Teamwork and Passing = Goals

Romsey U12 Girls travelled to Southampton for their first match of the season.  The team started strongly from the outset, with newcomer Eva Ackerman dominating the middle of the pitch and making some strong passes to forwards Molly Knapman, Phoebe Lewis and Eleanor Blake. The girls put lots of pressure on Southampton, intercepting passes and making some great tackles. It was from one of these interceptions that midfielder Annabel Coltart took the ball into the D and struck hard, scoring her first goal for the team.  This seemed to wake up the opposition who made plenty of counter-attacks, but the defensive team were solid. Centre Back Lily Pilinger, who was also awarded Player of the Match, had a great game, using her speed to good effect to chase down the attack and take the ball off them.

In the second of the three periods of play, Romsey kept up a strong, fast moving attack. Mia Adams and Phoebe Lewis combined well down the right wing, passing the ball to Eva who’s strike flew up into the back of the net for an unstoppable goal number 2.   The girls’ confidence grew and more great passing in the midfield between Olivia Wells and Hermione Murray saw a long hit fall to Molly Knapman, who calmly put the ball away for her first goal of the season.

The final third was a continuation of the first two. The girls kept attacking, but also maintained a strong defence which saw backs Chalrotte Ackerman, Grace French and Evelyn Berensford marking tightly and putting in some great tackles. Southampton won a couple of short corners, but the girls came out fast and denied the opposition a chance to score. Energy levels remained high and the team took every opportunity to counter attack. Some more fine teamwork saw Phoebe Lewis pick up a pass in the D, make a lovely turn and score. Romsey made it very hard for Southampton to clear the ball out from their half and Molly Knapman was well positioned to pick up another long ball for her second goal.

Anna Loadman, playing in goal, had a great match, staying focused and coming out strongly when the opposition threatened.

It was only in the final minutes of the game that Southampton put a long ball through to one of their forwards who was unmarked and managed to take the ball in and score. The final result was a very well deserved Romsey 5 Southampton 1.

Sunday saw a lovely sunny tournament at Winchester.

The first match against Trojans 1 was well fought and saw some close marking of players, a lovely run at goal from Milly and confident tackling from Lewie. But although Romsey maintained pressure up in the opposition’s half they ended the match 2-0 to Trojans.

The second match against Andover saw two similarly matched teams fighting for supremacy. Tom W and Tom C made great attempts at goal and defenders Imogen and Tilly worked confidently, tackling with precision. Ellie made a number of vital, confident saves and the end result was 0-0.

A tough match against Bournemouth ended with a score of 3-0 to the opposition, however the next match saw great work midfield by Harriet and tenacious tackling by Toby. Romsey dominated the match and Hannah, Milly and Tom were unlucky not to score, hitting the post several times. The game ended 0-0.

The final match saw Romsey triumph with a 2-1 win against Winchester with excellent goals from Milly and Tom C supported by the rest of the team.  Well done to all!

October has seen Romsey Under 16 girls continue where they left off in September with two convincing wins .

END TO END !

Their first match on the 1st of October was at home to Southampton in the league . The away team had a strong start with keeper Alice Dyer called into action making a splendid sliding save plus several others to keep the opposition out . Inevitably Southampton scored a  goal which stunned Romsey into action and it was not long before Zoe Henderson after a strong run and neat finish bought Romsey level .

It remained 1:1  for most of the first half with both teams defending extremely well , so much so Alex Orak fractured her finger in a strong tackle and was forced to come off and be replaced .   In the last few minutes of the half it was end to end action seeing Southampton go 2:1 up before Bobs made it 2:2 with a fine finish .

The second half saw Romsey  take control immediately  and Zoe Henderson got her second goal within a minute of the re-start . You could see the team grow in confidence and they started to boss the game with fine passing and movement in midfield leading to Phoebe Moriarty -Palios  calming slotting the ball past the Southampton keeper from the left hand side of the D .

The remainder of the half saw more end to end action but Romsey were clinical with their finishing seeing Sophie Lawson net from close range and Bobs complete her second hatrick of the season .

The final score to a thrilling match was 7-2 to Romsey  , well played to both teams for such an entertaining match!

SUNSHINE CUP SUCCESS !

The 8th of October saw Romsey under 16 Girls take on a strong New Forest Side in the first round of The Hampshire Cup in Lymington .

