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.

Aldershot & Farnham 1s (4) vs (3) Romsey Ladies 1s

Scorers: Olingschlaeger, Phillips, Bradshaw

Romsey ladies 1st XI travelled to the edge of Hampshire to play 3rd in the table Aldershot & Farnham. With a few players unavailable, Romsey had to reorganise the back-line, bringing Emily Slade into the middle with Gabby Hebert, and the experienced Tracy Nicoll slotted in at left back.

It was the home side who started the game the more lively, making cutting runs into the Romsey half, putting the visitors under pressure. Romsey dealt with the pressure, but were struggling to put anything together themselves. Mid-way through the first half, against the run of play, Romsey won the ball in the middle of the pitch. Erica Jenner sent a pass through to Emily Bradshaw who got behind the defence and made a pass across the D for the dependable Kate Olingschlaeger to slot past the goalkeeper to put Romsey 1-0 up.

It was a very short lived lead, as the home side came straight back at Romsey and grabbed an equaliser. Before Romsey could get a grip of what was happening, Aldershot & Farnham won a short corner and promptly converted to take the lead. The misery continued for Romsey, as a third goal came in quick succession and the visitors were in a state of disarray.

Romsey shock themselves down and began to fight a bit more for the ball, but just before half time, Aldershot grabbed a fourth goal to put them 4-1 up at the break.

It was a new team that stepped back on the pitch for the second half, as Romsey started to play in the manner which has won them their last 3 games. The back line became impassable, with Slade and Hebert working well together to make tackles and quash any further advances from Aldershot.

Romsey made the first move towards a comeback with a well-finished short corner, which saw youngster Shiela Forbes smashing a ball across goal, for Jade Phillips to get that all important touch on the post.

Romsey continued to keep the pressure on, and the home side started to feel it. Player of the match Emily Williams was a constant threat up the left wing as she got the better of the defender time and time again. Romsey went close with a few more short corners and a superb shot from Williams that went agonisingly close to the far post.

Aldershot were still fighting, and sent a ball through to their nippy forward who went to attack the Romsey goal. Keeper, Laura Kemp, was on her toes and came out to deal with the danger with a calm and clinical block.

Romsey kept at it, with the U18 combination of Emily Pitt Pitts and Phillips finding space down the right hand side causing Aldershot some concern as a long corner was conceeded. Romsey quickly spread the play across to the left, where veteran left-back Nicoll calmly played the ball into Erica Jenner in the D. Whilst Jenners initial shot was saved, the rebound was picked up by Bradshaw who found the goal, slipping the ball past the out of position goalie.

At 4-3 Romsey were back in the match with Aldershot doing everything they could to slow things down and run out the clock. Unfortunately for Romsey the final whistle came too soon and the match ended 4-3.

A fantastic second half performance showed that Romsey can more than compete with top of the table teams. However, the lapses in concentration in the first half was ultimately what cost them the game.

Romsey Ladies 1s (1) vs (0) Southampton 2s

Scorer: Jenner

Romsey made a super confident start to their match against local rivals Southampton 2nds. The home side maintained possession for several minutes, knocking the ball with apparent ease frustrating the visitors who couldn’t get a touch on the ball. Romsey began making forays into the final third where they started to pick at the weaknesses of the Southampton defence. Romsey piled on the pressure, and gained a short corners, which unfortunately saw the ball go wide.

Romsey kept at it, and with another strong ball up the line, another short corner was earnt. An amazing strike from captain Erica Jenner, deflected off a Southampton stick on the line and flew up into the goal. Romsey went into half time 1-0 up and looking dominant.

Southampton began the second half with determination, pushing deep into the Romsey half but were quickly denied by the home sides defence. Romsey countered and returned to their first half form of bombarding the visitors goal, and maintaining most of the possession.

After several attempts on goal from Emily Williams, and player of the match Jade Phillips, Romsey were unlucky not to further their lead.

In the dying minutes, Southampton got a rare opportunity on goal after a well placed pass through the field to find an isolated forward on the edge of the Romsey D. Goal keeper Laura Kemp came to the rescue and made an outstanding save, keeping Romsey’s lead in tact.

Despite the last minute wobble, Romsey maintained their lead and took the win. With 3 wins out of 3, Romsey Ladies 1s have turned the tables in the new year as they climb up the table in Hampshire Division 1.

Havant 2s (0) vs (2) Romsey Ladies 1s

Scorer: Olingschlaeger, Jenner

A cold, and late start for Ladies 1s saw them away to 3rd in the table Havant 2s.

It was a shakey start for the Romsey side giving away a short corner within the first few minutes of the game, but well defended and forced off the back line giving the visitors a chance to get into the game.

Some great attacking play by Emma Beeching and Captain Erica Jenner, but the shot from Beeching went just wide and a second shot from Jenner shortly after was saved by the Havant keeper.

Havant retaliated with their own relentless attack, firing shots on goal, with keeper Laura Kemp making the initial save and following up with expertly cleared rebound from the player of the match Kemp.

