Romsey U12 Boy’s got their season underway with a good performance against Trojans and were unlucky that the score didn’t reflect their efforts or dominance in most of the game.  Fielding five new players, Thomas and Daniel Hodge, Harry Garton and Rupert Willes in the outfield and Joe Williams in goal, Romsey started very strongly with most of the first period played in the Trojans half.

The early pressure told with a great goal from Rupert who scored with one of his first touches in his first Hockey game.

As Trojans soaked up the pressure, Romsey’s defensive line pushed further and further up the field, Romsey back 3 of Daniel Hodge, Owen South and Freddie O’Hara were defending well in the Trojans half when they were hit by a break, great scrambling defence from Romsey prevented a score but Trojans did earn a short corner.  After the corner was taken, a brilliant tackle and pass from Sebastian Wells, lead to Sam Attfield breaking down the centre of the pitch and one on one with the keeper he was denied a goal by a great save.

Romsey used the width of the pitch well, with Jack Jones on one wing and Luke Walter on the other both causing problems for Trojans midfield. However, despite maintaining much of the possession and territory Romsey could force a second goal and the first period ended 1 nil to Romsey.

Trojans started the second period much stronger, three good attaching moves were dealt with by Romsey’s defence, then a shot on goal was well stopped by Joe Wiliams, but the pressure soon told when Trojans had a two on one with the Romsey keeper and a square pass to an unmarked attacker on the post led to a simple tap-in.

Romsey’s attack starting to fire again when Owen South fed a pass to Jack Meehan who made a good run upfield, then Sebastian earned a short corner for Romsey from a promising move up the wind. With the action going end to end the second period ended one all.

The third period started well for Romsey’s passing game, Thomas Hodge found Sam Attfield who passed to Luke Walters who was unlucky to see his shot just go wide. Then Trojans hit back on the break, and Harry Garton, who was the last man back, managed to clear the ball. The Trojans broke again and scored with a great hit from just inside the dee.  The goal seemed to up Trojans energy and they soon made it four with a goal from a short corner.

Next for Romsey came a goal that is an early contender for goal of the season.  Will Rossdale took a sideline ball and started up the wing, he used a reverse dink to pop the ball through a defender’s legs and carried on, past serval more defenders into the dee and scored.  It was a goal that earned him the man of the match nomination from Trojans.

The match ended with a good period of pressure from Romsey who earned a couple of short corners but they didn’t manage to score and so the match finished up 4, 2 to Trojans.

Romsey Boy’s return to winning ways with a commanding performance against Gosport, despite being one man down, due to illness, for the whole match.

The match started well for Romsey with their first attack allowing Sebastian Wells to run into the Gosport Dee where he earned a short corner, the ball was injected by Jack Sluman to Charlie Westmacott whose powerful shot was too good for the keeper and Romsey took an early lead. 

There was no letup in pressure as Romsey used both wings to good effect, on the right Sam Attfield’s running and passing led to a Romsey shot just going wide, then on the left-wing William Rossdale and Jake Meehan combined as William ran into the Dee, he passed to Charlie who scored his second goal.

Gosport then had a good period of possession forcing a good save, high to the left of the Romsey Keeper Oliver O’Hara, the rebound was struck by Gosport and cleared off the line by Thomas Dyer, as the ball was cleared Gosport were awarded a short corner.  The short corner was defended by Romsey who launched a quick counter attack, and Charlie scored his third goal before the end of the first period. 

It looked like Gosport were getting back into the game at the start of the second period, scoring an early goal from a good run from midfield. But Romsey soon returned to a 3-goal lead after Jack Sluman took a free hit quickly, fed the ball to Charlie who scored again.

A further Gosport attack was stopped by Archie Davis, who then ran with the ball the full length of the pitch into the Gosport Dee, he was only stopped by a great tackle which denied him a goal.  The second period ended 4 one.

As the third period started, Romsey upped their intensity and soon the goals began to flow again.  First down one wing and then the other, Romsey’s attack caused Gosport a lot of problems.  Sam Attfield had 3 quick shots saved by the keeper before Sebastian passed to Charlie in the Dee whose shot was saved.  Then William coming in from his wing won a short corner, again Jack Sluman injected, Charlie’s hard shot was saved but Sebastian got the rebound first and passed to Charlie who scored.  A few minutes later Romsey scored from another short corner, before Gosport got one back, hitting on the break the Gosport wing received the ball in plenty of space, he made a quick run into the Romsey Dee and scored with a shot just past the keeper.

