A bumper bank holiday Monday crowd were treated to a five goal thriller as Romsey snatched victory by 3-2 despite trailing to Infinity with five minutes left on the clock.

Town led by a single goal at half time before a two-goal burst from Jamie White and Danny Phillips looked to have secured the points for Infinity until Romsey found an extra gear and their late rally helped get their New Year off to the perfect start thanks to a brace from captain Jack Odam and a Charlie Rattley strike, writes Tony Galsworthy.

The game burst into life after ten minutes when Town ‘keeper Jacob Bunce denied Philips in a one-on-one situation, and seconds later Rattley threaded a through ball to Odam who rounded the ‘keeper and fired home from the edge of the box. From a Harry Prisk corner Ant Croucher saw his headed effort cleared off the line and then Liam Magee had a goal chalked off for offside as the Bypass Boys took control of proceedings. However, Infinity worked their way back into the game and Bunce had to tip a long range drive by Phillips around the post before White planted a free header wide. Next Phillips set up McLean whose shot hacked off the line as Town lost their grip on the game.

Against the run of play Owen Holloway almost added to Town’s lead when he struck a thunderous shot against the upright and Oliver Jenkins could only put the rebound over the bar. However, Town’s inability to retain possession and wayward passing continued into he second half and it was little surprise when in the 50th minute White equalised after Bunce miscued his punch from a corner. It was then the turn of the ever dangerous Phillips to out pace his marker and cut in from the left flank to fire past Bunce and give Infinity the lead with twenty minutes left.

Head coach Curtis Osborne brought on Geoff Dunn and Adam Saunders as the Bypass Boys responded to this setback with Odam seeing his shot blocked on the line. With time running out George Pooley’s fine run and cross was rewarded with a fierce drive by Rattley that brought the scores level in the 86th minute. Romsey poured forward in search of a winner, and it came when Dunn and Liam Magee set up Odam whose shot from the edge of the penalty area found the top corner of the net despite Parker getting a hand to it.

Town’s win over basement dwellers Infinity moves them up to seventh in the table and tomorrow they visit New Milton Town (3pm) seeking to make it five wins out of six.