Season 2010-11

Captain: Amy Edwards

League Position: 3rd in Hampshire Division 2

All match reports for the 2010-11 season are below

Romsey ladies 1XI travelled to local rivals Trojans for their first game back after the half term break.

Trojans 3XI were quick out of the blocks, and started piling pressure on the Romsey D. Romsey defended well in the opening 10 minutes, with centre midfielders Bethan Knights and Erica Jenner working hard to stop the Trojans players driving down the middle of the pitch. Romsey deflected the early pressure which allowed them to start to build some well worked spells of possession. Midfielders Emma Bouchard, Sheila F and Kate Moss linked up well in the middle of the field, passing the ball from one side of the pitch to the other. Romsey started to create some meaningful movement up front, with Kate Olingschlaeger and Emily Williams working hard to create space. Unfortunately Romsey were unable to capitalise on these opportunities, which allowed Trojans to build pressure and with a break down the left they made the most of some good team work and put the ball into the Romsey goal making it 1-0 at half time.

Romsey knew that Trojans would attack hard again in the second half, but they were positive in attack with Emma Beeching and Jenny P linking up well in midfield and up front, determined to create a chance on goal.

However Trojans worked well in defense and prevented Romsey from scoring any of the chances they created. In a flurry of short corners won by Trojans, defenders Liz Forbes and Gigi H supported goal keeper Ange Cryne to defend well, but unfortunately the continued pressure was too much for the defenders and Trojans converted one of their efforts to make it 2-0. Romsey didn’t let their heads drop, with Sophie Hurley driving the ball up the wing to create a chance in the Romsey D, but Kate O and Erica J were unable to get the ball into the Trojans goal. With the last hit of the game, Trojans won another short corner, which they expertly converted to make the final score 3-0 to the home side.

Romsey Ladies 1XI hosted Southampton 2’s hoping to improve on the previous weeks play. Southampton put some early pressure on the Romsey defensive line with Liz Forbes, Gigi H and Emily Slade working well to prevent an early Southampton goal. After an unsettling first 10 minutes, Romsey started to have longer possessions of play which allowed midfielders Sheila F and Emma Bouchard to gain confidence and start to push the Romsey team forward. Romsey optimised after a Southampton mistake in their own half, with a quick ball down the middle of the pitch from Bobs C to Kate Olingschlaeger, who dribbled the ball past the last Southampton defender. The Goalkeeper was quick to react and stopped Olingschlaeger’s shot, only for Emily Williams to pick up the rebound and put it into the Southampton goal past a defender who had got back to help. Unfortunately for Williams, the umpire spotted an infringement by the Southampton defender and awarded a penalty flick to Romsey. Erica Jenner stepped up and cooly converted the chance to make it 1-0 to the homeside. Southampton were not going to let this goal put them on the back foot and within minutes of Romsey scoring, they had converted one of their attacks and evened up the score line to make it 1-1 at the break.

Romsey built on the possession they had in the first half with Charlotte Jones and Jess Preece controlling the midfield line, moving the ball well from one wing to the other. Jenny P made some surging runs up front and drawing the Southampton defenders to the sides of the pitch. This allowed Kate Moss to utilise the space created and drive the ball into the Southampton D. Bobs C was unable to get a shot off in the D, but the ball found a Southampton foot resulting in a short corner for Romsey. The ball was received at the top of the D by Moss who slipped it to Williams who calmed swept the ball into the back of the Southampton goal to make it 2-1 to Romsey. With only 10 minutes to go, Southampton were determined to get something from the game, and with a flurry of short corners won, Romsey had to call on their defenders and GK Laura Kemp to prevent Southampton evening up the score. Romsey held out and secured all 3 much needed points.

Romsey 1st XI (6) – Havant 3rd XI (1)

Edwards (2), Irving (2), Wyant, Welch

Romsey Ladies 1sts rounded off the season with a 6-1 win over Havant 3s to secure third place in Hampshire League Division 2.

The sun brought out some of Romsey’s best passing hockey, amid a great club atmosphere with the men’s 1st team giving strong support from the side lines.

On the score sheet twice were Carly Irving with some great driving play from the right, and Amy Edwards, her first being a reverse push from a Kate Moss reverse pass. Not to be outdone, the youngster Amy Welch also scored with a reverse touch after some slick Emily Bradshaw ground work. Fellow teenager Steph Wyant claimed her place in the match report after finishing off a set of penalty area triangular passes.

Roll on next season.

Romsey 1st XI (3) vs Southampton Uni (1)

Edwards, Jenner (2)

After recent results, Romsey needed to get back to winning ways, and they did just that with a 3-1 win over Southampton University. Having gone 0-1 down in the first 10 mins the home side woke up, started to pass the ball around, maintaining possession.

Amy Edwards converted the first goal after a slick one-two with Emily Bradshaw, and Erica Jenner drove the second home from a Carly Irving cross. Romsey did not let up in the second half, Erica again on the score sheet after a run through midfield and a one-two with Amy Edwards.

Not to be outdone for effort, the back line quartet of Lou Viney, Liz Forbes,  Sally Shrub and Emily Slade had an outstanding game with player of the match Liz Forbes’ diving reverse stick interception a memorable moment for Romsey.

Romsey go into the half term break sitting 4th in the table, 2points off 2nd spot. League games resume on the 5th March.

