M4 Match Reports

Romsey had another tough encounter, but managed to make it four wins in a row in against a strong Salisbury.

Salisbury started strongly, but with James T moving up to centre midfield to support Josh H, the two started to gain control of the game. The two played a number of interchangeable passes and Dan B and Carl H both had half chances, but Romsey couldn’t make the early break through.

Romsey had two more chances when Colin H broke in to the circle, his first effort went wide of the far post, and his second effort whilst on target was a disappointing shot too close to the Keeper.

Romsey eventually won a penalty corner, and Carl H made no mistake, after Stuart R’s neat trap, with his low drilled shot inside the post.

Romsey doubled their advantage when Stuart R beat three players on his was in to the circle, his shot come cross was touched on by Carl Hendy where Josh H found himself unmarked at the far post to turn and shoot for 2-0 at Half Time.

Salisbury had a break away, and as Bryn W came out to narrow the angle, the Salisbury forward to it wide round him, but could only lift his shot in to the side netting.

Salisbury started the second half as they had the first, except this time they made their pressure pay by winning a penalty corner and as Carl H as done for Romsey drilled in a shot for 2-1.

They continued to press, and Romsey were indebted to Colin H for making three key interceptions as he added his centre back cover to that of right back and left back in the second half.

With Ben Parker solid at left back, he and Elliot Colyer started to make some moves back in to the Salisbury half, but Dan B couldn’t get the vital touch to move the ball on.

Matt Duke made the Romsey right half his own as time went on, and he made a number of passes with Josh H to get in to the circle, before setting up Carl H took control to make it 3-1.

Romsey couldn’t hold their two goal advantage for long, and Salisbury pulled a goal back when a Bryn W save was controlled by the Salisbury forward to smash in the goal for 3-2.

Romsey needed their fourth goal, Dan B was unlucky when he took the ball up to the keeper but the ball ran the wrong side of the post.

With Lukasz S becoming the saviour in the final moments making a number of important interceptions, Romsey were able to run out 3-2 winners.

Romsey went in to this encounter off the back of a fine win last week against the second placed team, Hamble a place below then appeared on paper to be an easier fixture, but it didn’t work out that way.

Romsey dominated the first ten minutes, creating fin runs in to the last quarter through Matt D and Josh H, with Greig S providing good cover support, but Sean R and Dan B couldn’t get any final touches.

Josh H made one run and elected to pass when Sean R and Carl H had taken the two defenders away and the young midfielder may have been better to go through on his own.

With Bryn W in goal making a tremendous clearance when he took the ball cleanly and the Hamble forward went spinning over him, Romsey returned to pushing forward.

Romsey won a penalty corner and Ben P dispatched to Greig S who lifted the ball in to the top corner, the Keeper got a hand to it but it dropped down over the line to give Romsey a 1 0 lead.

Greig went close again when Carl H set him up but a fine save kept the ball out and Matt D couldn’t get to the follow up before it was cleared.

In the second half Romsey piled forward, Andy M on the right and Barry H on the left in only their second matches did well down both flanks but Romsey couldn’t score.

Josh H set up Carl H to shoot wide and Sean R then was played in only to see his shot from a narrow angle cannon back off the post.

Lukasz S and Ben P were commanding at the back allowing James T and Rob C to push forward but this left Romsey exposed to the counter attack.

Man of the match Bryn W in goal saved what looked like a certain equaliser when he saved with his left leg in a three on one situation to maintain Romseys third clean sheet in their three matches since Christmas.

With the Hamble GK saving twice from Colin H, Dan B had a chance to make it 2 0 when played in by Sean R but the keeper was again in inspired form and came out to the top of the circle to save the goal bound shot.

Romsey took on high flying second placed Lavant, trying to repeat their efforts of the away match when they deservedly won 5-2, with four players making their Romsey debut.

Romsey came out of the blocks on top, and applied pressure early on through Josh H & Chris H controlling midfield and James T holding the right.  Dan B made a great move to the left and played in Sean R, but the striker couldn’t get the ball the right side of the post.

Romsey maintained possession, and control at the back from Lukasz S and Duncan S kept releasing the ball to Ben P as excellent relief play to ensure Romsey kept the ball in the Lavant half.

Romsey eventually won a penalty corner and a good one two at the top of the circle between Dave M and Colin H saw a strike on goal balloon up of a Lavant foot towards the goal, the ball was cleared back to Dave M who made no mistake for 1-0.

Romsey then had to absorb Lavant pressure after they changed their Goalkeeper, and the defence of Nick W in goal was superbly supported by Lukasz, Duncan and Dave M, with the Harwood brothers coming back to ensure Romsey maintained the ball.

