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 Ladies 1XI travelled to Basingstoke for an early morning game. Basingstoke started confidently, looking to build on their strong start to their return to Division 1. On a wet and bouncy pitch, Romsey tried to acclimatise themselves to the conditions, working the ball well from defence through the midfielders to the forwards. Kate Moss and Bethan Knights worked well in the centre of the pitch, distributing the ball out and working well to cover the direct moves that Basingstoke were making as they looked fierce in attack. Romsey worked well as a team, coming back to cover when Basingstoke made moves forward causing Emily Slade to make some committed challenges to break down the attacks. There were some promising attacks from both sides, with Emily Williams, Emma Beeching and Kate Olingschlaeger making runs up front and driving the ball into the D to try and get a shot off on goal. However, neither side could make the most of their chances, and the score was 0-0 at half time.
Basingstoke came out hard after the break, GK and player of the game, Laura Kemp was quick to drop to the floor and prevent Basingstoke from finishing off one of their direct attacks on goal. Romsey gained in confidence as they kept the home side at bay, with S.Forbes and Emma Bouchard working hard in midfield to try open up gaps in the Basingstoke back line. Romsey were determined to make the most of their penetrations into the D, winning numerous short corners. Erica Jenner stopped the ball at the top of the D and dribbled in towards to goal, causing the Basingstoke keeper to drop to the floor to try to prevent an attack. This allowed R.Cooper to slot the ball into the goal past the keepers pads with 8 minutes of the game to go. All Romsey had to do was keep their heads and try prevent a Basingstoke attack. G.Hebert worked relentlessly in defensive to ensure that Romsey finished the game 1-0 winners. A total of 8 players received players for man of the match, which sums up how much of a team performance this win was.

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 made the short journey to their nearest rivals Winchester determined to push the joint leaders all the way despite missing 5 regular team members.

Winchester started the game with Romsey content to hold their press and let them play with the ball in their own backyard. Each time Winchester encroached into Romsey’s half they were forced back and after a turnover Romsey moved the ball swiftly finding Sophie Hurley on the right wing. Hurley ghosted into the D and sent the ball towards the far post where it was met by Erica Jenner sliding in to provide a deft finish.
Winchester soon responded with a well taken lead through a drag flick penalty corner routine that keeper Laura Kemp got a stick to but couldn’t  prevent the powerful shot from passing her.
Romsey began to keep more possession of the ball working it through defence and midfield nicely with Tracey Nichol linking up well with Emma Bouchard and Abi James. Just before half time Romsey lost a player to injury when the ball ricocheted into Emily Slade’s left cheek, with the ever capable Rebecca Hutchins slotting into defence the Romsey machine kept going through the gears.
At the start of the second half Winchester spied a breach in the wall and snuck through to score their second after some quick slick passing. Slade returned to the pitch with a nice black eye determined to exact revenge through victory. She started a move that again set Hurley free on the right. Hurley linked up with Jenner with telepathic precision allowing Jenner to get one on one with the keeper and after drifting to her reverse side Jenner smashed the ball home to even things up.
Winchester began to apply the pressure but Liz Forbes and Emily Pitt-Pitts lead the Romsey defence to hold out against the siege. As Romsey began to take back control Winchester scored again to take the lead. Despite Romsey fighting back with everything they had the luck was against them with the Winchester keeper making some good saves and a shot hitting the post.
Despite losing the game there were many positives for Romsey to take from this match and the skill on display was a feast for the travelling spectators, Romsey will be looking to take the full three points in the return fixture after Christmas.

Romsey started the game brightly looking to continue their fine run of form. With the guidance of coach Dave Miles from the sideline Romsey began to demonstrate some of the skills they had been working on in training dominating possession.

Romsey created a number of shooting opportunities but their strike force failed to take advantage of them, going into the break all level.
Emily Williams fired up the team at the start of the second half with a fearsome yell and determined to penetrate the oppositions defence Romsey stepped up their press, setting up camp on their attacking 23. Their unrelenting pressure soon paid off when Jade Phillips found Emma Bouchard loose in the D who finished the move with aplomb, timing her shot to perfection.
1-0 up and Romsey continued to apply the pressure and moments later secured their win with a play made at training. Erica Jenner cutting across the pitch with the ball before firing a pass to Kate Olingschlaeger who slid in to slot the ball home.
Romsey created several more chances and the ball hit the net again, Sophie Hurley lead the celebrations but unfortunately the goal was disallowed due to being hit from just outside the D.
A fine start to the season with 3 wins from 3 and with U18 star Gigi Hebert being awarded player of the game the future looks bright for Romsey, starting with the top of the table clash next week against local rivals Winchester.

Feeling buoyant after their opening game Romsey travelled through the storm to face Yateley, their first foray into the north this season.

