Romsey travelled to Andover with only ten players due to some unavailability, and with the hot Spring sun out it looked like it was going to be a long afternoon.

Luke Hammond once again donned the goalkeeping kit, and while James Manning won the toss as captain, the team were unlucky in the rest of the first half.

Andover attacked and Romsey attacked, but whilst Ben Ellis was unlucky with his mazey run and shot, and Jack Murray had a shot cleared off the line waist high, Andover put away a penalty corner, forced in a second and then somehow conjured a third goal before halftime to lead 3-0.

Romsey were some what deflated, and with only ten men could have folded, but Finn swapped flanks with Chris Harwood, and Murray became a man possessed as the defence of Ian Wilson, Manning, Nick Buck and Hugh Davidson created a barrier to anymore Andover attacks marshalled by the vocal Hammond in goal.

Nick Buck played in Ben Ellis and his shot was blocked but the ball fell to David Forgan who coolly pulled a goal back. The in tense Romsey pressure saw a super penalty corner flick from Jack Murray bring the score to 3-2.

Murray then combined with Finn and Harwood before beating most of the Andover team to drive in an equaliser with fifteen minutes still to play.

Andover finally started to play some of the hockey they had done in the first half and Romsey felt aggrieved when Andover were awarded a penalty corner for an apparent foot.

Andover took a shot on goal that looked bound for the corner, only for Hammond to make a wonder save, but the ball rebounded to the same player who this time made no mistake to put Andover back in front with barely five minutes to play.

Romsey were not to be beaten, and won another penalty corner, this time Nick Buck played it to James Manning’s open stick and the captain took a touch before driving in the equaliser for 4-4 with a couple of minutes to play for ten man Romsey to hold on for an entertaining point.

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