Both sides were only able to field 10 players a side for this fixture, but it was Romsey’s omissions that appeared to have the greater impact as Andover scored freely in the first half to open up too greater lead for Romsey to catch.

Romsey found themselves 0-3 down after 15 minutes as they adjusted to missing regulars in defence and midfield. Luke Hammond in goal having little chance as Andover scored from penalty corners.

Nick buck took command and with James Manning and Hugh Davidson in defence started to build more creative moves to avoid the game drifting away from Romsey.

Finn playing in centre midfield and support by Ben Davidson from the U14s started to play some smart passes to Chris Harwood and Toby Hill, who was beginning to make in roads in to the Andover D.

It was Hill who pulled a goal back for Romsey with a fine strike inside the post, and then he and Ben Ellis set up David Forgan who pushed a shot inside the post and keeper to bring the scoreline back to 3-2.

Romsey needed to hold this until half time, but Andover’s striker who had immense pace twice broke clear and scored two goals in two minutes to leave it 5-2 at half time.

Romsey could easily have scored 3 goals to equalise, but found themselves 7-2 following Andover penalty corner routines that passed through the Romsey defence.

However, Romsey scored two more goals through David Forgan, who scored his third hat trick of the season and made the last 55 minutes of the match an even 4-4 scoreline, although Romsey lost 7-4 overall.

Both teams had chances to win this fixture, and Romsey will feel disappointed they didn’t claim revenge for a 4-2 defeat away earlier in the season.

Romsey started well, with Sam Barcia and Jack Murray controlling the centre of the pitch, Nick Buck commanded a reshuffled defence, but Luke Hammond and Hugh Davidson played key roles in snuffing out any Winchester wind attacks.

Romsey felt they had gone 1 – 0 up when a Barcia shot rocketed across the goal and appeared to hit the inside of the post and come out. The ball must have crossed the line but play was waved on. Then an aerial ball by Romsey was blown up and play taken back to the Romsey D with Romsey having moved upfield. A quick Winchester pass saw their centre forward take the ball round Alex Buck in goal, but it was ruled out for a passing infringement by the visitors.

Winchester took the lead soon after when pressure paid off and then gave Alex Buck no chance sweeping the ball in from close range.

Romsey rallied and equalised after David Forgan saw his shot cleared off the line, Ben Ellis swept the ball in soon after.

Romsey took the lead when Ellis was again on target after neat work from Chris Harwood and Toby Hill in the midfield.

Winchester made it 2-2 at Halftime when Goalkeeper Buck stopped a Winchester forward by robustly taking him and the ball out of the play, however the ball rolled to a Winchester playing following up to equalise.

In the second half Romsey dominated and Ellis missed a couple of chances, Iggy and Finn were now supporting midfield and forward positions and it looked like there would be no more goals as Winchester blocked out numerous Romsey chances.

With five minutes left David Forgan’s shot on the edge of the D came off an opponents stick and looped high up and over the Winchester keep to give Romsey a 3-2 advantage. It only lasted for three minutes as Winchester pushed up with Romsey trying to defend their lead to equalise and take a share of the spoils.

Salisbury avenged their 5 – 2 defeat to Romsey in 2013 with a reverse scoreline at home in a match that was evenly contested until the last quarter.

Romsey started with ten men due to 2 players delayed on arrival, and it looked liked that would prove costly when a Salisbury move down their left pressured Luke Hammond and Nick Buck. Ian Wilson attempted to cover but the ball was slipped to a Salisbury forward who executed his shot past Alex Buck in goal.

Romsey raised their game, and Sam Barcia played a sliderule pass to David Forgan who squared high to Ben Ellis who reversed stick stopped the ball in the air and pushed in it to the goal from a yard out.

Romsey put Salisbury under pressure as they got up to a full complement of eleven, Sam Barcia played in Chris Harwood down the left and he interchanged with Hugh Davidson at left back to play in Ellis again.

James Manning now at right back was stopping all the Salisbury attacks with Nick Buck a rock at the centre, always getting to the ball first.

With the game about to come to half time Salisbury were awarded a penalty corner – the whistle blew – Salisbury brought their full team up and won another penalty corner. from the second corner a Salisbury shot rocketed in to the bottom corner to see a HT score of Salisbury 2 – Romsey 1.

