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Barker proud of new-look Romsey
5:47pm Wednesday 15th August 2012 in Non League
MANAGER Danny Barker was proud of his young Romsey Town braves after running Moneyfields desperately close at the Bypass Ground last night.
Steve Hutchings’ late goal sealed it 1-0 for the Money men, taking them level with Downton on a maximum six points at the Sydenhams Premier summit.
But there was no shame in defeat for Romsey’s rebuilt side who, four days earlier, had outshone Lymington Town 4-0 in the FA Cup.
“The lads raised the bar again and took it to another level from Saturday,” said Barker.
“A draw would have been fair – in fact we’re disappointed we haven’t won.
“We had to make changes too. Joe Urquhart fractured his hand on Saturday, Liam Edgar was injured in the warm-up tonight and Craig Bryant went off with a split nose ten minutes in.”
After two less than convincing wins in the league and FA Cup , Moneyfields looked more like their old selves.
“We played a lot better football, but we lacked a bit of quality round the edge of the box,” said Moneys' assistant boss Graeme Gee.
BLACKFIELD & Langley condemned Bemerton Heath to their second cup exit in the space of four days.
A goal in each half from Ekan Elliott and Nathan Lynch secured the Watersiders a 2-0 Sydenhams League Cup second round victory at Gang Warily.
Aided by a couple of good saves from former Weymouth ’keeper Tom Manley, Blackfield comfortably contained the Harlequins with what assistant boss Glenn Burnett described as a “professional” performance.