The Romsey team struggled with the step up in quality needed for the Hampshire cup match on Sunday losing 7 – 2.

However the score line did not reflect the effort and commitment the whole team put in. Ben Davidson and Tom Croft Baker were, as usual,  selfless, skilled and energetic in central midfield and were helped by the change of tactics of playing an extra body in there to provide support. Thomas Edwards particularly shone in that role.

However  as much effort as the team put in, the skills and ability of the Fareham forwards, with one player in particular scoring a quite brilliant hat trick (and making 3 of the other goals)  meant Romsey were always chasing the game.  The first goal in the 3rd minute was a stunning reverse hit into the top right hand corner from the top of the D that keeper Hal Cross did not even see, never mend move towards. Other goals came throughout the match although Zack Cooper scored with his own fine hit, after a break away to make it 4 -1 at half time.

The second half produced more wonder goals from Fareham but the bulk of the play was Romsey’s and Charlie Harrigan managed to score a scuffed goal through the Fareham defence and perhaps with a bit more luck in front of goal the defect may have been reduced.

The team were beaten but should take pride in the fact that the effort continued right to the end and although the step up in class made them come across a player of exceptional ability ,who was a fundamental reason for the scoreline.  Much of the game was equal and arguably the second half was shaded by the Romsey team, although at the end  the players  themselves realised they had witnessed a brilliant one man show from a player who is surely destined to progress far.






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