L2 Match Reports

Ladies 2 (3) vs (0) Winchester 3s

Scorers: Hurley, Gilbert, Humphrey

Romsey ladies 2s remain undefeated on home soil as they secured a 3-0 win against local rivals Winchester. A damp morning at Romsey saw the ladies 2 put their training into practice and play a new formation, pressing high.

Winchester had first push back but Romsey pressed hard and dominated the play from the onset, driving tirelessly at the goal and resetting with haste when they lost possession.

After several attempts at scoring Sophie Hurley, player of the match would give the home side the lead, driving down the wing, along the baseline behind the defence and ultimately the keeper, Romsey (1) Winchester (0)

Seconds into the second half the ball was driven by Kate Moss, returning from injury, slid the ball into the forwards where an injection from the top of the D was converted by Anna Gilbert to give the home team a 2-nil advantage.

Winchester nevertheless were undeterred and counter-attacked aggressively making successive attacks on the Romsey defence and even winning penalty corners. Romsey defence stood hard and with all players but centre forward Lesley Humphreys defending, a perfect opportunity for a break arose.

The ball was powered to Humphreys who drove hastily tailed by a Winchester defender and made the most of the one-on-one with the keeper, with a straight strike from the top of D in the corner of the goal, Romsey (3) Winchester (1).

The high press formation encouraged some tactical play with Romsey defenders Maree Welch and Tracy Nicholl both driving into the D and having shots on goal.

A thoroughly deserved win, and proof training has results. Coach Dave Edwards was very satisfied with the result and even more pleased at the way the team had implemented the tactics.

A massive thank you to Dave Miles who umpired this match on behalf of Romsey.

Romsey Ladies 2 (0) vs (4) Havant 3a

Romsey were defeated in a frustrating match at HMS Dyrad.

First push back saw Romsey dominate with possession from the onset with player of the match Sophie Hurley driving down the wing with the help of Bobs Cooper. It wasn’t long before Romsey took their first strike at the Havant keeper but they were unsuccessful.

Havant retaliated and drive fast and with a straight strike from the top of the D took the lead. Moments before half time Romsey look set to equalise with a short corner to Sophie Lawson, converted by Ella Palmer. However, frustratingly it hit a Romsey foot before the conversion and was disallowed.

Undeterred Romsey went into the second half fighting. Never the less Havant were to score again and again and again, with the home team taking the lead 4-0. Romsey young keeper Georgie Pugh held her own with some incredible saves and fantastic evening sportsmanship.

Unfortunately, it was not Romsey’s day. Thank you to Peter Lloyd for umpiring this match.

Romsey Ladies 2s (2) V (1) Southampton 3s

Scorers: Palmer, Humphreys

Romsey ladies 2nd XI confidently took three points on home soil against local rivals Southampton.

A strong attacking start saw Romsey dominate possession from the on-set with player of the match Gigi Herbert defending valiantly and driving hastily up the wing to support the Romsey forwards. However, unable to convert Southampton soon began to take advantage with some breaks of their own.

As the half time whistle went the game remained goal-less. However, Romsey aggressively took possession within seconds of the second half with Bethan Knights and Lesley Humphreys driving into the D. Knights strike was unsuccessful but a touch from Humphreys and a deflection from a Southampton stick saw Romsey take the lead.

Southampton determined to equalize defended hard and made the most of every ball, taking free-hits early and driving down the wings. Nevertheless Romsey made a second break with strike from Ella Palmer giving Romsey a 2-0 advantage.

Seconds before the final whistle Southampton won a short corner, which they successfully converted with a text-book finish to make the final score 2-1 to Romsey.

Ladies 2nd XI (1) vs (1) United Services Portsmouth

Scorer: Humphries

After 4 hockey-free weeks enjoying the festivities and mince pies Romsey 2nds earnt themselves a well deserved point against United Services Portsmouth.

Romsey dominated possession from the onset however, USP on soggy home soil were determined to give Romsey an even game. The determination and commitment of both teams was portrayed within minutes of the first whistle with Romsey right-wing Sophie Hurley battling with UPS and the umpire awarding a bully-off. Hurley was successful at winning possession and drove into the D.

Never the less it was USP that took the advantage with a spectacular cross across the front of the keeper which looked to have missed the goal until it was delicately deflected into the corner to put the home side ahead.

Heads held high Romsey battled to regain possession and replied with a strong attack winning a short corner. Short corner after short corner took the game to half time and Romsey were unable to convert.

In the second half USP were quick on the break and Amy Edwards stood fast deflecting and intercepting the advancing USP. Romsey continued to volley the ball back with players of the match; Captain Bethan Knights and Sally Shrubb driving the ball effortlessly up the middle of the pitch. Romsey continued to win attacking short corners, unsuccessfully converting. However, a strike from Lesley Humphries at the top of D levelled the score.

Moments before the final whistler USP won a short corner and the tension increased as they look set to take the lead again. Romsey deflected the ball and another short corner was awarded, the Romsey defence stood fast and cleared it.