Romsey doubled their lead before half time when Chris H got the ball at the top of the circle and beat two men to allow himself time to cross for ace marksman Carl H to coolly plant it in for 2-0.

The second half belonged to Romsey, and with the defence solid, Chris H was played in at the top of the circle and smashed an unstoppable shot in to the bottom corner for 3-0.

Then a pass from Colin H to Josh H saw the man of the match strike on goal and the shot bounced under the keeper for 4-0 , a repeat move five minutes later saw Colin H’s cross-shot stopped by Josh H and he calmly rolled the ball in for his second, and 5-0.

With Andy M and then Dan B on the right dominate and interchanging with James T, Romsey were able to ensure they got a sixth goal, young Barry Hatch played the ball to Sean R and up popped Colin H for 6-0.

There was still time for an outstanding save from Nick W, which pleased Romsey to keep the clean sheet, and Romsey who have three games in hand on Lavant remain 9 points behind the second placed team after a fantastic win.

Romsey thought they would have just the bare 11 players for this fixture, but played two thirds of the match with only 10, and this made the result even more magnificent.

Despite their lower numbers Romsey started brightly, Rob Cav and James T linking up down the right to craft move in to the circle and then Will R and Ben P doing the same down the left to raise confidence.

Josh H received the ball in the centre of the pitch and then went on a run towards the right of the circle, his skill and pace saw him beat three players before crossing to ace marksman Carl H who made no mistake shooting first time to put Romsey 1 0 up.

Romsey continued to create chances Will R nearly scoring from the top of the circle and Colin H having a shot from a penalty corner move cleared off the line.

The defence was solid, Bryn W covered his angles at his near post when Alton did get in,  but Duncan S and Lukasz S stopped everything coming centrally and were on top from playing hits from the circle out and up to Carl H who as the lone striker held the ball up brilliantly.

Romsey knew they would tire in the second half but the younger trio of Will R, Josh H and James T didn’t show any signs and continued to put Alton on the back foot.

Romseys 11th player turned up with 20 minutes to play and this added to the attack, Josh H saw his shot rebound back off the post, before a few minutes later he and Carl H set up Matt L to shoot, his initial shot was deflected in for 2 0.

Romsey wrapped up the win with another well worked goal like their first, Colin H panted a free hit to Josh H on the edge of the circle Down to the right corner. Josh H smashed his cross to the far side of the circle for Matt L to shoot first time for a 3 0 victory.

Romsey faced tough opposition in high flying United Services who look like the other challengers for the Div 9 South title with Isle of Wight, who were the only team to defeat Romsey so far this season before this match.

Romsey who usually start quite brightly, we’re on the back foot early on. Good tackles by T Sanders and L Suleja kept USP outside the circle, and D Sanders and D Andrews then provided further cover to keep the ball out, before it was drilled in from the USP left across the circle to find a stick at the far post to put USP 1 0 up.

Romsey rallied, and youngsters J Fuller, W Ritchie and E Colyer all started to make moves down the wings trying to create an opening.

C Harwood intercepted the ball and played a pass to J Harwood who played in C Hendy, but the top marksman couldn’t get his shot on target.

With Andrews and J Harwood starting to control the midfield Romsey suddenly looked the stronger team.  J Tower pushed up the right and interchanged with Colyer to get the ball in the circle but no chance could be created.

N Mason and Hendy upfront were supported with the tireless running of debutant S Field, and when J Harwood won a penalty corner Romsey had their best chance of an equaliser.

With B Parker played the ball to Hendy his pass to Mason was hit on goal and saved by the keeper, only for Parker to nip in and push the ball over the keeper and over the line for 1 1.

Romsey nearly went in ahead at the break as J Harwood somehow kept the ball in on the left and smashed it in to the circle, Hendy couldn’t get a touch and Colyer was almost able to steer it in at the back post but not quite.

Sadly the USP team with an extensive squad were able to up their game in the second half. Early on a great move by the visitors saw a first time shot saved by the in form B Wathen in goal, but USP followed up with a well timed second shot for 2 1.

Then a long through ball midway through the half saw Wathen rush out to narrow the angle but the USP forward took it round him and wide to push the ball in to the goal.

With the game closing out USP got two more chances and two more goals, the first a very well timed reverse stick volley to win 5 1, which was harsh on Romsey after their first half display.

Romsey 4s have one more match before Christmas and currently have 12 points, from 3 wins, 3 draws and two defeats against the top two and sit fourth in the table.

Romsey travelled to Swanage with only 11 players and initially the absence of the Harwood clan saw Romsey fall two behind to some simple goals.

At this point Romsey reacted positively without their talismanic skipper and and started to put together some excellent moves going forward. A Nick Mason shot was deflected past the keeper by old stalwart and top scorer Carl Hendy.

