Following a week of cancelled matches and training due to the frosty weather, the Ladies 3rd XI were keen to get back on the pitch. A 14 strong side faced Portsmouth & Southsea, currently placed fourth in the league and 8 points ahead. Romsey started well, putting some early pressure on the home side. However Portsmouth weathered this and started to find their stride, playing some composed hockey, especially through the midfield which they dominated for much of the game. Romsey were boosted by the returning Ladies 2s striker Ella P, coming back from injury, but a high cross from Anne H caught her hand and she was off the pitch, having started to provide some good control and opportunities going forward. Portsmouth’s midfield dominance provided them with many attacking opportunities and the Romsey defence had plenty of action including several short corners. However it was open play that produced the first goal for Portsmouth, surging forward in numbers and allowing a well struck shot to find the back of the net. Under pressure, Romsey struggled to link together, losing too many balls on the attack and a 2nd Portsmouth goal soon followed, for a 2-0 lead at half time.

After another poor push back, Romsey regrouped and started to penetrate the Portsmouth D more, producing a number of attacking short corners, one of which was converted by centre back Hilary A. The team started to believe in themselves and played some much better hockey. The midfield worked tirelessly to win back the ball and drive forward, with debutant and U16 Jess G playing a solid game and linking well with the more established players. This allowed forward Ruth M to find herself up close with the Portsmouth goalie and winning a short corner. A fantastic pass from Ella P found the youngest member of the team Grace M making a perfectly timed run and scoring her first goal for the team in style. Unfortunately Portsmouth came straight back, not tiring despite only having 11 players and finding plenty of chances up front. An unlucky goalmouth scramble saw the ball trickle frustratingly over the line. Romsey kept pushing forward to try for a late equaliser, but were caught out by an unmarked player surging into the D and scoring from a well struck cross.

Despite the final 4-2 scoreline, Romsey were buoyed by their performance, having scored 2 goals against a strong side and playing much better as a team. The whole game was also a pleasure to play thanks to the excellent umpiring at both ends – Thank You Nick W.

Romsey Ladies 3rd XI suffered a frustrating defeat at the hands of local rivals Eastleigh 2nd XI. Romsey started off well, producing some good attacking hockey, but were unable to capitalise on a few early chances, the only short corner for Romsey saw Hilary A put the ball just wide of the post. The game became very end to end, with Eastleigh attacking strongly and managing to get into the Romsey D, only to be denied by a solid defence, with Anne H clearing the ball off the line and some fine goalkeeping by star player Lucie W. The junior element of Romsey played well throughout, with Liz F and Emily W combining well in midfield on the attack, however the Eastleigh defence proved solid and quick to counter. Neither side were able to capitalise on their chances and the first half ended 0-0.
Only minutes into the second half, a ball crossed the D to a waiting Eastleigh player, who found the backboard with a well struck shot. Romsey kept up the pressure, producing more penetration through the midfield, but Eastleigh defence was solid, cutting out any ball that managed to penetrate into the D. A rare shot by Cat G hit the post and trickled in front of the goal, but there was no Romsey player to put it in the net. Eastleigh also kept pushing forwards and managed to grab a second goal from a ball across the D which found an unmarked player ready to pounce. The final result of 2-0 to Eastleigh was disappointing and the home side must do better to keep possession, get the ball into the D and produce more shots on goal.

Romsey 3s  (2-1)  Eastleigh 2s 

scorer Gladstone 2

The game started slowly and Romsey conceded an early goal. However as the game settled down the defence held it together and prevented Eastleigh from adding to their lead.  Star player Izzy Manuel who defended exceptionally well after a series of short corners along with Hillary, Ellen, Lisa and Steph. Goalkeeper Alice Dyer also made  several good saves in the first half.

Towards the end of the 1st half Rosie Middleton made an excellent run down the left wing to the back line,  pushing a prefect cross to Cat Gladstone who equalised to make it 1-1 at half time.

After a stern team talk and slight midfield re-shuffle at half time Romsey upped their game and were attacking well.  Jess Jones and Tasha Isaac played to their strengths with some great passing and communication up through the middle and Romsey came close to scoring several times. 

