Romsey u12 boys played City of Portsmouth in torrential rain on Sunday. The game started slowly as both sides battled as much with the conditions as with each other. Romsey began to get their passing game going though, Tom Croft-Baker marshalled the midfield and the home teams superiority began to make an impact.

Portsmouth struggled to cope with the pace of the Romsey team. Jake Rowland was a constant threat down the left flank and Art Barcia was able to find space to fashion some useful openings. As Romsey pressed the visitors showed their ability on the break. The defensive unit of Raul Patel, Alex Mills, Ben Whittaker and Tom Edwards could not be broken down though.

The first goal was always going to be important and it was Romsey who scored it. A firm short corner injection from Matt Loveday was slipped to Harry Croft-Baker on the right who shot hard at the keeper. The half save was quickly pushed into the net though by Morgan Robertson.

The goal settled Romsey’s nerves and their play improved and they soon doubled their advantage when Robertson intercepted a clearance and calmly finished past the prostrate Portsmouth keeper.

The visitors rallied and created a couple of chances that brought Romsey goalie Hal Cross into action. A home clean sheet was achieved though and Romsey pressed on. Jamie Sanderson and Callum Robertson worked hard and eventually a speculative shot was unfortunately turned into his own goal by the Portsmouth sweeper.

Romsey secured a 4-0 win and kept the possibility of winning their division in their own hands when midfield general, Tom Croft-Baker finished off a fine passing move by slotting home from close range.




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