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One win, one draw, onto the FA Vase...

  • We get our first win of the season

  • On the road for the first time

  • Empathic win for the U23s

  • Cup revenge on the horizon

Despite not having a game at the weekend, the first team have been busy since our narrow defeat to Fareham Town in the Hampshire Senior Cup.

We bounced back from that late loss to pick up our first three points of the season.

Hosting New Milton Town on 13 August in our fourth home game in a row, we had to come from behind to win 4-2. Jack Odam, Mark Fawley, Kieran Hancock and substitute John Cole, on his return to injury, secured us the victory. See the photos from the match here.

The following week, were had our first away match of the season making the trip up to Fawley. The Thursday night game under the lights ended up being a cracker.

The Oilers, now managed by our former manager Andy Samuels, lined up with a few familiar faces. Lee Burch, Matt Page, James Clifton and Indrit Elezi made the starting team with Jake Swift on the bench. All five will be no strangers to Romsey fans.

Our hosts took the lead early on before our captain Jack Odam fired a quickfire double to turn the game on its head.

The second half saw Fawley draw level just after the break. They had a chance to snatch all three points late on from the penalty spot but Joe Coombes in goal made a huge save to see the game finish 2-2.

See minute-by-minute updates from Fawley here. See all the photos here.

Meanwhile, the U23 side got their campaign underway last night with a home game to Lymington Town U23s. At half time the game was poised at 1-1 but after a red card early into the second half for our visitors, we took control of the game and earned a very impressive 8-2 victory.

Attention now turns to cup revenge. Following defeat earlier this month, we renew acquaintances with Wessex Premier Division side Fareham Town. We travel to Cams Alders this weekend for our FA Vase first qualifying match. It was a tight affair when we hosted Fareham so we are looking forward to having a second chance at a cup upset. The winning club will progress into the second qualifying round and earn £550 in prize money. The losing side will receive £160 as a consolation.

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