Romsey 3rd XI 4-0 Basingstoke Vikings

A cold and windy afternoon saw the Romsey Men’s Thirds take the opportunity to take six points from their opponents, having won the reverse fixture earlier in the season. Romsey were missing two of their key players in midfield and this saw competitive debuts for U16s Ben Davidson, David Forgan and Ben Manning. Sweeper Mark McArdle pushed up into a defensive midfield role, with winger Alex Halcoussis dropping to left centre half.

Romsey pushed back to start the game and endured a sticky 10-15 minutes before finding more of a rhythm. Ben Davidson’s first competitive men’s game was prematurely ended as he took an elbow to the nose, although he seemed relatively unfazed by the large amount of blood. Romsey’s opening goal came courtesy of striker Richard Lake, who gently rolled a p-flick into the left hand side of the goal. As the half wore on Rich fell over a lot, and Zak Cooper grabbed two goals before the break. The diminutive striker put in an impressive performance, harrying the opposition and running at defenders.

The first half finished at 3-0, and Captain Matt Clark’s team talk focused on the importance of passing and moving as opposed to individual play. The second half remain scoreless for quite some time, but Romsey sparked into life as Jon Marsh played a beautiful aerial through to Rich, who managed to play the ball into Basingstoke’s D before falling over. Zak cooper was on the mark again as a scramble in the D left him with a tap in. Romsey dominated the rest of the game, with David Forgan hitting the post.

Although they took time to hit their stride, Romsey will feel good about achieving a strong home victory whilst key players were missing, and extending their run of clean sheets.

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