Three goals down to HAC at the half-time break, Romsey were on the brink of kissing goodbye to any hopes of avoiding relegation from Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 2.
But they staged a stimulating second half comeback to score three times themselves to draw 3-3 – and so keep their survival prospects simmering.
Now everything hinges on the outcome of their final match of the campaign against Camberley & Farnborough at the Hampshire Collegiate School on Saturday, 12.30.
It’s a match Romsey must win – and win by two clear goals to ensure they claw their way out of the bottom two and finish above Addiscombe and HAC, both currently above them.
It will be of comfort for Romsey to know that Addiscombe – away to championship chasing Croydon & OldWhitgiftians – and HAC, at free scoring Surbiton (23 goals in their last three games), have seriously difficult games.
But Romsey will have to start better than they did against a depleted HAC, who went ahead with only eight men on the pitch and were 3-0 up at half-time with only ten !
A sin-bin laden game, just about summed up Romsey’s difficult season, with the Abbeymen peppering the HAC goal only to be thwarted by some solid goalkeeping and some sloppy finishing of their own.
Eventually finding some composure, Romsey pulled a goal back through Ben Butcher and then rattled HAC’s own defences with a Danny Miles penalty conversion.
A tiring HAC conceded a penalty stroke of their own, but Jack Forrest-Charde’s shot was saved, leaving Romsey’s frustration to get the better of them and ruffle a few umpiring feathers.
Ben Butcher did equaliser seven minutes from the end, but Romsey’s lack of killer instinct caused them to miss numerous chances in the closing stages and allow HAC to escape with a precious point.
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