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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.

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Continuing from last week’s 2 all draw against the same opponents, the teams looked evenly balanced in the opening period. Romsey had the first opportunities to score after a good run by Sam Attfield led to a short corner being awarded and Jack Sluman was unlucky to see his powerful shot go just wide of the goal.  New Forest’s first attacked was stopped by a strong tackle from Owen South in defence, and Romsey countered with a run from Will Rossdale who was unlucky not to score, this was followed by Jack Meehan having his shot saved.

Then the action moved to the other end where New Forest had their first shot go wide, they were then dispossessed by George Coltard who went on a strong run up the middle of the field. But New Forest attacked again and after a good save from Goalie Ollie O’Hara, their shot wide again.

Romsey’s goal had a small respite as they attacked with Tom Norman shooting just wide, but then New Forest continued their attack, with a wide shot, a save from the Romsey keeper and then the first period ended with 3 short corners to New Forest, Romsey’s defence including Jack Jones and Archie Davis held strong preventing a score. An exciting first period finished goalless.

Romsey looked stronger in the second period, Jack Meehan, Luke Wlater and Will Rossdale combined well in midfield and on the wings to stretch New Forest, Romsey’s defence started to move up the pitch where Jack Jones made a couple of good tackles to prevent New Forest from attacking. Marcus Lake playing his second game for U12’s grew in confidence in midfield where Romsey started to dominate. George Coltard won the ball and passed to Jack Sluman who passed to Sam Attfield then the ball went to Will Rossdale who’s shot was just wide. Another run by Sam Attfield led to a short corner being awarded to Romsey, from which Jack Sluman’s shot was saved by the New Forest keeper.

Next it was New Forest on the attack which was stopped by Frederick O’Hara who passed into the midfield and Marcus Lake made a strong run passing to Will Rossdale on the wing.

The second period ended with New Forest breaking free and forcing a one on one with the Romsey keeper who produced a good save to keep the score nil-nil.

The third period started with the feeling that one goal would seal the match, the first opportunity went to New Forest who were awarded a short corner. After this was dealt with Romsey went on the attack, when Sebastian Wells threaded a pass to Thomas Norman who forced a great save from the New Forest Keeper.  

The action went straight down the other end, with lots of bodies in the Romsey dee, a rebound off the Keeper was hit by New Forest looking certain to be a goal, only for the ball to be deflected off the line by the end of the stick belonging to a fully outstretched Will Rossdale in midflight.

The deadlock was broken after a typically strong run from George Coltart led to a free hit to Romsey which was taken quickly, the ball was passed to Sam Attfield who went passed 2 defenders and scored to give Romsey the lead.

New Forest tried to hit back, winning 2 short corners, but again they were denied. Romsey then sealed the win with a well-worked goal, Sam Attfield passed the ball to Jack Meehan in the dee who shot past the keeper to score and then celebrated with his signature cartwheel.

New Forest almost got a consolation goal, but again they were denied by Will Rossdale clearing the ball off the line, and the score remained 2 nil.

Romsey U12 Boy’s twice fought back from a goal down to earn an exciting draw against New Forest. 

The opening period started well for Romsey with a good period of pressure leading to Owen South forcing a good save from the New Forest keeper.  The game started to move back and fore with both teams piling on the pressure, in goal Oliver O’Hara produced 3 good saves before New Forest finally scored their first goal.

Romsey responded with a good run down the wing from Luke Walter, but the final pass was intercepted by the New Forest defence.

New Forest tried to hit back but were denied first by a superb clearance from Jack Sluman and then by the post of the Romsey goal. The first period finished One nil to the visitors.

The second period started off with New Forest ramping up the pressure, in defence, Archie Davis put in a couple of good saves before Jack Meehan tore down the wing causing problems for the New Forest defence.  This was followed by a good run from Thomas Norman who passed to Sam Attfield who scored his first goal for Romsey.

The celebration was short lived as New Forest hit back straight away with a superb bit of individual skill which led to their second goal.  The pressure continued with New Forest being awarded a short corner after the Romsey keeper took down an attacking player.  The stoic defence of Owen South, Archie Davis, Jack Jones and Will Rossdale meant that the short corner was defended and pressure elevated.  The period finished with the score at two one.

The third period started with a lot of pressure from New Forest who again forced saves from the keeper and defence, with Will Rossdale clearing the ball off the Romsey line.  Romsey started to hit back when Owen South dribbled the ball out of the dee to the halfway line.  Sebastian Wells stretched the New Forest midfield with runs down the wing, before a group of Thomas Norman, Jack Sluman and Sam Attfield broke from midfield to run into the New Forest dee, with Sam scoring his and Romsey’s second.

The remainder of the game was played at a fast pace with both teams trying to seal a win, but the score remained 2 all, and the teams look well balanced for the return match next week.