With 2 minutes to go Lisa Morgan made a brilliant pass from a long corner to Rosie, who then skirted around the Eastleigh defenders making a smashing cross to Cat who scored again!

The 3 subs on the sideline went wild and kept cheering all the way to the final whistle.

A great result again which makes it 5 wins from 5 matches!

Romsey 3  V Havant 4


Not the best start with some poor marking and all a big sluggish from the whistle, but after Havant got a goal early on we stepped up our game, with some good passing and Rosie Middleton working hard on the wing.

We had a few chances up front with Captain Cat Gladstone and Ruth Manners pushing Havant defence but they prevented any goals.  With encouragement from the sidelines the team started to gel and with good communication got some great runs and a great moment  when Pam Mew and Ruth worked  together to push through Havant players but Romsey remained 1-0 down half time.

Feeling positive going into 2nd half Pam equalised after only 2 Mins!  Shortly after she had us all cracked up trying to leapfrog  over a player she was about to collide with!

16 mins in to the second half after a flurry of yellow tops, Captain Cat scored to give Romsey the lead.

We continued strong  in particular star player Ellen Saunders, who made some great tackles and drove up the sidelines  with Izzy Manuel. In the last few mins Sarah Macleod blasted a shot into goal making  the final score 3-1.

A special mention goes to Romsey’s dogged defence of Hilary Andrews, Anne Harding, Steph Andrews, Lisa Morgan and Ellen Saunders, plus Goalkeeper Alice Dyer, who went through the whole match without conceding a single short corner.

Geared up for a great game on the back of last week’s win, the ladies 3s were feeling positive and started strong with some great passing among the midfield and forwards. However, a strong, young Southampton midfield managed to get through the Romsey defence and score past goalkeeper Alice Dyer to take an early lead. Shortly, after Sarah MacLeod’s great run, passing to Cat Gladstone on the left who struck diagonally for the waiting Parminder Mew to calmly pop the ball past the Southampton keeper to equalize.

Romsey adjusted formation in the midfield for the second half and dominated, with Tash Isaac and Jess Jones dominating. They deservedly took the lead when Parminder‘s pass allowed Julie Evans to turn and shoot into the corner of the goal. Romsey’s defence was unbeatable.

In the last few minutes newbie Tabby looked to have scored only to have it disallowed because it skimmed her foot!!

Well deserved 2-1 win against a friendly and fairly evenly matched team.

Romsey Ladies 3s (6) vs (0) Yateley 4s

Scorers: Gibson 3, McLeod 2, Gladstone

The Ladies 3s finished their season in style with a comfortable win over Yateley, leaving them 8th in the league and well clear of relegation.

Romsey dominated from the start of the game, with midfielders Sarah McLeod and Megan Bowles playing particularly well. Elaine Gibson opened the scoring with a powerful strike from the edge of the D, before Sarah McLeod added a second from close range. Shortly before half time Romsey scored again when Gibson provided a perfect cross for Cat Gladstone to hit a first-time shot from the top of the D.

The second half followed a similar pattern. Elaine Gibson added two further goals to complete a well-deserved hat-trick, but the best goal of the game came from Sarah McLeod, who picked the ball up in the centre circle and ran through the Yateley defence to score a brilliant goal late in the game.

This was a solid season first season on Division 5 and the team will be hoping for more of the same next year.

Ladies 3s (5) vs (6) Havant 4s

Scorers: Gladstone 5!!

Romsey ladies 3rd XI traveled to Havant with a slightly depleted team of only 10 players.

Romsey made lots of good passing to begin with but it was the home side who scored first. Romsey reacted straight away with Cat Gladstone nabbing an equaliser with a great goal.

Rosie, playing as stand-in goalie, made some great saves against some hard strikes, but by half time it was 3-3.

Half time saw Izzy jump into the goal kit for the second half and both teams battled up and down the pitch.

During the last quarter the Romsey players were getting very tired and Havant managed to get 6-3 up.

