L3 Match Reports

Ladies 3s (2) vs (2) Petersfield 2s

Scorers: Gibson

A chilly late afternoon push-back saw the Ladies thirds take on 3rd in the table Petersfield.

After a difficult first fifteen mins which saw the visitors pinned in their own half, Romsey were able to break forward with some excellent interplay amongst the midfield.

The first half saw an good goal from Elaine Gibson with a powerful shot from the top of the D leaving the team jubilant for half time.

In the second half the weather changed leaving a slippery pitch giving way to a few casualties. Early on player of the match, Gibson snuck another goal slipping the ball through the keepers legs to double the lead.

As the game advanced so did Petersfield managing to capitalise on a few lucky breaks. Two unfortunate goals were scored late on bringing the final score to 2-2.

Romsey left feeling pleased with the result and the emerging team cohesion.

Romsey Ladies 3s (0) vs (1) New Forest 2s

Having suffered a pre season friendly defeat against the Lymington based team, Romsey were keen to start the match positively and immediately took the game to the home team. Romsey put the pressure on from the whistle and kept the ball in their attacking half during the first 20 minutes of the match.

Having split the New Forest defence through a combination of precision passes and teamwork, some early opportunities to score were well saved by the home keeper.

New Forest continued to defend well and having taken control of the ball managed to score a goal towards the end of the first half, despite some excellent marking and defence by Romsey players Tasha Isaac, Ruth Manners and Hilary Andrews.

The second half was very evenly matched, despite Romsey attacking into some very strong headwinds. Romsey once again played some great attacking hockey but were unable to get the ball past the Forest keeper.

Some dynamic saves by Claire Godfrey in goal ensured that Romsey came away from the match with a 1-0 defeat, having played some of their best hockey so far this season.

Star player award went to Hilary Andrews for her excellent goalkeeping the first half and solid outfield play in the second.

Ladies 3 (2) v (5) Basingstoke 4

Scorers: Gladstone, Middleton

Romsey ladies 3s were dominated in the first half by a fast and physical Basingstoke team. They found it difficult to co-ordinate against the well-organised visitors, who capitalised on some defensive errors in the D to take 5 goals in the first half.

Undaunted, Romsey managed to claw a goal back through a well worked penalty corner, when Cat Gladstone pounced on a great hit across the D from captain, Tash Isaac.

It was a very different game in the second half. The defence were much better organised, marking well and producing some great clearances.

Romsey’s second goal came from a defensive error by the opposition. Player of the Match, Rosie Middleton calmly took the ball into the D and executed a beautiful strike over the goalkeeper.

If the team had managed to perform as well in the first half, it could have been a very different result.

Eastleigh 2s (2) vs (2) Ladies 3s

Scorers: Gladstone 2

The match against Eastleigh started with Eastleigh quickly taking advantage of Romsey’s slow start and going on to score their first goal in the first five minutes. Romsey realised the mistakes they initially made and came back stronger with some brilliant tackles and passing from Carrie Martin.

Anne Harding continued to shout encouragement to the team and performed some brilliant hits. Possession remained fairly equal with some great passing and dribbling from midfielder Sarah Macleod. The consistent determination from Romsey proved beneficial as they went on to score a brilliant goal from forward Cat Gladstone.

After Romsey had an opportunity to sort themselves out during half time, they came a back strong with the majority of possession. Romsey had three attempts on a short corner but despite their best efforts, the goalkeeper was in the perfect position and continuously made some great saves.

Romsey still had possession following the corners which Elaine Gibson took advantage of and rand in to the dee, she then passed the ball to Cat Gladstone who received perfectly and went on to score Romsey’s second goal.

Eastleigh fought back quickly, despite some brilliant saves from volunteer goalkeeper Hilary Andrews and great tackles and passes from Romsey defence, Eastleigh just managed to slip the ball in to the goal in the last five minutes of the game.

Player of the match was awarded to youngster Sarah Macleod, for her consistent determination, her brilliant dribbling and some great passes.

Romsey Ladies 3s (5) vs (1) City of Portsmouth

Scorers: Gladstone (3), Gibson (2)

Romsey got off to a disappointing start after Portsmouth started strong and slipped past the defence in the first minute, to then go on to score a goal.

Romsey quickly reacted and fought back, with some great runs from Megan Wilton and Rosie Middleton. With continued determination from the mids and forwards, Romsey were able to get past some of the defence and through to Elaine Gibson, who skilfully got through the remaining defence and tapped the ball past the goalkeeper and in to the goal, bringing the score to 1-1 and boosting the teams spirits.

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After the first well deserved goal from Romsey, all players started to work really well together as a team, with some great passes from Abbie in the middle.

