M2 Match Reports 2010/11

Romsey Mens 2nd XI 3 – 3 Weymouth Mens 2nd XI
Romsey Mens 2nd XI twice came from behind to share the points against a determined Weymouth side. The Dorset side opened the scoring very much against the run of play when a misplaced pass deflected its way into the Romsey circle to leave Keeper Lukasz Suleja 1 on 1 with a Weymouth forward who was able to make a thin contact at full stretch to divert the ball past the on rushing keeper and agonisingly into the vacant goal.
It remained 0-1 to the visitors until some way into the second period, when Romsey’s relentless pressure eventually produced an equaliser. Chris Harwood, restored to his accustomed position not he right flank deftly played in Greig Stewart who thumped home first time. Central defender Matt Munro turned provider giving the scoring pass in a move he initiated in his own 23m line, he found Tim Bailey at the back post to tap in on the backhand to put the hosts 2-1 ahead.
James Fraser had a goal disallowed moments later on the spurious basis that he did not actually touch the ball on its way into the goal, and Munro was denied a goal for himself by the more conventional method of excellent goal keeping.
Weymouth forced themselves ahead in short order with two goals which were more or less identical – crash balls into the circle deflected past the keeper at close range – to leave Romsey 2-3 down with less than 10 minutes remaining.
Romsey had dominated possession for most of the match, and had seen 9 shot on target saved by the Weymouth net minder, but were finally able to convert when Fraser and Tim Bailey combined for Sam Barcia to drag the hosts level with moments to go, for a final score of 3-3.

Aldershot & Farnham 0 – 2 Romsey Mens 2nd XI
Romsey Mens 2nd XI opened their account in Hampshire Open league Div 5 with an away win based on clinical finishing at The Army Hockey Centre, Aldershot. Romsey were under pressure straight from the first push back, pinned in their own half by an effective home team ‘German Press’, but the reds were unable to convert their possession into something more tangible.
Almost as soon as Romsey sustained a bit of possession of their own they were able to force a near miss. Ali Nawn found Tyro Charlie Harrigan at the top of the Aldershot circle. Harrigan dropped his marker before turning to shoot sharply on the back hand, surprising the home keeper into a hurried half save. The loose ball dribbled agonisingly onto the goal line with the keeper unsighted, but was scrambled clear by the recovering defence.
The match continued even, with both sides able to sustain possession without really threatening, until James Boggis on the Romsey left picked out Matt Munro close to the ‘Shot circle. Munro cut into the D and flicked precisely past the keeper and high into the left side of the net. Romsey were able to keep out the home side thanks to an excellent save from Adam Sankey, stretching to meet an unsighted shot, and went into half time 1-0 ahead.
The second half saw Romsey dominate possession, attacking with good intent down both flanks. Harrigan was by now cousin chaos in the home circle and was unlucky not to add to his opener. Munro went close again, picking off a poorly directed Aldershot 16 yard hit, advancing into the circle and blasting narrowly wide.
Chris Harwood was the creative spark for the winning goal, using his pace to great effect cutting in from the Romsey right and into the circle before dropping a reverse pass to Ben Manning at the top of the circle, for the attacking midfielder to smash past the home keeper. Sankey was required again as the home side managed to force a series of penalty corners, and produced a memorable double save, first kicking then hitting clear.
Ali Nawn’s excellent match was very nearly crowned when Harrigan threaded a neat pass into the inside right channel for the tall defender to smash across the home keeper, only to see his effort strike the base of the post.

Fleet and Ewshott 0 –  3 Romsey

After their barnstorming 20-0 win at home to city of Portsmouth last week, Romsey men’s 2nd XI travelled to Aldershot Army Hockey Centre and the potential banana skin that is Fleet and Ewshot.

Fleet belied their lowly position languishing down in 8th in Snows Group Hampshire Divison 6, proving a tough nut to crack. The home side played a high pressure style which tipped over into foul lay once or twice. The home skipper had to be spoken to by both umpires by the end of the game, and can consider himself pretty lucky to escape a card.

