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Romsey gained some revenge from their heavy defeat at home on what was only their second game of the season back in October, to all but halt Bournemouth’s plan to grab the runners up spot in the league, and so it appears this was a third versus fourth fixture.
Romsey started brightly against a Bournemouth side who had won all their previous seven home games bar one. Some early interchanges between James Tower and Steve White down the right played in Chris Harwood to cross, while Matchey Lincoln missed his shot Colin Harwood’s attempt was smothered by the keeper.
Colin Harwood was then played in by Chris Harwood to set up Carl Hendy, but the whistle blew for a somewhat harsh lifted ball. Hendy then played in Colin Harwood who saw his goal bound shot turned away by the in form keeper.
Then Romsey it was Romsey’s turn to absorb pressure, Dave Loescher twice cleared, and Will Richards played a blinder a left back, supported by Man of the Match Tower, who smashed the ball high in to his own goal from a wide Bournemouth cross, to avert danger with a corner.
Soon after Bournemouth took the lead, with a great move by their centre forward who shot high in to the corner of the goal from the top of the circle.

With Bryn Wathen then being called on to make two good saves, and Duncan Sanders getting two tight tackles in it looked like Romsey would fall further behind. However, a quick break saw Dave Andrews play the ball to Colin Harwood, he beat his man and played a perfectly weighted ball to Chris Harwood inside the circle, as defender and keeper ran out to close him down, Harwood played the ball square for debutant Matchey Lincoln to equalise just before half time.
In the second half, Romsey again started on top. Rob Cav & James Tower combined down the right for Chris Harwood to win a hit just outside the circle. He ran the ball back out of the 23 yard line, and played it to Andrews who played it to Hendy, who shot past the keeper to give Romsey the lead.
The lead was extended when a penalty corner was played out by Colin Harwood to Matchey Lincoln, and the younger forward lifted the ball in to corner of the goal with a great drag flick for 3-1.
With Bournemouth desperate to get some points, Romsey had to undertake a rear guard action for the remainder of the match, and Bournemouth had a number of chances to close the arrears.
The first they did from an interception, Wathen having no chance, and then after clearances off the line by Cav, Loescher, and brilliant Will Richards cut out, and Tower in a frenetic 15 minute period, eventually Bournemouth made it 3-3, but Romsey held out for a point and Bournemouth trudged off disappointed they had drop points at home for only the second time in the season.

Romsey Hockey Club have entered two teams into the Romsey Relay Marathon on Sunday 14 May. Teams will be made up of men, ladies and juniors and they will be raising money for the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

 

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It was a game of two halves. Romsey started strong getting in the opponents D within minutes. Rosie received the ball, passed it round the keeper to Elaine who pushed the ball into the goal. Romsey continued to apply pressure, with the midfield making lots of runs. Receiving a pass from Elaine, player of the match Ellie poached the ball from a member of the opposition in the middle, ran to the top of the D, shot and scored. In another break, Bethan ran the ball up the pitch, passed to Elaine and with the help of Lesley worked the ball around the keeper, with Lesley getting the final touch.

In the second half Havant came out strong applying pressure from the whistle, which soon resulted in them scoring. Romsey managed to hold off any further attacks resulting in a 3-1 win!

Romsey ran out winners in a game they dominated, but made it far from easy as they didn’t make the most of their chances to make for an exciting finish.
These teams shared a 3-3 draw earlier in the season, so it was going to be a close game, but Romsey made the most of the opening exchanges, although they couldn’t get a breakthrough.
It was Man of the match Hal Cross, playing in only his second game outfield who showed Romsey how it should be done. He intercepted the ball from the last two Aldershot defenders and created a clear run towards the keeper, as he squared up to the goalkeeper with the ball he made no mistake firing Romsey 1-0 up with his solo effort.
Aldershot had their chances, two long balls found their centre forward free, a great save from Bryn Wathen kept one out and great tacking by Dave Loescher preserved the Romsey goal.
With Aldershot then winning a number of penalty corners, Romsey had to rely on Duncan Sanders to clear two chances and then calmly play the ball out to Ben Parker to relieve pressure.
As Romsey built again, it was a great move from Dave Andrews who played in Felix Chapman-Sheath tha cut open Aldershot just before half time. Felix beat his man, but played a superbly weighted ball to Josh Harwood who cut in to the circle to pass square to Carl Hendy who got a great touch at the near post for 2-0.
Hendy then had a shot saved high up by the keepers hand, and Steve White had a shot from the edge of the circle that was blocked, but the half ended 2-0.
Romsey made so good openings in the second half, Hendy was played in by Colin Harwood but he put his shot wide, and then when he was played in by Hal Cross he carried the ball towards the goal before seeing it roll wide again. Harwood had the ball in the net, but it was blown for a penalty corner, from which Rob Cav, saw his shot saved at the near post by the keeper.
Then with Romsey regretting not adding to their lead, Aldershot broke and were awarded a penalty stroke when a Romsey foot and a Romsey stick tackled compounded the situation. Aldershot made no mistake, Wathen wrong footed and it was 2-1.
As Romsey had to lift their game, Dave Andrews and Josh Harwood created a solid wall in front of Sanders and Loescher and played the ball out through James Tower. He found Colin Harwood on the half way line, and after a great shout for a pass from Hal Cross, played the ball through the Aldershot defence for the young striker to run on to, just like in the first half he clamly took the ball towards the keeper before slotting it past him for a 3-1 victory.
The win lifted Romsey to forth in the table, which looks like it will be their final position with one game to play.

