Lone goal blow for Vets

PUBLISHED: 16:14 15 November 2007 | UPDATED: 15:19 12 May 2010

Royston Town Vets 0 Sgts Mess Bassingbourn 1 Royston Vets slipped to their second defeat of the season, thanks to a solitary goal at the hands of an enthusiastic Sgts Mess side from Bassingbourn on Monday evening. With striker Peter Leete injured, manage

Royston Town Vets 0 Sgts Mess Bassingbourn 1

Royston Vets slipped to their second defeat of the season, thanks to a solitary goal at the hands of an enthusiastic Sgts Mess side from Bassingbourn on Monday evening.

With striker Peter Leete injured, manager Terry Gore installed Kevin Barthrop alongside the club's scoring ­sensation Paul Lewis.

The visitors' expected high fitness levels were evident in the opening stages, and Kevin Flack and Colin Bowers were tested and stretched by the pace and keenness of the Bassingbourn forwards.

Colin McArthur, starting between the posts for the first time, was in excellent form as the visitors piled on the pressure, pushing one rasping drive round the post.

At the other end Lewis and Barthrop were dangerous on the break and always looked as if they would undo the Bassingbourn defence.

However, it was the visitors who took the lead before the interval.

Although their sometimes unorthodox style and play ­threatened the Vets on occasions, the home side's offside trap reigned supreme and the second half belonged to Royston.

Powered by Carlo Silenti and Steve Holden's efforts in midfield, Lewis and Barthrop continued to press forward but with little effect.

Holden came close late on with one powerful header, but it was somehow cleared by a Bassingbourn defender.

Despite a few late scares, Bassingbourn held firm and left Garden Walk with the win.

- On Sunday, the Vets make the short trip to Therfield to play the Fox and Duck.

Litlington Res 0 Steeple Morden 2

STEEPLE Morden had to show all their character to overcome a ­stubborn Litlington side and claim all three points in this BIS League Division 3A derby match.

And the first real threat on goal came after a fine run and cross from Roy Dunsford found Jim Edey in the box, with his header forcing the first of a number of good saves by the Litlington keeper.

Steeple's top scorer Ben Holt also had a couple of chances, but the visiting number one got enough on his lob to prevent it from crossing the line.

Strike partner Martyn Lees also had opportunities but could not find the needed finishing touch.

And while chances went begging at one end, the hosts grew in confidence and could have taken the lead if not for a brilliant save from Steeple keeper Tim Tidey, who kept the sides level at half time.

However, the deadlock was broken on the hour mark when Ben Holt helped the ball on to Martyn Lees who cut inside his marker and beat the Litlington keeper with low drive at the near post.

Ben Holt then lifted another attempt just over the bar following some good work from substitute Karl Parr, before Jim Edey put the result beyond doubt with a superb dipping half volley from 20 yards.

Edey repeated the skill minutes later, but saw his powerful strike crash off the woodwork.

Dom Holt also came close for a third late on, as his shot spun back off the inside of the post.

- Steeple Morden Reserves slipped to a 1-0 home defeat in a tight game against high flying Hundon A.

Steeple Morden: Tidey; Hutley, Smith, Donald, Dunsford; D Holt, Prothero, Edey, Collins (Morris); Lees (Parr), B Holt.

A NUMBER of Buntingford Town youth players are in the Hertfordshire FA under-18 squad.

Included are Jamie Morriss, Tom Randall, Ricky Young, Jack Evans, and Jordan Gibson.

They are in line to face the Essex FA in the East Anglian Counties Championship on Sunday, November 25 at Canvey Island Football Club.

Buntingford schoolgirl Jo Rutherford of Freman College was part of the women's Hertfordshire FA squad due to face Cambridgeshire FA last night (yesterday) at Cambridge City Football Club, Milton Road. Rutherford plays her club football for Watford Ladies.

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