Promotion to Hants Div 4 has proved to be a challenge that has been more than met by the 2nd’s unique blend of youth, good journeymen, mature ex-stars and the downright ancient! However, inconsistency and, at times, a lack of understanding and focus, as to just what is our team strategy, have led to mixed results. Strong victories against Haslemere 3rd (6-4), Yateley 3rd (6-0), Soton University 3rd (3-0), Fareham 6th (3-0) and Swanage & Wareham 1st (7-1) plus creditable draws against Havant 4th (2-2) and Fleet & Ewshot 1st (2-2) were somewhat let down by dour draws against US Portsmouth 1st (2-2) and, disappointingly, Aldershot & Farnham 3rd (3-3) plus defeats against Hamble 2nd (1-2) and Bournemouth 4th (0-2). In defeat, our performance at Hamble was excellent, reflecting a keen team ethic, even if heads dropped following a few strange umpiring decisions. However, our efforts against Bournemouth left much to be desired; too much route one and not enough patient build-up. At the mid-point, we find ourselves 4th, some 6 points behind the leaders, Haslemere. Yet, we could so easily have gained those 6 points and who knows what? Frustrating for all, but a good lesson, which might yet reinvigorate the brain cells?! 

Player strengths and a need to control midfield have led to us having to play a midfield heavy formation. Basically, 1 or 2 forwards, 4 or 5 in midfield and a reasonably conventional 4 man defence. Width is provided by the wide midfield players and, providing we move up and down at the pace of our 2 or 3 central midfield players, we have been able to control significant periods in most games; goals and penalty corners have flowed. However, if personal discipline drops, possession becomes harder to maintain and we seem to revert to the long hopeful pass. All that this guarantees is lost possession and tired legs, as we have discovered to our cost. Our defence, in the main, has been well marshalled with few obvious mistakes; we currently have the best defensive record in the league.    

 

Availability has been reasonably consistent, but injuries and diary bookings have knocked us on occasion. Squad members are listed below.

 

Attack: Martin Simpson-Scott, Matchey Lincoln, James Fraser, Christian Pain, Ali Nawn, Joe Powell, Cameron Le Grande, Chris Harwood, Greig Stewart.  

 

Defence: Hugh Davidson, Ben Davidson, Jimmy Ponsford, Rob Noble, James Croft-Baker, Morgan Robertson, Nigel King (GK).  

 

Plus: Jonathan Cuff, Connor O’Dowda, Jon Marsh, Simon Morford, Jim East.

 

In summary, a good start to a new, stronger league. All players have played their part with many moments of magic from the very youngest all the way through to most ancient; as evidenced by the numerous different men of the match! Looking ahead, team work is everything and we can produce more. Despite the diverse mix, we all seem to thrive off each other and there is a nice buzz around the team. If we can further stir up the collective gel and keep the ball, we can really do things. Only time will tell?! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Anon.  

 

 

 

 

Romsey secured their second win of the season in a must win six point encounter with Lavant that was a roller coaster of a game.Romsey started brightly Rob Cavalier unable to convert after being played in by Josh Harwood, and with Dave Andrews and Jamie Sanderson supporting wide looked the stronger side. 

Carl Hendy then came on upfront and he was set up by Harwood junior only to see his shot go wide. They moments later he made no mistake from a similar set up for 1 0.

This woke Lavant up and they immediately pushed forward winning a penalty corner. The defence was out quick, with Dave Cardy blocking the strike but a slip left saw Bryn Wathen trying to cover the whole goal and it was 1 1. 

From the restart Romsey got caught and having led the game found themselves behind when Lavant got the ball to the centre forward and despite the efforts of Ben Parker and Will Richards he made it 2 1.

Romsey a heads didn’t drop and James Tower cleared down the right to Josh Harwood just inside the Lavant half, bearing his man he pushed on and beat another, as the third defender came towards him he passed the ball across goal to Hendy for the experienced striker to make it 2 2.

With half time approaching Romsey won a penalty corner, Ben Parker played it out to Colin Harwood, his slip right to Phil Humphreys was crossed back in to the circle for the taker Parker to score his first goal for 15 odd years and put Romsey 3 2 up at the break.

In the second half Romsey relieved some pressure with a great run by Richards, this allowed the ball to find Josh Harwood and he went on another mazey Man of the match run beating his men and passing to Hendy for 4 2 and a Hendy hat trick.

Romsey needed to keep their two goal advantage but were caught on the break and Lavant made no mistake out numbering the Romsey defence and giving the out rushing Wathen no chance.

