Romsey 2nd XI put their disappointing November behind them to finish the first half of the season with 13 points from their 9 games, winning 4, drawing 1 and losing 4.

Advent couldn’t come soon enough for Romsey and they set about beating Salisbury with Man of the Match Danny Nicol and his midfield partner Mark McArdle applying immediate pressure on the Romsey circle.

Romsey were unlucky not to go one up when Colin Harwood’s effort was disallowed for a dangerous hit by Harwood before his decisive strike and Jacob Arney was unfortunate when his efforts finished the wrong side of the post.

As Romsey turned around 0-0 at half time they raised their game for an intensive second half. Danny Nicol was instrumental in winning a penalty corner. Charlie Harrigan played the ball to Robertson who stopped well for, Nicol whose shot was blocked near the goal. Kenyan born Olly Robley was on hand to tap in the rebound though putting Romsey 1-0 ahead. Harrigan was unlucky soon after not to double the lead when he was played in by Carl Hendy, his lift over the keeper was cleared off the goal line.

Dave Andrews was called to make a goal line clearance to avoid an equaliser for Salisbury, but Romsey bounced back and Nicol watched as his penalty corner flick was tipped over by the Salisbury keeper in an amazing save.

Romsey doubled their lead when Chris Arnold on Romsey’s right played in Nicol, as he ran in to the circle Harwood took the ball and squared it to McArdle, McArdle’s shot was then played back to Harwood who deflected it over the line for the all important second.

Romsey defended well and skippered Robertson was keen to keep a clean sheet, but with three minutes to go Salisbury pulled a goal back from a penalty corner.

Romsey held on for all three points and a much happier Christmas.

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