Romsey soon got a goal back, this time going through midfield, Charlie passed to Jack Meehan who scored and then celebrated with his one-handed cartwheel.  Jack Meehan soon returned the favour with a lovely pass to Charlie who scored his 7th of the game and Romsey’s 8th. 

The game ended with Gosport attaching but they could not find a way through, first Frederick O’Hara stopped a break, and then the match was concluded with a save by the Romsey keeper Oliver.


Romsey Boy’s return to winning ways with a commanding performance against Gosport, despite being one man down, due to illness, for the whole match.

The match started well for Romsey with their first attack allowing Sebastian Wells to run into the Gosport Dee where he earned a short corner, the ball was injected by Jack Sluman to Charlie Westmacott whose powerful shot was too good for the keeper and Romsey took an early lead.  

There was no letup in pressure as Romsey used both wings to good effect, on the right Sam Attfield’s running and passing led to a Romsey shot just going wide, then on the left-wing William Rossdale and Jake Meehan combined as William ran into the Dee, he passed to Charlie who scored his second goal.

Gosport then had a good period of possession forcing a good save, high to the left of the Romsey Keeper Oliver O’Hara, the rebound was struck by Gosport and cleared off the line by Thomas Dyer, as the ball was cleared Gosport were awarded a short corner. The short corner was defended by Romsey who launched a quick counter attack, and Charlie scored his third goal before the end of the first period.  

It looked like Gosport were getting back into the game at the start of the second period, scoring an early goal from a good run from midfield. But Romsey soon returned to a 3-goal lead after Jack Sluman took a free hit quickly, fed the ball to Charlie who scored again.

A further Gosport attack was stopped by Archie Davis, who then ran with the ball the full length of the pitch into the Gosport Dee, he was only stopped by a great tackle which denied him a goal. The second period ended 4 one.

As the third period started, Romsey upped their intensity and soon the goals began to flow again. First down one wing and then the other, Romsey’s attack caused Gosport a lot of problems. Sam Attfield had 3 quick shots saved by the keeper before Sebastian passed to Charlie in the Dee whose shot was saved. Then William coming in from his wing won a short corner, again Jack Sluman injected, Charlie’s hard shot was saved but Sebastian got the rebound first and passed to Charlie who scored. A few minutes later Romsey scored from another short corner, before Gosport got one back, hitting on the break the Gosport wing received the ball in plenty of space, he made a quick run into the Romsey Dee and scored with a shot just past the keeper.

Romsey soon got a goal back, this time going through midfield, Charlie passed to Jack Meehan who scored and then celebrated with his one-handed cartwheel. Jack Meehan soon returned the favour with a lovely pass to Charlie who scored his 7th of the game and Romsey’s 8th.  

The game ended with Gosport attaching but they could not find a way through, first Frederick O’Hara stopped a break, and then the match was concluded with a save by the Romsey keeper Oliver.

Continuing from last week’s 2 all draw against the same opponents, the teams looked evenly balanced in the opening period. Romsey had the first opportunities to score after a good run by Sam Attfield led to a short corner being awarded and Jack Sluman was unlucky to see his powerful shot go just wide of the goal.  New Forest’s first attacked was stopped by a strong tackle from Owen South in defence, and Romsey countered with a run from Will Rossdale who was unlucky not to score, this was followed by Jack Meehan having his shot saved.

Then the action moved to the other end where New Forest had their first shot go wide, they were then dispossessed by George Coltard who went on a strong run up the middle of the field. But New Forest attacked again and after a good save from Goalie Ollie O’Hara, their shot wide again.

Romsey’s goal had a small respite as they attacked with Tom Norman shooting just wide, but then New Forest continued their attack, with a wide shot, a save from the Romsey keeper and then the first period ended with 3 short corners to New Forest, Romsey’s defence including Jack Jones and Archie Davis held strong preventing a score. An exciting first period finished goalless.

Romsey looked stronger in the second period, Jack Meehan, Luke Wlater and Will Rossdale combined well in midfield and on the wings to stretch New Forest, Romsey’s defence started to move up the pitch where Jack Jones made a couple of good tackles to prevent New Forest from attacking. Marcus Lake playing his second game for U12’s grew in confidence in midfield where Romsey started to dominate. George Coltard won the ball and passed to Jack Sluman who passed to Sam Attfield then the ball went to Will Rossdale who’s shot was just wide. Another run by Sam Attfield led to a short corner being awarded to Romsey, from which Jack Sluman’s shot was saved by the New Forest keeper.

