Wessex Division One
Romsey Town 0
AFC Stoneham 3
(Chris Morris, Ashley Ledger x2)
Saturdays have so much potential, unless you are feeling really poorly with the flu/ cold. A jam-packed few days of work and football had taken its toll in the latter part of the week and after covering a shift at work this morning coaching kids I really couldn’t muster up the energy to do anything.
Braishfield versus Bush Hill five miles up the road from my house was my pick until I made the decision to stay in bed all afternoon. After a bowl of soup I felt slightly better and at 13:50 I had no time to make it to Braishfield for a 2pm kick off. However, Romsey Town, just a stones throw away were entertaining AFC Stoneham so I layered up, but my hat and big coat on and went down to the Bypass Ground for my fourth visit (third this season).
AFC Stoneham ended their run of six games without a win after seeing off Romsey Town thanks to a brace from Ashley Ledger and a goal from Chris Morris.
At 1-0, Romsey were reduced to ten men when Zak Pickett picked up his second yellow card and gave away a penalty which doubled the lead before Ledger added a third minutes later.
Stoneham took an early lead within the opening ten minutes when Morris fired a low free kick through a crowded box and into the corner of the game.
Romsey were sloppy from the off and Stoneham were having a lot of possession in the attacking third and should have doubled the lead when Stu Mott was unmarked in the box and cannoned his header against the post.
Home ‘keeper Jordan Westbrook made a mess of Pickett’s back pass and Ledger managed to take possession and find his strike partner Duncan Bray who missed the shot allowing Craig Bryant to clear the ball.
Westbrook then put in a string of good saves to keep Romsey in touching distance, reacting quickly to pounce on the ball after failing to hold onto Tom Hogan’s low drive.
The tall shot stopper then did superbly to tip over Ben Dexter’s header as Stoneham really piled on the pressure.
The Eastleigh based side then hit the woodwork again just before the interval when Ollie Forbes put in the cross to Bray who headed into the bar in an attempt that would have been easier to score.
After creating very little in the first half, Romsey’s afternoon was summed up when Matt Austin sent a shot sailing out of the ground and landing on the roundabout.
Stoneham continued to create chances but both Ledger and Mott both fired wide.
The game’s changing point came when Pickett picked up his second booking for hauling down Dexter who was advancing with the ball. The defender had already been booked in the first half for clattering ‘keeper Sam Whieldon and had been warned minutes before the penalty after giving away a foul on the edge of the box.
Ledger casually stepped up to take the spot kick and sent Westbrook the wrong way rolling it slowly into the opposite corner.
It was game over a minute later when Ledger scoring his second diverting Bray’s pass across goal. In the build up Romsey duo Dan Steer and Callum Holloway collided into each other to make the clearance, allowing Bray to advance on goal and pick out ledger to complete the scoring.
2016/17 Games: 55
2016/17 Grounds: 42
Total Grounds Visited: 177