Ladies 3s (1) vs (0) Hamble 2s

Scorer: Gladstone

The Ladies 3s made it 4 wins out of 4 when a late winner sealed the points against Hamble.

Both teams created chances in a fast-paced first half, with Hayley Tucknott as sweeper making a number of crucial interventions to keep Hamble at bay. In the second half the Romsey midfield started to dominate the game, with particularly strong performance from player of the match Megan Wilton in central midfield.

However, Hamble were still dangerous and only a late intervention from Carrie Martin stopped them from getting clean through on goal. With 20 minutes to play Rosie Middleton almost put Romsey ahead from close range, but somehow the Hamble defence managed to scramble to ball away.

It was starting to look like it would not be Romsey’s day when Julie Evans’s sweeping pass from the wing found Rachel Alexander unmarked in the D, only for her to push her shot just wide.

Then with just a few minutes left, the ball broke to Megan Wilton in the D, who passed to Cat Gladstone for her to slot the ball past the Hamble goalkeeper and steal the points.

Ladies 3s (2) – (0) Gosport Borough 3s

Scorers: Gladstone 2

Romsey were relieved to come through 2-0 winners after a rather ill-tempered match against Gosport. Romsey had much of the play in the first half and had numerous chances and short corners, but the Gosport defence were well organised and proved hard to break down.

Romsey’s only goal in the first half came when a Gosport player stopped the ball on the goal line with a foot, and Cat Gladstone converted the resulting penalty stroke.

In the second half Gosport came into the game and began to create chances themselves, and would have levelled but for a fine stop from goalkeeper Georgie Pugh.
Romsey finally relieved the pressure with a second goal, scored by Cat Gladstone after a great run and pass down the left wing from Lesley Humphreys.

Ladies 3s (5) – (1) Aldershot & Farnham 4s

Scorers: Gladstone 2, Evans, Mews, Wilton

The Ladies 3s were in fine form again this weekend, beating Aldershot 5-1.

The first half was closely-fought, but the return of sweeper Hayley Tucknott to the side ensured the defence were well organised and rebuffed all the opposition attacks. Romsey then grabbed the lead late in the first half when Pam Mews met a cross from the right to score from close range.

In the second half Romsey found their attacking rhythm, with Cat Gladstone scoring from the top of the D following good work down the right wing from joint players of the match, Carrie Martin and Julie Evans.

A few minutes later Evans scored her first goal for the club after her shot was deflected off an Aldershot defender’s foot into the goal. Gladstone then added another to make it 4-0.
Aldershot scored a consolation goal late in the game, but Romsey also weren’t finished yet, with a last-minute short-corner being converted by Megan Wilton after a frantic goalmouth scramble.

Portsmouth & Southsea 3s (0) – (6) Ladies 3s

Scorers: Humphreys 3 , Gladstone 3

The Ladies 3s got their season off to a great start with an impressive 6-0 win over Portsmouth and Southsea.

The team welcomed debutants Megan Wilton, Laura Thomson, Julie Evans and goalkeeper Georgie Pugh, all of whom put in confident performances. Player of the match Tilda Bryant was particularly influential in central midfield, running tirelessly and providing great service out to the wings.

Cat Gladstone scored twice in the first half to go into the break 2-0 up, but it was in the second half where Romsey really asserted their dominance. Lesley Humphreys scored three goals in quick succession, including a great strike from a well-worked short corner, before Cat Gladstone completed her hat-trick to seal a comprehensive win.

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

Scorer: Gladstone

Romsey secured a well-deserved point despite playing the whole match with only 10 players.

Gosport took an early lead when the defence were unable to clear a cross from the left, but after that they rarely threatened the Romsey goal.

The Romsey midfield of youngsters Tilda Bryant, Rosie Middleton and Emily Williams played particularly well, working tirelessly to make up for the fact the team were a player short.

Youngster Middleton controlling the midfield

Youngster Middleton controlling the midfield

Romsey were the better team for much of the match and created numerous chances, but struggled to get their shots on target and were frequently thwarted by the excellent Gosport goalkeeper.

Romsey finally got a deserved equaliser with five minutes to play when the ball broke for ladies top-scorer Cat Gladstone following a goalmouth scramble.

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Ladies 3s (4) vs (0) Aldershot and Farnham 4s

Scorer: Gladstone, Alexander, Humphreys (2)

Romsey produced a dominant performance against Aldershot, who were made to pay for choosing to play with eleven outfield players and no goalkeeper.