Both teams had strong support and all were enjoying the glorious weather with temperatures peaking at 20 degrees !

Romsey came out of the blocks very quickly and had wave after wave of attacks with Jess Grout and Ella Manger linking up well with atackers Zoe Henderson and Hannah Loran , however  the New forest defence was very strong .

New Forest soon came into the game and put the Romsey defence under pressure but they responded with great tackles from Emily Proctor , Emily Wann and good distribution down the line from Liz Field soon had Romsey on the front foot again .

It was not long before Zoe Henderson broke free  on the right and closed in on goal to score with a low hard shot into the corner .

However it remained 1:0 until half time and the New forest defence was being very stubborn .

Into the second half Romsey kept pressing forward looking for the all important second goal which soon came after a nice move down the left putting Pheobe Moriarty – Palios in the clear and she calmly put the ball in the right hand corner of the goal to put Romsey 2:0 in the lead .

Romsey were now in control with Sarah MacLeod and Clara Hackett running the midfield , more goals followed one from Zoe Henderson and with an inspired substitution Jess Whetran came on up front for Zoe and scored with her first touch and still had time for another one to make the final score Romsey 5 New forest 0 .

The player of the match as chosen by the opposition much to everyone’s approval was Sarah MacLeod after a great midfield performance .

A super team effort now sees Romsey go into the second round of the Hampshire Cup !

Great start to the season with U8s unbeaten in Winchester

Anna Ackerman, Oscar Cowburn (2), Camilla Day, Elsie Duncan (1), Clara Fuller, Charlie Gray (3), Caitlin Jupp (1), Sophie Morris, Anna Shepherd.

There was a lot of excitement with the U8s travelling to Winchester for the first mini tournament of the season. With most of the team having represented Romsey over the last season confidence was high going in to the first game against New Forest. Romsey enjoyed the majority of the possession in this game with midfielders Camilla, Clara and Caitlin controlling the midfield well and feeding the ball in to Oscar and Charlie up front. Oscar broke through after another period of possession scoring the first goal, this was followed with 2 goals from Charlie, Romsey winning 3-0.

The next game saw Romsey face Trojans. This game was fiercely contested and saw Romsey’s defence of Elsie and Oscar remaining solid whilst being well tested. Both were up to the task clearing the ball well for midfielders Anna A, Anna S and Sophie to pass on the Romsey’s forward line. As the game progressed Romsey grew in confidence, resulting in in a goal for Charlie. In the final few minutes Caitlin won the ball on the half way line and following a great run scored Romsey’s second, Romsey winning 2-0.

Romsey’s third game was against Bournemouth. This was a fast paced highly competitive end to end game with both teams showing great determination and putting together some lovely passing sequences. Both teams came close to scoring however the deadlock was not broken, final score 0-0. The whole team worked really hard in this game and came off the pitch with big smiles!

Against Southampton Romsey again enjoyed some great periods of possession. Camilla and Clara held great positions in defence with Southampton barely getting a glimpse of the Romsey goal. Anna A and Sophie worked hard in midfield. Following some great Romsey passing in the Southampton ‘D’ Catlin crossed the ball for Oscar to score his second of the day. Following the restart Southampton were unable to clear the ball due to great running and tackling from Charlie, this pressure lead to Elsie popping up to score Romsey’s second. Romsey winning 2-0.

Romsey’s final game was against hosts Winchester. This game proved to be the most exciting, nail biting and frustrating game of the day!! The Romsey team worked really hard keeping and maintaining possession with the ball barely leaving the Winchester ‘D’. Romsey hit the post and saw the ball go centimetres wide on at least 4 occasions. Romsey were really unlucky not to score and the game finished 0-0. Again the team came off the pitch with big smiles having really enjoyed being a part of such an exciting game.

Overall the Team enjoyed a great morning. The hard work put in in training could really be seen, team spirit was also evident and attitude fantastic.

Romsey U12 Boy’s got their season underway with a good performance against Trojans and were unlucky that the score didn’t reflect their efforts or dominance in most of the game.  Fielding five new players, Thomas and Daniel Hodge, Harry Garton and Rupert Willes in the outfield and Joe Williams in goal, Romsey started very strongly with most of the first period played in the Trojans half.

The early pressure told with a great goal from Rupert who scored with one of his first touches in his first Hockey game.