To their credit, the visitors from Romsey kept battling. Some great tackling from Elaine Gibson and Rosie in the middle with Megan supporting on the right. Romsey managed to find another couple of goals, taken by the on target Gladstone. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite enough for a point, but a very impressively fought game ended Havant 6, Romsey 5.

Romsey Ladies 3s (0) vs (0) IBM Nomads

Romsey ladies 3s hosted IBM Nomads in a key match as the teams were only separated by 3 points in the league table. A win for Romsey would see them move up to 6th place.

Romsey were slow to start, allowing the visitors to dominate the early stages of the game. Young goalkeeper, Alice, put in a couple of key saves and the defence worked hard to clear the ball out of the D.

An early short corner for Romsey saw a narrow miss by Sarah Mcleod, from a lovely strike by Julie Evans from the top of the D. Romsey continued to press hard throughout the first half, seeing several more near misses.

In the second half, Romsey played much better passing hockey, with Issy and Megan, who shared player of the match, working tirelessly to drive the ball up the pitch and into the D.

On several occasions, captain Cat Gladstone produced some lovely crosses, but there was no one on the far post to tip the ball in; definitely something to work on.

As IBM started to tire, Romsey had more chances at goal, but just could not find the back of the net. The final score was a frustrating 0-0.

City of Portsmouth (2) vs (2) Romsey Ladies 3s

Scorer: Gibson 2

The ladies 3s headed for Portsmouth in fairly pleasant weather, however as the whistle blew for push back so did the wind and rain!!!

Romsey started well with some lovely passing in the midfield enabling the forwards to carry the ball on. After winning a short corner, Cat Gladstone delivered a powerful shot which Elaine Gibson sent past the Portsmouth keeper.

Unfortunately the home side retaliated by equalizing soon afterwards.

Everyone continued valiantly despite the stormy weather. Cat Gladstone and Elaine Gibson again took possesion in the final quarter where Gladstone passed to Gibson who took it across the D and scored.

Again, Portsmouth came back and matched the Romsey efforts.

Shortly into the second half the umpires decided the adverse weather was making play dangerous and called an end to the game, resulting in a fair result of honours even.

Romsey Ladies 3s (4) vs (2) Havant 4s

Scorers: Gibson 3, Issacs

A shaky start came good when the ladies thirds took on Havant in their last match before Christmas.

Confidence was regained early on after Elaine Gibson scored a goal from a short corner, however Havant capitalised on an empty defence and equalised quickly.

Undeterred, the home team kept a positive outlook and a collaborative approach led to further goals. Linking play from defender Lisa Morgan allowed Gibson to score another before half time.

Second half saw a change of goalie. Unfortunately an early break allowed a Havant goal. Romsey kept their heads high, remembering the first half goals, and were able to regain and the lead through two further converted short corners, another from Gibson and one by captain Tasha Isaac, who fought valiantly throughout, gaining star player for this and superb earlier efforts.


Ladies 3s (2) vs (2) Petersfield 2s

Scorers: Gibson

A chilly late afternoon push-back saw the Ladies thirds take on 3rd in the table Petersfield.

After a difficult first fifteen mins which saw the visitors pinned in their own half, Romsey were able to break forward with some excellent interplay amongst the midfield.

The first half saw an good goal from Elaine Gibson with a powerful shot from the top of the D leaving the team jubilant for half time.

In the second half the weather changed leaving a slippery pitch giving way to a few casualties. Early on player of the match, Gibson snuck another goal slipping the ball through the keepers legs to double the lead.

As the game advanced so did Petersfield managing to capitalise on a few lucky breaks. Two unfortunate goals were scored late on bringing the final score to 2-2.

Romsey left feeling pleased with the result and the emerging team cohesion.

Romsey Ladies 3s (0) vs (1) New Forest 2s

Having suffered a pre season friendly defeat against the Lymington based team, Romsey were keen to start the match positively and immediately took the game to the home team. Romsey put the pressure on from the whistle and kept the ball in their attacking half during the first 20 minutes of the match.

Having split the New Forest defence through a combination of precision passes and teamwork, some early opportunities to score were well saved by the home keeper.