Next it was New Forest on the attack which was stopped by Frederick O’Hara who passed into the midfield and Marcus Lake made a strong run passing to Will Rossdale on the wing.

The second period ended with New Forest breaking free and forcing a one on one with the Romsey keeper who produced a good save to keep the score nil-nil.

The third period started with the feeling that one goal would seal the match, the first opportunity went to New Forest who were awarded a short corner. After this was dealt with Romsey went on the attack, when Sebastian Wells threaded a pass to Thomas Norman who forced a great save from the New Forest Keeper.  

The action went straight down the other end, with lots of bodies in the Romsey dee, a rebound off the Keeper was hit by New Forest looking certain to be a goal, only for the ball to be deflected off the line by the end of the stick belonging to a fully outstretched Will Rossdale in midflight.

The deadlock was broken after a typically strong run from George Coltart led to a free hit to Romsey which was taken quickly, the ball was passed to Sam Attfield who went passed 2 defenders and scored to give Romsey the lead.

New Forest tried to hit back, winning 2 short corners, but again they were denied. Romsey then sealed the win with a well-worked goal, Sam Attfield passed the ball to Jack Meehan in the dee who shot past the keeper to score and then celebrated with his signature cartwheel.

New Forest almost got a consolation goal, but again they were denied by Will Rossdale clearing the ball off the line, and the score remained 2 nil.

Romsey U12 Boy’s twice fought back from a goal down to earn an exciting draw against New Forest. 

The opening period started well for Romsey with a good period of pressure leading to Owen South forcing a good save from the New Forest keeper.  The game started to move back and fore with both teams piling on the pressure, in goal Oliver O’Hara produced 3 good saves before New Forest finally scored their first goal.

Romsey responded with a good run down the wing from Luke Walter, but the final pass was intercepted by the New Forest defence.

New Forest tried to hit back but were denied first by a superb clearance from Jack Sluman and then by the post of the Romsey goal. The first period finished One nil to the visitors.

The second period started off with New Forest ramping up the pressure, in defence, Archie Davis put in a couple of good saves before Jack Meehan tore down the wing causing problems for the New Forest defence.  This was followed by a good run from Thomas Norman who passed to Sam Attfield who scored his first goal for Romsey.

The celebration was short lived as New Forest hit back straight away with a superb bit of individual skill which led to their second goal.  The pressure continued with New Forest being awarded a short corner after the Romsey keeper took down an attacking player.  The stoic defence of Owen South, Archie Davis, Jack Jones and Will Rossdale meant that the short corner was defended and pressure elevated.  The period finished with the score at two one.

The third period started with a lot of pressure from New Forest who again forced saves from the keeper and defence, with Will Rossdale clearing the ball off the Romsey line.  Romsey started to hit back when Owen South dribbled the ball out of the dee to the halfway line.  Sebastian Wells stretched the New Forest midfield with runs down the wing, before a group of Thomas Norman, Jack Sluman and Sam Attfield broke from midfield to run into the New Forest dee, with Sam scoring his and Romsey’s second.

The remainder of the game was played at a fast pace with both teams trying to seal a win, but the score remained 2 all, and the teams look well balanced for the return match next week.


A new look Romsey U12’s Boys, fielding 3 debutants of Marcus Lake, Sebastian Wells, and Owen South put in a good team performance against a strong Trojans side to winning 2 nil.

The first period started well for Romsey with Marcus Lake making a strong run up the wing leading to a period of pressure that led to Jack Sluman scoring an early goal. Trojans tried to hit back quickly but were thwarted but some good Romsey defence, George Coltart put in two strong clearances before a third Trojans attack led to a short corner being awarded. Romsey survived due to the defending of Archie Davis and Jack Jones and then Will Rossdale made a good run on the other wing putting the pressure back on the Trojans goal. As the first period came to a close, Owen South marked his debut with strong running causing problems in the Trojans defence, and Romsey were unlucky not to extend their lead as Will Rossdale had 2 shorts agonisingly wide.

The second period was a more evenly fought contest, with short corners being awarded to both teams, but neither team managed to work the ball past good defences.

