Update – Nick Smith

To all the members of Romsey Rugby Club

I have some very sad news to share with you all. Our club member Nick Smith recently received a diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Understandably, this news came as a huge shock, as he had attributed the lack of mobility in his shoulders to other causes, for which he was under investigation.  

Nick has asked me to reach out and reassure everyone that he is not hiding away despite the significant challenges he and his family are now facing. On speaking with Nick, it seemed clear to me he is tackling this head on, with as much positivity he can muster and with the unwavering support of his wife Jackie, together with his boys Henry and Alistair. 

Though the road ahead will be tough, but he is committed to staying as active as possible with the hope of attending as many of Romsey’s matches in the 2024-25 season as he can. Knowing RRFC as we do, I’m sure he can count on our support and assistance whenever he is with us. You will all remember the time and effort he dedicated to the transfer of the Club to our new home at Kings Chase, and especially working to the deadline of getting the bar operational in time for the Six Nations last season.  

Nick is hoping he can join Rob Burrow on one of his walks in Yorkshire this summer. It’s moments like these, surrounded by friends and family, that remind me of the power of unity and determination in difficult times.

In conversation with Nick, it is clear to me he is trying to continue his life as near as possible to that he intended, being open and willing to discuss his situation so please, don’t hesitate to make an approach.

Sorry to be the bearer of this sad news.

Tristan

Match Report: Romsey v Eastleigh 06.04.2024

Match Report: Romsey v Eastleigh 06.04.2024

 Romsey lose 14-26
 Match report courtesy of Peter Jones

Frustrated Romsey suffer end of season blow

Romsey 14 : 26 Eastleigh

A bright and distinctly breezy afternoon at Ganger Farm was the scene for Romsey’s final League game of the 2023-24 season. 

Initial Eastleigh pressure on the Romsey line was relieved by a crunching hit by Caine Latham and the resulting kick downwind had the visitors back-pedalling. Skipper Latham crashed over for a try and Jim Lamont’s shiny new boots kicked the conversion to put the home side 7-0 up. Eastleigh quickly hit back with a try by their fullback who outstripped the Romsey defence to level the scores. The pace of the game was unrelenting, and an effective catch and drive by the Romsey forwards set up a close range try for the tireless Will Latham.

Romsey were determined to keep up the tempo and a smart tap penalty drew a yellow card for an Eastleigh forward. Just when it looked as though the home side was building pressure, Eastleigh hit back with a series of determined attacks and a try sent both teams into the halftime huddle at 14-14.

With the strong breeze stiffening at their backs the visitors were always in the driving seat in the second half. Latham’s side responded to this challenge with a wave of attacks against the wind. Strong Eastleigh defence kept Romsey at bay, and the wind carried a relieving kick well away from their line. Romsey were soon back, however. A scything break by the skipper in the midfield put play back under the visitors’ posts. A period of concerted pressure suggested that a home score score was inevitable, but an attempted miss pass to winger Ollie Soundy resulted in the opposition winger scooping the ball up and skipping away from the defensive cover to make the score 14-19.

This proved to be the game’s turning point. A yellow card for Jim Lamont left the Romsey defensive line exposed and Eastleigh ran in a simple try in the corner. With the clock ticking down the visitors were happy to keep the ball in the tight and use the wind to frustrate the home team. A red card at the death for forward Brad Piper was born of this frustration, and was a sour note to end a season that had given players, coaches and spectators some excellent entertaining rugby. This young squad can look forward to next season with some confidence.