New Forest U16 girls go top with win over Romsey

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New Forest U16 girls: (back row, from left) Sophie Goodfellow, Siri Taylor, Alana Rogers, Zoe Cox, Molly Griffiths, Isla Troup, Ellie Sharp, Portia Carrell, Josie Morris, Molly Dowson McGill and Octavia Allen with (front row) Charlotte Stembridge and India Dusanjh Auty

Hampshire girls league: Romsey U16 1-2 New Forest Hockey Club U16

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NEW Forest Hockey Club under-16 girls are now top of the table after a comeback 2-1 victory at Romsey.

It was a cagey start but the ball was in Romsey’s end throughout the first period. Forest’s Charlotte Stembridge and Molly Dowson McGill showed beautiful control of the ball right from the outset. However, Romsey gained control in the visitors’ half, and they secured the first goal.

Forest pushed on, forcing control over Romey’s D and Josie Morris scored their opening goal. The rest of the first half showed strong performances from Zoe Cox, Siri Taylor and Portia Carrell but Forest could not secure the second goal.

Forest started to pull together and pass to each other in the second half. Sophie Goodfellow showed great defensive work, keeping the visitors safe at the back and keeper Molly Griffiths made two saves in quick succession.

Alana Rogers provided an outlet for Forest as she sprinted up the pitch on more than one occasion and passed to the strikers with clarity. The away side got their breakthrough when Portia Carrell and Isla Troup linked up to play in India Dusanjh-Auty who slipped in a second goal.

Ellie Sharp was on hand to intercept Romsey with some textbook tackles as they pushed for an equaliser.

Forest held on to win the game 2-1 and now sit top of the league.

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