Ladies 1st

Romsey Ladies 1s (3) vs (0) Gosport 1s

Scorers: Williams, Bradshaw, Phillips

Romsey came out at full speed for the last match of the season away to Gosport.

Initial nerves affected the visitors play, with Romsey failing to capitalise on their chances in front of goal and living dangerously in defence.

Romsey were relieved to take the half time break 1-0 up after a neat attack down the left, leaving Shiela Forbes with space for a shot, through the legs of the approaching goalie but slowed by her trailing leg. Emily Williams was on hand to put it over the line to make sure of the goal.

The second half saw the visitors settle into their rhythm, and a calmer looking Romsey team found their passing game. In her last match for Romsey, player of the match Emily Bradshaw slotted the second goal after being fed in by a pin-point accurate pass from Jade Phillips on the right.

The season ended fittingly with a real team effort. Liz Forbes and Becky Hutchins used their experience and skill to win the ball in defence, and released Sheila Forbes down the wing. Youngster Forbes linked with fellow under 18’s, feeding Williams who hit the baseline with pace and pulled it back for Phillips to nail her shot in what was a beautiful goal to end the season on.

Romsey finish division 1 in 9th place and comfortably above the relegation zone. A tough season for the ladies 1s, but with a young squad and talented players coming through, next season looks very promising.

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The social committee are pleased to announce our annual end of season dinner and dance will take place on 14 May 2016.

The event will be held at the Edwards’ Farm near Romsey.

Jack Edwards Farm, The Causeway, Romsey, SO51 8HF

Warning: Sat Nav will take you to the Memorial Park!

This will be a black-tie event where we will close out a brilliant season with an even better evening which includes:

  • Hog roast with sides
  • Bar available until 12:30 a.m.
  • Luxury marquee with flooring and seating
  • WC facilities
  • DJ and boogieing potential
  • Outdoor sitting area
  • Limited space for overnight camping (BYO tent)
  • Feel free to bring wellies as well as smart shoes as it could be muddy
  • Please bring cash for the bar as there will be NO card facilities
  • Party games throughout the evening

This is event is open to all members and their parents or partners.

Patrons are invited to arrive from 6:00 p.m. Food will be ready for 8:30 p.m. which will be closely followed by speeches and presentations.

Buy your tickets

Tickets are priced at £35 per person and are available now from your team captain or manager.

Alternatively please purchase your tickets by contacting Emma Bouchard or Danny Miles.

The preferred payment method is by bank transfer direct into the Club’s usual bank account. Please amend the reference as suggested below:

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Account Number 00477449
Reference Member’s name EOS16 e.g. JSmithEOS16

Please contact Danny Miles or Emma Bouchard for further information.

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Save the date!

The end of season event will be held on 14 May 2016.
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This year’s evening event is at a new exciting venue with increased capacity.

The event is open to all members plus parents and partners.

More details and ticketing information will be announce in a few days… watch this space.

Ladies 1s (1) vs (0) Alton

Scorer: Hutchins

Romsey ladies 1st XI hosted Alton, in a match that could determine who would be relegated from Division 1. A win for Romsey would see them get clear of the relegation zone and the ladies in yellow were certainly up for the task.

Romsey played with determination and resilience pushing high into the visitors defence. The home side developed several good chances in the first 20 minutes, piling on the pressure but not quite finding the final touch.

Jade Phillips struck a beautiful shot to the left corner after a neat 1-2 in the D with Sheila Forbes, foiled by an impressive reaction on the line from the Alton defender. A less skillful action on the right hand post resulted in a penalty flick as Emily Bradshaw’s shot was blocked on the line by a foot. Unfortunately, Romsey couldn’t convert and Alton began to mount some attacks of their own.

Romsey’s amazing defence prevented Alton from scoring on a couple of occasions as the half drew to a close, with Liz Forbes and Gabby Hebert blocking potential shots, and youngster Georgie Pugh in the pads cleared her lines when required.

The teams went into half time with no score, and after an inspiring half time team talk, Romsey came out ready to fight for their division 1 status.

Romsey started the second half well in what was a very controlled passage of play for Romsey, the ball was transferred around the Romsey back-line. The calmness percolated through the team and the passing was crisp through the field as Romsey closed in on the visitors goal. Romsey won a short corner and this time made it count. The shot was rifled in, and player of the match Becky Hutchins was quick on the post to knock the ball past the keeper giving Romsey the lead.

Alton, also fighting for their chance be in division 1 next year, retaliated with everything they had. Romsey continued to work hard to the finish, keeping out several tense defensive short corners and playing the game out.

With much of the possession and chances, Romsey deserved the victory, and although would have liked to convert a few more chances, ultimately were delighted to take the three points. With New Forest losing, Romsey are now safely in Division 1 for next year.

Yateley 1s (2) vs (0) Ladies 1s

Scorers: –

Romsey travelled north to play Yateley in a meeting that promised a tough game against a well organised side. The visitors had a terrible start, losing the ball and a quick attack and short corner for Yateley resulted in an early goal.

Romsey got themselves together and in a more organised manor started to step up their game. Emily Pitt-Pitts and Jade Phillips found some joy up the right wing as they interchanged passes to build the attack. Romsey had their chances, finding their way into the D on a several occasions; Emily Williams came close but her shot was smothered by the goalkeeper, Emma Bouchard saw her shot blocked, and the usual Bradshaw-Olingschlaeger link up in the D saw the shot fly agonisingly wide of the far post.

