On a bright and sunny autumn morning these two teams met in Romsey for what ended up being a fierce competition with both sides displaying good skills, control and determination.
Romsey appeared to have the edge but could not turn their dominance into goals. Jack S, Jack M, Luke W and Harry G all going close. However, Hamble always looked dangerous on the counter attack requiring Will R, Owen S, Freddie O, Thomas C and Thomas H to defend well together with Joe W in goal who made a series of excellent saves and interceptions.
It was Hamble who took the lead late in the first half following a goal mouth tussle which ended in a Romsey player taking the final touch as the ball just crossed the line. It was soon 2 to Hamble with an excellent strike from 5 metres.
Romsey came out in the second half with a renewed determination. The defence stood strong with the midfield of Luke W, Jack S, Will R and Daniel B creating a series of attacks, the pressure told and the rewards came. Luke W picking the ball up on the half way line, dribbling stylishly through five Hamble players before striking home to the right of the keeper. Soon it was 2-2, Luke W again collecting the ball in mid-field, dribbling into the D and passing to Jack M on the left side of goal. Jack M struck it home first time. Ellison B and Rupert W continued to create chances which were well defended by Hamble until the final few minutes when the ball was played down the right to Henry A who crossed to Jack M 4 metres from the centre of goal, he controlled before playing a reverse hit high into the net.
Romsey never eased up until the final whistle for a well-deserved win.
An energetic and determined performance from a strong team of Under 14 Romsey boys!