L2 Match Reports

It was a game of two halves. Romsey started strong getting in the opponents D within minutes. Rosie received the ball, passed it round the keeper to Elaine who pushed the ball into the goal. Romsey continued to apply pressure, with the midfield making lots of runs. Receiving a pass from Elaine, player of the match Ellie poached the ball from a member of the opposition in the middle, ran to the top of the D, shot and scored. In another break, Bethan ran the ball up the pitch, passed to Elaine and with the help of Lesley worked the ball around the keeper, with Lesley getting the final touch.

In the second half Havant came out strong applying pressure from the whistle, which soon resulted in them scoring. Romsey managed to hold off any further attacks resulting in a 3-1 win!

Despite a strong start by Romsey, Southampton got the 1st goal from a deflection just outside the  D into the air and tapped down over the keepers head into the goal. Undeterred Romsey continued with some great team play. Romsey coach Dave was quick to proclaim ‘silky skills’ Alice as she made her way up the pitch. Amy Edwards kept the Romsey side in  control from the back.
In the second half, Romsey’s powerful press had a great impact with Ellie Rowlings cutting out the square pass preventing Southampton’s defense to make quick progress.
Romsey on the hunt for goals were awarded a short corner from which a straight strike from Elaine Gibson was saved but rebounded into the path of Charlie Bouchard, player of the match, to shoot from the edge of the D past the keeper.
The play was in Romsey’s favour for the majority of the second half, seeing a space to run up the right,  Charlie took the ball and shot from a very acute angle, shocking the Southampton defense.
Southampton fought back hard but a solid Romsey defense kept them out leaving the final score 2-1 to Romsey.

After a few weeks of feeling things were very tough Romsey ladies 2xi came back with a win.
There was a positive feeling as the ladies started the match against US Portsmouth, with some good passing across the whole pitch Romsey took the upper hand. With several chances being thwarted by the US goalkeeper Romsey kept battling. US Portsmouth had a break resulting in a short corner which Romsey dealt with smoothly by Liz Murray GK (out of retirement)and then replied by Tilda Bryant receiving the ball just outside the D, moving around one player to give the ball to Elaine Gibson who took a shot which went through the goal keepers legs to give Romsey the lead.
Having been dominant in the first half, Romsey continued to put pressure on US Portsmouth in the second half. Some beautiful passing from the back through midfield and into the D resulted in Verity Charlton  (player of the match)scoring past the keeper. Now  a very buoyant Romsey kept playing to their strengths, passing and keeping possession of the ball to gain a short corner from which a pass from the top of the  D to the left of the keeper was picked up by Charlton again to slot it into the goal. Romsey held on until the final whistle keeping a clean sheet. A great team effort. Score 3-0.

On a damp and dreary day, Romsey hosted Southampton. The game started evenly with both teams getting into their stride, Romsey seemed to have the upper hand for a while but unable to progress into the D.
After a spell of play in the middle of the pitch, Southampton broke to pull Romsey defence apart and score a goal. First half finishing 1-0.
Second half started with Romsey looking the better side again and put pressure on Southampton and Charlie Bouchard narrowly pushing the ball wide of the goal. There was another push forward but only for Romsey to be denied a goal by the post. Several short corners came Romseys way but unable to convert any the game finished with the scoreline 1-0. Player of the match was Rosie who proved herself having come up from the 3xi. Next week Romsey are travelling to Havant.