Romsey soaked up some pressure and played some disciplined hockey to keep their 4 3 lead and were unlucky when Colin Harwood played in Hendy whose shot was touched in by Humphreys only to be ruled out for an infringement but Romsey held on for the 3 point.

Romsey hosted table topping Alton and were unlucky to get nothing for their efforts.

Alton started strongly as their lofty position suggested, but Bryn Wathen calmly kicked a couple of half chances clear, and Ben Parker and Raul Patel were solid in the centre to keep Alton out.

Altons experience began to show against a very youthful Romsey and they made the breakthrough mid way through the half, as Alton broke through the midfield to put number Romsey in the circle and go 1 0 up. They doubled their advantage when some skilful play down the right got them round Dave Cardy and a cross to the centre of the circle couldn’t be met by James Tower and a first time shot made it 2 0.

From the restart Tower played in Felix Chapman-Sheath and his interchanged with Noah Cooper and Phil Humphreys to work the ball upfield and win a penalty corner. Parker pushed the ball out to Colin Harwood who slipped the ball left to Josh Harwood, his shot to far post was met by Chapman-Sheath who couldn’t quite steer it in.

This spurred Romsey on at start of The second half, and a repeat move from a penalty corner saw Harwood play the ball left to man of the match Rob Williams who made no mistake for 2 1. Then Chapman-Sheath found himself at the top of the circle after good play out from Phil Humphreys. He played in Harwood Snr on the right who squared for Rob Williams to crash in the equaliser.

Sadly as Romsey sniffed a possible victory Alton broke away and made it 3 2, and then with Romsey pressing to equalise again made it 4 2. Carl Hendy had a chance for 4 3 linking up with Will Richards who was pushing forward, but Romsey had to settle for another narrow defeat.

On Sat 10 December 2016, at the Crossfield Hall RHC are holding the annual Christmas do! This is not an event to be missed! Tickets are £25, this includes a raffle ticket and food.

This year Natraj have agreed to still cater for us with the usual buffet but at the Crossfield hall, bring you own drink and enjoy an evening of dancing with a quiz and a raffle too!

The dress code is CHRISTMAS JUMPERS!

Everyone is welcome including juniors who play adult hockey, umpires and supporting parents. Get your tickets from captains now!

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Romsey were disappointed to get nothing from a game in which they won double figures worth of penalty corners but didn’t convert enough chances.

Romsey started brightly and Man of the Match Felix Chapman-Sheath combined with James Tower and Josh Harwood down the right to try and play in Carl Hendy, but the Stoke defence cut out the final ball.

Then Stuart Robertson played in Colin Harwood down the left, he combined with Phil Humphreys to set up Josh Harwood, as the keeper rushed out Harwood junior passed to Bryn Wathen to shoot, but his shot went wide.

Basingstoke took the lead when they worked the ball up to the Romsey circle and got a shot away from the top that clipped Robertsons foot to deflect the ball past Alex Buck in goal.

The second half saw Romsey push for an equaliser, Chapman- Sheath played the ball to Hendy whose shot just ran away from Wathen at the far post.

With Duncan Sanders and Ben Parker looking comfortable at the back, Romsey pushed more men for forward. Dave Andrews and a Phil Humphreys combined in the centre but only to win penalty corners which Romsey couldn’t convert.

The Stoke had a break down the right and got numbers quickly forward to get a shot on goal that Sanders almost cleared off the line but just missed the ball.

Romsey finally converted from a penalty corner in the last five minutes, Robertson beautifully dragging and lifting the ball onto the back boards, but Romsey last efforts ended with a 1-2 defeat.

Romsey were on the back foot from the start against a strong C&F team. Their attacks pinned Romsey in their own half for the first fifteen minutes, James Tower on hand at right back to clear one move that came across the D, and Will Richards combining with Jamie Sanderson to clear from the left moments later.

Duncan Sanders and Ben Parker started to cancel out some of the C&F passing, but were reliant twice on Man of the Match Bryn Wathen to pull off two saves, one kicking the ball wide of the left post and then a similar save on the right post.
It was an amazing double save that kept the scores level, when Wathen brilliantly saved a first time shot, only to have to also save the rebound.

Finally C&F broke the deadlock to go 1-0 up after over turning a Romsey attack, this woke Romsey up and as the half wore on Noah Cooper in the centre of midfield became play maker supported by Phil Humphreys. Cooper set up Carl Hendy, but the striker couldn’t get his shot away, and then when Cooper combined with Josh Harwood to set up Hendy again the striker almost had too much time and shot the ball wide.

