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Romsey Ladies 3rd XI suffered a frustrating defeat at the hands of local rivals Eastleigh 2nd XI. Romsey started off well, producing some good attacking hockey, but were unable to capitalise on a few early chances, the only short corner for Romsey saw Hilary A put the ball just wide of the post. The game became very end to end, with Eastleigh attacking strongly and managing to get into the Romsey D, only to be denied by a solid defence, with Anne H clearing the ball off the line and some fine goalkeeping by star player Lucie W. The junior element of Romsey played well throughout, with Liz F and Emily W combining well in midfield on the attack, however the Eastleigh defence proved solid and quick to counter. Neither side were able to capitalise on their chances and the first half ended 0-0.
Only minutes into the second half, a ball crossed the D to a waiting Eastleigh player, who found the backboard with a well struck shot. Romsey kept up the pressure, producing more penetration through the midfield, but Eastleigh defence was solid, cutting out any ball that managed to penetrate into the D. A rare shot by Cat G hit the post and trickled in front of the goal, but there was no Romsey player to put it in the net. Eastleigh also kept pushing forwards and managed to grab a second goal from a ball across the D which found an unmarked player ready to pounce. The final result of 2-0 to Eastleigh was disappointing and the home side must do better to keep possession, get the ball into the D and produce more shots on goal.

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 were frustrated to come away with a 1-0 defeat against Havant 3a’s. Despite being the more attacking team Romsey couldn’t find their  final touch in the D and saw several shots either go wide or get blocked by Havant’s strong defence
In contrast Havant took one of their few goal scoring opportunities mid-way through the first half, sweeping a ball past Romsey’s keeper to go 1-0 up.
Romsey continued to push forward in the second half, with some piercing runs from Charlie Bouche and joint player of the match Sophie Lawson.

As usual Amy Edwards, the other joint player of the match, anchored the back line and in the final 10 minutes played up-front. Edward’s skilful play in the D successfully won a string of short corners but  Romsey’s final touch continued to fail them and the score remained 0-1.

Romsey Ladies 1xi travelled to Yateley for their first game after the half term break. Romsey started strongly, with good connecting play up the wings, building up play from the defensive unit of Liz Forbes, Emily Slade and G.Hebert. Despite the intense periods of attack, Romsey were unable to convert their early chances, with crosses from Emily Williams escaping the sticks of players waiting in the D. As the half progressed, Yateley gained in confidence and Romsey needed their keeper Laura Kemp to stop some attacks from the Yateley forwards. However, neither side could convert and the first half ended 0-0.

The second half saw Romsey come out strong again, willed on by the positive first half play, with Bethan Knights and Emma Beeching having some early attempts on goal. There was good attacking play from R.Cooper and S.Forbes in midfield, which resulted in the Yateley defensive being split. This allowed Kate Olingschlaeger to receive the ball in the D and slip the ball past the keepers near post to give Romsey a 1-0 lead.

This goal gave Romsey the confidence they needed, with Kate Moss switching the play from left to right and Emma Bouchard working hard in midfield to open up gaps in the Yateley formation. Romsey were positive in attack and won a number of short corners, which tested the Yateley defence, but didn’t result in a goal. With more attempts on goal Romsey won another short corner, which player of the match, Erica Jenner received at the top of the D, dribbled past 2 Yateley defenders as well as the goal keeper and put the ball in the back of the goal to make the score 2-0 to Romsey. Romsey then kept their heads after a late Yateley attack to see out the game 2-0 winners.

Romsey u10s continued their good start to the season at Bournemouth on Sunday. Romsey established themselves in their first game against Southampton A, confidently winning 2-0 with some great goals from F Allisop and M Chatterley . They continued their good form against Trojans, building great passages of passing across the pitch with midfielders H Field and D Woodgate Jones driving the ball forward to pile the pressure on the trojans back line. Teamwork and determination throughout saw them a 3-0 win with another goal from M Chatterley and a brace from Z Phillips. M Chatterley was on fire against Winchester scoring all the goals in their 4-0 win. Romsey had a tough test against Andover, going one nil down early on. Brilliant defending from T Cowburn and H Tyson as well as some great saves from E Gibson in goal kept Romsey in the game, allowing Romsey to draw level after a great shot from Z Phillips taking them into full time with a 1-1 draw. Despite the frustrating nature of Romseys last game against Southampton B the team played with determination with some great drives forward from T Westmore in midfield, the game ended in a goal-less draw. A great team effort as a result of all their hard work in training.

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 travelled to Wide Lane looking to get the season back on track against a strong Southampton University 3s side.

