Romsey Town   2 v Bournemouth FC   0

By Clare Crossland. Pictures Lionel Williams.

Romsey Town produced another cup upset last Saturday beating Bournemouth Poppies, of the Wessex Premier league, in the FA Vase at the Bypass ground in front of a sizeable and excited home crowd. After knocking out Southern League side AFC Totton in the Hampshire Cup on Tuesday night, Town followed it up with a hard working, well organized victory to send them into the first round proper of the FA Vase.

The game started at a frantic pace with both sides going close to opening the score.

Firstly Craig Bryant headed narrowly wide from a Jake Swift cross and this was followed by a Kieran Hancock effort that was saved by the visiting goalkeeper. Bournemouth Poppies did create a few chances with their fast, flowing counter attacking play, but on each occasion Romsey’s defence stood firm and limited any threat to outside the penalty area.

With both sides cancelling each other out and struggling to find any real quality in the final third, the score remained goalless as the referee called time on the first half.

Half time Romsey 0 Bournemouth 0

Romsey began the second half much brighter and nearly took the lead through a Dan Fox header, but he saw his effort hit the side netting. Next it was Andy Turner who went close to opening the score, but his shot was blocked by the Poppies defender and the rebound fell gratefully into the arms of the keeper. The deadlock was finally broken, with time running out Jake Swift swung in a corner and Craig Bryant guided a header into the far corner to give Town the lead.

With five minutes left Town got a second, when Indi Elezi broke free on the half way line, skipped past two defenders and slipped the ball into the path of Andy Turner, who coolly slotted the ball past the on rushing keeper and into the net and seal Town’s progress into the next round.

In the final seconds of the game both sides were reduced to ten men, when a Poppies player was shown a straight red for a stamp on Romsey forward Dan Fox, who then was also shown a red for foul and abusive language towards the player.

Full Time Romsey Town 2 Bournemouth Poppies 0.

Romsey manager Andy Samuels was again full of praise for his team.

” I’m very happy to be in the next round, though today we didn’t play as well as we have done lately, we found a way to win the game. Credit to the lads, they kept working hard and got the result I felt we earned. To beat another side higher up than ourselves, shows the quality and belief we have in the squad at the moment. That said, despite the very good start we’ve made, we haven’t won anything yet and it’s important we keep training well and working hard to make sure we are up there towards the end of the season. We’ll enjoy this win tonight and make sure we are well prepared for the visit of Alton on Saturday in the league. “

Saturday’s league fixture against Alton Town will kick off at 3pm at the Bypass Ground.

Originally posted 2017-09-29 15:48:05.