Top of the table USP took all three points as they look likely champions and promotion to Division 8 awaits, although the score line was harsh on a young Romsey team.

Romsey started from the pushback and got the ball in the USP circle through Ollie Bryant, but a solid clearance saw the chance come to nothing and then soon after USP took advantage down their right, overloading Ben Parker two on one, and then crossing and leaving Bryn W and Lukasz Suleja outnumbered to take an early lead.

Josh H and Will R were getting on top in the centre of the pitch but couldn’t set up any clear chances.

Romsey had to defend some penalty corners, but USP could make nothing from them, James Tower was always quickly out and one shot they had on goal was far to high.

The second half saw the young Romsey players attack USP and with James Tower pushing forward they looked the more dangerous.

Sean Rawles was unlucky when he combined with Carl Hendy, but it was a pass out to Dan B by Josh H that saw the forward beat two men and see his cross pushed for a long corner.

Colin Harwood moved up to take and played the ball wide to Josh H, he controlled the ball and moved forward playing it back in to the circle at pace to Colin Harwood who had moved with him, and as the ball bobbled up from the pass, Harwood unleashed an unstoppable shop that beat the keeper at the far post for a Romsey equaliser. “what a goal!” Echoed around the stadium and Romsey were back in it.

The equaliser saw USP up their game, and sadly for Romsey the scores weren’t level for long.

A USP break saw them play in their for forward to be one on one with Bryn, the keeper did well to smother the chance but the USP man managed to push in the rebound while on the floor.

Simeon Field playing at right had a great game, keeping the USP quiet and remaining calm under pressure, so USP switched the ball central and took a well timed shot for 3 1, which was harsh after the excellent defending by Field, Parker and Suleja.

Romsey almost snatched a second through half chances that fell to Sean Rawles and then young Barry H, but it wasn’t to be, and

in the  last few minutes a ball in to the circle hit a Romsey foot and bounced up to hit a USP stick and deflect pass Bryn for 4 1.

Romsey took their chances and three points as expected against bottom of the table Poole.

It didn’t take long for Romsey to open the scoring Colin H won a free hit outside the circle and Chris H made a run in from the right to intercept a perfectly weighted pass to cross to Carl H who controlled and turned to shoot from a narrow angle for 1 0.

Romsey doubled their lead when the ball was played up to Carl H at the top of the circle who played the ball to Colin H to make it 2 0.

A well worked move then saw Josh H square for Dan B to shoot, but his shot was blocked by the last defender only for Josh H to sweep in the rebound.

Carl H made it 4 0 from a penalty corner strike, and then another penalty corner was played out to Colin H who passed back to Josh H, his shot was blocked on the line but the corner taker Ben P made no mistake from an inch out following up, to give Romsey a 5 0 HT lead.

The second half allowed for Romsey to play an open game with everyone getting time on the ball.

From a penalty corner early in the second half Ben P pushed out to Colin H, who stopped the ball and passed to Chris H, his slip to Josh H saw a family passing move end with a cool finish.

A young Poole side had played some good hockey and won a penalty corner of their own. Colin H and James T ran out but were taken out of the move by a swift pass and this allowed Poole to strike fiercely past the onrushing Bryn W for 6 1.

Romsey weren’t stopping their though, and from another penalty corner Colin H passed directly to Josh H for 7 1 and the first hat trick of the match.

With Romsey now playing some open hockey, Lukasz S made sure Poole didn’t make it in to the circle again, and Rob C, Simeon F and James T gained confidence with time on the ball, and played some strong passes to build moves through the midfield.

Colin H picked up a loose ball and beat two defenders before playing a great one two with Carl H and sweeping the ball home for 8 1 and then he returned the favour by playing in Carl H, who saw his first shot blocked but made no mistake hammering in the rebound for 9 1 and his hat trick.

Carl got his fourth and Romseys tenth when Will R played in Josh H to square for the striker to shoot calmly in to the goal, and Will R was unlucky not to get on the score sheet as his play on the left had been so strong all match.  At the end Dan B was set up by Colin H for what would have been his first goal for the club, his shot beat the keeper but came back square off the foot of the post and Romsey put the rebound wide.

Romsey went in to this match on a four game winning run, and an eye on runners up spot, unless current second placed Lavant, who Romsey had already beaten home and away, could win against top of the United Services.