New Forest continued to defend well and having taken control of the ball managed to score a goal towards the end of the first half, despite some excellent marking and defence by Romsey players Tasha Isaac, Ruth Manners and Hilary Andrews.

The second half was very evenly matched, despite Romsey attacking into some very strong headwinds. Romsey once again played some great attacking hockey but were unable to get the ball past the Forest keeper.

Some dynamic saves by Claire Godfrey in goal ensured that Romsey came away from the match with a 1-0 defeat, having played some of their best hockey so far this season.

Star player award went to Hilary Andrews for her excellent goalkeeping the first half and solid outfield play in the second.

Ladies 3 (2) v (5) Basingstoke 4

Scorers: Gladstone, Middleton

Romsey ladies 3s were dominated in the first half by a fast and physical Basingstoke team. They found it difficult to co-ordinate against the well-organised visitors, who capitalised on some defensive errors in the D to take 5 goals in the first half.

Undaunted, Romsey managed to claw a goal back through a well worked penalty corner, when Cat Gladstone pounced on a great hit across the D from captain, Tash Isaac.

It was a very different game in the second half. The defence were much better organised, marking well and producing some great clearances.

Romsey’s second goal came from a defensive error by the opposition. Player of the Match, Rosie Middleton calmly took the ball into the D and executed a beautiful strike over the goalkeeper.

If the team had managed to perform as well in the first half, it could have been a very different result.

Eastleigh 2s (2) vs (2) Ladies 3s

Scorers: Gladstone 2

The match against Eastleigh started with Eastleigh quickly taking advantage of Romsey’s slow start and going on to score their first goal in the first five minutes. Romsey realised the mistakes they initially made and came back stronger with some brilliant tackles and passing from Carrie Martin.

Anne Harding continued to shout encouragement to the team and performed some brilliant hits. Possession remained fairly equal with some great passing and dribbling from midfielder Sarah Macleod. The consistent determination from Romsey proved beneficial as they went on to score a brilliant goal from forward Cat Gladstone.

After Romsey had an opportunity to sort themselves out during half time, they came a back strong with the majority of possession. Romsey had three attempts on a short corner but despite their best efforts, the goalkeeper was in the perfect position and continuously made some great saves.

Romsey still had possession following the corners which Elaine Gibson took advantage of and rand in to the dee, she then passed the ball to Cat Gladstone who received perfectly and went on to score Romsey’s second goal.

Eastleigh fought back quickly, despite some brilliant saves from volunteer goalkeeper Hilary Andrews and great tackles and passes from Romsey defence, Eastleigh just managed to slip the ball in to the goal in the last five minutes of the game.

Player of the match was awarded to youngster Sarah Macleod, for her consistent determination, her brilliant dribbling and some great passes.

Romsey Ladies 3s (5) vs (1) City of Portsmouth

Scorers: Gladstone (3), Gibson (2)

Romsey got off to a disappointing start after Portsmouth started strong and slipped past the defence in the first minute, to then go on to score a goal.

Romsey quickly reacted and fought back, with some great runs from Megan Wilton and Rosie Middleton. With continued determination from the mids and forwards, Romsey were able to get past some of the defence and through to Elaine Gibson, who skilfully got through the remaining defence and tapped the ball past the goalkeeper and in to the goal, bringing the score to 1-1 and boosting the teams spirits.

After the first well deserved goal from Romsey, all players started to work really well together as a team, with some great passes from Abbie in the middle.

After Romsey created spaces and pushed the ball to one another, the ball reached Cat Gladstone in the dee, who broke through Portsmouth’s defence and scored Romsey’s next goal bringing the half time score to 2-1 to Romsey.

Once the game resumed for the second half, Romsey started with most of the possession and managed to get the ball to Gibson who smacked the ball straight in to the goal.

On a couple of occasions, Portsmouth managed to get the ball in to Romsey’s defensive area, but the defence and goalkeeper Georgie Pugh stayed strong in their positions, put in some great tackles and passes and stopped all of their attempts to score.

Romsey continued to show great play, which led to forward Gladstone being able to score another 2 brilliant goals, the final goal being scored a couple of seconds before the whistle blew. A fantastic start to the season, with the final score as 5-1 to Romsey.

