Romsey 2nd XI, started their Hants Division 5 campaign, after their second successive promotion, with a convincing win over Basingstoke 3rd XI.

Romsey kept the ball from the off and were pressing from the first minute. Rob Kerr was commanding in centre midfield, creating time for himself to set up James Fraser and Martin Simpson-Scott and then Simon Morford.

It was a combination between Morford and Simpson-Scott that set up Fraser to opening the scoring in the first ten minutes, Fraser lifting the ball over the keeper to put Romsey 1-0 up.

Romsey used their squad to good effect to maintain the pressure and Charlie Harrigan came on on the right to create a chance for Simpson-Scott whose reverse shot went over the bar.

Adam Smith in goal had little to do, as Ian Wilson and Captain Stuart Robertson kept things tight at the back using Ben Parker and James Croft-Baker and Chris Arnold as outlets to build plays.

With half time approaching Basingstoke had a break away and looked to equalise, but Jacob Arney calmly cleared the ball off the goal line from the shot.

In the second half Romsey again were immediately on top and Greig Stewart set up by Simpson-Scott saw his shot come back off the post and the Basingstoke goalkeeper save Fraser’s follow up.

Finally Romsey doubled their lead when Kerr, nudged the ball over the line following a penalty corner saved by the ‘Stoke keeper.

Romsey then started to play even more freely and the move of the match saw Simpson-Scott play in Colin Harwood, he looked to shoot but took out the defender and goalkeeper with a pass to Carl Hendy who couldn’t keep his composure to put the ball in the unguarded net. He made amends a few minutes later however when Arney and Harrigan combined down the right for Harrigan to fire a cross to Hendy who made no mistake.

Simpson-Scott got on the score sheet firing in to the roof of the net to put Romsey 4-0 up, and he doubled his tally and Romsey’s fifth with a reverse stick shot from a penalty corner save.

Romsey almost made it six of the best but Harwood’s pile driver shot from the top of the D was touched by a defenders stick to miss the outside of the post by an inch.

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