In the 2nd half Salisbury came out on top initially and scored a third goal early on, but Romsey bounced back and made it 3-2 with fifteen minutes to go through a superb strike, after a good team move, by David Forgan.

Romsey though ran out of steam as they looked for an equaliser and two Salisbury goals in 60 seconds in the last ten minutes saw the final score Salisbury 5 -2 Romsey.

Romsey proved far too strong for a Trojans2 side, where most players were a year younger than a strong Romsey side.

Romsey were 4-0 up at half time through a David Forgan brace, Jack Murray and Iggy.

Then Sam Barcia scored a hat trick in the first 8 minutes of the second half, before Forgan got his third for his hat trick.

Alex Buck was rarely tested in the Romsey goal, and Ben Ellis was unlucky not to get on the score sheet.

Romsey’s only indiscrection was a green card to Ian Wilson on behalf of the team for some stick tackling, which they learned from.

Trojans pulled one back, to make it 1-8, but Murray and two more from Barcia saw Romsey romp home.

Romsey played their first U16 game for over a month keen to learn from some of the training that had been practising and it paid dividends against a young Salisbury side.

The game started evenly with Salisbury having more possession and pushing to get in to the Romsey D, but Nick Buck playing in front of the back three seemed to be able to read every play and made several key interceptions. Ian Wilson, James Manning and Hugh Davidson then started to command the Romsey back line and build moves through the midfield.

Romsey pushed to take advantage and had several shots wide, and forced three penalty corners. In the 26th minute and with Romsey on top a penalty corner move was played back to Sam Barcia from Jack Murray and he coolly passed the ball in to goal to give Romsey a 1-0 halftime lead.

Salisbury came out of the blocks quickest in the second period and with two minutes equalised with a powerful shot inside the post from a penalty corner of their own.

Romsey then raised their game, Chris Harwood on the left and Toby Hill on the right spread the play and Romsey scored two goals in quick succession, first Ben Ellis was on hand to shoot in at the second attempt after the Salisbury Goalkeeper saved his first effort, and then David Forgan scored 90 seconds later following a good move to put Romsey 3-1 up.

Salisbury forced their way back in to the game and won a penalty stroke a few minutes later, Hal Cross who is only 12 stood firm and pulled off a great save to keep the two goal cushion. Then soon after he pushed a goal bound aerial shot around the post with his hands.

Romsey sealed the match with 12 minutes to go, Barcia got his second of the match with an interception in the centre of the pitch and ran towards the Salisbury goal before drilling a firm shot in the corner, and then a move between Harwood, Ellis and Forgan ended with Forgan scoring his second of the match.

Salisbury pulled back a late consolation, but Romsey were good for their 5 – 2 win.

Romsey U16 were second best to table topping Southampton in awful cold and wet conditions at the Sports Centre.

It was the Romsey defence that played a key part in eliminating Southampton attacks, Ian Wilson swept away most moves that made it in to the Romsey D, with Alex Buck in inspired form in goal keeping the score at 0-0 until the last minute of the first half, James Manning and Luke Hammond were unlucky to be beaten by some swift Southampton passing, and when play was kept going after an offence in the D by Romsey, Southampton took advantage and eventually they broke the deadlock.

Romsey had missed a glorious chance to go 1-0 up with a breakaway, the goal being disallowed due to a Romsey foot offence in trying to put the ball in to he empty net.

In second half Romsey again soaked up pressure, and Hugh Davidson and Nick Buck were key in stopping Southampton attacks.

Southampton doubled their lead in the 50th minute from and then Romsey pushed hard to pull back the arrears, Toby Hill twice getting in to try and set up Ben Ellis and then Chris Harwood.

With five minutes to go Southampton scored a third from a penalty corner to remain top of the U16 league.

The Award Winners with GB Bronze Medalist Annie Panter

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The winners were:

  Player of the Season Most Improved Player
U8 Katie Lou Ryan Luke Walters
U10 Matt Dyer Sophie Davidson
U12G Anna Poller Jennifer Pimley
U12B Raul Patel Thomas Croft-Baker
U14G Jade Phillips Gabby Hebert
U14B Callum Darch Chris Harwood
U16G
U16B Jack Murray Ben Ellis
RHC Junior Club Person of the Year Ian Wilson
   
Bonham Cup, Most Improved Junior Roma Creedon

 

More action shots from the fun, games and coaching master classes:

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Whilst the rest of Romsey Hockey Club slumbered under a warm duvet the
U16 boys got up early and braved the snow and cold to play a league
game against Trojans at home on Sunday morning. Their efforts proved to
be worthwhile as they came away with a close fought 1 -0 victory with
Danny Nicholl scoring the winning goal on his debut.

