Two games for Romsey Town this week.
By Clare Crossland
Photo credits Lionel Williams
Saturday Romsey Town 3 Alton Town 0
Romsey Town made it six wins from their last seven league games, as they comfortably beat Alton 3-0 at the Bypass Ground on Saturday.
Town started the game well and looked in control of the game right from the start, with Harry Draycott and Pearce Farren pulling the strings in midfield. A couple of quick corners nearly saw Romsey take an early lead, but both efforts went wide of the Alton goal. The visitors keeper was soon in action again, as Kel Crook saw his effort tipped round the post after a fast flowing move. The deadlock was broken shortly after, when Tom Ashton turned the Alton defender out wide and his cross was met by Pearce Farren who steered the ball into the net via the crossbar.
Andy Turner was then denied again by the Alton keeper, as he broke free through the middle, but saw his left footed shot parried away to safety. Alton were reduced to ten men, when their centre back was involved in an off the ball incident, which though missed by the referee was picked up by the linesman resulting in a red card.
Despite being a man down, Alton soon began to look more dangerous on the counter attack, but the Romsey defence stood firm and limited the visitors to long shots or harried them into misplacing their passes when in the final third.
Half time Romsey 1 Alton 0
Romsey began the second half brightly and began to make more use their man advantage, as they moved the ball around the pitch at pace. This led to Tom Ashton doubling Towns lead, he picked up a through ball by substitute Elliott Mitchell-Lee, then twisted and turned inside the area, before slipping a left footed shot past the on rushing keeper. The hosts didn’t let the comfortable lead stop them pushing forward and they soon grabbed a third, as Farren slipped a ball into the path of Tom Donaldson, who coolly found the bottom corner of the net to seal the points for Romsey.
Full time Romsey 3 Alton 0
After ending the month unbeaten, Town manager Andy Samuels was delighted with his teams effort. ” I thought we were very good today and looked very comfortable right from the start. Even eleven against eleven I felt we would’ve won the game. Credit to the lads, they’ve continued with how I want them to play and are getting their rewards for working hard each game. The only downside to the month was letting the three goal lead slip against New Milton at the start of the month, but we’ve learned from that and moved on and that’s shown in our games the past couple weeks. We need to keep believing and continue to play how we have, as we face another month of tricky matches”
Romsey town v Blackfield & Langley league cup game. Tuesday.
On Tuesday night Romsey Town faced the Wessex Premier table topping Blackfield & Langley in the League Cup at Gang Warily.
Town always knew this would be a tough game as Blackfield and Langley have played twelve league games to date, winning eleven and drawing just one which is an impressive start to their 2017/18 League campaign with promotion to the Southern League their target.
To add to the challenge, Romsey were missing six key players due to suspension and injury although the replacements to the starting line up were equally capable of the task ahead which shows the breadth of ability now available within the Club.
Romsey started very well and were most certainly a match for the hosts with several opportunities on goal coming in the first 20 minutes with the young Elliott Mitchell-Lee causing the defence all kinds of problems with his energy and quick feet. However as the half went on the hosts managed to break Town’s defence twice first through Carl Walshe and then within 10 minutes Joe Butcher also proved too quick for the back four who lost key defender Kel Crook early in the half with a hamstring injury.
Blackfield and Langley scored their third goal in the second half when the linesman failed to flag for a clear offside. Swiftly followed by a fourth goal.
Final score Blackfield & Langley 4 Romsey Town 0
Romsey Town next league fixture away to US Portsmouth on Saturday 7th October at 3pm.
Originally posted 2017-10-04 18:55:23.