Romsey 2nd team lost for the first time this season in the league, following a hard fought encounter against Fareham who took their chances whilst Romsey who dominated possession for large periods of the game couldn’t find that final winning pass.

Romsey started the stronger and in the first ten minutes Sam Barcia and Greig Stewart combined well but Fareham cut out their final pass.

The Barcia crossed for Colin Harwood to stop the ball for James Croft-Baker his first time shot went wide, and Croft-Baker was played in again on the left but his effort was not converted.

Romsey were indebted to Goalkeeper Adam Sankey when Fareham turned over a Romsey move out of defence and set up a one on one with the Fareham centre forward, Sankey pulled off a fine save.

Fareham were awarded a harsh penalty corner when Dave Andrews was judged not to have given his opponents the five yards required from a hit, and this punishment was made all the worse when it was converted to give Fareham a 1-0 lead.

Romsey couldn’t convert their penalty corner chances and turned round 1-0 down at half time.

In the second half Romsey again pressed, but all too often played a direct ball in the Fareham circle that was easily dealt with by the Fareham defence.

The Romsey defence pushed up and Jim Ponsford became instrumental in building Romsey attacks, but James Fraser was unlucky and Charlie Harrigan couldn’t get the touches required to set up a good goal attempt.

Then Fareham broke with a four man move, and scored a great second goal with the final shot going just inside the post.

At 2-0 down Romsey rallied and started to create more, it was a great pass from skipper Stuart Robertson to Harwood in space at the top of the circle that brought Romsey back in the game. Harwood turned and played a weighted pass to Barcia who coolly slotted pass the Fareham keeper.

Romsey tried in vain to create similar chances but the Fareham defence was solid and Romsey ended up on the losing side for the first time this season.

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