Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Romsey Town v U.S. Portsmouth 09/10/18

Romsey Town 2 U.S. Portsmouth 3

THE hosts were ahead inside a minute, when a break down the Car Park side saw a simple cross stroked home by Liam MAGEE.

Romsey certainly started quickly and had a decent chance to go two up through Clifton shortly after, but then did so on 12. A free kick to the far post fell nicely for Pearce FARREN who cheekily back heeled it into the net by chance or design. Romsey had further chances to extend the lead with both Cotillard and Clifton testing Hunt in the United Services goal.

The visitors’ first real chance didn’t materialise until after the half hour when Romsey skipper Draycott was well placed to clear off the line to keep it at 2-0. However with six minutes of the half left, Harry POTTER worked an opening under pressure to net from a corner at the back post. HT 2-1

Services came out a different side and threatened an equaliser early on when a 20 yard shot from Dark cannoned to safety off the upright., and ten minutes after the resumption Philpott had to be alert to react to a Potter strike to keep the hosts ahead. Dark also had a couple of good chances to square the game. Romsey’s Mouland collected a second yellow card and you began to sense that the tide was on the turn, more so when, with 15 minutes left on the clock it was when James FRANKLYN converted. Romsey pressed forward with some urgency to restore their lead with Clifton making a number of probing runs, but the hosts conceded another silly free kick and Harry SARGEANT rose at the back post and had a free header to round off the proceedings. FT 2-3 (Mike Robins)