Romsey started the second half in a more positive mood, and were now putting C&F under pressure, with debutant Rob Cavalier moving up front to support Hendy, his covering across put pressure C&F to clear, eventually Sanderson down the left beat his man and played in Cooper to drive in to the circle and get the ball to Hendy to equalize.

C&F raised their game after this and soon made it 2-1 when a skillful run beating three or four Romsey players ended up with a fine shot past Wathen.

Romsey kept it tight at the back, Sanders & Parker solid in the centre and using Dave Cardy as the outlet, he teamed up with Sanderson to bring some defensive relief and with the game coming to a close, first Will Richards played in Colin Harwood, but the keeper saved a tame shot, and then Harwood Senior combined Harwood Junior for the youngster to pass back but Harwood Snr’s shot was blocked and Romsey had to settle for 1-2 defeat.

In a game of two halves, which saw Romsey start with just ten men due to the late arrival of their left half, Romsey were disappointed not to leave with all 3 points.
Romsey soon got up to full strength and made two chances, the first Chris Harwood crossed for Carl Hendy, but the keeper saved and then Hendy and Josh Harwood set up late arrival James Boggis only for the keeper to comfortably kick the ball clear.
Then Romsey were on the back foot and needed Bryn Wathen to save at his near post from a Aldershot counter attack. This spurred the home team on, and they won a penalty corner. The forward beat the on rushing Jamie Sanderson from the corner and shot reverse stick for 1-0. Romsey were rocked, and soon after Aldershot doubled their lead when a deflected ball went past defender Duncan Sanders head to the Aldershot forward whose shot spun up and just out of reach of Wathen.
Aldershot were awarded another penalty corner, and despite having a man carded for a 2 minute rest, scored from the corner to march in to a 3-0 lead.
Immediately from the restart Romsey were reduced to ten men for 2 minutes, but as soon as they were restored to full strength Chris Harwood picked up a clearance and drove in to the circle and shot wide, but Ollie Bryant was on hand to steer the ball in to the goal for 3-1 at HT.
Romsey made some positional changes for the second half, Colin Harwood moved to centre back allowing Morgan Robertson and Chris Harwood to run the centre of the pitch.
The move started to pay off with James Tower at right back playing the ball to Duncan Sanders at the back, he played it to Colin Harwood, who played in Chris Harwood, his ball out to James Boggis was returned to Ollie Bryant to square to Hendy to shoot past the keeper for 3-2.
Man of the Match Robertson was making some key interceptions, beating men and setting up some great moves as Romsey pushed for an equaliser. It came from another fine move involving most of the youngsters. Josh Harwood received Roberston’s ball and played a pass to back to the colt who shot on the reverse to the far post for Boggis to sweep in the third, 3-3.
Aldershot pushed for a fourth but Sanderson, Sanders and Tower supported by their skipper made for a quiet end to the match for Wathen and it was Romsey who then had chances to make it 4-3 , Hendy and Josh Harwood both having shots and Bryant shooting just wide with only the keeper to beat.

After their 1-0 winning start to the Divison 9 League season last week away at Salisbury, Romsey found Bournemouth a much tougher opposition.
Romsey started well and pushed in to their opponents circle in the opening exchanges, but Harry Dancer and Josh Harwood couldn’t get in to shooting positions.
Romsey started to come under greater pressure from Bournemouth and were reliant on solid defence from Duncan Sanders, Dave Cardy, Dave Andrews and Will Richards to provide a shield for Bryn Wathen in goal. When Bournemouth did get shots on target Man of the Match Wathen made a number of great saves with his feet to keep the scores level.
As the half wore on, a foot in his own circle by Sanders saw the defender stop only to see the Bournemouth forward push the ball in to goal for 1-0.
Soon after Bournemouth doubled their lead when a well worked move saw two Bournemouth players free at the far post for 2-0.
Romsey had two chances to pull a goal back, first Sanders found Colin Harwood, who played the ball to James Tower.  Tower controlled it and pushed it out wide right for Josh Harwood to run forward and cross in front of the keeper but Carl Hendy couldn’t get a touch.
Then Colin Harwood was played in down the right by Jamie Botto and he beat his man and played a cross to the top of the circle for Phil Humphreys to shoot, only for the young Bournemouth keeper to pull of a fine save.
Romsey needed a fast start to the second half but were hit with two early goals to go 4-0 down, and while they rallied with brothers Felix and Oscar Bussey-Jones linking with Dancer Romsey couldn’t find a reply and Bournemouth scored a fifth from a penalty corner.
With five minutes left, Sanders played a fast ball out of defence upfield to Hendy, he controlled a weighted first time pass back to Colin Harwood on the half way line who ran with ball before playing it out to Oscar Bussey-Jones on the right wing. OBJ controlled it and ran forward in to the circle before playing a perfectly timed pass back to Harwood who smashed it past the keeper for a Romsey consolation.