The home tournament saw Romsey U10 B team play their first match against Southampton B. A well matched game saw end to end action with some great saves by goalie Joe Williams and some strong, controlled midfield play by Sofia Ballesteros. After going 1-0 down Romsey fought back hard, resulting in a fantastic effort by Sebastian Wells who dribbled around the Southampton defence to score Romsey’s first goal. The game remained 1-0 setting the home team off to a good start.
The second match vs New Forest B was again a fairly even match, with some great attacking runs by Imogen Akerman. Romsey’s continued efforts were rewarded by a second tournament goal for Sebastian Wells which gave Romsey their first win of the tournament. Romsey B’s were straight back on the pitch for their next match against tough opposition, Trojans B’s. Having lost their goalie due to illness, Romsey found themselves 3-0 down quite early on, however they worked hard to fight back, and showed some great linking play and teamwork, resulting in another goal for Sebastian Wells following a well executed pass in the D by Isobel Roberts. Despite strong defensive play by both Lewie Brown and Lucy Walden, Trojans kept piling on the pressure, resulting in a final score of 6-1 to Trojans.
Romsey came out for their 4th game against Winchester B’s with great spirit and determination and showed yet more fantastic teamwork. The team tried a different formation with Toby Fuller playing some great attacking hockey, away from his usual position in defence. The game was hard fought and well matched, but Romsey was unable to find the back of the net. Some fantastic saves by Ellie Gibson, including a goal-line save just as the final whistle blew saw another well deserved draw for the host team.
The final match against Andover B’s saw a great start from Romsey with an early goal by Isobel Roberts. Fantastic linking play between Isobel and Sebastian Wells was rewarded in a second goal of the match for Isobel. Despite conceding a goal, Romsey continued to work hard as a team and this was rewarded in a fourth tournament goal for Sebastian Wells. The final score was Romsey 3, Andover 1, leaving Romsey B’s with a well deserved tournament result of 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss.

Romsey U10s hosted their home tournament on Sunday. Romsey A played their first match against Southampton, linking up some beautiful passing in midfield between Marcus Lake and wingers Zoë Phillips and Harriet distributed the ball well up the pitch. Forwards Theo Cowburn and Jack Wormgoor worked hard upfront to earn Romsey an early goal. Romsey continued their great form, stretching the Southampton defence and maintaining their structure, earning themselves a 3-0 win. In their next match against New Forest the team struggled in the opening minutes, conceding several early goals before finding their feet and playing well towards the end of the game. Romsey fought to the finish and were unlucky to lose 4-0. Romsey then faced another tough match against Trojans A, losing 2-0 despite their ongoing determination. In their next match against Winchester Romsey dominated from start to finish, Tom Westmore, Tilly Duncan and Hattie Rogers were superb in defence, denying the opposition any attempt on goal. Romseys persistent pressure on the Winchester defence lead to great goals from Harriet Field, Zoë Phillips, Marcus Lake and Theo Cowburn, taking Romsey into full time with a 4-0 win. Despite taking an early lead in their last match against Andover with a great goal from Marcus Lake, Romsey lost the game 2-1. A great display of teamwork throughout the day to end a great year for the team.

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The U14 boys have had an amazing start to the hockey season and they are top the tablewith 4 league wins out of 4 and an impressive goal difference of 32.
The season started with a 8-2 win over Basingstoke in the Wessex U14 cup which set up a
quarter final match against Bournemouth A team. This proved to be a great contest which
Romsey were unlucky to loss 1-2.
The league matches have seen great teamwork with everyone working hard for each other
resulting in some impressive score lines:
10-0 verses New Forest
11-0 verses Trojans Tigers
7-1 verses Southampton
7-2 verses Bournemouth 2
Goal scorers:
Morgan 14
Bryn 7
Rufus 6
Noah 4
Elliott 4
Bailey 3
Will R 3
Ben H 3
The defence of Will R, Elliott, Toby H, Will P, Dan and Archie has been solid and effective at
minimising the number of shots on goal. However when Rob has been called on he has
made some great saves, he certainly kept us in the quarter final match saving over 7 short
corners.
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The mid field of Morgan, Bailey, Noah, Ben S, Toby Y, James and Rufus have linked well with
defence and supplied great balls to the forwards of Will R, Bryn and Ben H.
The team have certainly taken on board the mantra of coach Stuart “Yellow to yellow, ball
speed up and movement off the ball.”

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The team is looking forward to the second half of the season and hopefully more success.

Romsey u18 girls played local rivals Andover in the quarter finals of the Hampshire cup on Sunday. The team started strong, maintaining possession and piling the pressure on the Andover defence. Midfield trio Abbie James, Abbie Buxton and Jade Phillips transferred the ball well around the Andover defence, leading to a great strike from Phillips which found the back of the net. Romsey continued to dominate the first half and were unlucky not to score with some great shots on goal from Emily Williams and Rosie Middleton, taking them into half time with a 1-0 lead. After the break Romsey continued their good form, pushing up high into the Andover defence. Great defensive teamwork from Gabriella Hebert and Shiela Forbes at centre back denied the Andover attack any chance at goal. After continued pressure Romsey finally got their well deserved second when Rosie Middleton latched onto a rebound off the keeper and slotted it home. Romsey nearly made it three with a well thought out short corner, Hebert slipped the ball back to Phillips on the injection spot who then crossed it to the back post which narrowly slipped past the goal. Fantastic result and a great team performance putting Romsey through to the semi-final.