Sadly Romseys result and a win for Lavant make that an even greater challenge now.

Romsey were all over the Swanage defence from the off, the Swanage keeper in inspired form kept out efforts from TK, Carl H, Colin H and Sean R, with Man of the Match Matt D seeing two efforts flash just wide.

With Romsey having to make enforced changes as Dave M, Dan B and Ben P all went off injured for short periods, Swanage too their chance on the break and despite the heroics of Nick W in goal who kept out a number of shots, Swanage took a lead in to the break.

Romsey started the second half as they had started the first, Dave M, Dan B and Carl H all went close, but the Swanage keeper kept all chances out and then history repeated itself as a fast break saw Lukasz S as last man and a fine cross saw a first time strike for 2 0 to the away team.

Romsey rallied and with 15 minutes to go, after Josh H had a penalty corner strike ruled out for a lifted shot, Colin H made no mistake with a first time shot inside the post.

Alas, Romsey couldn’t manage to get a point from the game as with Rob C and Simeon F pushing up to support the attack along with James Tower, the forwards contrived to swing and miss when composure was required and so Romsey ended up losing 2 1.

Romsey had another tough encounter, but managed to make it four wins in a row in against a strong Salisbury.

Salisbury started strongly, but with James T moving up to centre midfield to support Josh H, the two started to gain control of the game. The two played a number of interchangeable passes and Dan B and Carl H both had half chances, but Romsey couldn’t make the early break through.

Romsey had two more chances when Colin H broke in to the circle, his first effort went wide of the far post, and his second effort whilst on target was a disappointing shot too close to the Keeper.

Romsey eventually won a penalty corner, and Carl H made no mistake, after Stuart R’s neat trap, with his low drilled shot inside the post.

Romsey doubled their advantage when Stuart R beat three players on his was in to the circle, his shot come cross was touched on by Carl Hendy where Josh H found himself unmarked at the far post to turn and shoot for 2-0 at Half Time.

Salisbury had a break away, and as Bryn W came out to narrow the angle, the Salisbury forward to it wide round him, but could only lift his shot in to the side netting.

Salisbury started the second half as they had the first, except this time they made their pressure pay by winning a penalty corner and as Carl H as done for Romsey drilled in a shot for 2-1.

They continued to press, and Romsey were indebted to Colin H for making three key interceptions as he added his centre back cover to that of right back and left back in the second half.

With Ben Parker solid at left back, he and Elliot Colyer started to make some moves back in to the Salisbury half, but Dan B couldn’t get the vital touch to move the ball on.

Matt Duke made the Romsey right half his own as time went on, and he made a number of passes with Josh H to get in to the circle, before setting up Carl H took control to make it 3-1.

Romsey couldn’t hold their two goal advantage for long, and Salisbury pulled a goal back when a Bryn W save was controlled by the Salisbury forward to smash in the goal for 3-2.

Romsey needed their fourth goal, Dan B was unlucky when he took the ball up to the keeper but the ball ran the wrong side of the post.

With Lukasz S becoming the saviour in the final moments making a number of important interceptions, Romsey were able to run out 3-2 winners.

Romsey went in to this encounter off the back of a fine win last week against the second placed team, Hamble a place below then appeared on paper to be an easier fixture, but it didn’t work out that way.

Romsey dominated the first ten minutes, creating fin runs in to the last quarter through Matt D and Josh H, with Greig S providing good cover support, but Sean R and Dan B couldn’t get any final touches.

Josh H made one run and elected to pass when Sean R and Carl H had taken the two defenders away and the young midfielder may have been better to go through on his own.

With Bryn W in goal making a tremendous clearance when he took the ball cleanly and the Hamble forward went spinning over him, Romsey returned to pushing forward.

Romsey won a penalty corner and Ben P dispatched to Greig S who lifted the ball in to the top corner, the Keeper got a hand to it but it dropped down over the line to give Romsey a 1 0 lead.

Greig went close again when Carl H set him up but a fine save kept the ball out and Matt D couldn’t get to the follow up before it was cleared.

In the second half Romsey piled forward, Andy M on the right and Barry H on the left in only their second matches did well down both flanks but Romsey couldn’t score.