After Romsey created spaces and pushed the ball to one another, the ball reached Cat Gladstone in the dee, who broke through Portsmouth’s defence and scored Romsey’s next goal bringing the half time score to 2-1 to Romsey.

Once the game resumed for the second half, Romsey started with most of the possession and managed to get the ball to Gibson who smacked the ball straight in to the goal.

On a couple of occasions, Portsmouth managed to get the ball in to Romsey’s defensive area, but the defence and goalkeeper Georgie Pugh stayed strong in their positions, put in some great tackles and passes and stopped all of their attempts to score.

Romsey continued to show great play, which led to forward Gladstone being able to score another 2 brilliant goals, the final goal being scored a couple of seconds before the whistle blew. A fantastic start to the season, with the final score as 5-1 to Romsey.

Romsey’s player of the match was awarded to Gibson who has recently joined the team and played a fantastic game.

Ladies 3 Team Photo

Romsey Ladies 3s (0) vs (0) Yateley 4s

The Ladies 3s kept their promotion hopes alive with a well-earned point against fellow high-fliers Yateley.

Romsey started the game brightly and their constant pressing allowed them to dominate possession in the first half. However, despite creating several good chances they were unable to score.

In the second half Romsey continued to play well and create chances, but a combination of some wayward finishing and fine saves from the Yateley ‘keeper continued to frustrate them. As the game progressed and Romsey began to tire Yateley began to look more dangerous going forward, but solid defence, in particular from player of the match Ruth Manners, ensured the scoreline remained 0-0.

Southampton University 2s (2) vs (5) Ladies 3s

Scorers: Gladstone (3), Humphreys (2)

Romsey Ladies 3’s got back to winning ways against Southampton University 2s. Romsey caught the students napping and Lesley Humphreys scored with her first touch of the game.

Cat Gladstone then added a second following an excellent run and cross from player of the match Julie Evans, and then a third from a cross from Lesley Humphreys.

Just before half time, Lesley Humphreys made it 4-0 when she blasted in from a short corner.

The University came out for the second half much more organised, but Romsey made it 5-0 when Rebecca Horley broke down the right and provide a precise cross for Cat Gladstone to score her third at the near-post.

In the last five minutes Romsey were disappointed to and concede two late goals in quick succession, but the result was never in doubt

Ladies 3s (2) – (4) Petersfield 2

Scorers: Humphreys (2)

The Ladies 3’s unbeaten start to the season came to an end against top-of-the–table Petersfield.   Romsey played some decent hockey but were found out by a more organised team who passed the ball well.

 

Petersfield took the lead midway through the first half, but Romsey equalised when Rachel Alexander made a fast break from the halfway line and passed to Lesley Humphreys for her to score with a powerful shot.

 

However, in the second half Petersfield repeatedly breached the Romsey defence and scored three more goals.  A late consolation scored from close range by player of the match Lesley Humphreys, came too late to affect the result.

 

Yateley 4s (1) – (1) Ladies 3s

Scorers: Gladstone

Romsey came from behind to snatch a crucial draw against fellow league-leaders Yateley.

The first half was played at a fast pace, but both teams struggled to retain possession. Romsey were guilty of a frequently misplacing their passes and were fortunate to get to half-time with the score still at 0-0.

Romsey re-organised at half-time and began to play much better hockey, but fell behind to a well worked goal by Yateley. They then almost conceded again but for a fine save from Hilary Andrews in the Romsey goal.

Finally with just a few minutes to play, Romsey finally got the equaliser they deserved when Cat Gladstone finished off a fine counter-attacking move. There was even a chance for Romsey to steal the win at the death, when Rachel Alexander won a short-corner with the last touch of normal time. Unfortunately, Lesley Humphreys shot was just wide and Cat Gladstone on the post was unable to steer it in. Player of the match went to Captain Tash Issacs.

Basingstoke 5s (1) – (3) Ladies 3s

Scorers: Alexander, Gladstone, Humphreys

The Ladies 3s maintained their 100% record for the season by beating Basingstoke away. Romsey played some excellent passing hockey and there were particular stand-out performances from left- and right-backs Hilary Andrews and Ruth Manners, both of whom defended solidly and made several excellent forays forward.

Basingstoke took the lead after just 10 minutes when Romsey were caught out by a counter-attack, but Romsey maintained their composure and got a deserved equaliser shortly before half-time when Julie Evans got to the by-line and provided an excellent cross for Cat Gladstone to score.

Romsey then took the lead early in the second half when Lesley Humphreys jinked past her marker to score.

However, the game remained close as the Basingstoke ‘keeper made a number of good saves.

The win was finally sealed with just 5 minutes remaining when Cat Gladstone intercepted a weak pass between the Basingstoke defenders and found Rachel Alexander, who scored with a great shot from the top of the D.

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