Havent 2nd XI (3) – Romsey 1st XI (1)


Facing their toughest match of the season against the runaway league leaders Havant, Romsey braced themselves for an onslaught of sleek,attacking hockey. That’s exactly what they got, but Romsey held their shape and resolve from start to finish. Two well-worked, short corner routines saw Romsey down 2-0 in the first 20 minutes, but continued to work hard and were rewarded by a goal late in the first half. A great team build-up lead to Erica Jenner coolly pushing a shot around the goalie from a Emily Slade cross.
The second half was pretty even, with Romsey’s marking holding strong and the team working hard to close down the ball, inparticularly player of the match Steph Wyant. The league leaders showed their class, half way through the second half converting a cross from the right with one touch in front of goal. Overall a deserved result, but Romsey can be proud of their performance despite losing 3-1.

Romsey 1st XI (0) – Eastleigh 1st XI (1)

Never has the phrase “a game of two halves” been used more accurately. Romsey stormed out of the blocks, dominating play with excellent passing manoeuvres. Their pressure earned them 5 short corners but they were unable to capitalise. A deft save by the Eastleigh goalie denied Erica Jenner, and a Lou Viney strike glanced past the wrong side of the post.

Confidence was still high after half time, but Eastleigh gained momentum scoring on a break away after a goal mouth scramble. Romsey fought back but their passing game began to desert them and they were unable to pull back the deficit, the game being decided by that single goal.

City of Portsmouth (1) vs Romsey 1st XI (4)

Jenner (2), Edwards (2)

Romsey 1sts chalked up their first win of 2011 with a 4-1 win over City of Portsmouth. Adjusting to an unfamiliar pitch surface, Romsey conceeded an early goal from an unstoppale short corner stike. However, a slick passing game enabled a fight back with Erica Jenner flicking to the top corner after good build up work between Amy Edwards and Emily Bradshaw.

The second goal came after a superb strike from Sophie Lock which rebounded into the path of Edwards who took her chance and finished neatly putting Romsey in front. Jenner struck again in the second half, again from a rebound after solid play in the D from Player of the Match, Amy Welsh.

The finalie came close to the final whistle, with Steph Wyant sending the ball into a goal line scuffle of which Edwards took advantage getting her 2nd goal of the game, and Romseys fourth.

Romsey go into next weeks home clash with Eastleigh in good spirits as they sit 2nd in the Hampshire Division 2 table.

Romsey 1st XI (3) – Vectis 1st XI (3)

Edwards (3)

After last week’s draw Romsey Ladies 1st XI came out strong hoping to to take a win from bottom of the table Vectis. With Romsey in confident form the first 20 minutes rarely saw Vectis get the ball into Romsey’s defending half. Romsey maintained the pressure on the Vectis goal with good build-up play and neat passing, ending in a string of shots. Defender Francis Savage had a strong game, taking her opportunities to support the attack up the right wing.  But against the run of play Vectis made a quick break and punished Romsey with a decisive strike to open the scoring.

Soon after a similar quick break from Vectis wrong-footed Romsey to produce an unlikely goal number two . But with Romsey still looking the stronger team the home team pulled back a goal soon after thanks to silky smooth linking play from player of the match centre midfielder Emily Bradshaw and striker Amy Edwards – Defender Liz Forbes slipped the ball through to Bradshaw, who dribbled the ball round two Vectis defenders before crossing to Edwards who struck it first time to beat the GK.

The second half soon saw Romsey level the scoring with a quick break of their own – swiftly playing the ball out from a failed Vectis short corner with a long ball up to Edwards who buried the ball with an unstopable strike from the top of the D. And 10 minutes from full-time victory looked in Romsey’s grasp when Edwards grabbed her hatrick. A freehit outside the D was taken by the quick thinking Emily Slade, who played a perfectly weighted ball into Bradshaw’s defence splitting run. Bradshaw continued into the D and slipped a superb ball back to the waiting Edwards, who finished first time with a sweep into the top corner.

But despite some great defending late into the game, Vectis snatched a draw in the dying minutes with yet another break against the run of play.  Romsey now in second spot play City Of Portsmouth away next week.

Romsey 1st Xi (0) – Havent 3rd XI (0)

Despite a 6 week break Romsey coped well with their first game of the New Year. With her debut appearance for the 1st team, U16 player Amy Welch had an excellent game on the left flank, her speed and agility out-shining an experienced opposition and Welsh was unlucky not to have have at least 2 assists.

Romsey’s lack of goals was not due to lack of chances or pressure in attack. Joining Welsh up front youngsters Rosie Bishop and Steff Wyant also worked hard and again were unlucky not to find the net from some searing balls hammered into the D from midfielder Carly Irving. While stallward Amy Edwards, playing despite illness, was thwarted by some great goal keeping.

Although Romsey spent much of the 2nd half camped in Havant’s D, Romsey defence soak up the pressure of Havants attacks.  A sterling performance from Marie Welch, who held the centre back position to breakdown several threatening Havant attacks, earned her joint man of the match with left back Tracy Nicoll. While Sally Shrubb and Liz Forbes also kept their composure at the back clearing two balls off the line and with Zoe Rogers in goal forced to make several saves from shorts corners. Although slightly sluggish after the Christmas break Romsey were perhaps a little unlucky not to come away with a win.

Romsey 1st XI (4) – Petersfield 1st XI (1)

Edwards (2), Bradshaw, Charlton

Romsey Ladies 1s took to the pitch against Petersfield keen to demonstrate the type of hockey they are capable of after a disappointing result the week before.

Romsey began the game well and were soon 2 goals to the good through Amy Edwards after some strong work by player of the match Carly Irving.

Irving was also key in the third goal releasing Emily Bradshaw through the middle for her to place it into the goal and consolidate Romseys dominance.

Continued pressure from Romsey was rewarded when Verity Charlton completed a fine move and put the hosts 4-0 up but then Romsey took their foot off the peddle and allowed Petersfield to sneak a goal back just before the break.

Despite showing such strength in the first half the scoreline remained the same and Romsey remain 3rd in the table with one league game to play this side of the Christmas break.



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