Romsey Men’s 1st XI 2 – 1 Haslemere Men’s 1st XI

Romsey completed their pre-season preparations with a fixture away to a side that they will face in the league this year and despite labouring for much of the game the visitors eventually did enough to claim victory.

With the home side content to sit quite deep Romsey were allowed to dominate possession for much of the game but they struggled to make good use of this hold on the ball and instead Haslemere had the early chances with a couple of penalty corners won on the counterattack, but Tom Weech in goal kept these efforts out.

Romsey then survived without incident whilst playing a man short for five minutes when one of their defenders was yellow carded for playing the ball above his shoulder. A while later the visitors were again reduced to ten men, this time perhaps harshly after a coming together whilst two players contested for the ball.

Romsey were creating opportunities but seemed oddly reluctant to shoot from open play when in the area, whilst Joe Welch tested the ‘keeper with a couple of dragflick efforts from penalty corners. Romsey then paid for failing to take advantage as they were caught on the break by an aerial ball over the defence which a Haslemere striker ran on to and finished after going wide around the goalkeeper.

After halftime Romsey were more incisive in breaking through the packed Haslemere midfield, with wide defenders Ben Butcher and David Edwards getting forward in support of the attacks. To begin with the side’s finishing was no better however with a couple of great opportunities flying wide or over the target.

With time ticking down Jack Forrest-Charde got Romsey back level with an excellent low dragflick, and just a minute later Romsey snatched the lead when Ben Mullan broke out of midfield with a brilliant run and finish from the edge of the area into the far corner.

Romsey’s league campaign begins next week with a tough home fixture against Southampton.

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