Romsey took an early lead when Cat Gladstone stole the ball from an Aldershot defender who dwelt too long on taking a hit-out.

Rachel Alexander then made it 2-0 shortly before half-time when she reacted first to follow up a blocked shot from a short corner.

In the second half, Romsey continued to play good quality passing hockey, and were rewarded with two further goals from Lesley Humphreys to complete a comprehensive win.

Romsey’s defence were reletively untroubled, but a great performance from youngster Eleanor MacLeod, supported by the experience of Hayley Tucknott and Steph Ash, allowed Romsey to quash any Aldershot attacks.

Ladies 3s Short Corner Defence

Ladies 3s Short Corner Defence

Petersfield 2 (1) vs (0) Ladies 3

A brave performance from a severely depleted Romsey team ended in disappointment when Petersfield scored the only goal of the game with only two minutes left to play.

This was a great performance from the whole team given Romsey had to play the match with only 9 players.

The stand-in goalkeeper Tasha Isaac made a string of important saves and the whole team worked very hard, particularly Tilda Bryant in midfield who was all over the pitch.

With a full team this is a fixture that Romsey would surely have won.

Romsey 3s 2 – 5 Trojans 4s

Scorers: Alexander, Gladstone

Romsey played well for much of the match, but were beaten by a strong Trojans side that took their chances well.

Romsey were 3-0 down after 20 minutes, but pulled a goal back when Rachel Alexander scored her debut goal for the club, scoring at the far-post following a short corner.

Unfortunately Trojans scored again to have an assailable 4-1 lead at half-time.

Romsey were stronger in defence in the second half but conceded again from another short corner. Then with 5 minutes left, Georgia Appleby made a great run down the left wing and broke into the D. Her initial shot was saved, but the Trojans keeper failed to clear the ball and Cat Gladstone was able to follow up and score a late consolation goal.

Basingstoke 5s (1) vs (2) Ladies 3s

Scorers: Gladstone (2)

Romsey ladies 3s bounced back from a disappointing defeat last week to win 2-1 away to Basingstoke 5.

Romsey played well throughout and dominated possession, but were made to work hard by a well-organised Basingstoke defence.

The first Romsey goal came midway through the first half, when Georgia Appleby and Rosie Middleton combined well in midfield to break through the Basingstoke defence. Rosie then passed the ball to Lesley Humphreys, who drove towards the by-line and produced a great cross for Cat Gladstone to score.

Romsey continued to press in the second half, but struggled to convert the pressure into clear-cut chances.

With only a few minutes left to play, the Romsey defence were caught out by a fast Basingstoke break and conceded an equaliser. Romsey remained focussed and attacked again, winning a short corner. Lesley Humphrey’s initial shot was blocked by a Basingstoke defender, but she collected the rebound and passed back to corner-taker Gladstone, who struck the ball first time into the goal to secure a deserved win for Romsey.

Ladies 3s (2) vs (0) Petersfield 2

Scorers: Isaac, Gladstone

Romsey secured another good home win, but will feel that their dominance throughout the game should have led to a more resounding scoreline.

Petersfield defended well throughout, especially as they were playing with a kicking back rather than a goalkeeper, and it was still 0-0 at half time.

Romsey continued to create chances and finally got the goal they deserved when captain Tash Isaac received the ball at the top of a congested D and shot low into the corner.

The game was finally made safe midway through the second half, when Rhi Ash laid on a great cross for Cat Gladstone to score from close range.

Ladies 3s (2) vs (4) Fareham 3s

Scorers: Gladstone, Cryne

The Ladies 3s put in a battling performance in losing out narrowly to the runaway league leaders Fareham 3s. Both teams played high-quality, passing hockey throughout and the goalkeepers at both ends were kept busy.

Romsey started the game with a defensive approach to try to contain a Fareham team that are averaging 6 goals a game this season.

Hayley Tucknott and Maree Welch marshalled the defence well and made several important interventions, while Emily Bradshaw in the Romsey goal kept the team in the game with a string of excellent saves.

However, eventually the pressure told and Fareham took the lead midway through the first half with a flicked shot from a short corner.

Romsey were not to be overwhelmed, and struck back when Cat Gladstone ran onto an excellent pass from Ange Cryne to score past the advancing Fareham ‘keeper.

Ange Cryne then gave Romsey an unexpected 2-1 lead at half-time with a powerful flicked shot from the top of the D.

