L2 Match Reports

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 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 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.

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!

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