Romsey started the final period with plenty of energy as Jack Meehan and Luke Walters combining well leading to a period of pressure where Romsey were awarded 3 short corners. As before Romsey’s shots went wide of the target and Trojan weather the pressure without conceding. The game then went up the other end of the pitch as Trojans had their best period of the game, Romsey’s Goalie, Oliver O’Hara, made some great saves coming out of his goal as Trojans attacked. The defence worked well and kept all the Trojan shots out and then, as the ball was cleared, Romsey mounted a counter attack. This time the midfield pairing Sam Attfield and Sebastian Wells linked up, l putting the pressure back on Trojans, Romsey were awarded a short corner from which Jake Sluman scored his second, to put the game beyond Trojans.

Romsey Boys U12’s continued their winning ways, with a well fought 2 goals to one win over Southampton. The first period was fairly even with play moving end to end, Romsey had the better opportunities, winning 3 short corners but stout Southampton defense prevented them from scoring. At the Romsey end a strong defending from the back 3 of Jack Jones, George Coltart, and Freddie O’Hara prevented Southampton from scoring or being awarded any short corners.
The second period saw a more dominant Romsey break the deadlock when Charlie Westmacott scored with a cheeky flick past the keeper. Will Rosedale was unlucky not to score before Jack Sluman scored the second to capped a joint man of the match performance. Southampton were fortunate not to concede more as Archie Davis, Jack Meehan and Charlie Westmacott all had shots stopped. At the other end, Southampton had their best attack cleared by a brave clearance from the other joint man of the match George Coltart. The second period finished 2 nil to Romsey.
In the third period, Southampton were difficult to break down, they defended very deeply with most of the team behind the ball and only attacked on the break. Romsey’s midfielders Luke Walter, Sam Attfield, Thomas Norman and Will Rossdale, kept the pressure on Southampton before Jack Sluman was unlucky to have a shot stopped. Jack then ran back and managed to clear the ball from Southampton’s break up the field. Romsey’s goalie Oliver O’Hara twice made good saves when Southampton broke and managed a 2 on 1 with the keeper. Southampton eventually scored from their only shot corner of the match to set up a nervy finally few minutes as Romsey managed to hold on for the well-deserved win.

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A second great performance from Romsey as the came out convincing winners against a strong Gosport Team.
The first period started off with some fine attacking play from Romsey with Jack Sluman on the wing stretching the Gosport defence, Romsey were awarded 2 short corners, but good defence and goalkeeping kept the score nil all.
Gosport’s first meaningful attack led to a two on one with the Romsey keeper Oliver O’Hara standing tall tackling the player and clearing the ball out of the dee.
Romsey was soon ahead after a 3rd short corner led to a goal scored by Jack Sluman, this was followed by some impressive attacking from Thomas Norman who had his first shot saved and his second shot led to another short corner. William Rossdale scored from the short corner and Romsey looked dominant for a period of time, Charlie Westmacott scored a scorching goal with a powerful shot.
The first period ended with Gosport being awarded a short corner after some good attacking play, as the whistle had gone for the last play of the period Gosport were able to fill the dee with all of their players. A scrappy period of play led to a Gosport being awarded a goal through a very congested dee. The first period finished with Romsey leading 3 one.
Romsey started the second period with some fine goals, Charlie Westmacott scored again but this time showing off his skill with a reverse hit, this was followed by Thomas Norman delicately flipping the ball passed the keeper to score his goal.
The game moved quickly, with the majority of possession being fought over in midfield, where William Rossdale put in some good tackles and taking the ball up in attack. Sam Attfield had an impressive debut in midfield, he took the ball up to the dee on a number of occasions and was unlucky not to have scored. The lead was stretched by goals from Jack Sluman and Jack Meehan who performed the best goal celebration with a very impressive one-handed cartwheel.
Gosport attacked with confidence but struggled to find a way through the defence of Romsey. George Coltart, in defence, put in a man of the match performance he was helped by good performances from Jack Jones and Frederick O’Hara who both put in some strong tackles and kept Gosport at bay. The second period ended however with Gosport scoring a second goal, to go into the final period 8 two down.
The third period started with Charlie Westmacott going around the Gosport keeper to score his 5th, this was followed by two goals from Jake Meehan to complete his hat trick. Gosport hit back and scored their third and final goal. The midfield and defence were busy once more with some good tackling from both sides as the game went one way then the other, both teams were tiring but Romsey’s better passing game paid off with 2 quick goals scored by Luke Walter and a final goal from Charlie to seal a convincing win.

This was a very one-sided match, with the game over as a contest by the end of the first period as Charlie Westmacott scored the first hat-trick of his 7 goal haul, and Jack Meehan opening his own tally on the way to his hat-trick. 