After much of the possession and nothing to show for it, Romsey had a short lapse of concentration. Two minutes before the end of the half, Romsey failed to clear a short corner, and Yateley doubled their lead with a deflection just in front of the keeper.

Romsey, feeling disappointed at the scoreline, came out for the second half with renewed vigour. Romsey got on the attack and put pressure on the Yateley defence, winning a handful of free hits around the D and a couple of short corners. Unfortunately, Romsey couldn’t convert and Yateley.

Yateley also had some decent chances of their own, with Romsey keeper Laura Kemp having to react quickly to make saves, playing an important role as the last line of defence.

The game ended at 2-0 to Yateley, with Romsey rueing their missed chances. Despite the scoreline, the game was very competitive and well balanced, ultimately coming down to who took their chances. Romsey showed a high level of teamwork and togetherness that was reiterated as four players shared the player of the match vote; Goalkeeper Kemp, Bradshaw, Sheila Forbes, who was constantly working to make herself available in the middle of the pitch and Gemma Simpson making decisive tackles in the back line.

Romsey ladies 1s (1) vs (0) Winchester 1s

Scorer: Slade

Romsey had an extravagant win against local rivals Winchester, who sit 2nd in league table. From the outset, Romsey got at the visitors, finding space to pass deep inside the their defence. The home side found joy up the wings with Emily Pitt-Pitts working well with Jade Phillips to get in behind the left back.

After a few speculative crosses across the D, Winchester were really on the back foot. An ephemeral lapse in concentration allowed Emily Bradshaw space to get into the D and sweep the ball in across the face of the goal, where Emily Slade came in like a rocket powered ninja, sliding at full stretch to put Romsey ahead. The goal was supreme and well deserved as Romsey held much of the first half possession.

The second half saw Winchester reorganise and came out fighting to get back into the game. The visitors won a few short corners, but couldn’t break through the Romsey defence, with Gabby Hebert and Liz Forbes blocking shots, and Laura Kemp in the pads clearing any loose shots.

Romsey made chances in the 2nd half, grabbing a few short corners of their own. The best where Phillips smashed an incredibly clean strike goal ward, only to be denied by an equally incredible touch from the goalkeeper.

The game got a little scrappy as the second half progressed, as the visitors were desperate to find an equaliser, and Romsey had to work hard to close the attacks down.

Romsey got a little rest-bite when the visitors felt the pressure and failed to display the appropriate levels of discipline, receiving a card and temporary suspension from the game.

Romsey came close to doubling their lead through a breakaway counter attack, with Erica Jenner making up a lot of ground to get into the D. The Winchester keeper was alert to the danger, and did well to close down the ball to deny Romsey the shot, and cover the follow up from Emily Williams.

A great result for Romsey, which was hard fought and well matched game. The 3 points help Romsey squirrel up the table in their attempts to avoid relegation.

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

On a blustery Saturday, Romsey ladies 1st XI travelled up to Basingstoke for a tough game. The play started slowly, however Romsey quickly adjusted to the new pitch and conditions keeping possession and making strong attacks up the wing from Kate Olingschlaeger and player of the match Jade Phillips.

Unfortunately after 20minutes, Basingstoke made a lucky break and even with Ange Cryne in goal performing brilliantly with three consecutive saves, the opposition flicked it over to open the scoring.

Two more goals quickly followed for Basingstoke, slightly dampening Romsey’s drive. The second half came, and Romsey rallied with some great stick skills from Shelia Forbes and transfers along the defensive line between Erica Jenner and Gemma Simpson.

Although Romsey won several short corners from Emily Bradshaw’s agility, none were converted largely thanks to Basingstoke’s keeper having a fantastic game.

Basingstoke got one last lucky goal and the second half finished with Romsey still holding a significant portion of possession and making many drives at the goal. Becky Hutchins had a phenomenal performance throughout the game and keeper Cryne showed her class making brilliant saves and providing great support to urge the team forward.

Romsey Ladies 1s (1) vs (4) Haselmere

Scorers: Jenner

Romsey faced Haselmere at home, with hopes of moving up into mid-table. Haselmere put pressure on Romsey early, scoring from a break away in the first 10 minutes. Romsey regained their composure, started to fight back resulting in a short corner which was saved well by the visiting keeper.

The rest of the first half was end to end stuff, but repeated stick tackling by Haselmere defenders on Emily Bradshaw in the D awarded Romsey a penalty stroke. Captain Erica Jenner converted, powering into the goal with the keeper making a touch, but unable to stop it rolling off her pads.

Romsey started the second half strong, maintaining possession well and pushing into the Haselmere half. Romsey were unlucky not to score, with several decent attempts on goal. Youngster Abi James made a fantastic break through the middle of the pitch and found player of the match Emily Williams unmarked in the D. A super short corner routine masterminded by the determined Jade Phillips prompted a good save from the goalkeeper, and an even better follow up save to quash the rebound shot.

Whilst Romsey struggled to convert, Haselmere found the net after a series of shots on the break which lead to three goals in quick succession.

Romsey kept fighting to the finish but the damage had been done, and Romsey were unlucky to come off the pitch with a disappointing 4-1 scoreline.

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.

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