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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Romsey Town 7 Queens Keep Southampton 1

Wessex League Cup 1st Round
Bypass Ground, Romsey, Hampshire

I called home before the start of tonight’s game and explained to the good lady that I was in Romsey and we got around, as you do, to a discussion on the merits of the local topography. I mentioned Romsey Abbey and how Nikolaus Pevsner described it in the Hampshire edition of his forty-six volume “Buildings of England” (if you’ve not read/browsed any of these masterpeices you must at least have seen the BBC TV programme a few years ago entitled "Travels with Pevsner").

Mrs Extreme Groundhopping then suggested I should pen a book under a similar title “Travels with Chev”, perhaps, which would discuss the architectural merits or otherwise of football grounds across the length and breadth of the country: “Each ground would be covered by informed narrative describing the local area and setting the football club within it’s context”, she suggested. Regular visitors to this blog (and unbelievably there are) at this stage would point out to her that I can barely pen a grammatically correct or interesting account of a visit to one ground let alone a thomb covering several thousand.

Anyway I digress. Romsey, the town, derives its name from the Anglo-Saxon "Rum's Eg", or “area of Rum surrounded by marsh land”, and was originally settled in AD 907 as a religious community by the daughter of King Edward The Elder, who was son of King Alfred The Great, who begat such and such, etc. It later became a nunnery under the rule of St. Ethelflaeda who was sanctified for such acts as the chanting of psalms late at night, whilst standing naked in the freezing water of the nearby River Test! The town has been sacked by marauding Vikings and struck by the Black death while its Abbey survived the worst excesses of the Henry the something or other’s Dissolution of the Monasteries.

That’s the bit on the local area out of the way.

Just to the south of the town centre, and adjacent to the Romsey Rapids Leisure Centre, the Bypass Ground has a smallish club house (closed) and a collection of outhouses in one corner of the ground that function as changing rooms, first aid post and storage area for the mower. A Barbeque “pit” and a collection of picnic benches also form part of this enclave. Covered trainers benches are located just to the front on this ensemble while over on the far touchline there is a small covered stand with seating for, at a push, sixty spectators (with a threatening sign informing all and sundry that the centre section is for club officials ONLY – it was empty).

As for tonight’s Wessex League Cup 1st Round tie the draw had pitted Romsey Town (Division 2) against Queens Keep Southampton (Division 3 and what a great name for a side) and a bit of romp it proved to be for the home side. With no programme or team sheet to go by I shall use names as shouted by spectators at players during the game for my brief resume of the match.

Not quite switched on after their short journey from Southampton, QK were one-nil down after just two minutes and had the home side turned the chances handed to them into goals with more regularity we wouldn’t have had to wait until the dying moments of the half for more net busters. But it was worth the wait as three top-draw strikes arrived in quick succession. A smartly taken free-kick caught “Dumper”, QK’s centre-half, off guard and Romsey’s “Assassin” nipped past him and lobbed the ‘keeper beautifully from the edge of the area. A further free kick saw a 35-yard bullet hit the back of the net (and before you could say the name of the Dutch player who scored from just inside the half line against Scotland in the 1970 Mexico World Cup) QK has lost possession from the kick-off and an equally impressive 30-yarder was struck by the “Assassin” from open play.

Four-zip at the half.

Two minutes into the second half the “Assassin” hit his hat-trick goal to make it 5-0 and a quick reply from QK reduced the deficit to 5-1. A 15-yard strike from an oblique angle (this was a game of many splendidly struck goals) made it 6-1 on the hour and the final goal of the game, for 7-1, was scrambled home thirteen minutes from the end.

Seven-one at full-time. Well worth the £3.00 for admission. Don’t hold your breath for the book.

Match: 20 (2005/06) 1,264 (Lifetime)

posted by chevblue at 11:19 pm






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