As Trojans soaked up the pressure, Romsey’s defensive line pushed further and further up the field, Romsey back 3 of Daniel Hodge, Owen South and Freddie O’Hara were defending well in the Trojans half when they were hit by a break, great scrambling defence from Romsey prevented a score but Trojans did earn a short corner.  After the corner was taken, a brilliant tackle and pass from Sebastian Wells, lead to Sam Attfield breaking down the centre of the pitch and one on one with the keeper he was denied a goal by a great save.

Romsey used the width of the pitch well, with Jack Jones on one wing and Luke Walter on the other both causing problems for Trojans midfield. However, despite maintaining much of the possession and territory Romsey could force a second goal and the first period ended 1 nil to Romsey.

Trojans started the second period much stronger, three good attaching moves were dealt with by Romsey’s defence, then a shot on goal was well stopped by Joe Wiliams, but the pressure soon told when Trojans had a two on one with the Romsey keeper and a square pass to an unmarked attacker on the post led to a simple tap-in.

Romsey’s attack starting to fire again when Owen South fed a pass to Jack Meehan who made a good run upfield, then Sebastian earned a short corner for Romsey from a promising move up the wind. With the action going end to end the second period ended one all.

The third period started well for Romsey’s passing game, Thomas Hodge found Sam Attfield who passed to Luke Walters who was unlucky to see his shot just go wide. Then Trojans hit back on the break, and Harry Garton, who was the last man back, managed to clear the ball. The Trojans broke again and scored with a great hit from just inside the dee.  The goal seemed to up Trojans energy and they soon made it four with a goal from a short corner.

Next for Romsey came a goal that is an early contender for goal of the season.  Will Rossdale took a sideline ball and started up the wing, he used a reverse dink to pop the ball through a defender’s legs and carried on, past serval more defenders into the dee and scored.  It was a goal that earned him the man of the match nomination from Trojans.

The match ended with a good period of pressure from Romsey who earned a couple of short corners but they didn’t manage to score and so the match finished up 4, 2 to Trojans.

Romsey under 16 girls travelled to Fleet & Ewshot on Sunday the 17th of September, their first game of the new season .

Romsey arrived with a strong squad which soon showed as Zoe Henderson scored early on taking the ball past two defenders before a confident finish.

Minutes later Zoe was at it again passing players and putting a cross in for Sophie Lawson to finish with aplomb . It was not long before Bobs Cooper and Hannah Loran got in on the  act scoring convincingly . 

After 20 mins Romsey were 5 nil ahead and the defence marshalled by Emily Wann had not given Fleet any attempts on goal.

A further number of  goals followed in the second half including an expertly taken penalty by Sarah McLeod. Fleet had tried to rally and hit the post but solid defending from Antonia Luckhurst , Alex Orak , Emily Procter and Keeper Alice Dyer denied the opposition a goal!

As the game entered the final phase The Romsey midfield were running the show and great passing  from Georgina Scott , Ella Manger , Liz Field and Phoebe Moriarty-Palios got Romsey up the pitch quickly which saw Zoe Henderson, Sarah McLeod, and Sophie Lawson complete their hatricks!

With the clock running down Bobs was back on the pitch determined to get her hatrick which she duly did with a cool finish . Hannah popped in her second goal of the day in after reading play well , and at the final whistle it was a resounding 14-0 win for Romsey .

A fantastic team performance all round , well done girls !

This year’s AGM is at 7:00pm at The Phoenix Pub, Romsey on Monday 12th June – Monday after the End of Season Do!

Here we will discuss the agenda which is in the process of being established when formalised the main discussion points will be about committee positions for next year, the following positions are available to ALL club members regardless of age!

  • Sponsorship Secretary: to hand over from Alex Budden who has made great resources this year but is unable to commit to another year due to work commitments.
  • Social Secretary: after two excellent social years Emma Bouchard is stepping down, we look usually to have two members in this role ideally one representative from the ladies and another from the mens side of the club.
  • Ladies 2XI Captain : following Bethan’s amazing three years as captain she is stepping down.
  • Ladies 1XI Captain: a role which is being adapted slightly from Erica Jenner who has done an ace job for two years.

If you are interested please contact the people named in the roles currently. Colin Harwood as Club Chairman and also Emily Slade as club secretary could also enlighten you on the roles.

