Romsey gained some revenge from their 3-0 away defeat earlier in the season against a Southamton side who dropped points for only the second time this season with this draw, although Romsey will feel they should have secured the win.

An evenly contested game opened brightly with end to end moves being created through the Romsey midfield of Sam Barcia, Jack Murray, Toby Hill and Chris Harwood. Harwood played in David Forgan early on but he could not get his shot away, and then Toby Hill combined with Ben Ellis but Romsey could not convert.

The Romsey centre defence of Nick Buck and Ian Wilson kept Southampton attacks at bay, some long balls easily picked off and Keeper Alex Buck had less to do that his opposite number.

After a penalty corner routine came to nothing, Romsey conjured a great move from theor second. The ball out from Nick Buck to James Manning was clinically stopped, allowing Jack Murray to draw the defenders out before playing the ball left to Barcia who shot at goal and the two defenders and goal keeper couldnt prevent it from crossing the line.

As Romsey pressed for a second they played it round the back of their defence, only to be picked off by Southampton who won possession and punished Romsey with a some strong passes in to the Romsey D until a pass came off Nick Buck’s strick and away from Goalkeeper Alex to square the match at 1-1 with five minutes to go in the first half.

Romsey were rocked and lost their way a little, Southampton put together a great move to cut through the Romsey defence down the Southampton left, as the ball was played across the Romsey goalkeeer last ditch covering by Hugh Davidson was not enough to get to the ball ahead of a Southampton stick to see Romsey trail 1-2 at HT.

Romsey rallied as the second half took off, creating numerous chances. Eventually an individual effort by Sam Barcia, racing from the half way line through the Southampton defence and pushing the ball past the Southampton keepr levelled the scores and Romsey pressed for the winner.

Chris Harwood was played in down the right by Murray and his cross was expertly cut out by the last defender, then Murray and Barcia created further chances, before Ben Ellis cracked what looked like the winner a coat of paint thickness outside the post.

The game ended 2-2 and Romsey were only the second team to take points off Southampton in 2013/14.

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