While the team continued to perform well and create chances, Fareham’s continued pressure eventually told and they were able to score 3 more times in the second half to secure the game. Despite the defeat, this was a great performance by the whole team.

Ladies 3s (3) vs (0) Southampton Uni 2s

Scorers: Gladstone, Humphreys (2)

The Ladies 3s bounced back from a disappointing defeat last week to win 3-0 against Southampton University 2s. With a full team available, Romsey played really well and were deserving winners.

The first goal came midway through the first half, with Cat Gladstone intercepting a weak back-pass from the Uni defence to run in to the D and score.

Romsey continued to pass the ball around well and created several more chances in an entertaining first half, with the Uni keeper making some good saves to keep her team in the game.

Southampton University started the second half brightly, but despite a flurry of attacks and short corners the Romsey defence held firm. As the half went on Romsey re-asserted their dominance with some slick passing.

The second goal eventually came when Tilda Bryant supplied a precision cross from the right for Lesley Humphreys to strike into the bottom corner. Romsey then won a short corner right at the end of the game. In a well-worked manoeuvre, Ange Cryne received the ball at the top of the D, passed back to the corner-taker Gladstone, who crossed for Humphreys to score again from close range.

Fleet & Ewshot 2s (6) vs (1) Ladies 3s

Scorer: Middleton

Romsey took a depleted team of only 9 players on the long away trip to Fleet.

The team performed very well in the first half and went ahead with a goal from Rosie Middleton, following up after Lesley Humphrey’s shot from a short corner was saved by the keeper.

Fleet then equalised from a short corner with the last play of the half, to make it 1-1 at half time.

Unfortunately, in the second half the tiredness caught up with the Romsey team and Fleet were able to run away with the game.

Ladies 3s (5) vs (0) Portsmouth and Southsea 3s

Scorers: Gladstone (2), Humphreys, Middleton, Bryant

Romsey ladies 3s were convincing 5-0 winners over Portsmouth and Southsea 3s.

Romsey dominated possession from the start and opened the scoring after less than 5 minutes, with Cat Gladstone collecting a pass from Lesley Humphreys to score from the top of the D.

Portsmouth and Southsea had a few sporadic attacks in the first half but Romsey were always the better team, with further goals from Lesley Humphreys, scoring her first goal of the season from a short corner, and Rosie Middleton wrapping up a great first half performance from the whole team.

Romsey continued to dominate throughout the second half. Good build-up play from Rachel Alexander on the right wing lead to a second goal for Cat Gladstone from close range.

Romsey spurned several more chances but finally added a fifth in the dying minutes, with Ruth Manners, Lesley Humphreys and Cat Gladstone interchanging passes down the left to set up Tilda Bryant, who scored her first goal for the team with a powerful shot.

Captain Tash Issacs was delighted with her teams performance. “Not only did we have a full team out, but we played incredibly well. Several different players grabbed their first goals of the season, and everyone is buzzing from the game,”

Ladies 3s (1) vs (1) Basingstoke 4s

Scorer: Gladstone

The Ladies 3s made a good start to the New Year with a well-deserved point at home to Basingstoke 4.

The team started brightly and slick passing lead to several promising attacks in the first half. However, the Basingstoke keeper was in fine form, saving a number of shots from Rachel Alexander, Cat Gladstone and Lesley Humphreys.

As the half wore on Basingstoke came into the game more and had several attacks themselves, but these were all well dealt with well by the solid Romsey defence.

Unfortunately, almost immediately after the restart the Romsey defence was finally undone, with Basingstoke crossing in from the right to score from close range.

Romsey continued to press and won two penalty corners but could not convert them. Then with 5 minutes to go Maree Welch burst forward into the D. Her shot was saved by the ‘keeper but Gladstone was on hand to score from the rebound.

Romsey pressed hard for the winner in the last five minutes and Humphreys had a powerful shot from the top of the D that flashed just inches from the post, but the score remained at 1-1.

Ladies 3s (0) vs (0) Basingstoke 5s

Scorers – none

A full-strength Romsey Ladies 3s team bounced back from a tough match away to the league leaders last week. They took a well earnt point, with a 0-0 draw against a Basingstoke 5s team who have lost only once all season.

Basingstoke played well throughout, but Romsey were able to match them in all areas in a very balenced game.

The match was played at a fast pace with both teams creating chances. Emma Roberts made a series important saves in only her second ever game in goal for Romsey, while Ruth Manners as sweeper also stopped several Basingstoke attacks.

