare opportunity on goal after a well placed pass through the field to find an isolated forward on the edge of the Romsey D. Goal keeper Laura Kemp came to the rescue and made an outstanding save, keeping Romsey’s lead in tact.

Despite the last minute wobble, Romsey maintained their lead and took the win. With 3 wins out of 3, Romsey Ladies 1s have turned the tables in the new year as they climb up the table in Hampshire Division 1.

Havant 2s (0) vs (2) Romsey Ladies 1s

Scorer: Olingschlaeger, Jenner

A cold, and late start for Ladies 1s saw them away to 3rd in the table Havant 2s.

It was a shakey start for the Romsey side giving away a short corner within the first few minutes of the game, but well defended and forced off the back line giving the visitors a chance to get into the game.

Some great attacking play by Emma Beeching and Captain Erica Jenner, but the shot from Beeching went just wide and a second shot from Jenner shortly after was saved by the Havant keeper.

Havant retaliated with their own relentless attack, firing shots on goal, with keeper Laura Kemp making the initial save and following up with expertly cleared rebound from the player of the match Kemp.

Some further attacking play by Romsey won them a short corner, a dummy strike from Erica followed by a quick pass to Emma Bouchard who slapped it into towards the goal and deflected in by Kate Olingschlaeger put Romsey 1-0 at half time.

The start of the second half deja vu with Romsey once again giving away a short corner early on. A defensive foot on the line saw Havant win the inevitable penalty stroke. With pressure mounting all round, Kemp made herself big and Havant put the shot wide.

Romsey got back on the attack, but an injury to Emma Beeching meant a pause to play. The break in play appeared to give Havant a renewed energy with a period of constant attack but Romsey’s defensive did a fine job of keeping them at bay.

One final attack from Romsey saw them win a short corner at the blow of the whistle. With two Havant players breaking early off the back line and having to go to the half way line saw just two defenders and the goalie left to defend the final short. Jenner, not to be denied, clinically drilled into the bottom left corner for Romsey to take a 2-0 win.

Ladies 1s (0) vs (4) Basingstoke 2s

Romsey Ladies 1s played their last match before the Christmas break at home to Basingstoke 2s.

Romsey started strong with the defence switching the ball well around the back and making lovely passes up the lines. However, the visitors won themselves a short corner after a quick break on the counter, and finished to take the lead.

Romsey pushed hard, looking for the equaliser, and won a few short corners of their own. Captain Erica Jenner was unlucky not to score after a well executed flick which the post player somehow managed to get a touch on to keep it out.

Basingstoke grabbed a second after an unfortunate deflection off a Romsey player diverted the ball past the keeper.

Romsey came out positive in the second half, piling on the pressure on the Basingstoke defence and developing several opportunities on goal. Player of the match Emily Pitt Pitts was a constant driving force pushing Romsey forward. Disappointingly for the home side, they couldn’t convert and left a gap at the back for Basingstoke to take advantage and increase their lead.

Romsey continued to fight to the finish, but were unable to change the result. Despite a disappointing scoreline, Romsey showed a good performance and workrate, and will look to convert performances into results in the new year.

Ladies 1s (4) vs (0) Alton 1s

Scorers: Jenner 2, Bouchard, Williams

Romsey Ladies 1s travelled to a windy Alton hoping to improve on last weeks performance. Romsey started positively from the off, working the ball around well and embracing the stormy conditions.

Romsey were soon rewarded for their hard work when Emma Bouchard won a short corner which was converted by Erica Jenner from a shot at the top of the D.

Alton put pressure on the Romsey defence, winning a number of short corners, but the strong defensive unit of Gabby Hebert and Liz Forbes stopped Alton utilising these opportunities. Romsey keeper, Laura Kemp, was strong with kicking chances away and Emily Slade was there to make a goaline clearance ensuring the visitors went into the half time break 1-0 up.

After the break Romsey continued to pass the ball well with lovely work on the wings from Emily Pitt-Pitts and Kate Olingschlaeger on the right and Gemma Simpson and Emma Beeching on the left. The pressure paid off when Romsey were awarded a penalty flick for a foot on the line and captain Erica Jenner smoothy converted to double Romsey’s lead.

The pressure didn’t stop there as joint players of the match Jenner and Emily Williams combined for Romsey’s third. With gaps appearing in midfield, Jenner utilised the space, surging forward from the halfway line all the way into the heart of the Alton defence. Youngster Emily Williams received the pass in the D, and calmly took her chance, smashing it past the keeper.

Romsey had their tails up, and found a fourth goal which opitimised the level of hockey they had been playing during the game. With a defensive clearance from Hebert, it was picked up by Slade who released Olingschlaeger on the wing. A measured attack developed, with Romsey players bursting forward presenting all sorts of attacking threats that Alton struggled to deal with. Interchanges between Olingschlaeger and Jade Phillips helped Romsey close in on the D, where Phillips slipped a delightful ball into the path of Bradshaw who burst through the defence, and knocked a square ball to Bouchard to finish at the far post.

A good all round game from Romsey, who produced a very convincing performance to take their first away win of the season.

Ladies 1s (1) vs (8) Southampton 1s

Scorer: Phillips

Romsey hosted Southampton 1s in a tough fixture against the only unbeaten team in the league, and struggled to find the improving form of the last couple of weeks.

Southampton took the lead fairly early on with a decent goal from a well drilled short corner routine. Romsey made the odd flurry into their opponents half, but unfortunatly it was a bit few and far between.

After some silly mistakes from Romsey, Southampton grabbed a couple of soft goals to treble their lead. Romsey had some good performances in parts with players making decent tackles and good movement, but it didn’t really gel for the home side this week.