Romsey U12 girls hosted Haslemere at home this Sunday. Icy conditions delayed the start and meant the girls had to play on a shortened pitch. Haslemere settled first and proved strong on the break, scoring a couple of quick goals to put the visitors ahead. Mia Adams had volunteered to don the pads and play in goal this week for the home side. She did a great job demonstrating a good eye for the ball and a strong kick when defending her lines, but was narrowly beaten by a confident Haslemere attack. At the other end, the opposition proved to have an experienced goalkeeper who saved some early forays into the D by Romsey. The first quarter ended 0-3.
The team kept pushing forward and played some of their best hockey in the middle two quarters. Player of the match Liv Wahn combined well with Phoebee Corcoran and Neve Adams to push the play into their attacking half. The defence played much further up field to support the attack which meant Romsey dominated this part of the game. Unfortunately they could not translate this into goals as the players grouped too closely together and got in each others way. Some excellent defending by Zarah Marino, Susie Hughes, Anna Loadman and Charlotte Roberts kept the visitors from scoring during this period of the game.
After keeping a clean sheet for much of the third quarter a Romsey short corner was pounced on by the Haslemere defence who quickly broke up field catching the Romsey defence flat. A lovely pass to an unmarked player ended in another goal for the opposition. The girls’ heads dropped and they were quickly overwhelmed by several Haslemere attacks, which they translated into two more goals. The result was a disappointing 0-6, and a long way from their strong performance last week against Southampton. 

Romsey U12 girls played their second league match on Sunday, away against local rivals Southampton. The side started strongly in the first third with forwards Eleanor Blake and Katie Ryan combining well to get into the Southampton D and put numerous shots on goal. Southampton were able to deny Romsey only through some excellent goalkeeping and determined defence. The midfeld of Annabel Coltart and Grace French backed up the forwards with some great interceptions and passing, and Centre Midfielder Olivia Wahn showed her skills and fitness with numerous drives up the pitch. She crossed the ball on many occasions but the forwards were unable to take these chances. One of Southampton’s few attacks in this period saw a goal mouth scramble following a short corner which led to some great defence by backs Lily Pilinger and Zarah Marino as well as volunteer goalie Neve Adams. Unfortunately they were unable to keep the ball out of the goal and the side were 1-0 down at the end of the first period.

The second period saw Romsey continue with their domination of play. Newcomer Aimee Hills proved to be a very capable and confident sweeper and centre back Susie Hughes defended well, keeping the ball clear of the D and allowing the midfield to mount numerous attacks. Two other newcomers to the side Phoebee Corcoran and Olivia Wells played well up front, helping the side to maintain pressure on the opposition. Finally the pressure paid off as Mia Adams skillfully drove up the right of the pitch and crossed the ball to Olivia Wahn who calmly shot the ball into the back of the net to end the second period at 1-1.

The girls’ fitness and determination showed through in the third period as they successfully managed to enter the D and shoot at goal on many occasions. A goal seemed so close many times, only to go wide or be kept out by the Southampton goalie. On the counter attacks, Romsey proved their defence was unbreakable with some great tackles by Anna Loadman, who showed her versatility by playing several different positions during the game, which ended with a 1-1 draw. Overall it was an impressive and encouraging display from the team and they should be justly proud of their teamwork and perseverance.


A new look Romsey U12’s Boys, fielding 3 debutants of Marcus Lake, Sebastian Wells, and Owen South put in a good team performance against a strong Trojans side to winning 2 nil.

The first period started well for Romsey with Marcus Lake making a strong run up the wing leading to a period of pressure that led to Jack Sluman scoring an early goal. Trojans tried to hit back quickly but were thwarted but some good Romsey defence, George Coltart put in two strong clearances before a third Trojans attack led to a short corner being awarded. Romsey survived due to the defending of Archie Davis and Jack Jones and then Will Rossdale made a good run on the other wing putting the pressure back on the Trojans goal. As the first period came to a close, Owen South marked his debut with strong running causing problems in the Trojans defence, and Romsey were unlucky not to extend their lead as Will Rossdale had 2 shorts agonisingly wide.

The second period was a more evenly fought contest, with short corners being awarded to both teams, but neither team managed to work the ball past good defences.

Romsey started the final period with plenty of energy as Jack Meehan and Luke Walters combining well leading to a period of pressure where Romsey were awarded 3 short corners. As before Romsey’s shots went wide of the target and Trojan weather the pressure without conceding. The game then went up the other end of the pitch as Trojans had their best period of the game, Romsey’s Goalie, Oliver O’Hara, made some great saves coming out of his goal as Trojans attacked. The defence worked well and kept all the Trojan shots out and then, as the ball was cleared, Romsey mounted a counter attack. This time the midfield pairing Sam Attfield and Sebastian Wells linked up, l putting the pressure back on Trojans, Romsey were awarded a short corner from which Jake Sluman scored his second, to put the game beyond Trojans.

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