This was followed by superb work by midfield duo of D Andrews and M Duke keeping Romsey on the front foot and resulting in Mason scoring a wonderful solo effort to draw the teams level.

Romsey took the lead from another rMason strike and continued to dominate.

Disappointingly despite resolute defending from Parker, Loescher, Cavalier and Suleja Swanage poked the ball past Wathen in goal to equalise before half time.

The second half saw the opposition strengthen their midfield and in a close fought half another moment of solo magic by Man of the Match Mason won it for Romsey 4 – 3, maintaining their unbeaten start to the season after five games, with next up unbeaten Isle of Wight this Saturday, another encounter where Harwoods Senior and Junior will be missing!

Romsey enjoyed another entertaining topsy turvy Saturday encounter to remain unbeaten so far after four matches.

Romsey started strongly with Rob Cav having plenty of possession down the left, he and Ben Parker joined up to play in C Harwood but his pass in to the circle was cleared by the keeper before J Harwood could get to the ball.

M Duke making his debut was instrumental in setting up a one two with Carl Hendy but solid Salisbury defender kept Romsey out.

Then midway through the half the tide turned and it was Romsey on the back foot. Two long threaded passes found Salisbury forwards, the first saw a shot to the top corner that keeper B Wathen did brilliantly to claw away with his hand. Then the keeper was called upon to make a save with his feet.

L Suleja and D Loescher worked tirelessly to keep wave after wave of long balls at bay, and J Tower helped out at right back to make two clearances, before finally Salisbury made the break through to go 1 0 up at HT.

Romsey regrouped and the second. Half started like the first, this time J Harwood and D Andrews cut out every ball in the midfield with support of Duke, to set up Hendy and then E Colyer.

Another move saw Hendy and Duke interchange passes and when the keeper saved Dukes first attempt his followed up was stopped on the line with a foot for a penalty stroke. Duke stepped up and put the ball low in to the bottom left corner for 1 1 in a Man if the Match performance.

Romsey continued their onslaught, with Parker and Cav strong down the left and Tower and Colyer equally effective down the left.

Colyer played in C Harwood in the last few minutes his shot hit a foot, but Romsey failed to convert penalty corner chances and the game finished 1 1.

Romsey remain unbeaten so far this season, but this game felt like two points dropped in what was a see-saw encounter.

Romsey started brightly but couldn’t quite make that final pass in to the circle to create an opening, passes from Dave Andrews and Phil Humphreys just missing Romsey sticks, and Will Ritchie was unlucky when his shirt just went wide with the keeper beaten.

When Hamble attacked Stu Robertson in central defence ably covered and James Tower and Ben Parker were strong and solid either side, so it was somewhat disappointing that from a penalty corner that Romsey appeared to have closed down the initial danger, the ball found its way back to the striker to give Hamble the lead as keeper Bryn Wathen came across to try and block the shot but it went past him in to the goal.

Romsey raised their game and James Fuller and Will Ritchie combined down the right for Josh Harwood to almost get a shot away, and when Dave Andrews won a long corner, Colin Harwood moved to the 23 yard line to take it. His pass square to Josh Harwood saw Humphreys make a run that took the defender so Harwood junior threaded the ball through to the advancing Harwood senior who slammed the ball in from the top of the circle under the advancing keeper for a 1 1 half time score line.

Romsey dominated at the start of the second half, man of the match Will Ritchie won a penalty corner at the start of the half, and great work from Elliott Colyer down the right allowed Romsey to advance in to the circle and win another.

From the penalty corner, Stu Robertson played the ball right from the top of the circle to Ritchie who took a touch and then produced a wonderful strike to put Romsey 2 1 up. Ritchie then had to leave the field as a shot from Harwood was kicked up in to the young lads forehead from the keeper.

From the penalty corner Romsey won a penalty stroke as Harwoods goal abound  follow up shot was stoped on the lie with a foot.

Harwood delegated the stroke to Robertson, but the keeper made an amazing save to keep the score 2 1.

Romsey has a third goal scored by Josh Harwood disallowed for a third party obstruction, and this seemed to spur on Hamble.

With just three minutes remaining and after solid defending from Rob Cavalier and Ben Parker down the left the ball was eventually moved in to the circle and after a scramble Hamble equalised.

A disappointing point, but with good news that Ritchie was OK after having to go off and get checked out, Romsey head to Salisbury next week.

Romsey faced a tricky away trip to Lavant who boasted a 100% record from their three previous outings in the season so far, while Romsey had played only once picking up an away point.

