This was a top of the table clash in Hampshire Division 6. Bournemouth top and four points clear of second placed Romsey, so a Romsey win was a must to make amends for a 2-3 defeat in the away fixture.

Romsey got on top early on an forced saves from the Bournemouth keeper, both Martin Simpson-Scott and Greig Stewart seeing goal bound shots tipped away.

Romsey took the lead when Jim East played a ball in to the top of the D to Colin Harwood who made space for himself. Harwood tipped the ball up and in to the corner of the goal over the out stretched arm of the keeper to put Romsey 1-0 up.

The skipper Stuart Robertson came to the rescue to preserve Romsey’s lead, with a reverse stick save off the line after Bournemouth got round Craig Mellor in goal and fired a shot on target.

Man of the Match Harwood then doubled Romsey’s lead when he ran towards a sideline hit in, his first time pass to Carl Hendy at the top of the D was held by Hendy to allow Harwood to run in to space for the return ball, after a touch to steady himself Harwood cracked in a shot to put Romsey 2-0 up.

Romsey pushed for a third and Harwood had a hat trick shot saved, James Boggis and Simon Morford both wet close, and Sam Barcia and Dave Andrews played some delightful one two’s to play in Romsey down the right, but a third goal wouldn’t come.

Bournemouth pulled a goal back just before half time, so Romsey too a 2-1 lead in to second half.

Romsey went 3-1 up when Simon Morford played in Simpson-Scott, he went to shoot and then pulled the ball back to Greig Stewart to restore Romsey’s two goal advantage.

Romsey needed to keep it tight at the back and Jim Ponsford and Mark Gilbert were solid at keeping Bournemouth out. Then a good run down the Bournemouth right lead to a chance that Bournemouth took to make it 3-2.

Romsey immediately restored their two goal advantage from the restart. the ball was played to Harwood and he and Sam Barcia worked the ball all the way up the Romsey right, Harwood pulled the ball back to Hendy, his shot was blocked, but James Boggis followed up to force the ball over the line.

The 4-2 win leaves Romsey just one point behind the leaders, but only on goal difference and two points above New Milton in fourth who they face away next week.

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