Romsey’s U12 Boys hosted Salisbury in bright sunshine at HCS, with the home team welcoming back Morgan Robertson for his first match of the season.

Romsey started the first period playing into the sun.  It was a sluggish start, with Salisbury pinning the home team in their own half, and winning two short corners in quick succession.  Salisbury came close on the second, rattling a shot of the post.  The pressure finally told, with Salisbury taking a deserved lead (0-1).  The goal stirred the home team into action, with Romsey hitting Salisbury on the break, and Harry Croft-Baker grabbing the equaliser (1-1).  The teams continued to trade short corners, with Romsey hitting the post just before the break.

The second period started much the same as the first, with Salisbury winning two short corners.  However, the Romsey defence (Noah Cooper, Will Richards, Ben Sluman and Toby Hamblin) together with keeper Rob Budden kept the visitors out.  With the visitors now playing into sun, Romsey’s trio of Bailey Benham, Elliot Colyer and Harry Croft-Baker began to take control of midfield, providing a platform for the forwards.  It was Salisbury’s turn to be pinned back.  Wingers Joe and Stan Arnold provided the breadth, with Jack Sluman linking up with the midfield.  Morgan Robertson and James Fuller both came close with chances in the Salisbury ‘D’.  A dominant period for Romsey.

The final period saw a number of chances from both teams as legs began to tire.  Keeper Rob Budden made a number of great stops, and Toby Hamblin defended heroically in only his second game for the club, making a last ditch tackle in the Romsey ‘D’ to prevent a certain goal.   However, Salisbury pounced on the rebound to retake the lead (1-2).  The Romsey boys kept their heads, with Bailey Benham battling away in midfield to shut down further attacks by the visitors and regain possession for Romsey.  With time running, Harry Croft-Baker played a beautifully weighted pass into the Salisbury ‘D’, which Ben Harris put away to level the score (2-2).  Romsey finished strongly in the final minutes but weren’t quite able to take the win.  Another good performance, and a well deserved draw.

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