Romsey’s player of the match was awarded to Gibson who has recently joined the team and played a fantastic game.

Ladies 3 Team Photo

Romsey Ladies 3s (0) vs (0) Yateley 4s

The Ladies 3s kept their promotion hopes alive with a well-earned point against fellow high-fliers Yateley.

Romsey started the game brightly and their constant pressing allowed them to dominate possession in the first half. However, despite creating several good chances they were unable to score.

In the second half Romsey continued to play well and create chances, but a combination of some wayward finishing and fine saves from the Yateley ‘keeper continued to frustrate them. As the game progressed and Romsey began to tire Yateley began to look more dangerous going forward, but solid defence, in particular from player of the match Ruth Manners, ensured the scoreline remained 0-0.

Southampton University 2s (2) vs (5) Ladies 3s

Scorers: Gladstone (3), Humphreys (2)

Romsey Ladies 3’s got back to winning ways against Southampton University 2s. Romsey caught the students napping and Lesley Humphreys scored with her first touch of the game.

Cat Gladstone then added a second following an excellent run and cross from player of the match Julie Evans, and then a third from a cross from Lesley Humphreys.

Just before half time, Lesley Humphreys made it 4-0 when she blasted in from a short corner.

The University came out for the second half much more organised, but Romsey made it 5-0 when Rebecca Horley broke down the right and provide a precise cross for Cat Gladstone to score her third at the near-post.

In the last five minutes Romsey were disappointed to and concede two late goals in quick succession, but the result was never in doubt

Ladies 3s (2) – (4) Petersfield 2

Scorers: Humphreys (2)

The Ladies 3’s unbeaten start to the season came to an end against top-of-the–table Petersfield.   Romsey played some decent hockey but were found out by a more organised team who passed the ball well.


Petersfield took the lead midway through the first half, but Romsey equalised when Rachel Alexander made a fast break from the halfway line and passed to Lesley Humphreys for her to score with a powerful shot.


However, in the second half Petersfield repeatedly breached the Romsey defence and scored three more goals.  A late consolation scored from close range by player of the match Lesley Humphreys, came too late to affect the result.


Yateley 4s (1) – (1) Ladies 3s

Scorers: Gladstone

Romsey came from behind to snatch a crucial draw against fellow league-leaders Yateley.

The first half was played at a fast pace, but both teams struggled to retain possession. Romsey were guilty of a frequently misplacing their passes and were fortunate to get to half-time with the score still at 0-0.

Romsey re-organised at half-time and began to play much better hockey, but fell behind to a well worked goal by Yateley. They then almost conceded again but for a fine save from Hilary Andrews in the Romsey goal.

Finally with just a few minutes to play, Romsey finally got the equaliser they deserved when Cat Gladstone finished off a fine counter-attacking move. There was even a chance for Romsey to steal the win at the death, when Rachel Alexander won a short-corner with the last touch of normal time. Unfortunately, Lesley Humphreys shot was just wide and Cat Gladstone on the post was unable to steer it in. Player of the match went to Captain Tash Issacs.

Basingstoke 5s (1) – (3) Ladies 3s

Scorers: Alexander, Gladstone, Humphreys

The Ladies 3s maintained their 100% record for the season by beating Basingstoke away. Romsey played some excellent passing hockey and there were particular stand-out performances from left- and right-backs Hilary Andrews and Ruth Manners, both of whom defended solidly and made several excellent forays forward.

Basingstoke took the lead after just 10 minutes when Romsey were caught out by a counter-attack, but Romsey maintained their composure and got a deserved equaliser shortly before half-time when Julie Evans got to the by-line and provided an excellent cross for Cat Gladstone to score.

Romsey then took the lead early in the second half when Lesley Humphreys jinked past her marker to score.

However, the game remained close as the Basingstoke ‘keeper made a number of good saves.

The win was finally sealed with just 5 minutes remaining when Cat Gladstone intercepted a weak pass between the Basingstoke defenders and found Rachel Alexander, who scored with a great shot from the top of the D.



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