 

Salisbury were pressed by a strong midfield of William Rossdale, Jack Sluman, Luke Walter, Thomas Norman and debutant Archie Davis, who were dominant at the start of the match. In the first period, Salisbury only managed to exit their half 3 times, each attack was stopped by the defense of Thomas Dyer, Freddie O’Hara, George Coltart.

 

Salisbury started the second period with a much-improved performance and the game began to ebb and flow. Debutant Jack Jones came off the bench and was straight into the action with some important tackles as Romsey’s defense held strong. Normal service resumed with Jack Meehan, Charlie Westmacott and Thomas Norman all scoring.

 

The final period was similar to the second, with Romsey dominating possession and field position, however, Salisbury did manage a few meaningful attacks but Romsey managed to defend well without giving away any short corners.

 

Romsey’s Goalie Oliver O’Hara weathered the boredom of not being in the game and finished with an impressive stat of being the only player on the pitch not to have touched the ball.

 

The match finished with the home team winning by 11 goals to Nil.

A weakened u12 boys team travelled to Salisbury and despite a great team performance lost 2-0.

For the match in pictures see below!’





The U12 boys hosted Trojans at HCS, looking for a win to regain 2nd place in the league, and hoping to finish before the forecasted rain arrived.

Forwards: Ben Harris, Bailey Benham, Bryn Wathen

Midfield: Olly Westmacott, Christopher Blake, Noah Cooper, Morgan Robertson, Ben Sluman

Defence: Toby Hamblin, Jamie Reid, Will Richards, Archie Webster, Rob Budden (GK)

The first period saw both teams battling for possession in the midfield.  The first opportunity fell to Trojans, with Romsey keeper Rob making an important stop.  Romsey took the lead following a short corner, with Ben Harris pouncing on the ball to score from close range in the subsequent scramble.  1-0 Romsey.

The second period saw the arrival of the wind and rain.  Trojans scored from a short corner to take it to 1-1.  Romsey fought back, with some nice passing in the final third leading to Noah Cooper shooting from the edge of the D, and Morgan Roberston adding the final touch for a well worked goal.  2-1 Romsey.

The final period saw Romsey playing into the rain and wind (and most of the parents shivering).  Trojans began to play with more width, pinning Romsey back in their own half.  The resulting pressure in Romsey’s D led to Trojan’s winning a series of short corners.  Romsey defended each with determination, but were finally undone, with Trojans levelling the score at 2-2.  Romsey kept their heads up and tried to hit Trojans on the break for a winner, coming close but not close enough to take the win.  The 2-2 draw was a fair result, with the boys and parents beating a hasty retreat from the weather – hence the lack of photo!

Romsey under 12 boys turned Sunday’s away match into a true top two table clash. With winchester unbeaten and romsey having lost 5:0 to them in the first game of the season ,but still second in the table , romsey were able to show how much they had developed over the season as a team.
It was spritely start from both sides but somehow winchester got an early goal despite excellent tackling by Noah cooper and will Ritchie . Romsey rallied from some further attacks through further solid defensive play from will richards and keeper rob Budden . Pressure was shifting onto winchester , however a breakaway lead to romsey going 2 nil down.
Romsey kept their heads up despite this and bailey Benham picked up the ball and dribbled past a winchester player to feed in harry croft-baker whose shot went just wide. Christopher blake managed to gather the ball to recycle it into the d leading to a short corner. The whistle went for the end of the third, but the short corner was played with all of romsey team up on the winchester D. In a thrilling minute of intense hockey within the d a goal was given with the final vital touch coming from Morgan robertson’s stick.

The boys had real belief now and came out to the 2nd third with sustained pressure, through clinical defensive play from Daniel alavi and will richards gathering possession and feeding in robertson, croft-baker and Bryn Wathen through the centre and using width of the wingers olly westmacott, Jo and Stan arnold. There was a period of alternating short corners with shots going wide and another dramatic series of saves by keeper Budden.
One play from westmacott to Wathen slipped a pass to croft baker who took the ball from the halfway line using improving combination of stick skill and pace to reach the top of the D and slot a firecracker into the top right corner to equalise 2:2.

With 2 minutes, that felt like ten, till the end of the 2 nd third Romsey looked all of a sudden vulnerable and couldn’t clear the ball beyond the 23 and keep possession. Unfortunately winchester got the break they needed from a long corner and then another all within the blink of an eye to go 4:2 up after the second third .