Romsey opened their account half way through the first period when midfielder Jim East fired a pass through to forward Carl Hendy who picked the lifted ball deftly out of the air before feeding Sam Barcia who drew a smart save from the home keeper. Arch poacher Martin Simpson-Scott pounced on the loose ball and smashed home from the top of the D.

Martin Simpson-Scott with his eye on the prize!

Martin Simpson-Scott with his eye on the prize!

Skipper Stuart Robertson was finding it very difficult to move the ball away from the visitor D thanks to Fleet pressing very high up the pitch. Late in the first half Robertson found a passing lane  right through to Colin Harwood who touched the ball onto Barcia. Barcia fired a crash pass into the Fleet D and Simpson-Scott applied the killer touch to divert the ball beyond the keeper for a two goal lead at half time.

The third quarter was the home side’s best spell, as they forced a number of penalty corners but could not convert, thanks to some robust tackling from Dave Andrews. As the game wore on they found it harder and harder to sustain pressure, with man of the match East picking off more and more passes before releasing wings James Boggis who went close twice, and Jacob Arney on the counter attack.

Fleet’s best chance came with 15 minutes to go when a penetrating pass fell for the home forward to crash a shot against the Romsey bar. The loose ball was snaffled by Dave Andrews who belted it to safety.

The visitors got more of a grip on the match after this, and the result was put beyond doubt shortly before  full time when Simpson-Scott hassled the Fleet defence into an error, stole possession and drove into the d before neatly chipping the on rushing keeper to complete his hat trick.

Romsey go top on goal difference thanks to New Milton’s home win over Bournemouth, and Havant being unable to beat Winchester by the necessary 40 goals margin.

Weymouth 0 – 1 Romsey Mens 2nd XI
Romsey Mens 2nd XI returned from Weymouth with three precious away points to lift themselves to 2nd in Snows Group Hampshire div 6, ahead by a goal difference of +20 of Havant, and just four points behind leaders Bournemouth, who visit Romsey Community School next weekend.
Weymouth proved very tough opponents in a closely fought match in which Romsey had to overcome the elements as well as the home side; a fierce gale blew continuously toward the sea throughout.
Martin Simpson-Scott drew two fine saves from the home keeper in the early part of the match, and man of the match Mark Gilbert photo 2was able to feed a number of perceptive passes through for both Chris Arnold and Carl Hendy to break into the shooting circle, while in defence, Skipper Stuart Robertson and Ben Parker snuffed out the visitors ambitions. They did manage to create chances, drawing a memorable double save from Craig Mellor in the Romsey goal.
0-0 at half time.
After the break, Romsey were able to find Simpson-Scott with long balls, but often with too much to do to trouble the home defence. Dave Andrews pulled off a number of timely interceptions to frustrate Weymouth in wide areas, and Romsey were able to force a penalty corner, only for Jim East to shoot weakly at the keeper.
However, the visitors were able to break the deadlock from the next penalty corner, where a training ground variation found Carl Hendy with the space to shoot coolly past a wrong footed defence for what would turn out to be the decisive score. Weymouth contested the goal, claiming that it was struck outside the D, but the umpires were unmoved and the goal stood. Clearly aggrieved, the hosts resorted to some rough tactics, East in midfield receiving some close attention, but Romsey stepped up their game.
Romsey might have dropped two points late on when Mellor in the Romsey goal snuffed out a 2 v 1, and the visitors were able to grab all three.

Romsey Mens 2nd XI 5 – 2 Bournemouth 5th XI

Romsey Mens 2nd XI travelled down to Dorset with the lead of Snows Hampshire Group Div 7 at stake. Romsey stood top by virtue of superior goal difference ahead of Bournemouth, with third placed Gillingham hot on the heels of both sides just two points behind

In spite of the shocking chapel gate pitch, both sides were able to construct some decent hockey, and the early passages were marked by sustained Romsey pressure, relieved by the occasional lighting fast counter attack from the home side, requiring keeper Callum Darch to make two outstanding saves.

Romsey were able to make their early pressure tell when the ever lively Josh Bishop clinically converted a one on one with the home keeper to put Romsey 1-0 ahead.

