Bournemouth 3 – 2 Romsey Mens 2nd XI

Romsey travelled to Chapel Gate to face joint leaders in a top of the table clash which would establish the early pecking order in Hampshire Div 6.
Under some very black clouds the match began at a furious pace, both sides adopting a high tempo style, but neither could force an early breakthrough until after the first of two monsoon like downpours. Stuart Robertson making his 100th appearance skilfully marshalled the visitors defence, repelling a number of Bournemouth attacks. As the rain ceased, Simon Morford picked up possession high on the Bournemouth right before transferring to Greig Stewart in the inside right channel to fire a crash ball into the Bournemouth D. An unlucky home defender made enough contact in the D to steer the ball beyond his own keeper and concede an own goal and Romsey a 1-0 lead which the visitors would hold into half time.
The second period started much like the first, Romsey seeking to extend their lead and the home side fighting to get level. Bournemouth did pull level, pouncing upon a position error to tear a hole in the Romsey defence leaving man of the match keeper Callum Darch isolated against the home striker, who made no mistake.
Worse was to follow for Romsey as Bournemouth turned the screw. Bournemouth burst into the Romsey D and fired a low shot to Darch’s right. Darch pulled off an athletic stop, but was stranded as the home side reacted fastest to the loose ball to pull ahead 2-1. Moments later Romsey were 2 goals adrift, after crash ball into the Romsey D was met at pace with a first time strike wonder goal at the far post.
Romsey refused to lie down and die, even in the teeth of the second rainstorm and the occasional flash of lightning, and clawed their way back to 2-3 when Jacob Arney produced a thunderbolt strike on the turn from a Colin Harwood through ball, but the hosts were able to cling on to claim all three points.
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