Romsey Ladies 2nd XI (3) v (1) Havant Ladies 3A XI
Scorers: Gilbert 2, Cooper 1
With a score to settle following an unpleasant match on Havant’s home ground last season, Romsey went out fighting. The first 25 minutes of the game were all about Romsey’s skill, slick passing, running into space and notoriously solid defence. Romsey had a number of chances on goal, but some brave and skill full keeping by the Havant goalie kept them in the game.  Unfortunately a small lapse of concentration led to a Havant penalty corner, which despite her best efforts, stand in goalkeeper and joint player of the match Captain Bethan Knights, missed a save by millimetres putting the dominate side down 1 goal to nil. Romsey rallied round and quickly went back on the attack and following some great passing in midfield, Anna Gilbert put her first goal in the back of the net. This left the game at 1-1 at the end of the first half, with Romsey in control of play but needing more goals to take the win.
The second half started much like the first, and a following a great run and shot on goal by Alice Shoebridge, joint player of the match Bobs Cooper showed some incredible skill to pick the saved aerial rebound in the air bounce it on the end of her stick and into the goal, taking Romsey into the lead. Havant then upped their game and put Romsey under a period of significant pressure, but the defensive back line held their own and despite some nervy  moments kept their lines clear. The last 5 minutes saw Romsey get back into the swing of things, showing Havant how hockey should be played, and the final whistle ended on a penalty corner to Romsey, which was deftly converted into Anna Gilbert’s second goal of the match and a final score line of 3-1. Lots for the team still to work on but the Ladies 2’s are showing the league what they are made of this season!
Romsey Ladies 2nd XI (3) v (1) Havant Ladies 3A XI
Scorers: Gilbert 2, Cooper 1
With a score to settle following an unpleasant match on Havant’s home ground last season, Romsey went out fighting. The first 25 minutes of the game were all about Romseys skill, slick passing, running into space and notoriously solid defence. Romsey had a number of chances on goal, but some brave and skillfull keeping by the Havant goalie kept them in the game.  Unfortunately a small lapse of concentration led to a Havant penalty corner, which despite her best efforts, stand in goalkeeper and joint player of the match Captain Bethan Knights, missed a save by millimetres putting the dominate side down 1 goal to nil. Romsey rallied round and quickly went back on the attack and following some great passing in midfield, Anna Gilbert put her first goal in the back of the net. This left the game at 1-1 at the end of the first half, with Romsey in control of play but needing more goals to take the win.
The second half started much like the first, and a following a great run and shot on goal by Alice Shoebridge, joint player of the match Bobs Cooper showed some incredible skill to pick the saved aerial rebound in the air bounce it on the end of her stick and into the goal, taking Romsey into the lead. Havant then upped their game and put Romsey under a period of significant pressure, but the defensive back line held their own and despite some nervy  moments kept their lines clear. The last 5 minutes saw Romsey get back into the swing of things, showing Havant how hockey should be played, and the final whistle ended on a penalty corner to Romsey, which was deftly converted into Anna Gilbert’s second goal of the match and a final score line of 3-1. Lots for the team still to work on but the Ladies 2’s are showing the league what they are made of this season!

Romsey Ladies 2nd XI 2 – 1 Yateley Ladies 2nd XI

 

Romsey battle hard to earn 3 points for their first home fixture of the season.

After a solid start to the season Romsey Ladies 2nd XI went out to win their first home fixture of this season. Romsey started strong, completely dominating the first 20 minutes of play. A well-rehearsed press and brilliant team play put Yateley under some serious pressure, but unfortunately Romsey couldn’t convert this pressure into goals leaving the score at 0-0. Finally, after a solid period of play, the ball was cleanly worked up the pitch from the defence to midfielder Bobs Copper who ran it into the D and passed it across the goal to be calmly slotted behind the keeper by Ellie Rowlings. The rest of the first half was frantic as Romsey lost their formation and let Yateley back into the game. Some messy defending resulted in a weak goal from the Yateley team, making the score line 1-1 at the end of the first half, and definitely not a fair reflection of the passage of play.

After a strong team talk Romsey came out fighting, and although Yateley had upped their game, Romsey continued to dominate as they had in the first 20 minutes. Captain Bethan Knights had plenty of chances with strong shots on goal from the edge of the D, but the Yateley goalie was strong, and kept her line clear. As the minutes ticked away Romsey’s fight got stronger and there was an obvious determination that the team were not going to lose this match. Some great skills from Elaine Gibson, the Player of the Match, saw Romsey get a Penalty Corner with just a few minutes left on the clock. Romsey saw their chance and following a clean injection, Amy Edwards at the top of the D swiftly passed the ball to Sophie Lawson who used all her skill to stop it on the back line and pass it across the goalie to Bethan Knights who quickly pushed it passed a defender and into the back of the goal. The last couple of minutes Romsey defended hard and kept the ball away from their D, and created even more opportunities up front, with the game finally ending on two Romsey Penalty Corners that they couldn’t quite put it away. It was a well fought game that Romsey deserved to win, but that will see the team reflecting on their ability to finish their chances and ultimately score more goals.

