The Havering Daily will be featuring regular reports from Romford Hockey club. Please find last weekend’s results.
Mens 1st Team
Romford started there Division 5SE season away to Wapping with Tom Woodman continuing as captain in the side and Stuart Boyling continuing his player/coach role.
Romford started brightly putting early pressure onto the newly promoted Wapping side, playing high up the pitch but were caught out from a loose ball which was duly converted by a Wapping player.
Romford regrouped and didn’t panic, continuing to play their game when midway through the first half Meyer converted his shot with good work from debutant Roy Langhein on the right side,
Second half saw Romford continue their dominance, on a rare Wapping attack which was denied by John Beach making his first appearance for the 1st team for a couple of seasons.
The winner came from good work from man of the match Dan Reilly who commanded his centre role with a piercing ball through to Langhein who beat his man and set up Meyer who converted his second with a reverse stick finish.
Youngster Arron Lagden tried to make sure of the points with a good flick over the Wapping keeper only to see it chalked off for an infringement earlier on in play.
Mens 2nd Team
After a extremely short pre season, the men’s second eleven started their campaign away at old Loughtonians who have just been promoted.
The game started at a blistering pace with lots of going on. The lack of match sharpness struck Romford first with a defensive lapse allowing the old Loughts striker clean through on goal to slot just inside the post to open the scoring.
About ten minutes later another defensive error saw a set play from a long corner crossed into the goal area finding an unmarked attacker to deflect into the goal extending old loughts lead.Shortly after the restart, a set play routine from a short corner placed firmly into the bottom corner, giving old Loughts a comfortable 3-0 lead.A tactical change from the manager saw Romford push more players up front and flood the midfield, Romford took the game to old loughts for the final 20 creating a number of opportunities, but failed to convert.While this was a game where the teams were evenly matched in the middle of the park, Old Loughts took their chances and that proved to be the difference in the two teams.
Ladies 1 Team.
Ladies 1s vs Upminster 3.
Ladies started a new season with some new faces. Helen Paddon started strong on the left and Steph Allen showed a great start as part of the new defence. Lisa Lory was the new goalkeeper and she showed everyone what an asset she will be in very strong side. Romford held to a 0-0 in the first half but came out in the second half with a great straight strike from Steph to earn Romford their first goal . Helen Paddon gave Romford a 2-0 lead. Upminster came back to even the score. Romford kept battling to try and get the third but the first game back ended in a draw. Some great performances from Cienna Simmie and Katie Williams with some great interceptions and tackles.
Ladies 2 Team
Romford 2’s vs. Waltham Forest 4’s.
On a cloudy Saturday the ladies 2’s returned to action. The line up featured some old and new faces to face Waltham Forest who always give us a good, clean fight.
Emily Houghton was in goal, in defence Paula Woodward commanded the back as sweeper with Robyn Godfrey, Tina Parish and Maxine Brinton sitting in front of her. Robyn and Tina both shone through on their debuts with some amazing tackles and interceptions. In midfield Kim McNally Christine Tomlinson Emily Seetannah and Loana Raducanu worked tirelessly to feed Aleya Ali and Laura Reilly up front. Aleya made some twisting and turning runs through the middle and finally capitalised with a lovely goal in the first half to put Romford 1-0 up.
Loana had a cracking debut, that was really felt in the second half with Romford taking a 2-1 lead. A late scrap in the Romford D saw Waltham Forest pull back another goal to finish the game 2-2.