Strike partner Colin Harwood doubled the visitors’ advantage shortly afterwards, sneaking a shot from the most acute of angles in at the far post.JAE3

Romsey had had to abandon their usual expansive style since the truly awful surface rendered these tactics too risky, so instead were exchanging short passes and relying on the pace of Bishop and Greig Stewart in the midfield and Jack Murray on the flank to feed forwards Harwood and Carl Hendy close to the D.

The visitors’ constant pressure brought a third before half time when man of the match Bishop grabbed his second reacting quickest to jab home the loose ball after a melee developed in the Bournemouth goal mouth.

The home side cam back strongly after the break,constructing a neat move through the middle which caught Romsey napping, and brought the score back to 3-1. The respite was short lived as, almost immediately Romsey forced a penalty corner, from which veteran Jim East saw his goal bound drag flick deflected horribly in at the opposite post with the home keeper stranded.

Bournemouth were able to force a late consolation, although Romsey struck back at once when Jack Murray crossed for Harwood to tap in.

Romsey now stand alone at the top, Gillingham rising to second courtesy of their victory over Wimborne Wayfarers. A win away to Basingstoke would take Romsey considerably closer to their fourth promotion in their five year history.

RHC Christmas Game 2011

Snowmen 4 vs Reindeers 2

Christmas cheer was in the air on Saturday, as the men and women of Romsey Hockey Club got into the Christmas spirit with their annual fancy dress intra-club hockey match. This year saw the Snowmen take on the Reindeers.

Both teams took a while to get going. The Snowmen, whilst enjoying the frosty morning, struggled to play under the bulk of hats, scarf’s and carrot noses while the Reindeer’s were hampered with a variety of fur and antler problems in the windy conditions!

Eventually the deadlock was broken by the Reindeers, who were quick to break in numbers and infiltrate the Snowmen’s melting defenc before The Snowmen grabbed an equaliser just before half time.

The second half got under-way with the Snowmen attempting to confuse the Reindeers, with Snowman midfield duo Will Archibald and Joe Welch, launching several aerial balls deep into the Reindeer’s back line. One such ball provided Guy Taylor a tidy route to goal.

The Reindeer retaliated with some piercing attacks instigated and finished by James-One-Antler-Boggis while Amy Welch and Monty Roberts caused yet more havock at the back for the Snowmen, allowing the Reindeer’s to prance their way into the lead.

Further Snowmen goals came from Matt Clark, and Ella Palmer who both finished with finesse that was only bettered by their cartwheeling goal celebrations!

Penne Edwards, despite starting the day as the Snowman with the longest carrot nose, put aside her Frosty the Snowman hat, and umpired the game magnificently,

Costumes of the match go to Jane Wheeler, for her fabulous Reindeer costume, fluffy belly and shiny red nose. And on the Snowmans’s team, Ella Palmer lead the way with her snowman costume, delicately finished off by her button nose!

Christmas Game 2011

Romsey Mens 2nd XI 3 – 2 Trojans

Romsey Mens 2nd XI hung onto 3rd place in their division when, in spite of a late rally they were able to defeat Trojans 3-2. The early exchanges saw Trojans with good possession in the Romsey half, but without ever managing to create scoring opportunities. Having soaked up this pressure for the first 10 minutes, Romsey scored on what was theur first foray into the Trojans half. Josh Bishop supplied the pace before feeding Colin Harwood to shoot from the top of the D. Will Archibald collected the rebound after the keeper had saved well, before slotting home from an acute angle.

Back row : Dave, Boggis, Andrew, Audrey, Pete, Joe, Crofty, Chris, Dougal. Front row Jim, Col, Stu, Will, Lucas, Josh, Clarkie

Romsey’s second came soon afterwards when Dave Andrews fired a pass across the D and Colin Harwood played a neat dummy to leave Bishop to beat the cover defender and then dribble around the keeper.

Romsey third came when Jim East found the telling pass to release Will Archibald high in the D. Archibald rounded a defender and fired in hard from 6 yards out.