The roles have got flexibility in terms of how many people do them and what you do with the role. The main stipulation is you attend as many of the committee meetings as possible; these are usually held about every 8 weeks during the playing season.

Our committee are integral to the running of the club and to keep it moving forward whilst bringing the club together as much as possible. If you could let me know if you are interested please contact me prior to the AGM.

Look forward to hearing from you!

Hog Roast and Awards Evening

When: Friday 9th June 2017 – 7pm ’til late
Where: Crossfield Hall, Romsey

Arrive from 7pm.

Bring you own …

All tickets must be purchase prior to the event.

Invite open to all families and parents.

£25 per ticket

Purchase tickets via online banking for free raffle ticket – please use reference “your_surname 2017EOS”

The junior section will be celebrating another successful season this Sunday with their Awards and Fun Day. Action will start at 10:00 with a couple of hours of fun games. Team will be put together on the day – parents and junior players are all welcome to play. 

This will be followed by a BBQ and the Awards from 12:00 and then soon after 13:00 the U16 Girls will play the U16 Boys in a Challenge Match. A curtain raiser to the Girls appearance in the Hampshire Cup Final the following morning.

All members are welcome to come along and join in the fun.

 

Romsey U12 Girls ended their season on a positive note with a well deserved win over Alton at home on Sunday. The visitors were short of players but the girls readily volunteered to take turns playing for them, which made for an evenly matched and friendly game on the warmest day of the year so far.  Alton were quick to attack, putting pressure on the Romsey defence from the start. In an end to end period of play, they took the lead with a well angled strike. Romsey came back strongly however, with Liv W, Katy R and Neve A pushing forwards and creating lots of opportunities, which were saved by some excellent goalkeeping. 

The second third saw Romsey continue to attack, but in pushing forward they left themselves open at the back and Alton managed to sneak a second goal, with Romsey being denied numerous times by a solid Alton defence. Then Romsey managed to get a goal back with a goalmouth scramble that Katy R put away. The girls heads came up and they started to believe in themselves more. Some excellent interceptions from Molly and Lily ensured the team kept attacking, while Zara, Evelyn and Olivia Wells all marked well in defence, so that Alton could not often get in the D. 

Romsey came out strong in the final third, creating numerous chances. Midfielders Amy, Mia and Phoebee helped to keep up the pressure by making some lovely runs and passing the ball well. Romsey had several short corners in the period, one of which Liv W managed to convert with a well struck shot from the top of the D. With Charlotte R now up front, along with Eleanor, the team kept up the pressure on Alton. On the few occasions that Alton managed to attack, the defence held firm, with Aimee clearing the ball well at sweeper and Anna making some great saves in goal, the team did not concede a single short corner or goal. With continued pressure from the whole team playing attacking hockey, the girls scored their 3rd and winning goal towards the end of the final third through ?. It was a fine performance from the whole team and a great way to end the season. 

Come along to Romsey’s Easter Hooked on Hockey camps! Spaces are still available!

 

Here are some key dates of upcoming events:

  • Sunday 30th April – Junior Awards
  • Monday 1st May – U16 Hampshire Cup Final @ Fleet and Ewshot
  • Sunday 14th May- Romsey Relay
  • Saturday 20th May – Hockey Fun Day
  • Friday 9th June – End of Season Hockey Awards
  • Monday 12th June – AGM
  • Summer – Ladies’, Men’s and Mixed Summer League

Details to follow.

Romsey under 10’s attended their first tournament fielding an all boys team and an all girls team, with a couple of supporting boys to allow for substitutions.

The first game against New Forest B saw a great start for the mainly girls team with Romsey putting the pressure on continually in the attacking half. Some great linking play between Phoebe Lewis and Zoe Phillips saw the attackers pushing forward, resulting in a well executed goal by Harriet Field. Some strong holding play by Lewie Brown and Tom Coltart and some great tackles by Sofia Ballesteros in defence ensured that Romsey won their first game 1-0.
The second game against Trojans was tougher with Romsey’s defence being stretched by the opposition’s strong attacking play. Lucy Walden working hard in midfield couldn’t stop the Trojan’s attackers breaking through in numbers and putting the ball in the back of the goal a total of 4 times. The whole Romsey team continued to work hard together and were unlucky not to get through the Trojan’s defence to close the gap.
Romsey’s third game against New Forest A saw strong support from Theo Cowburn and Tom Westmore in midfield, with Tilly Duncan putting in some solid defensive challenges to keep the scoreline at 0-0 for most of the match. A single goal by New Forest towards the end of the match left the final score 1-0.
The last two games of the tournament saw the girls working extra hard with no substitutes. Some great saves by goalkeeper Ellie Gibson helped keep the girls in the matches and a lot of outfield linking play kept the pressure on the opposition throughout. Romsey were unlucky to lose the penultimate game against Andover to a goal that went in off a defender’s foot but the sheer determination, fantastic teamwork and excellent play by the whole team enabled Romsey to end the tournament with a well deserved and brilliantly fought 0-0 draw against Salisbury.