The match started in typical frantic fashion. Romsey struggled to string passes together as the University side pressed high and put pressure on the ball. That pressure told early as Romsey lost the ball on the halfway line and the students surged forwards setting up an easy finish from the penalty spot.

Romsey tried to orchestrate an immediate comeback but despite some good breaks found it difficult to create any clean cut chances. Continuing to commit men forward, the travelling team were dispossessed on the opposition 25 in the dying minutes resulting in a 3 on 1 counter attack and another goal to take the score to 2-0 at the break.

Half time brought about a lively discussion and concluded with a Spencer Le Grande inspired change in approach.

A slightly deeper midfield gave more passing options for the defence and the more composed approach to developing attacks created immediate success. A well worked short corner took the scores to within one as Rob Noble rifled the ball across the D and Rob Kerr slotted home from close range.

Romsey continued to look in control for large parts of the second half and an inevitable equaliser came by way of Martin Simpson-Scott’s reverse stick with 15 minutes to play. It looked like that breakthrough could signal more and Romsey were favourites to win for the remainder of the match. A couple of half chances were batted away before a last minute string of University short corners set hearts racing but were soundly dismissed by the solid Romsey defence.

The 2-2 draw a fair result in the end. Both teams would feel they could have won it but a battling comeback gave promise for the upcoming games. A special mention

MOM: Rob Noble

DOD: Rob Kerr – always bring a match shirt

Despite last week’s 2-3 setback; a reasonably confident, but depleted RHC 2nd’s set off literally into

the eye of the storm – Storm Brian – to face US Portsmouth. However, bar a pre-match shower, it

was not to be the elements but the on field antics that proved tempestuous!

As expected, RHC’s defence were soon put under pressure by a speedy, feisty, well-drilled

opposition, who constantly probed and harried to get the ball. Mostly fairly, but always pushing the

limits. All decisions were verbally contested and RHC’s young team did well to remain composed.

Rob N and Jimmy P worked tirelessly to contain very lively forwards, ably supported by JCB and Hugh

Davidson. Many attacks were snuffed out and those that did get through found Nigel K back to his

best in goal. In midfield, Ali N and Greig S worked their socks off with Cam Le G and Ben D a constant

threat out wide. Unfortunately, RHC were always chasing, as such there was not much joy in the

final quarter. Neil S had to come back to get any ball; in effect, we were forced into a half-court

game – their choice, not ours! This constant pressure was always likely to tell and resulted in several

penalty corners against. RHC dealt well against good, varied routines, but one deflected shot found

its way through the RHC wall, via a defenders body. 1-0 down at half-time; all things considered not

a bad half.

Efforts remained positive in the second half, but an early penalty corner shot wide for a planned

deflection soon made it 2-0 down. Pressure started to tell and, as tempers started to fray, umpire

control started to degenerate. To be fair, the home umpire did issue three green cards and one

yellow to US P… but RHC also picked up two separate yellow cards. On reflection, all justified.

During this period of to and fro, both sides were awarded several penalty corners, more to US P than

RHC, but neither side could convert. RHC played the last 10 minutes one player short, home pressure

told and an overload led to a third goal against. Undeterred, RHC kept playing structured hockey, but

a last minute breakaway 3 v 1 on goal left the final score 4-0 down.

In summary, a difficult game and certainly one of our more demanding. However, there were several

fine personal performances. Both defence and midfield actually played quite well, our formation

worked and we have gelled as a team. Unfortunately, this time, we were just a little bit too

stretched. Both Noah and Bailey, playing in midfield, showed flashes of inspiration and are certainly

prospects for the future – well done both! We now face 5 very winnable league games. If we believe

and execute our routines as planned, we will do it.

MoM: Cam & Rob N (excellent performances)

DoD: Ali (over strenuously defending the cause; he likes the hat anyway)

Romsey 2nd XI (1) V Yateley 2nd XI (3)

An injury and absence of key players were blamed for  Romsey’s ladies 2nd XI 3-1  defeat against Yateley 2nd XI. Despite a weakened team Romsey started typically strong with their signature possession play, controlling the first 20 minutes of the game. But a lapse in concentration and tricky bounce of the ball gifted Yateley a goal against the run of play.

Romsey were still confident and quickly came back with an equaliser – Elaine Gibson, blocking a Yateley clearance and slipping the ball to Verity Charlton who crossed it for Sophie Lawson to volley in from the post.

1-1 at half time and Romsey were confident of a win, but minutes into the second half and centre midfielder, Gibson took a nasty injury to her ankle forcing her to retire.  Romsey never quite regrouped, while they still looked strong in possession it was Yateley who were able to capitalise on their chances for a 3-1 win.

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