After a well-battle and even match, Romsey drew and took home a point before the heavens opened.

Romsey Ladies 2 (3) vs Havant (1)

Scorers: Edwards, Hurley, Palmer.

Dank and dreary winter weather couldn’t dampen Ladies 2 spirits as they battled the elements to secure a win at Romsey against Havant. The first half saw end to end action from both sides. Havant demonstrating their experience and maturity as a team with strong tackling and accurate passes. With Romsey intercepting and driving with the ball at every opportunity however, it would be Havant who would earn themselves several short corners before finally securing a penalty flick against Romsey’s young and upcoming goal keeping Georgie Pugh. Despite a valiant effort a deflection from the goals keepers stick saw Havant take the lead minutes before half time.

Despite weather the Romsey supporters were out in force providing much appreciated moral, support and umbrellas. This weekends match saw a number of players in unfamiliar positions though that didn’t affect performance. Alice Shoebridge (player of the match) taking a defensive role in her stride, continuously fending off Havant attacks before clearing the ball to Romsey midfields who attached in unison: winning a penalty flick. Amy Edwards demonstrating a perfect flick under pressure thus equalising the score.

During the second half Romsey maintained possession and continued to attack the Havant defence though without any conversions. With only 10 minutes to go Havant made the most of 16 yard hit and broke early, driving into the Romsey defence. Romsey cleared the ball quickly, which was received by player of the match, Sophie Hurley who drove the ball down the wing before cutting across the back of Havant defence taking a shot at goal. The keeper lurched forward to clear the ball, stopping the attack though Hurley made the most of the keeper being on the floor and tapped the ball between her knees, giving the home team the advantage.

Havant fought hard with the resulting pushback though Romsey regained possession immediately. Lesley Humphries powering a shot at goal which was deflected by Ella Palmer and the far post taking the score to 3-1. With only minutes to go Romsey changed their tactics and played defensively. Working to clear the ball and maintain the possession against Havant who fought tirelessly and fiercely until the final whistle.

A thoroughly well deserved win for Romsey.

Andover 3rd XI (0) vs (1) Ladies 2nd XI

Scorer: Palmer

Romsey 2nd XI traveled north to Andover for their 6th league match of the season. With the sun shining the game started with both teams having equal possession.

Romsey got into their stride with youngster Sophie Lawson having some runs up the left and Romsey stringing together some good passes to win a short corner. Ella Palmer pushed the ball out to the top of the D for Anna G to strike, unfortunately wide of the goal.

With Romsey then having most of the possession the rest of the half and some near misses the 1st half finished level at 0-0.

Again Romsey started the 2nd half strongly not really letting Andover into the game, with good defensive play from Gigi Herbert and some strong linking runs between Emma Bouchard and Tilda Bryant in midfield.

Romsey won another short corner, and after a bit of scrappy play resulted in a penalty flick. Unfortunately due to a technicality the flick wasn’t allowed.

Romsey were not put off from fighting hard and eventually were rewarded with a goal from Ella Palmer from a cross to the post for her to slot in past the keeper. The whole team played well and player of the match was joint between Bryant and stand-in captain Maree Welch.

Southampton 3rd XI (0) vs (1) Ladies 2nd XI

Scorer: Cooper (1)

An outstanding team effort and some solid defending earned Romsey Ladies 2nd XI 3 points with a 1-0 win.

The game started with some end to end hockey with strong performances from both sides, but Romseys cool headed and well organised defense calmly dealt with any attack Southampton brought their way.

Meanwhile Romseys attackers gave the Southampton defense some hassle, and created a number of chances, including some amazing crosses into the D by Alice Shoebridge, who gets special mention for playing on following a nasty hit to the knee by a ball.

The first half ended 0-0 and although Romsey had been playing well there was still scope for improvement. A good half time team talk form coach Dave Edwards, ensured Romsey went into the second half knowing what they had to do to improve their performance and win the game.

The beginning of the second half was all about Romsey, playing a large proportion in Southamptons half. More chances came and went, until finally player of the match Bobs Cooper, made a fantastic run straight through the middle, past a couple of players, to the top of the D, where she instantly took a shot that hit the top bar and deflected in past a shocked Southampton keeper.

Following this Southampton switched back on and started to fight, however the back line of Maree Welch, Bethan Knights, Sally Shrubb and Gigi Herbert did their bit and kept Southampton out with some excellent defense, supported by a solid midfield at all times. The final five minutes were some of the best hockey the ladies 2’s have played this season, as a calm team worked together to hold onto the win.

Although a close game, it was a fantastic win that came from a team performance and everyone working for each other right until the final whistle. If the team continue to improve and develop as they have done over these first few matches they are set to have a great season together and to win a fair few more matches.

Ladies 2nd XI (1) V (1) Petersfield XI

Scorer: Humpries

With the sun shining Romsey 2nds earn themselves a hard fought point against Petersfield.