Romsey boys played their first game against Trojans B. The team started strong, using the wings well and linking together some lovely passes to put pressure on the Trojans attack. Despite good possession and some great shots on goal from Sebastian Wells and Tom Westmore, Trojans managed to sneak a goal on the break just before full time, losing narrowly 0-1. Despite the unlucky result Romsey went into the next game against Trojans A with determination. The game was very defensive but the boys gave the Trojans players no time on the ball, pressuring them well. Great defensive efforts from Tristan Cuff, Lewie Brown and Jack Wormgoor aswell as some superb saves from goalie Joseph Williams kept the score line 0-0 in a well fought match. In the next game against Salisbury the team began to find their form, Theo Cowburn, Henry Allsop and Tom Westmore worked well upfront to pressurise the Salisbury defence, allowing Romsey to soon take the lead with a great goal from Marcus Lake. Romsey soon furthered their lead with another goal from Marcus Lake and a superb goal from a very tight angle from Tom Coltart. In their next game New Forest the team were unlucky to lose 0-2 despite great team work throughout. In their last game Winchester the team continued their good form with a 2-0 win, with goals from Marcus Lake and Sebastian Wells. The Romsey side showed maturity in their teamwork and passing throughout the day, a great team performance.

 

After an early start the U8s had a great day at Bournemouth. It was wonderful to see their team spirit growing and to see training being put into practice on the pitch. 

Team A

 

The team got off to an unlucky start losing just 1-0 against local hosts Bournemouth. Highlights included some great last ditch defending by Hannah Tyson.

 

Game 2 against Trojans proved to be the hardest challenge of the day but despite a 4-0 loss everybody in the team kept playing hard to the end. Charlie Gray deserves special mention after coming back from a hard knock in game 1 to show some outstanding work rate and team play.  

 

By game 3 the team were really starting to change through the gears and started to gel. Salisbury were soundly beaten 4-0 with goals from Milly Chatterley, Hannah Tyson and 2 for Charlie Gray whose celebration was worth the gate fee. Ava Farmer provided the defensive foundation for the victory while in midfield, Evelyn Prefrement, Emma Lake and Anna Shepherd and all made fantastic contributions.  

 

Game 4 against ‘New Forest’ ended in a hard fought 1-1 draw thanks in particular to some great defensive play by Maggie Nicholson and another great goal by Milly Chatterley. 

 

In the final match against Winchester the team continued to work hard and play as a team. But in a dramatic finish they were unlucky to lose to a late goal in the final seconds!

 

Team B

 

Team B had a flying start against Salisbury with Benji Wright scoring the opening goal in the first few minutes. Romsey continued to press with the forwards all working well together. Freddie Allsopp made some great runs forward and was rewarded with a goal. In the latter part of the game Annabel Norman added a further goal and Benji Wright added Romsey’s 4th to secure the win.

 

Game 2 against Bournemouth was a great contest. Bournemouth were quick off the mark and scored early in the game. Romsey were not down hearted and pressed from midfield with Oscar Cowburn tackling and distributing the ball to forwards Camilla Day and Clara Fuller. Towards the end of the game Romsey’s persistence paid off with Freddie con=ming from midfield to equalise.

 

Game 3 was another even encounter. Unfortunately Romsey failed to convert their chances and were caught on the counter by a fast Andover break and conceded the only goal of the game.

 

After game 3 the team had a bit of a break to re fuel on cake. This strategy worked as the team came out raring to go against Winchester in Game 4. Romsey played some great hockey in this game putting together some great passes. The were all calling and as a result put the pressure on early with Freddie scoring the first of his two goals of the game. Goals were then added by Oscar (2) and Benji (2). The game finishing 6-0.

