Romsey were very much second best on a hot September afternoon, against a Trojans side boasting some strong new additions since last season.
Romsey made some early in roads, Josh Harwood and Andy Moger linking up to allow Sean Rawles to get a shot away, but then Trojans piled on the pressure.
Romsey felt hard done by conceding a penalty corner for a clearance but Trojans made no mistake for 1 – 0, and another penalty corner soon after saw a pass right and a lifted flick shot for 2 – 0.
Colin Harwood played in Man of the Match Stan Cazaly and the debutant had a chance to shoot, passing instead but Romsey couldn’t convert.
Romsey went 3 – 0 down from a Trojans counter attack, and were then hit twice in two minutes to end the half 0 – 5 down, despite the efforts of Bryn Wathen in goal.
The second half saw Harwood senior and James Tower take the two Centre midfield roles and despite conceding a 6th goal from a slick passing move that went round Duncan Sanders, Simeon Field and Lukasz Suleja, Romsey rallied and won a penalty corner of their own. Ben Parker played it out to Colin Harwood who passed it back to Parker so he could control it and shoot past the keeper for 1 – 6 scoreline.
Romsey concedes a penalty stroke when Fields goal line clearance high up was seems to have been off his body and not his hand on the stick, but Romsey weren’t beaten and a great move down the right from Rob Cav and Stan Cazaly saw Harwood cross to Andy Moger to score.
Moger had two more chances that he fired just wide and Matt Duke was unlucky from a penalty corner, as Romsey didn’t take their chances and Trojans took two more for an much even second half but in the end a heavy defeat 2 – 9.