After a rallying talk from coach Stuart Robertson, the Romsey boys came out of the break with a period of intense pressure on the winchester defence and a linking move from westmacott to croft-baker yielded a goal as somehow croft-baker managed to pass a number of players and push the ball passed their keeper at short range. For 4:3.
After a short break for a Romsey injury play intensified with end to end moves , but from a long corner winchester managed to win a well earned team goal. 5:3.
Time was running out for Romsey and they could not quite do it , despite hitting the winchester post toward the last moments.

The game was a great team effort for which the final score line doesn’t represent the fact that winchester would not have been sure the game was safe until the final whistle .

Romsey’s U12 Boys travelled to Bournemouth on Sunday 30th November.

The first period started with the home team playing into the sun.  Both teams started brightly with some early chances at both ends.  Romsey were rewarded first with a cross from Harry Croft-Baker finding Bryn Wathen who took the chance to put Romsey ahead with his second goal in as many matches.  Olly Westmacott, in his first match for Romsey, nearly doubled the lead, only to see his shot well stopped by the Bournemouth keeper.  Bournemouth continued to create chances, with several shots just going wide.  Romsey held on to finish 1-0 at the end of the first period.

The clouds rolled in at the start of the second period as both teams started where they’d left off.  Bournemouth struck first to level the score.  This prompted Romsey to work even harder.  The back unit of Daniel Alavi, Jamie Reid, Will Richards, Noah Cooper and Stan Arnold closed down the Bournemouth forwards with some excellent tackles, clearances and composed passing to turn defence into attack.  Romsey’s trio of Harry Croft-Baker, Morgan Robertson and Olly Westmacott started to assert their dominance in midfield, linking well with wingers James Fuller, Will Ritchie and Joe Arnold.  Romsey cranked up the pressure with two goals from Harry Croft-Baker, the first a solo effort from the halfway line, the second from a short corner.  Morgan Robertson followed this up with a goal in the top corner to put Romsey ahead 4-1 at the end of the second period.

Bournemouth came out of the blocks sprinting in the final period, only to be denied by several fine stops by Romsey’s keeper Rob Budden and some brave defence from the back four.  Yet again, Romsey’s defence provided the platform with some great hockey to take the play into the Bournemouth half.  Romsey won back-to-back short corners but were denied both times by two fabalous acrobatic stops from the Bournemouth keeper.  However, it was third time lucky with Noah Cooper taking his chance well.  Bournemouth pulled one back, only to see Romsey pull further ahead with Morgan Robertson’s shot lobbing the keeper.

At the final whistle, a 6-2 win for Romsey against Bournemouth’s first team and probably their best game of the season so far.

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Romsey’s U12 Boys hosted Salisbury in bright sunshine at HCS, with the home team welcoming back Morgan Robertson for his first match of the season.

Romsey started the first period playing into the sun.  It was a sluggish start, with Salisbury pinning the home team in their own half, and winning two short corners in quick succession.  Salisbury came close on the second, rattling a shot of the post.  The pressure finally told, with Salisbury taking a deserved lead (0-1).  The goal stirred the home team into action, with Romsey hitting Salisbury on the break, and Harry Croft-Baker grabbing the equaliser (1-1).  The teams continued to trade short corners, with Romsey hitting the post just before the break.

The second period started much the same as the first, with Salisbury winning two short corners.  However, the Romsey defence (Noah Cooper, Will Richards, Ben Sluman and Toby Hamblin) together with keeper Rob Budden kept the visitors out.  With the visitors now playing into sun, Romsey’s trio of Bailey Benham, Elliot Colyer and Harry Croft-Baker began to take control of midfield, providing a platform for the forwards.  It was Salisbury’s turn to be pinned back.  Wingers Joe and Stan Arnold provided the breadth, with Jack Sluman linking up with the midfield.  Morgan Robertson and James Fuller both came close with chances in the Salisbury ‘D’.  A dominant period for Romsey.

The final period saw a number of chances from both teams as legs began to tire.  Keeper Rob Budden made a number of great stops, and Toby Hamblin defended heroically in only his second game for the club, making a last ditch tackle in the Romsey ‘D’ to prevent a certain goal.   However, Salisbury pounced on the rebound to retake the lead (1-2).  The Romsey boys kept their heads, with Bailey Benham battling away in midfield to shut down further attacks by the visitors and regain possession for Romsey.  With time running, Harry Croft-Baker played a beautifully weighted pass into the Salisbury ‘D’, which Ben Harris put away to level the score (2-2).  Romsey finished strongly in the final minutes but weren’t quite able to take the win.  Another good performance, and a well deserved draw.

