Romsey U12 Boys travelled to Salisbury on Sunday with what on paper appeared to be an under strength side. The game started evenly both teams unable to dominate and a number of quick breaks threatened to upset the balance. Romsey looked dangerous down the right, the speed and skill of Matt Loveday and Harry Croft-Baker began to work their magic and eventually a powerful cross found Morgan Robertson on the penalty spot and he managed a deft deflection into the Salisbury goal.

Following the early goal the match continued until half time in the balance. Ben Whitaker excelled at right back largely keeping the home side’s play maker under control, stifling the threat. Raul Patel and Noah Cooper completed the solid Romsey backline and with the positionally excellent Thomas Edwards at sweeper largely kept Salisbury out of the scoring zone. In fact Hal Cross, the Romsey keeper was only called into action once, but he maintained his concentration and kicked very well when it was required.

At half time Romsey were strengthened by the arrival of Ben Davidson, fresh from county training. Ben had an immediate effect and quickly created a number of chances, two of which were neatly finished by Morgan Robertson completing his hat-trick and one with which Ben found the back board himself.

Debutant Jamie Sanderson, Finbar Ditchfield and Alex Mills worked tirelessly down the left flank, regularly exposing the home sides lack of strength and began to force some openings of their own.

Man of the match Tom Croft-Baker dominated the central midfield. He tackled hard and made a number of very well placed passes whilst also having the awareness to organise his team. Tom’s day was nicely rounded off when a couple of chances fell to him in the D and he was able to hammer both home completing Romsey’s 6-0 win. This result takes the U12s to the top of their division.

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