Romsey U12 Boy’s held on for a thrilling win against Gosport Borough Under 12.  In the closing seconds of the match, Gosport were awarded a short corner, which, to build up the tension, had to be retaken as one of the Romsey defenders was deemed to have leapt from the goal line before the ball was injected by Gosport.  At the second attempt, all the Gosport team, bar the goalkeeper, filled the Romsey Dee meaning 10 players attacked against 4 defending.  To end the game as winners Romsey needed to clear the ball from the goal area, Gosport attacked as the rest of the Romsey players ran from the halfway line to help as Joe Williams in goal, Harry Garton, Jack Jones and Frederick O’Hara defending tried to clear the ball.  Gosport managed a shot at goal but it was too high and the game was won by Romsey.

The game started a little one-sided, as Romsey’s passing game meant that they had most of the territory and possession. Early runs for Luke Walter and Rupert Willes led to shots from Jack Meehan being well saved by the Gasport Keeper. The first Romsey goal came from a short corner, Romsey’s third of the match, Luke Walter injected to Marcus Lake who passed back to Luke who had run to the near post for a well-worked goal.  Gosport tried to hit back quickly with Romsey’s Goalie Joe clearing the line as a goal looked imminent, Romsey defence, including Henry Allsopp, making his debut, and Daniel Hodge managed to keep the ball was in Gosport’s half for the remainder of the first period which finished 1 nil to Romsey.

The second period started with more Romsey pressure as the midfield of Thomas Hodge, Owen South, Sebastian Wells and Harry Garton dominated possession.  The Gosport Goalie kept his team in the match as Romsey couldn’t find a goal that their pressure deserved.  Marcus Lake forced the Keeper to make several saves, Rupert Wills had three shots saved within seconds and then Gosport hit back with a length of the pitch attack that was stopped by Jack Jones running back as he clearing the ball from the Romsey Dee to the sideline. 

The second period may have finished goalless but the third period opened up with goals from each side.  For Romsey Marcus Lake, who was nominated as the man of the match, scored a well-fought goal having muscled his way past 4 defenders to increase the lead.  His goal was immediately cancelled out as Gosport scored from a short corner, won straight from the re-start.  Gosport soon scored again as a long ball downfield was slotted into the Romsey goal.  With the score at 2, 2, Jack Meehan was unlucky to have a shot deflected by the Keeper, as the ball looped onto the top of the Gosport goal.  Jack then followed up with another attack, forcing the keeper to save, but this time Marcus was lurking close to goal to score with a real poachers effort, picking the ball up from just behind the Goalie to score a simple goal.

As the match drew to a close the tension increased as Gosport mounted several attacks, which resulted in the short corner being the final play.

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