Josh H set up Carl H to shoot wide and Sean R then was played in only to see his shot from a narrow angle cannon back off the post.

Lukasz S and Ben P were commanding at the back allowing James T and Rob C to push forward but this left Romsey exposed to the counter attack.

Man of the match Bryn W in goal saved what looked like a certain equaliser when he saved with his left leg in a three on one situation to maintain Romseys third clean sheet in their three matches since Christmas.

With the Hamble GK saving twice from Colin H, Dan B had a chance to make it 2 0 when played in by Sean R but the keeper was again in inspired form and came out to the top of the circle to save the goal bound shot.

Romsey took on high flying second placed Lavant, trying to repeat their efforts of the away match when they deservedly won 5-2, with four players making their Romsey debut.

Romsey came out of the blocks on top, and applied pressure early on through Josh H & Chris H controlling midfield and James T holding the right.  Dan B made a great move to the left and played in Sean R, but the striker couldn’t get the ball the right side of the post.

Romsey maintained possession, and control at the back from Lukasz S and Duncan S kept releasing the ball to Ben P as excellent relief play to ensure Romsey kept the ball in the Lavant half.

Romsey eventually won a penalty corner and a good one two at the top of the circle between Dave M and Colin H saw a strike on goal balloon up of a Lavant foot towards the goal, the ball was cleared back to Dave M who made no mistake for 1-0.

Romsey then had to absorb Lavant pressure after they changed their Goalkeeper, and the defence of Nick W in goal was superbly supported by Lukasz, Duncan and Dave M, with the Harwood brothers coming back to ensure Romsey maintained the ball.

Romsey doubled their lead before half time when Chris H got the ball at the top of the circle and beat two men to allow himself time to cross for ace marksman Carl H to coolly plant it in for 2-0.

The second half belonged to Romsey, and with the defence solid, Chris H was played in at the top of the circle and smashed an unstoppable shot in to the bottom corner for 3-0.

Then a pass from Colin H to Josh H saw the man of the match strike on goal and the shot bounced under the keeper for 4-0 , a repeat move five minutes later saw Colin H’s cross-shot stopped by Josh H and he calmly rolled the ball in for his second, and 5-0.

With Andy M and then Dan B on the right dominate and interchanging with James T, Romsey were able to ensure they got a sixth goal, young Barry Hatch played the ball to Sean R and up popped Colin H for 6-0.

There was still time for an outstanding save from Nick W, which pleased Romsey to keep the clean sheet, and Romsey who have three games in hand on Lavant remain 9 points behind the second placed team after a fantastic win.

Romsey thought they would have just the bare 11 players for this fixture, but played two thirds of the match with only 10, and this made the result even more magnificent.

Despite their lower numbers Romsey started brightly, Rob Cav and James T linking up down the right to craft move in to the circle and then Will R and Ben P doing the same down the left to raise confidence.

Josh H received the ball in the centre of the pitch and then went on a run towards the right of the circle, his skill and pace saw him beat three players before crossing to ace marksman Carl H who made no mistake shooting first time to put Romsey 1 0 up.

Romsey continued to create chances Will R nearly scoring from the top of the circle and Colin H having a shot from a penalty corner move cleared off the line.

The defence was solid, Bryn W covered his angles at his near post when Alton did get in,  but Duncan S and Lukasz S stopped everything coming centrally and were on top from playing hits from the circle out and up to Carl H who as the lone striker held the ball up brilliantly.

Romsey knew they would tire in the second half but the younger trio of Will R, Josh H and James T didn’t show any signs and continued to put Alton on the back foot.

Romseys 11th player turned up with 20 minutes to play and this added to the attack, Josh H saw his shot rebound back off the post, before a few minutes later he and Carl H set up Matt L to shoot, his initial shot was deflected in for 2 0.

Romsey wrapped up the win with another well worked goal like their first, Colin H panted a free hit to Josh H on the edge of the circle Down to the right corner. Josh H smashed his cross to the far side of the circle for Matt L to shoot first time for a 3 0 victory.

Romsey faced tough opposition in high flying United Services who look like the other challengers for the Div 9 South title with Isle of Wight, who were the only team to defeat Romsey so far this season before this match.

