Wyvern Combination Division One West

Romsey Town Reserves 1

(Lewis Lloyd-Price)

Team Solent Reserves 0

Attendance: 20 (approx.)

Bypass Ground

A game every day this week taking this month’s tally to 11 games alone, not bad as we are only on the 16th March.

Tonight was a game that I could really take it or leave it but there was still quite a bit added interest for me. I only live a couple of miles from the Bypass Ground and love supporting my local team and have thoroughly enjoyed all my visits over the last few seasons.

I also, as regular readers will know, watch a lot of Team Solent games, so to see these two sides up against each other, albeit a reserve match, was too good to miss.

The biggest shame is that I can’t walk to the ground from my home, situated on a busy road with no light or pathways I would rather get to the game in one piece than risk it on foot.

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The Game

Romsey Town Reserves stretched their lead to six points at the top of the Wyvern Combination Division One West league with a 1-0 victory over Team Solent.

It’s been quite the week for the Sparks, who have had a game every day this week, failing to score in all four games since Monday.

Lewis Price-Lloyd’s first half strike was enough to give Romsey their 14th win of the season.

Solent should have taken the lead early on when a routine pass back to the ‘keeper was misjudged by Jordan Westbrook and he managed to poke the ball away on the line despite pressure from Chris Wateridge.

Solent were causing issues in attack and Rukky Diejomaoh whipped in a great ball to Lewis Danquah who sent a volley wide at the near post.

Jake Armstrong did well to get himself on the line to clear away Price-Lloyd’s shot that had gotten the better of George Passingham in the Sparks goal.

Passingham was sprung into life again when Robbie Slack slipped, allowing Carlo Raucci through to shoot but he could only hit the ball at the Solent ‘keeper.

The home side did take the lead when Romsey infiltrated a gap in the defence and Price-Lloyd managed to stroke the ball neatly into the corner of the net.

Price-Lloyd clearly had the taste for it and he maybe should have done more when he exchanged passes with Mark Gardiner before firing a shot at Passingham.

Danquah then threw away the best chance Solent were going to get to equalise when Armstrong’s ball over the top was hit with precision and the striker did everything right before putting the ball inches wide of the post.

Solent made one change at the break with Cairo Duhaney-Burton, playing his third game in four days, was replaced by Tom Shann.

Romsey had a great chance to double the lead through Dec Cleft who hit a solid free kick against the crossbar which would have put all fears of Solent comeback to bed.

The visitors were reduced to ten men when Slack was shown a second yellow card for verbal dissent towards the referee.

There was a stoppage in play as Ben Hoyland fell awkwardly when running shoulder to shoulder with Danquah and Town were forced into a change with Hoyland suffering a suspected shoulder/collar bone injury.

Solent gave it their all in the final moments but Romsey stayed firm as Sam Hartley did well in picking out Jacob Noonan in the box but his shot was blocked away.

Two of Romsey’s substitutes combined as Tobi Ayodele crossed into the box for Hamad Haidar who volleyed wide.

Westbrook showed why he plays for Romsey’s first team with a great save towards the end of the game when he denied Gio Landu who had poked a shot at goal.

2016/17 Games: 111

2016/17 Grounds: 61 (9)

Total Grounds Visited: 155 (40)

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