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Romsey men’s 2nd XI continued their winning start to the season with a thumping 6-0 win over Yateley.

The visitors were hampered by an early injury to their centre forward who made little impression to the game, save to occupy one of the home defenders.

Martin Simpson Scott netted the opener when his well struck shot was deflected beyond the away keeper.

Romsey doubled their advantage when Jonathan Cuff wove a mazy path around 5 away defenders before finding James Fraser who crashed home from 9 yards in clinical fashion.

Romsey turned the screw after the break, Simpson Scott grabbing his second, smashing home a Greig Stewart pass shovelled on by Jonathan Cuff.

Fourth was a memorable solo effort from Matchey Lincoln, self passing close to the circle, advancing in and shooting high past the keepers right glove.

Ali Nawn missed a penalty stroke awarded for a foot on the goal line, but immediately made amends with a sharp reaction swat to net Simpson Scott’s looping shot over the GK.

Nawn completed the scoring with a brilliant rebound after man of the match Jonathan Cuff saw his penalty corner strike hit the base of the right hand post.

 

 

After an initial bleak looking start to their pre-season, Romsey have grown in confidence, and even more unlikely, in squad numbers. After 2 unbeaten games, 1-1 and 4-1 against Fareham’s 2nd and Fareham 3rd XI respectively, the Abbey side looked to build on an impressive start, against this seasons league rivals, Southampton’s 1st XI. For the past 2 seasons, Southampton have played in Hants/Surrey 1, a league above their opponents, unfortunately they found themselves relegated last term, and are looking strong for promotion again.

Romsey anticipated a close game, with both teams having drawn with higher league opposition, Fareham 2’s in previous weeks. Albeit, vastly different score lines of 1-1 and 4-4. It turned out to be fiercely contested, in which Southampton pitted their explosive attack, against Romsey’s notoriously stubborn defensive set up.

The game started with a minute silence, in memory of the late Roger Merry of Southampton Hockey club. He was a pillar, of not only Southampton hockey, but the sport as a whole, he will undoubtedly be missed by many.

From the off, both teams pressed high when out of possession, and attacked ferociously with the ball. Following 10 minutes of blow for blow exchanges, it was the Abbey side that broke the deadlock. Some quick thinking from Jack Forrest-Charde, caught a retreating defender off guard, resulting in a penalty corner. A straight forward strike from Lewis Birch, unfortunately found its way through the ‘keepers protective padding, and struck him on the knee, Birch unaware of the situation, pounced on the rebound to lift the ball over the keeper. No fouls were committed, and the goal stood. Romsey 1-0.

The blow to the keeper resulted in a 10 minute halt, in order for Southampton to switch their goalkeepers. The remainder of the first half followed an unwelcome sense of De Ja Vu from the previous week, as the Romsey’s lack of substitutions, lead to increasing fatigue, and they fell victim to a number of Southampton penalty corners. One of which, they produced a well worked routine, and managed to sneak a low shot past debutant goalkeeper Hal Cross, and his defensive quartet. After a couple more minutes of sustained pressure, the away team welcomed the half time whistle, to regroup, rehydrate and compose themselves.

The restart brought about a minor formation change, and a second wind for Romsey, who turned the aggressor. They looked to use the pace of their youthful attacking, teenage trident of Barcia, England and Cooper, whom won a number of fouls outside the opposition ‘D’. On 3 occasions, man of the match, Jack Forrest-Charde forced Southampton into conceding penalty corners, by reacting quicker, and catching an unaware defender, still slowly retreating. Two of these corner found the backboard, First through, Forrest-Charde himself, who with a bit of skill, and a little luck, found his way past on rushing defenders, to slot in the bottom corner, before Birch tucked in his second from close range.

Southampton, continued to pile on their brutish offensive pressure, but lacked the finesse to close the score, allowing Romsey to run out 3-1 victors, of a fiercely contested final friendly fixture.