 

Romsey’s final game was against local rivals Trojans. After a quite previous game Sophie Morris and Elsie Duncan concentrated brilliantly clearing any threat posed by the Trojans forwards. With Romsey calling for passes and moving forward Freddie scored the winning goal. After a nail biting final few minutes Romsey held on for the win!

 

Romsey Boy’s return to winning ways with a commanding performance against Gosport, despite being one man down, due to illness, for the whole match.

The match started well for Romsey with their first attack allowing Sebastian Wells to run into the Gosport Dee where he earned a short corner, the ball was injected by Jack Sluman to Charlie Westmacott whose powerful shot was too good for the keeper and Romsey took an early lead. 

There was no letup in pressure as Romsey used both wings to good effect, on the right Sam Attfield’s running and passing led to a Romsey shot just going wide, then on the left-wing William Rossdale and Jake Meehan combined as William ran into the Dee, he passed to Charlie who scored his second goal.

Gosport then had a good period of possession forcing a good save, high to the left of the Romsey Keeper Oliver O’Hara, the rebound was struck by Gosport and cleared off the line by Thomas Dyer, as the ball was cleared Gosport were awarded a short corner.  The short corner was defended by Romsey who launched a quick counter attack, and Charlie scored his third goal before the end of the first period. 

It looked like Gosport were getting back into the game at the start of the second period, scoring an early goal from a good run from midfield. But Romsey soon returned to a 3-goal lead after Jack Sluman took a free hit quickly, fed the ball to Charlie who scored again.

A further Gosport attack was stopped by Archie Davis, who then ran with the ball the full length of the pitch into the Gosport Dee, he was only stopped by a great tackle which denied him a goal.  The second period ended 4 one.

As the third period started, Romsey upped their intensity and soon the goals began to flow again.  First down one wing and then the other, Romsey’s attack caused Gosport a lot of problems.  Sam Attfield had 3 quick shots saved by the keeper before Sebastian passed to Charlie in the Dee whose shot was saved.  Then William coming in from his wing won a short corner, again Jack Sluman injected, Charlie’s hard shot was saved but Sebastian got the rebound first and passed to Charlie who scored.  A few minutes later Romsey scored from another short corner, before Gosport got one back, hitting on the break the Gosport wing received the ball in plenty of space, he made a quick run into the Romsey Dee and scored with a shot just past the keeper.

Romsey soon got a goal back, this time going through midfield, Charlie passed to Jack Meehan who scored and then celebrated with his one-handed cartwheel.  Jack Meehan soon returned the favour with a lovely pass to Charlie who scored his 7th of the game and Romsey’s 8th. 

The game ended with Gosport attaching but they could not find a way through, first Frederick O’Hara stopped a break, and then the match was concluded with a save by the Romsey keeper Oliver.

Romsey U16 Girls turned out on Sunday morning for their final National Cup group stage game knowing that only a win against local rivals Trojans would do to ensure they qualified for the next phase of the competition after their first disappointing loss of the season to Bournemouth last weekend, They would also have to do so without Captain Abbie James who had been in fantastic form all season but was unavailable due to National lacrosse duty.Coach Dave Miles laid out the game plan in the pre-game huddle and emphasized the fact that only a win will do. Romsey started the stronger pressuring Trojans high up the pitch and winning an early short corner leading to Bobs Cooper scoring the opening goal with a tidy flick after the ball was slipped left by Zoe Henderson, the lead was short lived with Trojans hitting back within a few minutes with a short corner of their own, Trojans center forward showing some fantastic skills to beat 2 players and the goalie and finish into an empty net, Trojans then took the lead with another fantastic solo effort by the same player this time beating 5 players and then the goalie to give Trojans a 2-1 lead. This seemed to wake Romsey up though who then really started to apply pressure to Trojans all over the pitch leading to numerous chances on goal and short corners, but some resolute defending and goalkeeping by the Trojans back line ensured that Romsey had to wait till very late in the half to receive the reward for the constant attacking pressure when Zoe Henderson beat a defender and broke into the circle slipping the ball square passed the goalie and Sophie Lawson finishing at the back post from a tight angle, 2-2 half time.

