Romsey’s U12 Boys travelled to Bournemouth on Sunday 30th November.

The first period started with the home team playing into the sun.  Both teams started brightly with some early chances at both ends.  Romsey were rewarded first with a cross from Harry Croft-Baker finding Bryn Wathen who took the chance to put Romsey ahead with his second goal in as many matches.  Olly Westmacott, in his first match for Romsey, nearly doubled the lead, only to see his shot well stopped by the Bournemouth keeper.  Bournemouth continued to create chances, with several shots just going wide.  Romsey held on to finish 1-0 at the end of the first period.

The clouds rolled in at the start of the second period as both teams started where they’d left off.  Bournemouth struck first to level the score.  This prompted Romsey to work even harder.  The back unit of Daniel Alavi, Jamie Reid, Will Richards, Noah Cooper and Stan Arnold closed down the Bournemouth forwards with some excellent tackles, clearances and composed passing to turn defence into attack.  Romsey’s trio of Harry Croft-Baker, Morgan Robertson and Olly Westmacott started to assert their dominance in midfield, linking well with wingers James Fuller, Will Ritchie and Joe Arnold.  Romsey cranked up the pressure with two goals from Harry Croft-Baker, the first a solo effort from the halfway line, the second from a short corner.  Morgan Robertson followed this up with a goal in the top corner to put Romsey ahead 4-1 at the end of the second period.

Bournemouth came out of the blocks sprinting in the final period, only to be denied by several fine stops by Romsey’s keeper Rob Budden and some brave defence from the back four.  Yet again, Romsey’s defence provided the platform with some great hockey to take the play into the Bournemouth half.  Romsey won back-to-back short corners but were denied both times by two fabalous acrobatic stops from the Bournemouth keeper.  However, it was third time lucky with Noah Cooper taking his chance well.  Bournemouth pulled one back, only to see Romsey pull further ahead with Morgan Robertson’s shot lobbing the keeper.

At the final whistle, a 6-2 win for Romsey against Bournemouth’s first team and probably their best game of the season so far.

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