Winchester 2-3 Romsey Mens 2nd XI

Romsey Men’s 2nd XI took to the pitch against Winchester knowing that it was still theoretically possible for the Snows Hampshire Group div 6 leaders to miss out on promotion with three games to play, so a win against 8th placed Winchester was essential.

The visitors got off to the worst possible start, allowing the home side’s playmaker to. Dance past three ineffectual tackles and then score with a miss hit shot which wrong footed Romsey net minder Alex Buck and put the hosts 1-0 up.

Winchester belied their lowly standing in the division. Putting together some good possession, but we’re unable to create another opportunity, and it was Romsey who struck back with a miss hit shot of their own when Lucas across broke into the D and saw hit weak backhand effort sneak home.

Late in the half Romsey repeated their earlier mistake, allowing the same player space to run in to the D. His shot was scarcely better, but was at least well placed, and gave Winchester a 2-1 half time lead.

The play after the break was strangely listless, neither side seeming to want to grab the game, and matter drifted for five minutes. Gradually Romsey gathered themselves and started to produce some threatening hockey but could not score.

With 10 minutes to go, Skipper Stuart Robertson made an inspired tactical switch, removing Ben Parker from his excellent shift at left half, and threw Winchester old boy Martin Simpson-Scott into the fray up front. This change paid immediate dividends when Simpson-Scott harried the home defence into conceding possession close to their own goal, broke into the D and found James Boggis who made no mistake at the right hand post, finishing clinically to level the scores.

With only a few minutes left in the game, Dave Andrews and Chris Arnold exchanged passes before finding Cross unmarked close to the goal line, and the Romsey forward was able to force the ball in, and for the visitors to take the lead for the first time.

It was to prove decisive, and Romsey gratefully grabbed all three points. Havant also own and so remain level with Romsey on points, but in second place in the league due to a much inferior goal difference. Bournemouth meanwhile, the early season pace setters lost somewhat surprisingly away to Fleet and Ewshot and are now five points adrift with only two matches left to play.

Luca Cross grabbed a brace to keep Men's 2 top

Luca Cross grabbed a brace to keep Men’s 2 top

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