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Romsey’s U12 Boys continued to enjoy the fair weather as they played their first away match of the season against Trojans.  The team included two boys playing their first match for Romsey – Archie Webster and William Ritchie.

Trojans struck first, early in the first period, with a quick goal before Romsey had chance to settle.  The midfield quartet of Harry Croft-Baker, Joseph & Stan Arnold and Elliot Colyer then began to assert themselves, driving play deep into Trojans territory.  Harry opened his account for the morning with a blistering shot from a tight angle.  Romsey continued to pour forward with front-men James Fuller, Ben Harris and Christopher Blake testing the Trojan’s defence before the first period ended all square: Trojans 1 – Romsey 1.

The change of sides in the second period obviously suited Romsey as they piled forward, supported by the back four of Jamie Reid, Noah Cooper, William Richards and Oliver O’Hara.  Harry Croft-Baker quickly added another goal to take Romsey ahead.  Trojans made the occassional visit into Romsey’s half, but did little to trouble Romsey’s keeper Rob Budden.  With William Ritchie charging up and down the right wing, and Archie Webster on the left wing, Romsey continued to drive forward.  Ben Harris had his shot stopped by the Trojan’s keeper, but Harry Croft-Baker tidied up for his hat-trick.  Harry added another two in the period to complete a dominant second period: Trojans 1 – Romsey 5.

Trojan’s came back at Romsey in the third and final period, with the play switching from end to end and chances going to both teams.  Trojans clawed two goals back, causing some momentary concern before the momentum swung back in Romsey’s favour with the defence providing the platform, pushing the play into the Trojans half.  Debutant William Ritchie got the scoreboard ticking again for Romsey with his first goal for the club.  The final few minutes saw some frantic action in the Trojan’s goal area with James Fuller’s shot being saved before Harry finished off, driving a reverse stick shot hard into the Trojan’s goal to claim his double hat-trick.

Final score: Trojans 3 – Romsey 7.

 

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The sun shone on Romsey U12 Boys as they faced Bournemouth (2) at HCS.  It was a young Romsey team with three new caps – Toby Hamblin, Chris Blake and Bryn Wathen, all urged on by coach Lewis.

The first period saw end-to-end play, with both teams rewarded.  Romsey started brightly with Harry Croft-Baker charging forward from midfield, supported by Bailey Benham and Elliot Colyer.  Romsey struck first, with Harry firing in a goal off the keepers outstretched hand.  1-0 Romsey.  Bournemouth then pressed forward in numbers, scoring a well worked goal.

The second period saw more end-to-end play, but with the momemtum swinging Romsey’s way with forwards James Fuller and Ben Harris  making a number of penetrating runs towards goal.  Harry scored his second goal of the match to put Romsey 2-1 ahead.  Bournemouth continued to press forward at pace, testing Romsey’s defence.  However Noah Cooper, William Richards, Jack Sluman, Jamie Reid and Toby Hamblin were up to the challenge, restricting Bournemouth to a handful of chances which didn’t trouble Romsey’s keeper Rob Budden.  Romsey continued to launch attacks, and were rewarded when Bryn Wathen shot from close range for a goal on his debut.  3-1 Romsey.  Chris Blake joined the forwards as a target for Romsey’s midfield trio of Harry, Bailey and Elliot.

The third period saw Romsey dominating the play, but with a number of dangerous breaks from Bournemouth as legs began to tire.  Romsey defended valiantly, with Will, Noah, Jack, Jamie and Toby snuffing out most of the attacks.  However, a few got through – one saw keeper Rob throw himself at the ball, with a Romsey stick clearing at the last moment.  Another saw a Bournemouth goal disallowed as the final shot came off the back of the stick.  Romsey were dominant in the final minutes, pinning Bournemouth down at their end, with great interlinking play from the Romsey midfield and forwards.  Bournemouth had one more chance with a break leading to a short corner at the final whistle.  Romsey kept them out to earn their first win of the season.

Final score, Romsey win 3-1 .  A very promising performance which hopefully bodes well for the rest of the season.

