Romsey 2nd XI fell to a successive defeat against a team that beat them home & away last season.

Romsey started brightly and after 10 minutes of opening exchanges, it was Rob Kerr who picked the ball up mid-way in the Havant half and drove in to the circle. He won a penalty corner and with a strong push out from Greig Stewart to Kerr and James Fraser as the top of the circle, the initial shot was saved and with Colin Harwood and Stewart rushing in on goal Stewart’s shot was cleared off the goal line by a defenders leg and a penalty stroke was awarded. James Fraser made no mistake from the spot to put Romsey 1-0 up.

Romsey then came under immense pressure from Havant who worked a couple of openings behind the Romsey attack and also intercepted some poor Romsey passing to create two one on one’s with keeper Adam Sankey who saved both efforts.

Havant equalised soon after with a good running and passing move, which gave Sankey no chance with a shot from the top of the circle.

Havant got ahead soon after when romsey failed to clear another Havant attack and a reverse shot from the Havant centre forward again gave Sankey no chance.

As Romsey pushed for an equliser Dave Andrews played superbly from right back playing great passes to Kerr who set up Fraser and again with 14 year old Charlie Harrigan who worked tirelessly creating space and pulling wide to upset the Havant defence.

In the last minute of the half Romsey were undone by a good Havant sideline pass, the ball went out to the 23 metre line and was powered back to a post where a Havant forward touched it in to leave Romsey 3-1 down at Half Time.

Romsey changed their formation in the second half and with Jim Ponsford and Ian Wilson stopping Havant making in roads in the the circle and Sankey proving to be in fine form with any shots at goal. Jacob Arney, Sam Barcia and Kerr started to play in Fraser and Hendy to create half chances and Romsey were unlucky when a penalty move was passed to Harwood and his goal bound shot was stoped by a defender’

Romsey got back in the game when a flowing move with ten minutes to go was finished off by Toby Hill, his shot crashing in to the back boards just as the umpire had blown for another penalty stroke. Fraser duly made it 3-2.

As Romsey pushed for an equaliser they were caught at the back and Havant scored a 4th in the last minute to secure their superiority and condemn Romsey to defeat.

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