Romsey charge into the new season in high spirits, reinvigorated by a new youthful look, accompanied by a mountain of self-belief. Next up Sunbury and Walton 1st XI, and a welcome selection dilemma, with players returning for the start of the Hants/Surrey 2016-2017 campaign.

 

The men’s 4’s won 6 – 1 vs Triojans
Scorers:
Phil Humphreys 2
Jamie Sanderson 2
Josh Harwood
Harry Dancer

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Romsey Hockey Club celebrated the end of the 2015-16 season in style, with a black tie dinner and dance hosted in the Edward’s field.

Awards were presented and it was a time to reflect on a successful season for the club, which sees three out of the four mens teams gain promotion, and a record number of juniors stepping up into adult teams.

Romsey Hockey Club Awards 2015-16

Team Player of the Season:

Ladies 1st XI – Emily Bradshaw
Ladies 2nd XI – Amy Edwards
Ladies 3rd XI – Tash Issac & Elaine Gibson
Mens 1st XI – Ben Mullen
Mens 2nd XI – Ali Nawn
Mens 3rd XI – Machey Lincoln
Mens 4th XI – Jamie Sanderson

Most Improve Juniors playing adult Hockey:

Sue Darch Shield – Emily Pitt Pitts
Colts Cup – Machey Lincoln

Romsey Hockey Club Awards:

Club Person of the Year – Emily Bradshaw

Penne Edwards Committee Person of the Year – Stuart Robertson



announcement-megaphone-thumbnailThis year’s AGM will be on Monday 9th May at The Phoenix, Romsey.

BBQ buffet food available from 7:30pm AGM 8pm prompt start to finish 9:30pm (food free of charge, special dietary requirements please let Emily Slade know in advance – rhcsecretary@gmail.com.)

All club members are invited because we need your say on key decisions ahead of the 2016-2017 season.

The club has achieved greatly this season with 3 senior team promotions and our all time highest number of juniors reaching Hampshire and more! There is also so much to look forward to with building starting at Ganger Farm towards the end of May which we will gain a brand new pitch and clubhouse in 2017 as long as all goes to plan!

The club simply would not run without its committed and enthusiastic committee and we have two exciting opportunities to join it! As it stands the Ladies 3 XI captain has been snapped up and we have filled a new position already for Sponsorship Secretary.

But, “How do I become a part of this awesome committee team I hear you say?”

Well, you’re in luck because as it stands we have to vacant positions on the committee Ladies Club Captain and a Press Secretary (male or female). Want to know more? Feel free to ask the current committee members Becky Hutchins (LCC) and Emily Bradshaw (PS) or myself (Emily Slade) for further information about these roles and what they entail.

The committee meet once every 6 weeks or so during the season always on a Monday at the Sun Inn at 7:30pm and meetings are normally done by 9:30pm.

Looking forward to seeing you all the AGM!

Kind Regards

Emily Slade.

Romsey ended their season with defeat against a very strong USP team, although the result did not matter with Haslemere winning and taking first place in Div10 with Romsey more than content with Runners up spot on their first ever season.
Romsey fielded a squad of 12, and got off to a flying start when Ali Nawn beat three me before playing the ball to James Boggis on the left, he played in David Forgan whose shot was pushed up by the USP keeper for Nawn to run and and reverse stick slap the ball in to the goal for 1 0.
Romsey couldn’t hold the leave for long however, with the USP winger getting free to pass the ball past Adam Sankey in goal for 1 1.
The Romsey defence sorted itself out and with Colin Harwood playing in an unfamiliar position at right back started to build moves from the solid Phil Humphreys and Ben Parker, allowing Jamie Sanderson to make In roads up the left. Sanderson played the ball to Jamie Botto and his pass to Nawn almost played in Carl Hendy.
Botto then played the ball out to Chris Harwood to drive down the right wing, he exchanged passes with younger brother Josh Harwood to cross from the right but the ball went right across the goal.
USP started to get on top and one move down their left saw the USP shot hit the near post half way up but cannon away to safety. Just before half time Ben Parker went of injured leaving Romsey just eleven players for the second half.

Chris Harwood moved to right back and Colin Harwood to centre back as USP pressed.
Romsey had a couple of chances in the second half, a great move between the Harwood juniors played in David Forgan but he passed when a shot opening was on and Hendy was unlucky when he collected a poor kick out and his shot was deflected over the keeper but stopped by the body of a USP defender, a penalty corner only being awarded.
Much of the second half Romsey had to defend and Jamie Sanderson was in an tough battle with USP right wing. Man of the Match Humphreys marshalled the defence as a unit but couldn’t stop a penalty corner for a foot. 

