Romsey were unfortunate to concede some late goals in a great contest in Dorset.
They started slowly and paid the price after five minutes when Gillingham forced their way down their right past Chris Arnold and across Stuart Robertson for a forward to get to the ball ahead of Andrew Archibald and put the home side one up.

Romsey steadied themselves and debutant Phil Humphreys exchanged some passes with Dave Andrews to build moves and bring Jim East in to the game.
Romsey started to press, first Sam Barcia crossed from the right looking for a Romsey stick, then Colin Harwood crossed for Carl Hendy and the centre forward was unlucky not to force a penalty corner for his efforts. Just before half time Barcia had a first time flick at a Matt Pitcher pass that went wide.

The second half was evenly balanced with Romsey again being unfortunate with some of the umpiring decisions. Gillingham forced a couple of penalty corners and were awarded a penalty stroke when the ball was alleged to have been stopped on the line by Robertson’s body. Man of the Match Craig Mellor pulled off an amazing diving save to keep the score 1-0.

As Romsey pushed for an equaliser with Jack Murray and James Boggis building some moves through the midfield, but the final pass was never quite good enough.
With fifteen minutes to go Gillingham broke and with Romsey committed forward they scored two goals in three minutes, but Romsey didn’t give up and Carl Hendy pulled one back at the second attempt from a penalty corner, for 3-1 and he nearly scored again from a pass from Harwood only to see his shot go wide.

Gillingham scored two more late goals to flatter the scoreline, but deservedly bagged the points.

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