The game started evenly, and it was the solid defence of Romsey, with Duncan Sanders and Dave Loescher commanding the centre at the back that allowed Ben Parker to play a superb clearance to Elliot Colyer.  The youngster moved the ball up the Romsey right before playing it on to Colin Harwood, his first time pass played in James Fuller, who had much to do.  The 13 year old Fuller drove down the right and cut in to the Lavant circle pulling the Lavant keeper to cover the near post, Fuller calmly played it to the back post for Josh Harwood to coolly swipe the ball in for 1-0.

Soon after Romsey doubled their lead, some good central interchange of passes between the reliable Dave Andrews, Rob Cavalier and Josh Harwood see the latter move in to the circle, after his first attempt was blocked Harwood reverse swept the ball in to the far corner for 2-0 Romsey.

Romsey then had to absorb some Lavant pressure, but a long clearance from the Romsey circle found its way up field via Carl Hendy and James Fuller, with the Lavant keeper then in two minds as to whether to leave it or keep it in play, his weak clearance was picked up by Josh Harwood who finished in style for his hat-trick in his Man of the Match performance.

This saw Lavant raise their game, and after winning a couple of penalty corners which Romsey stoutly defended, a good through ball saw debutant Romsey keeper Nick Welby upend the centre forward, and a penalty stroke was awarded.  Welby, who hadn’t played a match for 21 years, was more than up for the challenge, using his experience to calmly save the stroke and keep it 3-0 at half time.

The second half saw Romsey absorbing pressure, James Tower at right full back was able to clear on a number of occasions and allow Elliot Colyer and James Fuller to break, and a good move between the two played in Josh Harwood to cross for Colin Harwood, who managed to push his shot on the base of the post and the rebound was cleared.

Romsey stretched their lead soon afterwards though, when Carl Hendy played in Colin Harwood who made no mistake pushing the ball past the keeper and the far post for 4-0.

Lavant still upped their game, and stout defending from Stuart Robertson saw him take a nasty deflection above his right eye and had to leave the field for the rest of the match.  This allowed Lavant to finally pull a goal back after two fine saves from Welby and clearances from Parker, Loescher and Sanders.

Lavant pushed for a second, and Romsey looked tired, but a long clearance upfield from Parker to Cavalier allowed the left half to play the ball to Colin Harwood, with Lavant having committed players up field Harwood took the ball in to the circle and his shot bounced under the keepers foot for 5-1.

Lavant had the last word with a consolation in last minute for 5-2, but Romsey were delighted with their efforts which were built on solid defending and great central midfield play from Dave Andrews and Josh Harwood, allowing the younger players to express themselves brilliantly.

Romsey finally kicked off their season in the Men’s 4s after a postponement the previous week with a hard fought point away at Alton.

Romsey had three 13 year olds making their Men’s debuts, and with half the team 16 or under it was an even split of youth and experience.

Romsey started the brighter, and Josh Harwood was unlucky when his goal bound shot blown up for a high ball after it hit the defenders leg.

Will Ritchie on the left of midfield made some excellent runs combining with Will Richards and James Manning to carve the Alton defence open, and soon after a ball played to Colin Harwood at the top of the circle who played it square to Josh Harwood, he beat his man and squared it back to Harwood Senior, another one two between the pair took out the keeper allowing Colin Harwood to put the ball in the empty goal.

Soon after Romsey doubled their lead, a fine  through ball from Dave Andrews in centre midfield was fired in to the circle and Top marksman Carl Hendy got a deft touch to glance it past the keeper for 2-0.

Romsey didn’t have it their own way and Duncan Sanders and Dave Loescher had to make several interceptions to clear Romsey lines, a hit outside the circle from Alton was deflected on to the Romsey post, and cleared and Bryn Wathen was called upon to make three clearances.

With James Tower supporting down the right, it looked like Romsey might get a third as James Fuller, Will Ritchie and Josh Harwood all came close, but Romsey were undone just before half time when they gave away a penalty corner and Alton made it 2-1.

The second half saw Alton up their game Romsey were left to absorb pressure. Elliot Colyer held his own at right back, cutting out a number of Alton plays and then using his skill to move up the right hand side.

Romsey almost got a third from a breakaway when Rob Cav was played in but his shot hit a foot and Romseys penalty corner was cleared off the line, and then James Fuller was in but the keeper narrowed the angel to make the save.

With 15 minutes to go Alton got the equaliser they deserved and they led to an exciting last quarter with both sides having chances.

Andrews and Hendy both had half chances, while Colyer created opportunities up the right but Fuller, Ritchie and Harwood jnr couldn’t covert in to goal scoring plays.

The Alton keeper managed to lay on top on Harwood Senior which resulted in a penalty corner and both players receiving their teams awards in the clubhouse after.

A fair result in the end as Wathen in goal and the solid defence kept Alton out.

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