Despite a strong start by Romsey, Southampton got the 1st goal from a deflection just outside the  D into the air and tapped down over the keepers head into the goal. Undeterred Romsey continued with some great team play. Romsey coach Dave was quick to proclaim ‘silky skills’ Alice as she made her way up the pitch. Amy Edwards kept the Romsey side in  control from the back.
In the second half, Romsey’s powerful press had a great impact with Ellie Rowlings cutting out the square pass preventing Southampton’s defense to make quick progress.
Romsey on the hunt for goals were awarded a short corner from which a straight strike from Elaine Gibson was saved but rebounded into the path of Charlie Bouchard, player of the match, to shoot from the edge of the D past the keeper.
The play was in Romsey’s favour for the majority of the second half, seeing a space to run up the right,  Charlie took the ball and shot from a very acute angle, shocking the Southampton defense.
Southampton fought back hard but a solid Romsey defense kept them out leaving the final score 2-1 to Romsey.

This was a point won for Romsey, as Lavant pushed to avenge the defeat they suffered at Romsey before Christmas.They pressed Romsey in the first 15 minutes and it was stout defending by centre back Ben Parker and Duncan Sanders who kept them away from clean shot opportunities. Two vital clearances by James Tower and Will Richards meant that Bryn Wathen only had to make one real save in the opening exchanges.

Romsey rallied and Carl Hendy was played in by Hal Cross, the experienced strikers shot lacked its usual power and The Lavant keeper made a comfortable save.

Buoyed by this chance, Romsey swapped a few players positions and started to be more offensive. Dave Andrews and Colin Harwood combined with a number of swift short passes to play in Steve White but he couldn’t get a shot away, then Hal Cross had a chance but his shot went wide. 

Romsey won three penalty corners and from the the third Jamie Sanderson stoped the ball and played it to his right for across to fire a shot just wide.

The second half saw more early Lavant pressure, and a move by Lavant saw the ball cut square to the striker two yards out, only for Wathen to make a great reaction save.

Then Tower and Rob Cav combined down the Romsey right to relieve some pressure and played in Hendy who was tackled.

Romsey had a half chance when Harwood was played in by Richards down the right and his cross just eluded White at the far post.

With two minutes to go Sanderson had to go off, taking a painful ball on the toe.

Lavant pushed up In search of the winner, and the ball looked like it may go off the back line for Romsey hit out, but under pressure Wathen conceded a long corner. This last chance saw Lavant drive into the circle and appeared to have scored the only goal of the game from a super shot, only for Wathen to make an amazing one handed stick save and Romsey cleared their lines as the final whistle blew.

After a few weeks of feeling things were very tough Romsey ladies 2xi came back with a win.
There was a positive feeling as the ladies started the match against US Portsmouth, with some good passing across the whole pitch Romsey took the upper hand. With several chances being thwarted by the US goalkeeper Romsey kept battling. US Portsmouth had a break resulting in a short corner which Romsey dealt with smoothly by Liz Murray GK (out of retirement)and then replied by Tilda Bryant receiving the ball just outside the D, moving around one player to give the ball to Elaine Gibson who took a shot which went through the goal keepers legs to give Romsey the lead.
Having been dominant in the first half, Romsey continued to put pressure on US Portsmouth in the second half. Some beautiful passing from the back through midfield and into the D resulted in Verity Charlton  (player of the match)scoring past the keeper. Now  a very buoyant Romsey kept playing to their strengths, passing and keeping possession of the ball to gain a short corner from which a pass from the top of the  D to the left of the keeper was picked up by Charlton again to slot it into the goal. Romsey held on until the final whistle keeping a clean sheet. A great team effort. Score 3-0.

