Match Report -

Match Report - , by Ian Craig

Romsey Town v Fleet Spurs

Romsey Town 4 Fleet Spurs 0 (Sydenhams Wessex League Division 1) by John Porter

On paper, this should have been an even and closely fought contest between two well-matched teams.  Each had 29 points and only goal difference separated them.  That’s not how it turned out.  Romsey were much the better side from the early stages and well deserved their comfortable victory.

The game started with some attractive football with both sides creating half-chances but being unable to convert them.  After 13 minutes however, Wayne Boud picked up a weak clearance by the Fleet defence and fairly blasted the ball into the net.  Not surprisingly, this goal seemed to settle Town and unsettle Spurs and the home side began to dominate.  Following a Romsey corner ten minutes before the break, the ball was crossed low across the goal and a Fleet defender deflected it into his own not.  On the stroke of half-time, Town broke quickly down their right and the ball was crossed to Tom Donaldson who was in acres of space (hectares for those who prefer metric) a few yards out and slipped the ball past Mark Appleby.  Even at this stage of the game it looked as if that goal might have settled the result and so it proved.  The second half was a stodgy affair with Town not too bothered about increasing their score and Spurs unable to reduce the arrears.  The main points of note were two spectacular clearances off the line by Fleet defenders.  However, as the game entered stoppage time, a Spurs defender handled the ball in the box and Boud drove the ball hard and low from the spot into the corner of the net.

Spurs drop to 15th in the league.  Their next game is at Southwood on Saturday when they entertain high-flying newcomers Baffins Milton Rovers (kick-off 3.00).  They will be hoping for – and will certainly need – a much improved performance if they are to stand any chance of getting a result.

Spurs team: Mark Appleby; Rob Colfer (sub Jack Moore h/t); Adam Nash (sub Sam Lynham h/t); Chris Barnes; Victor Mudonhi; Tom Slane; Dan Bone; Mike Bertoux (sub Jan Verhoeven 87); Jamil Olweny (capt); Jack Moore; Sam Knowles; Chris Rose