The half time team talk led to a change in tactics by Coach Miles and the Romsey Girls came out firing on all cylinders following the new game plan perfectly with a flurry of attacking pressure from both wings as the trio of Jenny Pimley, Zoe Henderson and Sophie Lawson run riot with numerous attempts on goal but once again The Trojans back line defended excellently clearing their lines on each occasion until Zoe Henderson broke free down the right and drove the ball into the circle and forced a good save by the Trojans goalie but Sarah MacLeod picked up the rebound at the top of the circle and thumped the ball home for Romsey to take the lead. Romsey continued their attacking pressure whilst Stand in Captain Sheila Forbes and Gigi Hebert doubled up and made the skillful Trojans forward life a misery shutting her out the game, Romsey scored a fourth after a lovely solo run from Sophie Lawson down the left lead to a lovely square pass eliminating the goalie for Jenny Pimley to finish from close range at the back post, the scoring was finished off after Zoe Henderson once again made amazing drive down the right wing beating two players driving the base-line and pulled the ball back for Bobs Cooper to place the ball in the bottom corner to make the final score 5-2.

Coach Dave Miles was thrilled with the result and the way in which the girls conducted themselves and stuck to the game plan, The win means Romsey finish 2nd in the table behind Bournemouth and qualify for the U16 National Cup regional playoffs to be played on March 12th against the other teams that qualified from the South West Clusters.  


Romsey Boy’s return to winning ways with a commanding performance against Gosport, despite being one man down, due to illness, for the whole match.

The match started well for Romsey with their first attack allowing Sebastian Wells to run into the Gosport Dee where he earned a short corner, the ball was injected by Jack Sluman to Charlie Westmacott whose powerful shot was too good for the keeper and Romsey took an early lead.  

There was no letup in pressure as Romsey used both wings to good effect, on the right Sam Attfield’s running and passing led to a Romsey shot just going wide, then on the left-wing William Rossdale and Jake Meehan combined as William ran into the Dee, he passed to Charlie who scored his second goal.

Gosport then had a good period of possession forcing a good save, high to the left of the Romsey Keeper Oliver O’Hara, the rebound was struck by Gosport and cleared off the line by Thomas Dyer, as the ball was cleared Gosport were awarded a short corner. The short corner was defended by Romsey who launched a quick counter attack, and Charlie scored his third goal before the end of the first period.  

It looked like Gosport were getting back into the game at the start of the second period, scoring an early goal from a good run from midfield. But Romsey soon returned to a 3-goal lead after Jack Sluman took a free hit quickly, fed the ball to Charlie who scored again.

A further Gosport attack was stopped by Archie Davis, who then ran with the ball the full length of the pitch into the Gosport Dee, he was only stopped by a great tackle which denied him a goal. The second period ended 4 one.

As the third period started, Romsey upped their intensity and soon the goals began to flow again. First down one wing and then the other, Romsey’s attack caused Gosport a lot of problems. Sam Attfield had 3 quick shots saved by the keeper before Sebastian passed to Charlie in the Dee whose shot was saved. Then William coming in from his wing won a short corner, again Jack Sluman injected, Charlie’s hard shot was saved but Sebastian got the rebound first and passed to Charlie who scored. A few minutes later Romsey scored from another short corner, before Gosport got one back, hitting on the break the Gosport wing received the ball in plenty of space, he made a quick run into the Romsey Dee and scored with a shot just past the keeper.

Romsey soon got a goal back, this time going through midfield, Charlie passed to Jack Meehan who scored and then celebrated with his one-handed cartwheel. Jack Meehan soon returned the favour with a lovely pass to Charlie who scored his 7th of the game and Romsey’s 8th.  

The game ended with Gosport attaching but they could not find a way through, first Frederick O’Hara stopped a break, and then the match was concluded with a save by the Romsey keeper Oliver.

The U16 boys lost their first league match of the season 3-1 on Sunday, a score line that was a little unfair given the balance of play although Romsey did not play well enough to win.

Salisbury started strongly and the defence marshalled by the returning Alex Mills kept strong and repelled wave of attacks allowing Romsey to come into the game and take the lead through Ben Davidson.

The second half was very much in reverse to the first as Romsey started strongly but could not convert a number of chances allowing Salisbury back into the game and despite the heroics of Captain Hal Cross in goal, the precise nature of Salisbury’s attacks and their clinical finishing meant they ran out easy winners

 

Unfortunately training tonight has been cancelled due to the pich being frozen. Current forecast suggests that this situation will not change so we have made an early decision to cancel.

Sorry to disappoint 🙁

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