Romsey almost opened the scoring at the end of the first half when a cross from Hayley Tucknott found Cat Gladstone in the D, but a last ditch block from a Basingstoke defender prevented the goal.

Youngster, Holly Roberts, ran tirelessly and was at the heart of several promising attacks in the second half, but the Basingstoke defence held firm.

In the end the 0-0 scoreline was a fair reflection of an evenly balanced and very entertaining game.

Southampton Uni 2s (0) vs (5) Ladies 3s

Scorers: Ash 2, Edwards, Gladstone, Tucknott

A full strength Romsey 3s team visited Southampton Uni and came away with an excellent 5-0 win.

Romsey were dominant from the start and created a string of chances, with Tilda Bryant and Rosie Middleton in midfield involved in several of the best moments. The deadlock was broken by Rhi Ash, who scored twice in quick succession in her first game of the season.

A third was scored by Penne Edwards, firing an unstoppable shot from a short corner, then just before half-time Romsey made it 4-0 with a goal from the clubs top scorer Cat Gladstone.

With the defence continuing to deal with any threat from Southampton Uni efficiently, Romsey never looked like conceding a goal in the second half. The lead was extended by Hayley Tucknott shooting from the top of the D for her second goal of the season.

Romsey had several more chances, with Rachel Alexander going close on several occasions, but were very happy to settle for a 5-0 win.

Ladies 3s (2) vs (3) Fleet & Ewshot 2s

Scorers: Gladstone 2

A severely depleted Romsey 3s team put in a spirited performance in narrowly losing 3-2 to Fleet.

Romsey had only 9 players and conceded two early goals to a fast-starting Fleet team. The defence re-organised and played well for the rest of the half but conceded again shortly before half time to make it 3-0 to Fleet.

After the break, Becca Horley came on for Romsey and the team were reinvigorated. Slick passing in midfield gave Cat Gladstone the chance to run into the D and score the first, then Becca Horley had a powerful shot rebound off the post that Cat Gladstone again tucked away for Romsey’s second goal.

Unfortunately the revival could not continue when one of the Romsey players had to leave with 20 minutes still to play, so Romsey had finish to the game with only 8 players.

Portsmouth & Southsea 3s (0) vs (7) Ladies 2s

Scorers: Gladstone 3, Lee 3, Tucknott

Romsey ladies 3s continued their good start to the season with a resounding 7-0 win over a Portsmouth and Southsea 3 side who played without a goalkeeper.

Youngster Tilda Bryant in the midfield stood out with some great runs, and the defence was rock solid throughout.

Jess Lee scored a hat-trick and Cat Gladstone scored two in the first half, so Romsey had the game sown up at 5-0 by half-time.

After the interval the intensity of the game dropped, but Romsey were still able to add two more goals. Cat Gladstone adding one more to complete her hat-trick before sweeper Hayley Tucknott surged forward to score her first ever goal for Romsey Ladies in the dying minutes.

Ladies 3s (4) vs Gosport Borough 3s (0)

Scorers: Gladstone 3, OG

Romsey ladies 3s were convincing 4-0 winners at home to Gosport 3s to take three well deserved points.

The team started the game brightly and were well organised. The first goal came after only 12 minutes, with good link-up play from youngsters Rosie Middleton, Tilda Bryant in midfield, and Becky Sands setting up Cat Gladstone to score from close range.

The Romsey defence dealt well with the Gosport counter-attacks with Carrie Martin and Penne Edwards sweeping up any potential problems. Romsey retained control of the first half, keeping the visitors under pressure in their half of the pitch. Romsey were rewarded for their persistance in and around the D and a second goal followed shortly before half-time. Cat Gladstone scored from an excellent cross in from the right from debutant Rachel Alexander.

Unfortunately injury depleted Romsey to only 10 players for the most of the second half. The play became more ragged and Gosport were able to mount a flurry of attacks and short corners.

Romsey’s defence remained solid and the Romsey keeper was rarely troubled thanks to some calm and timely tackles from Ruth Manners, Steph Ash and Middleton.

Late in the half Romsey sealed the game with an unfortunate own goal for Gosport when they were unable to clear a long corner after another burst of pressure from Romsey.

With only 1 minute to go, captain Tasha Isaac surged forward and passed to Gladstone at the top of the D. Her initial shot was well saved by the Gosport keeper, but the determined Gladstone pounced on the rebound to complete her hat-trick.



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