Romsey were unable to capitalise further on their dominance thanks to some brilliant goal keeping and a little bad luck. Joe Welch came agonisingly close when a shot a full stretch was deflected over the onrushing keeper and onto the left hand post. Archibald was twice denied his hattrick when first a dragflick from a short corner was charged down by the defence, and second when a viscious lifting shot was brilliantly saved high to the keeper’s left hand. Jim East might have doubled his tally for the season, only to see his snap shot from on one knee tipped wide half way up the right hand post.

Trojans came back strongly in the second half as Romsey became stretched and a little ragged. Two quick goals were all they could muster. Romsey created a number of further chances late in the game but neither side could finish, and the game finished 3-2 to Romsey

Romsey Mens 2nd XI 1 – 1 Tadley

Romsey mens 2nd XI chiselled out a hard earned point away to Tadley with a weakened side to maintain 3rd place in the table ahead of Trojans on goal difference after Trojans could not win, drawing 2-2 at Fareham.

Romsey started the match with a brand new back two of regular half-back Dave Andrews and inside forward Colin Harwood forming the last line of defence. Tyro Joe Welch took on the playmaker role at centre half, whilst Jim East took another turn in goal. Unsurprisingly, Romsey were disjointed in the early stages as players in unfamiliar positions felt their way into the game.

In the end Romsey scored with perhaps their second attack of the match. James Croft Baker found a wonderful pass 35 yards through to Pete Smith at the top of the D. Smith’s pass freed Matt Clarke to dance around the keeper and finish from close range.

Almost immediately Tadley drew level after a through ball was deflected to the right wing, who squared for a 1st time shot from close to the penalty spot.

Romsey had what would have been the winning goal ruled out. A misdirected penalty corner injection was controlled by Joe Welch, who carried the ball right before shooting powerfully across the keeper into the bottom left corner. Having initially awarded the goal, umpire Stuart Robertson, suffering from a shocking cold, accepted the word of the home umpire that the ball had not left the D, and so reversed his original decision.

Both sides searched for the winner as the game became stretched, but were unable to find an actual winner, and the game ended 1-1.

Romsey Mens 2nd XI 2-6 Gillingham

Romsey Mens 2nd XI fell to their first defeat since Christmas, taking a side depleted by skiing holidays down to Dorset. Thanks to cheap satnav equipment, Romsey were forced to play the first half hour with only 9. Romsey however were able to neutralise a very strong Gillingham side who lacked the wit to exploit their numerical superiority. As the second half wore on, however, Romsey began to tire, and goals began to leak. Romsey had managed to stay in touch at 1-3, but conceded 2 in quick succession just before the break. A rest made all the difference, and Romsey turned around with renewed vigour. Gillingham scored early in the half, but were unable to make further inroads, and indeed Romsey dominated possession and created the lion’s share of the chances. With mounting frustration, Gillingham’s tackling became progressively more careless, and several Romsey players had to wear a Gillingham stick more than once. Since these infractions went unpunished and there was no particular reason for Gillingham to rein themselves in, the foul play intensified, culminating in two appalling fouls on Dave Andrews who required treatment on both occasions before being able to continue. Gillingham are yet a young side, so one can hope that experience will mature them. Romsey grabbed a richly deserved second goal late in the game when Dave Andrews was able to smash in a deflected penalty corner strike from man of the match Colin Harwood.

Romsey Mens 2nd XI 4-0 Yateley 4th XI

Romsey mens 2nd XI lined up against a much stringer Yateley line up for the second part of the league double header. A much closer match saw Romsey run out desrved 4-0 winners.

Romsey suffered few scares in the opening stages, with stand in keeper Jim East called into action only once to kick a deflected shot wide for a long corner. Pete Cooper and man of the match Audrey Cookson defended with great skill all afternoon, denying Yateley anything but half chances from awkward angles. Peter Smith opened the scoring with a lovely lofted finish at the left hand post which flashed across the keeper and into the roof, after some excellent work from Jamie Botto in combination with Matt Clark.

Romsey doubled their advantage thanks to a thunderous strike from in form Chris Arnold, and then made it three when Andrew Archibald deftly redirected a Pete Cooper shot past the stranded keeper. Romsey rounded off the scoring after Colin Harwood burst powerfully into the D and slipped a pass under his arm to leave Matt Clark with a well taken 5 yarder. League leaders Gillingham are up next.



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