Romsey started their 2014/15 with a defeat, but will try and work out in the coming weeks how they didn’t win away in Basingstoke after dominating possession.

Romsey started strongly with midfield trio of Tom Croft-Baker, Matchy Lincoln and Zak Cooper interchanging passes to bring Charlie Harrigan and Jake Rowland in to play.

Romsey couldn’t create a clear cut chance and Basingstoke pushed two men up against the Romsey defence and got in on a couple of break aways, Romsey were punished when a breakaway saw the Basingstoke centre forward alone and make no mistake past the lonely Alex Buck in goal.

Basingstoke doubled their lead a few minutes later but this time with a super reverse stick shot in to the roof of the net.

Romsey got back in to the game after a long run by Zak Cooper who played in Charlie Harrigan to push the ball over the line from a yard out.

Then Romsey equalised after Ben Manning and Ben Davidson combined to play the ball across the pitch to Gus Reid. He won a penalty corner, and from the set play Charlie Harrigan cleverly beat two players from the top of the D and in to roof of the net for 2-2.

With Romsey now on top they looked to go in at half time ahead, but another Basingstoke break won a penalty corner and after Alex Buck saved the first shot Basingstoke tucked away the rebound.

Romsey learnt from their half time team talk and Chris Harwood, Daniel Newman and Ben Manning created a solid three man defence which Basingstoke never looked like penetrating, that left Romsey attacking for most of the second half, and they created a number of half chances, Ben Davidson going close, Matchy Lincoln and Zak Cooper playing good passes in to the D but nothing fell right, and with Basingstoke overloading their defence Romsey couldn’t find the break through.

In the final minutes with Chris Harwood pushing up from the back, he and Tom Croft-Baker almost created an opening for Jake Rowland, but it wasn’t to be and Romsey lost 3-2.

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