Romsey gained another turn around victory following their defeat away earlier in the season, this team emphatically coming out on top and moving up the league table to 5th place.
Romsey started brightly and youngsters Josh Harwood, Jamie Sanderson and Felix Chapman-Sheath used their pace to move the ball around the experienced ‘Stoke back line.  They won a penalty corner early on but Carl Hendy’s shot went wide.
As the half went on it was building moves solidly from the back and keeping ‘Stoke penned in their own half and under pressure that was the key. James Tower and Duncan Sanders combined to set up Simon Mayes to drive in to circle and he interchanged with Phil Humphreys to win another penalty corner.
This time the ball was played out and Mayes beat two players before feigning to pass, and instead lifting the ball in to the goal to put Romsey 1-0 up.
As half time approached Dave Loescher had to clear up a couple of Basingstoke break aways, but Bryn Wathen was untroubled in the Romsey goal.  Then in the 35th minute, Mayes broke in to the circle and drove alone the end of the pitch to pull the ball back to Hendy who made no mistake for 2-0.
The second half started with Romsey on the attack, and early on Colin Harwood intercepted an attempted clearance down the right, he played the ball to the top of the circle, and Rob Cavalier found himself with the ball and able to get a fierce strike away for 3-0 and his first goal for the Club.
Not to be out done, Harwood then played a similar ball to the top of the circle for Felix Chapman-Sheath to lift the ball first time past the keeper and high in to the net for 4-0.
The play continued, and this time a Harwood shot was stopped on the goal line, as the ball bounced up off Humphreys stick and the goalkeeper, the Romsey midfielder made no mistake smashing the ball down in to the goal from its lofted position.
Basingstoke did pull a goal back, when a well worked moved from an interception caught Romsey short at the back, and Loescher and Wathen and Ben Parker couldn’t keep the ball out as ‘Stoke made it 5-1.
But Romsey were not finished and Humphreys bagged his second from a similar distance to his first, this time after good play from Jamie Sanderson to get the ball deep in to the circle, and Humphreys pushed the ball, this time on the ground, over the line and it was 6-1.
Then with Dave Loescher pushing up as the game drew to an end he played in Colin Harwood in the left hand corner of the pitch, Harwood lifted the ball over the defenders stick and drove towards the circle, as two defenders and the keeper closed him down he passed to Josh Harwood at the top of the circle to play the ball first time in to goal for 7-1.

Romsey under 10’s attended their first tournament fielding an all boys team and an all girls team, with a couple of supporting boys to allow for substitutions.

The first game against New Forest B saw a great start for the mainly girls team with Romsey putting the pressure on continually in the attacking half. Some great linking play between Phoebe Lewis and Zoe Phillips saw the attackers pushing forward, resulting in a well executed goal by Harriet Field. Some strong holding play by Lewie Brown and Tom Coltart and some great tackles by Sofia Ballesteros in defence ensured that Romsey won their first game 1-0.
The second game against Trojans was tougher with Romsey’s defence being stretched by the opposition’s strong attacking play. Lucy Walden working hard in midfield couldn’t stop the Trojan’s attackers breaking through in numbers and putting the ball in the back of the goal a total of 4 times. The whole Romsey team continued to work hard together and were unlucky not to get through the Trojan’s defence to close the gap.
Romsey’s third game against New Forest A saw strong support from Theo Cowburn and Tom Westmore in midfield, with Tilly Duncan putting in some solid defensive challenges to keep the scoreline at 0-0 for most of the match. A single goal by New Forest towards the end of the match left the final score 1-0.
The last two games of the tournament saw the girls working extra hard with no substitutes. Some great saves by goalkeeper Ellie Gibson helped keep the girls in the matches and a lot of outfield linking play kept the pressure on the opposition throughout. Romsey were unlucky to lose the penultimate game against Andover to a goal that went in off a defender’s foot but the sheer determination, fantastic teamwork and excellent play by the whole team enabled Romsey to end the tournament with a well deserved and brilliantly fought 0-0 draw against Salisbury.

Romsey boys played their first game against Trojans B. The team started strong, using the wings well and linking together some lovely passes to put pressure on the Trojans attack. Despite good possession and some great shots on goal from Sebastian Wells and Tom Westmore, Trojans managed to sneak a goal on the break just before full time, losing narrowly 0-1. Despite the unlucky result Romsey went into the next game against Trojans A with determination. The game was very defensive but the boys gave the Trojans players no time on the ball, pressuring them well. Great defensive efforts from Tristan Cuff, Lewie Brown and Jack Wormgoor aswell as some superb saves from goalie Joseph Williams kept the score line 0-0 in a well fought match. In the next game against Salisbury the team began to find their form, Theo Cowburn, Henry Allsop and Tom Westmore worked well upfront to pressurise the Salisbury defence, allowing Romsey to soon take the lead with a great goal from Marcus Lake. Romsey soon furthered their lead with another goal from Marcus Lake and a superb goal from a very tight angle from Tom Coltart. In their next game New Forest the team were unlucky to lose 0-2 despite great team work throughout. In their last game Winchester the team continued their good form with a 2-0 win, with goals from Marcus Lake and Sebastian Wells. The Romsey side showed maturity in their teamwork and passing throughout the day, a great team performance.

 

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