Romsey started brightly and quickly took the lead when Erica Jenner latched onto the ball at the top of the D and sent a reverse stick shot towards the keeper. The defenders, either foxed by the bounce or dazed by Jenner’s new shoes failed to react and Jade Phillips glided in to gracefully slide the ball home.
Having taken the lead Romsey resolved to work hard off the ball and keep their press tight subduing any attempt at redemption by Yateley, and the pressure paid off with Emma Beeching intercepting a pass and bursting clear of the Yateley defence. The keeper saved and Romsey couldn’t capitalise on the rebound to extend their advantage.
Soon after this Captain Jenner found herself in the sin bin following a rash challenge on the halfway line. Yateley tried to push their numerical advantage but Romsey defence held them out with player of the match Laura Kemp making several crucial saves to go into the break 1-0 up.
The second half saw the umpires practising their card tricks with Emily Slade picking up a green then a yellow. Sophie Hurley making her first team debut also picked up a yellow, before Jenner suffering with FOMO joined in and sat off the last five minutes on a yellow card.
Romsey played most of the second half with 10 on the pitch resulting in several reshuffles with the ever flexible Rebecca Hutchins slotting into defence.
Outstanding defensive work by Romsey ensured that they kept their lead until the final whistle, showing a newfound grit and resilience that they were lacking last season, building on their confidence with two wins from two.

Romsey 1s kicked off their new season in style with a victory against local rivals Trojans. Romsey started strong piling on the pressure and pushing deep into the Trojans defence and were unlucky to concede a rambunctious Trojans goal on the break.

Keeping their good form Romsey continued to dominate the game and were soon rewarded for their efforts after Emma Beeching won the ball and started a blistering counter attack exchanging passes with Erica Jenner before calmly slotting the ball past the floundering keeper.
With all being level at half time Romsey came out with renewed vigor and fight, determined to clench all three points. With the wingers squirreling the ball up the sidelines Romsey earned themselves a penalty corner. The ball was played out to Emily Pitt-Pitts who fired it back to Gabby Hebert who befuddled the keeper with her guile, giving Romsey the lead.
Romsey continued applying pressure till the end taking the victory and three points, a great start to the season.

Romsey Ladies 1s (3) vs (0) Gosport 1s

Scorers: Williams, Bradshaw, Phillips

Romsey came out at full speed for the last match of the season away to Gosport.

Initial nerves affected the visitors play, with Romsey failing to capitalise on their chances in front of goal and living dangerously in defence.

Romsey were relieved to take the half time break 1-0 up after a neat attack down the left, leaving Shiela Forbes with space for a shot, through the legs of the approaching goalie but slowed by her trailing leg. Emily Williams was on hand to put it over the line to make sure of the goal.

The second half saw the visitors settle into their rhythm, and a calmer looking Romsey team found their passing game. In her last match for Romsey, player of the match Emily Bradshaw slotted the second goal after being fed in by a pin-point accurate pass from Jade Phillips on the right.

The season ended fittingly with a real team effort. Liz Forbes and Becky Hutchins used their experience and skill to win the ball in defence, and released Sheila Forbes down the wing. Youngster Forbes linked with fellow under 18’s, feeding Williams who hit the baseline with pace and pulled it back for Phillips to nail her shot in what was a beautiful goal to end the season on.

Romsey finish division 1 in 9th place and comfortably above the relegation zone. A tough season for the ladies 1s, but with a young squad and talented players coming through, next season looks very promising.

Ladies 1s (1) vs (0) Alton

Scorer: Hutchins

Romsey ladies 1st XI hosted Alton, in a match that could determine who would be relegated from Division 1. A win for Romsey would see them get clear of the relegation zone and the ladies in yellow were certainly up for the task.

Romsey played with determination and resilience pushing high into the visitors defence. The home side developed several good chances in the first 20 minutes, piling on the pressure but not quite finding the final touch.

Jade Phillips struck a beautiful shot to the left corner after a neat 1-2 in the D with Sheila Forbes, foiled by an impressive reaction on the line from the Alton defender. A less skillful action on the right hand post resulted in a penalty flick as Emily Bradshaw’s shot was blocked on the line by a foot. Unfortunately, Romsey couldn’t convert and Alton began to mount some attacks of their own.

Romsey’s amazing defence prevented Alton from scoring on a couple of occasions as the half drew to a close, with Liz Forbes and Gabby Hebert blocking potential shots, and youngster Georgie Pugh in the pads cleared her lines when required.

The teams went into half time with no score, and after an inspiring half time team talk, Romsey came out ready to fight for their division 1 status.

Romsey started the second half well in what was a very controlled passage of play for Romsey, the ball was transferred around the Romsey back-line. The calmness percolated through the team and the passing was crisp through the field as Romsey closed in on the visitors goal. Romsey won a short corner and this time made it count. The shot was rifled in, and player of the match Becky Hutchins was quick on the post to knock the ball past the keeper giving Romsey the lead.

Alton, also fighting for their chance be in division 1 next year, retaliated with everything they had. Romsey continued to work hard to the finish, keeping out several tense defensive short corners and playing the game out.

With much of the possession and chances, Romsey deserved the victory, and although would have liked to convert a few more chances, ultimately were delighted to take the three points. With New Forest losing, Romsey are now safely in Division 1 for next year.



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