The USP routine was stalled, but with keeper Sankey seeing the clearance the ball bounced up of Chris Harwoods stick towards the goal, Colin Harwood tried in vain to clear it as it bounced but it just wet over the line.

With Romsey pushing for an equaliser USP got a third from another bouncing shot that crept in the corner to run out 3 1 winners.

Romsey 4 should be in Div9 next season which will provide further opportunities for their youngsters to shine.

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The social committee are pleased to announce our annual end of season dinner and dance will take place on 14 May 2016.

The event will be held at the Edwards’ Farm near Romsey.

Jack Edwards Farm, The Causeway, Romsey, SO51 8HF

Warning: Sat Nav will take you to the Memorial Park!

This will be a black-tie event where we will close out a brilliant season with an even better evening which includes:

  • Hog roast with sides
  • Bar available until 12:30 a.m.
  • Luxury marquee with flooring and seating
  • WC facilities
  • DJ and boogieing potential
  • Outdoor sitting area
  • Limited space for overnight camping (BYO tent)
  • Feel free to bring wellies as well as smart shoes as it could be muddy
  • Please bring cash for the bar as there will be NO card facilities
  • Party games throughout the evening

This is event is open to all members and their parents or partners.

Patrons are invited to arrive from 6:00 p.m. Food will be ready for 8:30 p.m. which will be closely followed by speeches and presentations.

Buy your tickets

Tickets are priced at £35 per person and are available now from your team captain or manager.

Alternatively please purchase your tickets by contacting Emma Bouchard or Danny Miles.

The preferred payment method is by bank transfer direct into the Club’s usual bank account. Please amend the reference as suggested below:

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Account Number 00477449
Reference Member’s name EOS16 e.g. JSmithEOS16

Please contact Danny Miles or Emma Bouchard for further information.

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Save the date!

The end of season event will be held on 14 May 2016.
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This year’s evening event is at a new exciting venue with increased capacity.

The event is open to all members plus parents and partners.

More details and ticketing information will be announce in a few days… watch this space.

Romsey 4th XI secured a promotion spot in a game they had to win but were almost left rueing missed chances.

 

Romsey made a few changes from the previous week, and Felix Bussey-Jones did an admirable job standing in at right back, supporting the solid Ben Parker at centre back and the ever present Jamie Sanderson in his customary position at left back, with Phil Humphreys in front marshalling the midfield.

 

Jamie Botto in centre midfth Colin Harwood, used his pace in the opening forrays to set up some great moves down both wings with James Boggis and David Forgan both crossing for Carl Hendy and Fergus Longman.

 

As the game went on Romsey created many half chances and also were awarded with penalty corners, Hendy having a great shot just fizz past the outside of the post and the Fleet keeper and defence made two solid blocks & saves.

 

As the half went on it looked like the game was heading to half time goal less, but with a penalty corner just before half time won by Phil Humpheys saw James Boggis push out to Colin Harwood.  He stopped the ball and brought it in to the circle before passing square to Josh Harwood.  Harwood Junior then shot towards goal and Boggis moving in from the penalty corner taking position swept the ball in for a 1-0 HT lead.

 

Romsey not played their best hockey in the first half and looked to build on the slender lead as the second half opened, however within a minute a long ball found the Felet left winger, he squared to his young centre forward who was closed out by Romsey keeper Alex Buck, but had the skill to pass it back and the winger pushed the ball in to the empty goal for 1-1.

 

The game then became Romsey attack against Fleet defence as Romsey pushed for a second goal, and Fleet stood firm.Carl Hendy was played in on a couple of occassions but his shots went wide.  Longman had a reverse stick shot that also missed the target and Harwood Senior saw the keeper block his shot from Iggy Mason’s great cross.

Humphreys had a chance when the ball was played back to him from Harwood Senior from a penalty corner but he took too long to get his shot away.

 

Romsey were nearly punished by Fleet on the break, a penalty corner was awarded for a Romsey foot and Fleet had the ball in the net, after a pass from their man at the top of the circle in to to a player moving forward, only for the goal to be disallowed for a high shot over the back board.

 

With less than 5 minutes remaining Romsey were awarded another penalty corner of their own, and Humphreys palyed a great push out to Hendy who struck the ball hard, low and firm in to the corner evading the Fleet keepers diving stick.

 

Romsey held on in the last few minutes of Fleet pressure to gain the three points required to finish at least second, and if they win their last game and Haslemere lose could win Hants Div 10 in their first season.

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