The first half of the match saw end-to-end action with Petersfield winning themselves several attacking short corners. Despite force and accuracy the unbreakable defensive trio of Sally Shrubb, Tracy Nicholls and Maree Welch deflected every volley from the Petersfield forwards.

The second half of the match saw some great passing from Romsey who kept possession. It was only moments before they won a short corner injected by Amy Edwards. The ball was powered towards the goal with a straight strike from Lesley Humpries deflected off a Petersfield defender straight into the goal. Romsey 1, Petersfield 0.

However, Petersfield ever the opportunists were quick on the break; attacking the Romsey defense. Some determination and speed of the Romsey midfield with some strong tackling and nuisance hassling was not enough to stop the attack. Petersfield equalised the match with a blinding strike that lifted before deflecting from the top right of the post behind the keeper, 1-1.

Romsey fought hard to gain advantage and take the lead but it wasn’t long before the final whistle was blown. Romsey earning well fought and deserved point. Some phenomenal goal-keeping, defensive organisation and camaraderie from new-comer to the team: Goal-keeper Ange Cryne.

Winchester 3rd XI (3) vs (1) Ladies 2nd XI

Scorer: Gilbert

Romsey Ladies 2s travelled down the road to King’s School, Winchester to play against the home sides Ladies 3rd team.

From the first whistle both teams battled hard to maintain possession and break through the oppositions defence. Winchester were to be successful first earning a short corner moments into the game. However, Romsey defended valiantly with Gigi Herbert and Sally Shrubb clearing the ball to the wings. Taking full advantage of this break Romsey drove to attack, though it was unsuccessful. Winchester made the most of this and broke powering down the length of the pitch to score a well-earned goal.

Heads held high Romsey battled to regain possession and replied with a strong attack winning a short corner. Amy Edwards injected to Lesley Humpries at the top of the D, who powered a fantastic strike on goal; only to be deflected by the Winchester Keeper and followed by two more deflections.

Winchester gained and maintained possession working their way up the pitch before earning another short corner and a goal. Heads held high Romsey continued to pressurise Winchester though the home team scored a third goal moments before half time.

The second half of the match saw end-to-end action with some great passing from Romsey who kept possession. Luckily player of the match Tilda Bryant lead by example in the mid-field, with ferocious blocks, expertly timed and lots of grit and determination. Bryant fought hard to drive the ball up the wing repeatedly, strengthening the Romsey attack.

Romsey dominated in the second half and a whole-hearted team effort with excellent passing from Alice Shoebridge and Emma Bouchard into the D, Anna Gilbert was able to convert.

A hard match for Romsey but some very skilful hockey from Romsey and some outstanding goal keeping from youngster Georgie Pugh.

Ladies 2nd XI (8) vs (0) United Services Portsmouth

Scorers: Humpreys (4) Gilbert (1) Palmer (1) Edwards (1) Cooper (1)

After a tough game to start the season last week Romsey fought hard with determination learning from the previous game to win on home soil against Untied Services Portsmouth.

With the sun shining Romsey 2nds made full advantage of the first pushback and earnt a short corner within minutes, which was converted by a blinding straight strike from Lesley Humpreys: a new addition to the team this season after moving from the Ladies 3’s. USP battled back hard taking full advantage of any 50/50 balls. However, with only 10 players and Romsey began to prove there is strength in numbers and soon Humphreys and Ella Palmer converted another two injections from the midfield, making it 3-0.

Heads held high USP battled to regain possession and replied with a strong attack winning a short corner. A strong injection from the opposition but unfortunately after powering a fantastic strike on goal and some unlucky deflections the Romsey defenders dominated clearing the ball. Releasing it to midfields who broke releasing to the Romsey forwards and Amy Edwards who made it 4-0. As half time approached Romsey made another break down the wing and injected into the D where Humphreys made it 5-0 before the whistle went.

The second half of the match saw end-to-end action with some great passing from Romsey who kept possession. However, USP the opportunists were quick on the break, battling to win themselves another short corner. It was in this half that Bobs Cooper, first game for the team and Romsey player of match lead by example with her incredible defensive skills, ferocious blocks, expert timing along with pure grit and determination, she worked hard in midfield setting Humpreys up to make it 6-0. Moments later after a fantastic cross from Emma Bouchard, cool as a cucumber Cooper dribbled behind the goalkeeper and tapped the ball over the line to make it 7-0.

United Services Portsmouth never faltered, their camaraderie and determination saw them gain possession of Romsey repeatedly and it wasn’t long before they were breaking quickly and attacking; proving the game isn’t over until the final whistle. On their final attack on goal, Romsey defense effortlessly cleared the ball to ophie Hurley on the left who powered the ball down the wing before sweeping it across the goal where Anna Gilbert perfectly positioned tapped it into the corner, 8-0.

A very well deserved win for Romsey who played well as a team and communicated with each other maximising their strengths. An incredible well done for United Services Portsmouth who demonstrated the perfect example of good sportsmanship: battling until the end, high spirited and full of camaraderie.

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