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Romsey hit hockey slump
Sunbury & Walton Hawks beat them 3-2, with the winning goal coming two minutes from time.
Having seen an early Sunbury strike disallowed, Romsey took the lead when Jack Forrest-Charde got free with a dribble near the baseline and was able to pick out striker Neil Strong, who made no mistake with a low finish.
Having worked hard to establish their advantage, Romsey were guilty of allowing the visitors to draw level in embarrassingly easy fashion as a free hit came directly into the D and got a small touch from an attacker that nutmegged the goalkeeper. Romsey’s early good play rather petered out towards the end of the half, though they did come close when an effort got past the goalkeeper, but was cleared by a covering defender. After half-time Ben Mullan was yellow carded for an accumulation of stick tackles, but Romsey saw off the temporary disadvantage in numbers without alarm. Sunbury did, however, take a 2-1 lead after Romsey were restored to full strength when a penalty corner was slipped left and then back across goal for a tap-in on the post.
Romsey hit back almost immediately with their best passage of play in the game – a fluent passing move involving numerous players that ended with Mullan finding the backboard after an assist from Lucas Cross. The host’s attacking pressure continued and Joe Welch almost put his side ahead with a fierce reverse stick effort, but in general Romsey lacked the craft needed in the final third of the pitch to create clear openings. Sunbury won a string of penalty corners – their final set piece proving decisive.
Full hockey review in today's Daily Echo
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