Romsey who usually start quite brightly, we’re on the back foot early on. Good tackles by T Sanders and L Suleja kept USP outside the circle, and D Sanders and D Andrews then provided further cover to keep the ball out, before it was drilled in from the USP left across the circle to find a stick at the far post to put USP 1 0 up.

Romsey rallied, and youngsters J Fuller, W Ritchie and E Colyer all started to make moves down the wings trying to create an opening.

C Harwood intercepted the ball and played a pass to J Harwood who played in C Hendy, but the top marksman couldn’t get his shot on target.

With Andrews and J Harwood starting to control the midfield Romsey suddenly looked the stronger team.  J Tower pushed up the right and interchanged with Colyer to get the ball in the circle but no chance could be created.

N Mason and Hendy upfront were supported with the tireless running of debutant S Field, and when J Harwood won a penalty corner Romsey had their best chance of an equaliser.

With B Parker played the ball to Hendy his pass to Mason was hit on goal and saved by the keeper, only for Parker to nip in and push the ball over the keeper and over the line for 1 1.

Romsey nearly went in ahead at the break as J Harwood somehow kept the ball in on the left and smashed it in to the circle, Hendy couldn’t get a touch and Colyer was almost able to steer it in at the back post but not quite.

Sadly the USP team with an extensive squad were able to up their game in the second half. Early on a great move by the visitors saw a first time shot saved by the in form B Wathen in goal, but USP followed up with a well timed second shot for 2 1.

Then a long through ball midway through the half saw Wathen rush out to narrow the angle but the USP forward took it round him and wide to push the ball in to the goal.

With the game closing out USP got two more chances and two more goals, the first a very well timed reverse stick volley to win 5 1, which was harsh on Romsey after their first half display.

Romsey 4s have one more match before Christmas and currently have 12 points, from 3 wins, 3 draws and two defeats against the top two and sit fourth in the table.

Romsey travelled to Swanage with only 11 players and initially the absence of the Harwood clan saw Romsey fall two behind to some simple goals.

At this point Romsey reacted positively without their talismanic skipper and and started to put together some excellent moves going forward. A Nick Mason shot was deflected past the keeper by old stalwart and top scorer Carl Hendy.

This was followed by superb work by midfield duo of D Andrews and M Duke keeping Romsey on the front foot and resulting in Mason scoring a wonderful solo effort to draw the teams level.

Romsey took the lead from another rMason strike and continued to dominate.

Disappointingly despite resolute defending from Parker, Loescher, Cavalier and Suleja Swanage poked the ball past Wathen in goal to equalise before half time.

The second half saw the opposition strengthen their midfield and in a close fought half another moment of solo magic by Man of the Match Mason won it for Romsey 4 – 3, maintaining their unbeaten start to the season after five games, with next up unbeaten Isle of Wight this Saturday, another encounter where Harwoods Senior and Junior will be missing!

Romsey enjoyed another entertaining topsy turvy Saturday encounter to remain unbeaten so far after four matches.

Romsey started strongly with Rob Cav having plenty of possession down the left, he and Ben Parker joined up to play in C Harwood but his pass in to the circle was cleared by the keeper before J Harwood could get to the ball.

M Duke making his debut was instrumental in setting up a one two with Carl Hendy but solid Salisbury defender kept Romsey out.

Then midway through the half the tide turned and it was Romsey on the back foot. Two long threaded passes found Salisbury forwards, the first saw a shot to the top corner that keeper B Wathen did brilliantly to claw away with his hand. Then the keeper was called upon to make a save with his feet.

L Suleja and D Loescher worked tirelessly to keep wave after wave of long balls at bay, and J Tower helped out at right back to make two clearances, before finally Salisbury made the break through to go 1 0 up at HT.

Romsey regrouped and the second. Half started like the first, this time J Harwood and D Andrews cut out every ball in the midfield with support of Duke, to set up Hendy and then E Colyer.

Another move saw Hendy and Duke interchange passes and when the keeper saved Dukes first attempt his followed up was stopped on the line with a foot for a penalty stroke. Duke stepped up and put the ball low in to the bottom left corner for 1 1 in a Man if the Match performance.

Romsey continued their onslaught, with Parker and Cav strong down the left and Tower and Colyer equally effective down the left.

Colyer played in C Harwood in the last few minutes his shot hit a foot, but Romsey failed to convert penalty corner chances and the game finished 1 1.



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