The whole match was generally played in good spirit between the two
rival clubs and despite strong attacking from both teams, the scores
were level at half time. Trojans started particularly well (or perhaps
Romsey were slow!) and probably edged the first half although Romsey
certainly improved as the first half went on. Trojans hit the post and
Romsey also had to thank Craig Mellor in goal for some smart saves and
a strong defence, with Alex Stote as usual playing particularly well at
left back and Fergus Longman at centre back.

Romsey came much more into the game in the 2nd half and Danny Nicholl
down the left started to make some progress and eventually the goal came
from a short corner that was put in by Danny following a shot from Harry
Foyle. Credit to Romsey for changing the short corner routine as the
previous 3 had all resulted in routine saves from the Trojans GK.

Trojans came back strongly but were unable to force the equaliser,
mainly as a result of determined (and at times last gasp) defending from
the whole team who once again worked hard, tracked back and gave a whole
hearted effort.

Romsey boys U16 team played an end of year friendly at Trojans on Sunday and left the pitch in shock at losing a match they had totally tied up, winning 2 -0 with only 10 minutes to go and then con seeding 3 quick, late goals.

The first hour of the match had seen some of the best hockey played by the team this year with crisp passing and interplay with everyone playing well and putting a lot of pressure on the Trojans goal. Numerous chances were created, Lucas Cross had 2 cleared off the line before Stan Reilly scored his first goal of the season with a blistering, rising shot after Monty Roberts had been taken out by the GK. The hard pitch made it slippery in places but also gave the opportunity to spread the ball quickly and wide, to wingers Stan and Ollie Deacock who caused problems for the Trojans defence. Both Fergus Longman and captain Jamie Legge broke forward several times from midfield / defence to launch a number of attacks. Just before half time Romsey doubled the lead when Lucas scored with a clean low hit from a short corner.

Will Archibald, making his debut as a goal keeper did not touch the ball in the first half and needed to be kept active with extra practice in the half time break to stop the on set of frost bite!! Little did he know how the second half would pan out.

The start, indeed the majority, of the second half was a continuation of the first albeit Trojans started to come into the game and forced a few good saves out of Will. It seemed as though the effort put in during the first half would enable a routine 2 -0 victory but with only 10 minutes to go Trojans scored following an excellent dribble and shot. The whole mood of the game changed, Trojans attacked and attacked Romsey failed to keep or pass the ball and panicked somewhat. Tackles were missed, heads went down and the inevitable 2 goals followed , the last one with the final hit of the match.

Certainly taking the chances in the first half when dominant and / or holding firm and passing the ball better towards the end would have resulted in a victory but Trojans carried on going right until the end and credit to them for that.

The Under 16 boys played their second match in a week, at home against City of Portsmouth, which resulted in a thumping 10 – 0 win. Goals were scored by Sam Bishop (2) and 4 a piece from Monty Roberts and Lucas Cross.

The team was much changed from previous weeks and had 3 U14 boys playing up, with Sam Bishop making his debut. He opened the scoring with a tap in at the far post and pounced a few minutes later to ram home a second following a goal mouth scramble.

Although the defence was rarely troubled they still had to keep alert and ensure good quality ball to Sam, Lucas and Monty to push ahead. The last 20 minutes of the first half produced a quick fire hat trick from Lucas, with an excellent reverse hit into the bottom corner to complete his three and one from Monty. This ensured a 6 – 0 lead at half time.

The second half was much more even and the Portsmouth No 7 played particularly well and nearly scored a memorable goal after beating the whole of the Romsey defence, rounding the keeper and then missing an open goal. The pace of Monty and Lucas continued to pressurise the Portsmouth defence and their combination ensured 4 quick goals for Monty with one noticeable assist from Sam Bishop.

The up front pairing of Monty, with Lucas playing just behind, has now amassed 16 goals in the season with Monty leading the way with 10.

Although the match result appeared very one sided the team remained solid and there were notable performances in defence and midfield from Edward Hyde, captain Jamie Legge and Nick Buck.

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