Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Amesbury Town v Romsey Town 11.09.18

Amesbury Town 4 Romsey Town 3

ON a damp and sometimes misty evening at Bonnymead Park Amesbury registered their fourth win on five League matches this season to move in to fourth place in the table but Romsey will probably feel they deserved at least a share of the spoils in a game that was end to end, very entertaining and probably decided in a five minute spell midway through the second half.

The first danger came from the home side with Luke Greenway pulling his shot across the face of goal after fastening on to a Danny Finnigan through ball and Tyler Brockway seeing his header acrobatically cleared off the line by a defender with goalkeeper Charlie Philpott beaten. The keeper – whose kit was only minimally, if at all, different to that of his outfield colleagues though the Match Officials appeared unconcerned – then produced a smart reflex save to keep out a header from one of his own defenders before he was beaten after thirteen minutes.

The defence only partially cleared a right wing cross and Lee WEEKS found the corner of the net from the edge of the area. The lead however lasted little more than five minutes as the visitors came back with Joe Cresdee stopped by a strong challenge by Connor Palmer before Harry Draycott won the ball in midfield and his through ball allowed Jack ODAM to beat Dave Cardus in the home goal from some fifteen yards. Cardus then thumped a long free kick forward that Philpott in turn had to clutch under his crossbar and with play continuing to go back and forth Cresdee saw a shot palmed round the post and Greenaway was denied twice in quick succession, firstly by the keeper’s legs and then by the far post to leave the score all square at the interval.

HT 1-1

The very slight drizzle that accompanied the first half turned to rain at the break – why does it always rain when I go to Amesbury – and Romsey enjoyed a dream start to the second period. In the opening couple of minutes the ball was worked down the left and Pearce Farren provided a picture cross which ODAM controlled and swept past Cardus in one movement to put them ahead for the first time. Greenway broke clear for the home side but his cross found no takers in the six yard box and after Amesbury had made two substitutions Dan Fox at one end and Greenway at the other both saw efforts saved.

Then just after the midway point came the five minutes that probably decided the game. Amesbury were awarded a free kick on the edge of the D, substitute Nic Turpin beat the defensive wall, Philpott could only parry the shot and Tyler BROCKWAY was quickest to the loose ball to level the scores. Odam and Draycott fashioned a response with the latter’s lob finishing on the roof of the net but immediately Amesbury scored again as Tom Plant slid the ball through the middle and Jordon MATTHEWS beat the advancing Philpott.

Three two promptly became four two as the visiting defence hesitated in dealing with a long Jack Vallis clearance and MATTHEWS produced a carbon copy of his earlier goal. Romsey however were not done and on a night when there were three or four quality goals FOX produced the best of the bunch with a powerful header from Musah Stamburi’s cross to bring the deficit back to one. Odam was too high with a shot on the turn and deep in to stoppage time Cardus fumbled a shot round the post that he must have seen late in a crowded area before the final whistle signalled that the points on the evening would remain on home soil.

An enjoyable ninety minutes and credit to both sides and whilst it is perhaps invidious to pick out any individuals, Vallis was a tower of strength at the back for Amesbury whilst Draycott was involved in everything that went on in midfield throughout the entire game. The usual warm Amesbury hospitality and a somewhat wet A303 all the way home.