Romsey were looking to put their lacklustre performance of 2 weeks ago behind them, and came out of the blocks with grim determination to keep possession and capitalise on their chances.This rediscovered attitude paid off early in the first half, when Romsey took the lead, as a Bobs Cooper shot rebounded from the goalie and Emma Beeching volleyed the ball into the net in mid air.Keeping the pressure on Basingstoke for the rest of the half, Romsey consolidated their lead with Erica Jenner launching a fantastic long range pass from defence into the D, finding man of the match Kate Olingschlaeger, whose deft one touch shot found the goal.Coach Dave Miles’ half time talk reminded Romsey to keep hold of the ball and control the game, and Basingstoke found it hard to break through the midfield. Despite having several short corners to defend, Romsey kept a clean sheet, glad to get back to winning ways.
Romsey Ladies 1XI looked to return to winning ways after losses the last 2 weeks. They travelled to Havant who always provided tough opposition.Romsey started well, placing Havant under some early pressure.Romsey then had a flurry of short corners, although they were unable to convert any of their chances. Romsey then tried a different combination on the next short corner they were awarded – the ball was injected by Robyn C, and picked by Stella B at the top of the D. She hit the ball, which deflected off the defenders stick, and was then picked up off the baseline by Gemma Brown and passed back to Robyn C who slotted it passed the Havant keeper. The score was 1-0 at half time.Romsey looked a bit shakey at the beginning of the second half, feeling the pressure of only having a one goal cushion. The defensive unit of Emily Slade, Gigi H, Jen Metcalfe and Player of the game Jess Preece worked tirelessly at the back, ensuring that any Havant attacks were quickly wiped out, distributing the ball well to the midfielders who looked to link up with the forwards. Romsey worked hard and continued to put the Havant defence under pressure. Romsey had a few shots on goal which were saved by the Havant keeper and defence. After a goal line scramble with Havant trying to clear the ball away, and Romsey trying to put the ball into the goal, Captain Kate Olingschlaeger saw an opportunity and calmly lifted the ball up over the goal keeper who was down on the floor trying to block the way to goal.Romsey continued to push for a 3rd goal, not settling for just a 2-0 win. Emma Beeching passed the ball down the line to Bethan Knights who then passed to Kate Olingschlaeger. Possession was then lost but won back. The ball was passed to Robyn C who was on the 25m line, who then passed it into Zoe H who carried the ball into the D and hit into the bottom corner past the Havant keeper. The final score was 3-0 to Romsey. Romsey host Fareham in next weeks game.
Romsey 1s made it 8 wins from 10 matches with a hard fought win over Southampton 2s. They took the lead early in the first half as Bethan Knight fired a searching pass to find Kate Olingschlaeger in the circle. Her cross found Erica Jenner whose shot on goal was helped over the line by Emma Beeching.
Having held this lead over the half time break, Romsey piled on the pressure in the second half with the majority of the game being played in Southampton’s half. An Abby James run from midfield made the second goal when her forward pass found Kate in front of the keeper, and she found the net with a clever deflection on her reverse stick.
The last quarter of an hour saw Romsey giving away too much possession, allowing Southampton to open their scoring from a well worked short corner.
For Romsey, it wasn’t always pretty, but they’ll take another 3 points, and have climbed to joint second in the league.
Next week’s match will be nail biter, playing New Forest who share their second place.