In the last 20 minutes, Romsey found their legs to grab a goal back. Emily Pitt Pitts made a fantastic run up the line and drawing a foul to win a short corner. Jade Phillips hit from the top, and despite the defender getting to the ball, Phillips was alert to the follow up chance, and swept it past the keeper to grab her first goal of the season.

A scoreline to forget for Romsey, and the focus now moves to taking lots of points from the last two games before Christmas.

Ladies 1s (2) vs (2) Yateley 1s

Scorers: Bradshaw 2

Romsey ladies 1s had a fantastic first half, taking the lead after a strong spell of attack. Emily Pitt-Pitts started the move from the right hand side, passing through to Abi James. Romsey moved the ball crisply around the D, coming out to Sheila Forbes who found captain Erica Jenner in space on the edge of the circle. A slip through the defence found Emily Bradshaw who found the net with a tidy reverse flick round the goalie to give Romsey a well deserved lead.

Yateley had a few attacks in the first half, but nothing to concern the Romsey defence.

The second half saw the home side make another break through the Yateley defence with a super fast sprint up the right from Jade Phillips, playing in Emily Slade on the over-lap. Jenner received the pass from wide and drew the defenders towards her. The slip to Bradshaw in space allowed opportunity to double the lead, driving at the goalie and sliding the ball in at the near post. Romsey were 2-0 up and 30mins to go.

Yateley ditched plan A and rearranged themselves to get back into the match. This they managed with some strong runs from deep to pull two goals back and even the scoreline.

Laura Kemp in the Romsey goal started to be called upon more and more as Yateley began to find their stride. It was in this spell that Kemp earnt her player of the match award, with several quick-reaction saves to deny the Yateley forwards.

Romsey kept battling, with solid tackles from Becky Hutchins and Gemma Simpson to break up the play. Romsey had a couple more promising attacks, and won a couple of short corners, but couldn’t make them count.

All in all, a thrilling game for the spectators, and a good progression from last week, as Romsey ladies 1s are beginning to find some form.

Ladies 1s (1) vs (1) Winchester

Scorer: Williams

Having suffered a few heavy defeats in recent weeks Romsey stepped onto the pitch against local rivals Winchester in a determined mind set.

The game started brightly with Emily Williams looking threatening up front, narrowly missing out on getting on the end of a dangerous through ball.

Both teams were working hard with and without the ball, Romsey’s high press causing the Winchester defence to have issues clearing their lines.

In an even game Winchester made the first break through winning a short corner. The initial shot was saved and cleared but the ball was played back into the D and was rifled into the goal with a first time strike.

Romsey stuck to their game plan and were rewarded just before half time. A break from the midfield and good advantage play by the umpire saw Erica Jenner through on the goalie, she slipped the ball past the onrushing keeper to player of the match Emily Williams who finished with calm precision.

The second half saw both teams trying to break down the opposition. Gabby Hebert was superb in defence organising the midfield in front and combining well with Emily Pitt-Pitts.

The game finished 1-1. Captain Erica Jenner said after the game ” today our team work and spirit shone through, we played well for the full 70 mins and got a good result”. Romsey will look to carry this performance forward to next week in their home fixture against Yateley.

Haselmere (3) vs (0) Ladies 1s

On a wet and windy day, the ladies first team travelled up to Haselmere for what turned into a stormy match.

Haselmere started strong scoring after 10minutes with a cross into the D and finished with a lift over the keeper despite the diving efforts of Laura Kemp in the Romsey goal.

Romsey road a few more of the home sides attacks, with Kemp making several saves. However, after a short injury stoppage, Romsey gathered themselves together and picked up the pace.

Romsey’s attacks gathered momentum with forceful runs down the wings, particularly from Jade Phillips backed up by player of the match Emily Pitt Pitts. Romsey made several forays into the Haselmere D, winning a few short corners, hitting the post and being denied by a few impressive saves from the Haselmere goalkeeper.

The second half saw Romsey’s energy levels flag a little as they chased the game. Youngster Emily Williams took off on an unsupported speedy run, covering two thirds of the pitch on her own and winning a short corner. But it wasn’t to be. unfortunately in chasing the equaliser, Romsey left themselves vulnerable to the counter, and Haselmere doubled their lead.

Haselmere continued to pile on the pressure, leading to Kemp making some remarkable saves, and Jane Palmer making an impressive clearance off the line to give Romsey some hope. With 5 minutes left on the clock, Haselmere found another goal to take the score to 3-0.

A disappointing result, and Romsey were left with plenty to think about from the tough game.

Ladies 1s (2) vs (1) Gosport Ladies

Scorer: Olingschlaeger 2

Romsey ladies 1s hosted Gosport after their half term break in a match where both teams were looking for their first win of the season. Romsey started strongly but had an unfortunate breech in defence which gave the visitors the lead early on.

Undeterred, Romsey came back heroically grabbing an equaliser. Bright wing back Emily Pitt-Pitts found a pass that opened up the midfield. Emily Bradshaw picked up the ball and attacked the Gosport back line with a banana run into the D, drawing the goalie and slipping the ball back to Kate Olingschlaeger who found the bottom corner.

Romsey doubled their lead shortly afterwards, with the trio of youngsters Emily Williams, Shiela Forbes and Jade Phillips, unrelenting in pressing the Gosport left-back, to caused a mistake. The loose ball fell to Bradshaw who drove into the D and found the Player of the Match Olingschlaeger ready and raring to hammer home her second goal.

The second half saw Gosport try to fight back, making a swift break which lead to a great shot on goal. Fortunately for the home side, stand-in goalie Georgie Pugh was up to the task, making a fantastic double save, and flicking the ball safely off the pitch.

Romsey had several breaks of their own, and were unfortunate not to grab a couple more. A good result to take the three points, and a performance that Romsey can use to build on to get their season back on track.

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