Romsey U12 Boys (5-Oct-2014)

Romsey U12 Boys (5-Oct-2014)

The Romsey under 12 boys made it through the floods to meet Fareham for a match of 2 parts. By the end of the first 20 minutes they found themselves 3 nil down with the real concerns about what would happen in the next 40 minutes. Fareham’s goals started with a penalty flick due to a defensive foot on the goaline. The next goals and attacks were through many individual skilled runs with the Romsey giving too much space and freedom into the D. Things started to stabilise just before the first 20 minutes. However it was an inspired change in formation, by coach Pete Cooper, that changed the game dramatically. With the boys now playing 5 at the back and 3 in central midfield the Fareham attacks were stifled and a firm base for swift attacking moves created. The back five with Ben Whittaker and Noah Cooper coordinating the formation gelled and pressed well. Harry Croft-Baker, Matt Loveday and Jai Mew worked well in the centre regularly penetrating the Fareham D. Jai Mew, on debut for the club, had an excellent game showing calm, skilful movement and stick work with well directed passes. Romsey’s first goal came eventually after intense pressure in Fareham’s half with good team passing finished off by Ben Harris sweeping the ball into the goal. The final 20 minutes seemed to crescendo into even greater pressure from Romsey with Fareham seemingly not able to hold the ball up out of their half. Romsey’s second goal came with 10 minutes to go with Matt Dyer tidying up yet another exciting move slotting the ball passed the keeper.
This left Romsey with real belief that they could equalise. Piercing attacks and short corners kept coming with Romsey overcoming the Fareham outfield players with only the keeper preventing them from equalising. Despite some firecracker shots on target from Croft-Baker and a clever flick from open play which hit the post, Romsey could not make it leaving the score 3:2. However they came away knowing that they had played an amazing game and showed great character to nearly turn their fortunes around after such a difficult start.

Romsey U12 Boys put up a great fight on Sunday against Salisbury. They definitely deserved the 4-1 win for all of the effort they put in. James Fuller had the game of his life; battling in defence and threading some great passes that ripped up the Salisbury defence. Matt Dyer scored the first goal finishing off a lovely pass sent from Harry Croft-Baker. Salisbury fought back though and finished off a good move just before the end of the first third. The second goal came just after the break when Mathew Loveday swept in a rebound after a fierce shot was half saved by the visiting goalkeeper. Salisbury worked hard to level, pushing forward hard but were then vunerable on the break. Morgan Robertson made a good run into the D and charged at the Salisbury keeper and nutmeging him for the third goal. Croft-Baker was again the provider for the 4th drilling a ball into the D which was neatly deflected in by Robertson.

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The Under 12 boys travelled to Southampton for their first game in a month. It was a tense and evenly balanced match, however Romsey were able to create enough decisive hockey plays to finish victorious. The game was scoreless for nearly two thirds of the time with thrilling end to end play reflecting solid defence including Ben Whittaker, Noah Cooper, William Gent and Oscar Wright with some crucial tackles and interceptions. A few early chances for Romsey were forced down the right with Harry Croft-Baker crossing powerfully across the D with close calls on goal from Matt Dyer, Morgan Robertson and Matt Loveday. Ben Harris and James Fuller continued to impress with their skills and confidence under pressure.
Romsey’s first goal came from a nicely threaded pass by Croft-Baker through a Southampton back line who were caught flat leaving Loveday and Edward Robinson against the keeper with Robinson remaining cool to push the ball past and into the Southampton goal.
This gave Romsey confidence to play the ball wider and Ben Sluman made good use of his right wing position drawing the game down the right hand side leading to a play which won a Romsey short corner. After a strike from the top of the D, Robertson picked up the shot in front of goal and deftly manoeuvred around a couple of the opposition to tap into goal.
Romsey started to tire and Southampton ran through to hit a well directed shot past keeper Daniel Alavi who had little chance with 2 on 1. Alavi, in only his second game as a goalie , had already made some crucial saves which allowed Romsey to return home victors 2:1.

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Romsey’s U12 Boys braved the storms and travelled to Bournemouth on Sunday. The game was tight from the start with action regularly moving from end to end – neither side able to dominate.

Noah Cooper marshalled the Romsey defence well, Ben Whittaker was solid and fed the ball forward. Oscar Wright played his best match in a Romsey shirt at right back and William Gent was a regular attacking threat on the left.

Player of the match was James Fuller, he pressed the opposition hard and won important possession for Romsey. His hard work provided Matt Dyer and Ben Harris with the ball in useful forward positions. Edward Robinson made a number of very quick breaks down the right wing.

Dan Alavi, making his debut appearance in goal, made a number of excellent saves in what proved to be a frantic match.

Despite their hard work Romsey lost out 4-1 to the Dorset side. Romsey’s consolation goal came from a short corner won by some fancy stick work by Morgan Robertson, and a pile driver of a shot from Harry Croft-Baker.

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