All Romsey games this weekend  were preceded by one minute’s silence for one of Hampshire’s most loved and respected figures Roger Merry of Southampton HC 
Romsey ladies looked the more  skillful team by far in their second league match of the season against the newly promoted Haslemere. Despite Romsey pressing high up the pitch in the opening 15 minutes and enjoying most of the possession Haselmere’s defensive man-to-man marking scuppered several goal scoring opportunities in the first half
With the midway score remaining 0-0 Romsey changed formation, partnering Lesley Humphreys with Charlie Bouchard up-front – a  tactic which quickly provided Romsey’s breakthrough. Alice Shoebridge took a sideline ball high up the pitch, feeding it back to captain Bethan Knights who fired it into the D for Bouchard to sweep in from the far post.
Haslemere responded with a change of pace and broke through Romsey’s midfield several times although they rarely troubled Romsey keeper Georgie Pugh.
With just one substitute Romsey were under pressure but an outstanding performance player of the match Tilda Bryant and impressive play by newbies Rosie Middleton and Liv Berry helped ensure Romsey held on to their slim lead for a 1-0 victory.

Romsey Ladies 2s (3) vs (0) Andover 2s

Scorers: Cooper, Humphries & Lawson

Romsey dominate in front of home crowd as junior players put on a stunning performance and get their names on the scoreboard.

Ladies 2 consolidated a season of solid performance with a 3 nil victory against Andover. Romsey took control from the onset, pressing high and driving the ball at the Andover defence. The adobes goal keeper had an outstanding match deflecting attack after attack from Romsey . However, a deflection from a short corner saw junior player Bobs Cooper reverse lift the ball into the back of the goal to give Romsey the initial lead.

It wasn’t long before Romsey forwards Humphries and Gilbert drove the ball again, the pair battling to break Andover defence and Humphries converted, Romsey (2) Andover (0).

Andover broke quickly in the second half earning themselves a couple of short corners but the experienced Romsey defence cleared the ball with easy. Player of the match Sophie Lawson skilfully speed past the opposition driving along the wing, battling for every ball before winning a short corner, and this scoring her first goal of the season.

Overall a tremendous game played by Romsey and a true reflection of the hard work and development throughout the season.

A massive thank you to Tom Greenwood who umpired this match on behalf of Romsey and to David Edwards the ladies 2 coach who has mentored and encouraged us throughout the season.

Romsey 2 (1) vs Aldershot & Farnham (1)

Scorers: Edwards

Aldershot & Farnham travelled to Romsey in a 4/5th place clash: a match that always promised to be competitive, feisty and undecided until the final whistle.

An evenly matched game saw the ball to and fro from team to team with both teams pressing high, trapping the balls and pressurising the opposition. However, it would be Aldershot & Farnham who would take the lead; attacking the Romsey defence. Strength and teamwork saw Romsey clear the ball away but a deflection from Aldershot gave the visitors the lead.

Never the less the Romsey midfield retaliated driving the ball continuously into the Aldershot half. Player of the match Tilda Bryant skilfully cruising down the wing and feeding the ball to the Romsey forwards.

A short corner moment before half time saw Romsey equalise with a straight strike from the top of the D clattering into the back of the goal, powered by centre back Amy Edwards who came forward for the corner. Romsey (1) Aldershot & Farnham (1).

The second half saw end to end action with both teams battling for possession and a chance to take lead. Short corners were won and remained unconverted with the final whistle confirming a draw.

A massive thank you to Peter Lloyd who umpired this match on behalf of Romsey.

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