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.

Yateley 1s (2) vs (0) Ladies 1s

Scorers: –

Romsey travelled north to play Yateley in a meeting that promised a tough game against a well organised side. The visitors had a terrible start, losing the ball and a quick attack and short corner for Yateley resulted in an early goal.

Romsey got themselves together and in a more organised manor started to step up their game. Emily Pitt-Pitts and Jade Phillips found some joy up the right wing as they interchanged passes to build the attack. Romsey had their chances, finding their way into the D on a several occasions; Emily Williams came close but her shot was smothered by the goalkeeper, Emma Bouchard saw her shot blocked, and the usual Bradshaw-Olingschlaeger link up in the D saw the shot fly agonisingly wide of the far post.

After much of the possession and nothing to show for it, Romsey had a short lapse of concentration. Two minutes before the end of the half, Romsey failed to clear a short corner, and Yateley doubled their lead with a deflection just in front of the keeper.

Romsey, feeling disappointed at the scoreline, came out for the second half with renewed vigour. Romsey got on the attack and put pressure on the Yateley defence, winning a handful of free hits around the D and a couple of short corners. Unfortunately, Romsey couldn’t convert and Yateley.

Yateley also had some decent chances of their own, with Romsey keeper Laura Kemp having to react quickly to make saves, playing an important role as the last line of defence.

The game ended at 2-0 to Yateley, with Romsey rueing their missed chances. Despite the scoreline, the game was very competitive and well balanced, ultimately coming down to who took their chances. Romsey showed a high level of teamwork and togetherness that was reiterated as four players shared the player of the match vote; Goalkeeper Kemp, Bradshaw, Sheila Forbes, who was constantly working to make herself available in the middle of the pitch and Gemma Simpson making decisive tackles in the back line.

Romsey ladies 1s (1) vs (0) Winchester 1s

Scorer: Slade

Romsey had an extravagant win against local rivals Winchester, who sit 2nd in league table. From the outset, Romsey got at the visitors, finding space to pass deep inside the their defence. The home side found joy up the wings with Emily Pitt-Pitts working well with Jade Phillips to get in behind the left back.

After a few speculative crosses across the D, Winchester were really on the back foot. An ephemeral lapse in concentration allowed Emily Bradshaw space to get into the D and sweep the ball in across the face of the goal, where Emily Slade came in like a rocket powered ninja, sliding at full stretch to put Romsey ahead. The goal was supreme and well deserved as Romsey held much of the first half possession.

The second half saw Winchester reorganise and came out fighting to get back into the game. The visitors won a few short corners, but couldn’t break through the Romsey defence, with Gabby Hebert and Liz Forbes blocking shots, and Laura Kemp in the pads clearing any loose shots.

Romsey made chances in the 2nd half, grabbing a few short corners of their own. The best where Phillips smashed an incredibly clean strike goal ward, only to be denied by an equally incredible touch from the goalkeeper.

The game got a little scrappy as the second half progressed, as the visitors were desperate to find an equaliser, and Romsey had to work hard to close the attacks down.

Romsey got a little rest-bite when the visitors felt the pressure and failed to display the appropriate levels of discipline, receiving a card and temporary suspension from the game.

Romsey came close to doubling their lead through a breakaway counter attack, with Erica Jenner making up a lot of ground to get into the D. The Winchester keeper was alert to the danger, and did well to close down the ball to deny Romsey the shot, and cover the follow up from Emily Williams.

A great result for Romsey, which was hard fought and well matched game. The 3 points help Romsey squirrel up the table in their attempts to avoid relegation.

Basingstoke 2s (4) vs (0) Ladies 1s

On a blustery Saturday, Romsey ladies 1st XI travelled up to Basingstoke for a tough game. The play started slowly, however Romsey quickly adjusted to the new pitch and conditions keeping possession and making strong attacks up the wing from Kate Olingschlaeger and player of the match Jade Phillips.

Unfortunately after 20minutes, Basingstoke made a lucky break and even with Ange Cryne in goal performing brilliantly with three consecutive saves, the opposition flicked it over to open the scoring.

Two more goals quickly followed for Basingstoke, slightly dampening Romsey’s drive. The second half came, and Romsey rallied with some great stick skills from Shelia Forbes and transfers along the defensive line between Erica Jenner and Gemma Simpson.

Although Romsey won several short corners from Emily Bradshaw’s agility, none were converted largely thanks to Basingstoke’s keeper having a fantastic game.

Basingstoke got one last lucky goal and the second half finished with Romsey still holding a significant portion of possession and making many drives at the goal. Becky Hutchins had a phenomenal performance throughout the game and keeper Cryne showed her class making brilliant saves and providing great support to urge the team forward.

Romsey Ladies 1s (1) vs (4) Haselmere

Scorers: Jenner

Romsey faced Haselmere at home, with hopes of moving up into mid-table. Haselmere put pressure on Romsey early, scoring from a break away in the first 10 minutes. Romsey regained their composure, started to fight back resulting in a short corner which was saved well by the visiting keeper.

The rest of the first half was end to end stuff, but repeated stick tackling by Haselmere defenders on Emily Bradshaw in the D awarded Romsey a penalty stroke. Captain Erica Jenner converted, powering into the goal with the keeper making a touch, but unable to stop it rolling off her pads.

Romsey started the second half strong, maintaining possession well and pushing into the Haselmere half. Romsey were unlucky not to score, with several decent attempts on goal. Youngster Abi James made a fantastic break through the middle of the pitch and found player of the match Emily Williams unmarked in the D. A super short corner routine masterminded by the determined Jade Phillips prompted a good save from the goalkeeper, and an even better follow up save to quash the rebound shot.

Whilst Romsey struggled to convert, Haselmere found the net after a series of shots on the break which lead to three goals in quick succession.

Romsey kept fighting to the finish but the damage had been done, and Romsey were unlucky to come off the pitch with a disappointing 4-1 scoreline.

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