Some further attacking play by Romsey won them a short corner, a dummy strike from Erica followed by a quick pass to Emma Bouchard who slapped it into towards the goal and deflected in by Kate Olingschlaeger put Romsey 1-0 at half time.

The start of the second half deja vu with Romsey once again giving away a short corner early on. A defensive foot on the line saw Havant win the inevitable penalty stroke. With pressure mounting all round, Kemp made herself big and Havant put the shot wide.

Romsey got back on the attack, but an injury to Emma Beeching meant a pause to play. The break in play appeared to give Havant a renewed energy with a period of constant attack but Romsey’s defensive did a fine job of keeping them at bay.

One final attack from Romsey saw them win a short corner at the blow of the whistle. With two Havant players breaking early off the back line and having to go to the half way line saw just two defenders and the goalie left to defend the final short. Jenner, not to be denied, clinically drilled into the bottom left corner for Romsey to take a 2-0 win.

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

Romsey Ladies 1s played their last match before the Christmas break at home to Basingstoke 2s.

Romsey started strong with the defence switching the ball well around the back and making lovely passes up the lines. However, the visitors won themselves a short corner after a quick break on the counter, and finished to take the lead.

Romsey pushed hard, looking for the equaliser, and won a few short corners of their own. Captain Erica Jenner was unlucky not to score after a well executed flick which the post player somehow managed to get a touch on to keep it out.

Basingstoke grabbed a second after an unfortunate deflection off a Romsey player diverted the ball past the keeper.

Romsey came out positive in the second half, piling on the pressure on the Basingstoke defence and developing several opportunities on goal. Player of the match Emily Pitt Pitts was a constant driving force pushing Romsey forward. Disappointingly for the home side, they couldn’t convert and left a gap at the back for Basingstoke to take advantage and increase their lead.

Romsey continued to fight to the finish, but were unable to change the result. Despite a disappointing scoreline, Romsey showed a good performance and workrate, and will look to convert performances into results in the new year.

Ladies 1s (4) vs (0) Alton 1s

Scorers: Jenner 2, Bouchard, Williams

Romsey Ladies 1s travelled to a windy Alton hoping to improve on last weeks performance. Romsey started positively from the off, working the ball around well and embracing the stormy conditions.

Romsey were soon rewarded for their hard work when Emma Bouchard won a short corner which was converted by Erica Jenner from a shot at the top of the D.

Alton put pressure on the Romsey defence, winning a number of short corners, but the strong defensive unit of Gabby Hebert and Liz Forbes stopped Alton utilising these opportunities. Romsey keeper, Laura Kemp, was strong with kicking chances away and Emily Slade was there to make a goaline clearance ensuring the visitors went into the half time break 1-0 up.

After the break Romsey continued to pass the ball well with lovely work on the wings from Emily Pitt-Pitts and Kate Olingschlaeger on the right and Gemma Simpson and Emma Beeching on the left. The pressure paid off when Romsey were awarded a penalty flick for a foot on the line and captain Erica Jenner smoothy converted to double Romsey’s lead.

The pressure didn’t stop there as joint players of the match Jenner and Emily Williams combined for Romsey’s third. With gaps appearing in midfield, Jenner utilised the space, surging forward from the halfway line all the way into the heart of the Alton defence. Youngster Emily Williams received the pass in the D, and calmly took her chance, smashing it past the keeper.

Romsey had their tails up, and found a fourth goal which opitimised the level of hockey they had been playing during the game. With a defensive clearance from Hebert, it was picked up by Slade who released Olingschlaeger on the wing. A measured attack developed, with Romsey players bursting forward presenting all sorts of attacking threats that Alton struggled to deal with. Interchanges between Olingschlaeger and Jade Phillips helped Romsey close in on the D, where Phillips slipped a delightful ball into the path of Bradshaw who burst through the defence, and knocked a square ball to Bouchard to finish at the far post.

A good all round game from Romsey, who produced a very convincing performance to take their first away win of the season.

Ladies 1s (1) vs (8) Southampton 1s

Scorer: Phillips

Romsey hosted Southampton 1s in a tough fixture against the only unbeaten team in the league, and struggled to find the improving form of the last couple of weeks.

Southampton took the lead fairly early on with a decent goal from a well drilled short corner routine. Romsey made the odd flurry into their opponents half, but unfortunatly it was a bit few and far between.

After some silly mistakes from Romsey, Southampton grabbed a couple of soft goals to treble their lead. Romsey had some good performances in parts with players making decent tackles and good movement, but it didn’t really gel for the home side this week.

In the last 20 minutes, Romsey found their legs to grab a goal back. Emily Pitt Pitts made a fantastic run up the line and drawing a foul to win a short corner. Jade Phillips hit from the top, and despite the defender getting to the ball, Phillips was alert to the follow up chance, and swept it past the keeper to grab her first goal of the season.

A scoreline to forget for Romsey, and the focus now moves to taking lots of points from the last two games before Christmas.



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