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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 3s  (2-1)  Eastleigh 2s 

scorer Gladstone 2

The game started slowly and Romsey conceded an early goal. However as the game settled down the defence held it together and prevented Eastleigh from adding to their lead.  Star player Izzy Manuel who defended exceptionally well after a series of short corners along with Hillary, Ellen, Lisa and Steph. Goalkeeper Alice Dyer also made  several good saves in the first half.

Towards the end of the 1st half Rosie Middleton made an excellent run down the left wing to the back line,  pushing a prefect cross to Cat Gladstone who equalised to make it 1-1 at half time.

After a stern team talk and slight midfield re-shuffle at half time Romsey upped their game and were attacking well.  Jess Jones and Tasha Isaac played to their strengths with some great passing and communication up through the middle and Romsey came close to scoring several times. 

With 2 minutes to go Lisa Morgan made a brilliant pass from a long corner to Rosie, who then skirted around the Eastleigh defenders making a smashing cross to Cat who scored again!

The 3 subs on the sideline went wild and kept cheering all the way to the final whistle.

A great result again which makes it 5 wins from 5 matches!

Romsey started the game brightly looking to continue their fine run of form. With the guidance of coach Dave Miles from the sideline Romsey began to demonstrate some of the skills they had been working on in training dominating possession.

Romsey created a number of shooting opportunities but their strike force failed to take advantage of them, going into the break all level.
Emily Williams fired up the team at the start of the second half with a fearsome yell and determined to penetrate the oppositions defence Romsey stepped up their press, setting up camp on their attacking 23. Their unrelenting pressure soon paid off when Jade Phillips found Emma Bouchard loose in the D who finished the move with aplomb, timing her shot to perfection.
1-0 up and Romsey continued to apply the pressure and moments later secured their win with a play made at training. Erica Jenner cutting across the pitch with the ball before firing a pass to Kate Olingschlaeger who slid in to slot the ball home.
Romsey created several more chances and the ball hit the net again, Sophie Hurley lead the celebrations but unfortunately the goal was disallowed due to being hit from just outside the D.
A fine start to the season with 3 wins from 3 and with U18 star Gigi Hebert being awarded player of the game the future looks bright for Romsey, starting with the top of the table clash next week against local rivals Winchester.
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 3  V Havant 4

3-1

Not the best start with some poor marking and all a big sluggish from the whistle, but after Havant got a goal early on we stepped up our game, with some good passing and Rosie Middleton working hard on the wing.

We had a few chances up front with Captain Cat Gladstone and Ruth Manners pushing Havant defence but they prevented any goals.  With encouragement from the sidelines the team started to gel and with good communication got some great runs and a great moment  when Pam Mew and Ruth worked  together to push through Havant players but Romsey remained 1-0 down half time.

Feeling positive going into 2nd half Pam equalised after only 2 Mins!  Shortly after she had us all cracked up trying to leapfrog  over a player she was about to collide with!

16 mins in to the second half after a flurry of yellow tops, Captain Cat scored to give Romsey the lead.

We continued strong  in particular star player Ellen Saunders, who made some great tackles and drove up the sidelines  with Izzy Manuel. In the last few mins Sarah Macleod blasted a shot into goal making  the final score 3-1.

A special mention goes to Romsey’s dogged defence of Hilary Andrews, Anne Harding, Steph Andrews, Lisa Morgan and Ellen Saunders, plus Goalkeeper Alice Dyer, who went through the whole match without conceding a single short corner.

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.

Feeling buoyant after their opening game Romsey travelled through the storm to face Yateley, their first foray into the north this season.

Romsey started brightly and quickly took the lead when Erica Jenner latched onto the ball at the top of the D and sent a reverse stick shot towards the keeper. The defenders, either foxed by the bounce or dazed by Jenner’s new shoes failed to react and Jade Phillips glided in to gracefully slide the ball home.
Having taken the lead Romsey resolved to work hard off the ball and keep their press tight subduing any attempt at redemption by Yateley, and the pressure paid off with Emma Beeching intercepting a pass and bursting clear of the Yateley defence. The keeper saved and Romsey couldn’t capitalise on the rebound to extend their advantage.
Soon after this Captain Jenner found herself in the sin bin following a rash challenge on the halfway line. Yateley tried to push their numerical advantage but Romsey defence held them out with player of the match Laura Kemp making several crucial saves to go into the break 1-0 up.
The second half saw the umpires practising their card tricks with Emily Slade picking up a green then a yellow. Sophie Hurley making her first team debut also picked up a yellow, before Jenner suffering with FOMO joined in and sat off the last five minutes on a yellow card.
Romsey played most of the second half with 10 on the pitch resulting in several reshuffles with the ever flexible Rebecca Hutchins slotting into defence.
Outstanding defensive work by Romsey ensured that they kept their lead until the final whistle, showing a newfound grit and resilience that they were lacking last season, building on their confidence with two wins from two.

Geared up for a great game on the back of last week’s win, the ladies 3s were feeling positive and started strong with some great passing among the midfield and forwards. However, a strong, young Southampton midfield managed to get through the Romsey defence and score past goalkeeper Alice Dyer to take an early lead. Shortly, after Sarah MacLeod’s great run, passing to Cat Gladstone on the left who struck diagonally for the waiting Parminder Mew to calmly pop the ball past the Southampton keeper to equalize.

Romsey adjusted formation in the midfield for the second half and dominated, with Tash Isaac and Jess Jones dominating. They deservedly took the lead when Parminder‘s pass allowed Julie Evans to turn and shoot into the corner of the goal. Romsey’s defence was unbeatable.

In the last few minutes newbie Tabby looked to have scored only to have it disallowed because it skimmed her foot!!

Well deserved 2-1 win against a friendly and fairly evenly matched team.

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 1s kicked off their new season in style with a victory against local rivals Trojans. Romsey started strong piling on the pressure and pushing deep into the Trojans defence and were unlucky to concede a rambunctious Trojans goal on the break.

Keeping their good form Romsey continued to dominate the game and were soon rewarded for their efforts after Emma Beeching won the ball and started a blistering counter attack exchanging passes with Erica Jenner before calmly slotting the ball past the floundering keeper.
With all being level at half time Romsey came out with renewed vigor and fight, determined to clench all three points. With the wingers squirreling the ball up the sidelines Romsey earned themselves a penalty corner. The ball was played out to Emily Pitt-Pitts who fired it back to Gabby Hebert who befuddled the keeper with her guile, giving Romsey the lead.
Romsey continued applying pressure till the end taking the victory and three points, a great start to the season.

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