Romsey Men’s 1st XI 1 – 3 Old Kingstonian Men’s 1st XI
It was a familiar story this season for Romsey as inferior finishing saw them come away empty handed at the end of an entertaining game despite having created sufficient chances to win it. After journeying to the edge of London, Romsey tested out a new formation and started on the front foot with their man of the match Rob Kerr pulling the strings in midfield.
However it was Old Kingstonian who opened the scoring, converting their first opportunity with a dragflick after winning a penalty corner following a turnover. Romsey returned to the attack and drew level when Jack Forrest-Charde broke into space and fired a ball into the ‘D’ which found the goal after a touch from Tom McCarthy.
The visitors continued to pile on the pressure and in a key phase of the game could not convert any of several great chances to take the lead. First Neil Strong saw his back post deflection kept out by the helmet of the diving goalkeeper, then Lewis Birch and Ben Mullan both fired efforts narrowly wide. The home side again demonstrated how to be clincal with a goal from their second penalty corner, though this was a rebounded back stick shot after Tom Weech padded away the initial dragflick.
The second half saw Romsey continue to threaten but sadly the visitors were remarkably consistent in finding the ‘keeper’s pads rather than the goal, whether it be the numerous close range deflections, from penalty corners or Birch’s one-on-one with the GK. With time passing and Romsey taking more risks in pursuit of the equaliser, the game became end to end and eventually Old Kingstonian wrapped up the win with a third goal, albeit scored by a Romsey stick as a bactracking Kerr could only divert a cross into his own goal.
The game had been relatively low key in terms of aggravation so it was something of a surprise that both sides managed to finish with just ten men on the pitch. First Harry Goodchild was yellow carded for dissent and then a few minutes later a home player received similar punishment, but unwisely continued his verbals against the umpire whilst leaving the pitch and the penalty was increased to a red card.
With results elsewhere not going in their favour, Romsey slip to the bottom of a closely bunched  league table.
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