Rocket Reid peps Crows

PUBLISHED: 10:36 16 November 2006 | UPDATED: 14:54 12 May 2010

ROYSTON TOWN 3 (J McMurrough, R Cannon, A Reid) BROXBOURNE BOR 2 (D Ward, S Brown OG) ALLAN Reid s 30-yard screamer ended the Crows six-game losing streak on Tuesday evening. Reid hit a dipping shot with virtually the last kick of the game, past the des


(J McMurrough, R Cannon, A Reid)


(D Ward, S Brown OG)

ALLAN Reid's 30-yard screamer ended the Crows' six-game losing streak on Tuesday evening.

Reid hit a dipping shot with virtually the last kick of the game, past the despairing Glen Williamson in the visitors' goal, to seal Royston's fourth league victory of the season.

There was time for Broxbourne to kick off, but that was the final touch of the game, giving the Crows their only lead of the night with just seconds remaining.

The result will have come as a massive relief to Crows boss Phil Snowden after his side had crashed to another heavy defeat on Saturday, losing 5-2 at St Margaretsbury.

Goals from Carl Edwards and Seb Osimi had seen the Crows level at 2-2 in that game before striker Dave McMurrough was dismissed for a second yellow card, and the home side went on to wrap up the three points.

McMurrough's red card was the 10th received by Royston this season, but their disciplinary record should improve following the departure of Kojo Ofori.

The talented, but temperamental winger who had been dismissed three times this season, walked out on the Garden Walk club on Saturday morning to rejoin Enfield Town.

Tuesday's game saw the visitors control the first half, and after a pair of early chances, they took a 14th minute lead when Rob Tungatt's cross from the left was only parried by home keeper Chris Chambers, and the unmarked Danny Ward was on hand to slot home from five yards.

Lee Rogers had the only Royston chance of the first half, heading well wide in the 24th minute, as the visitors dominated the game.

Former Royston striker Emile Aiken twice went close during a frantic start to the second half, but it was the home side who levelled in the 49th minute, when Dave McMurrough passed to his brother Jez in the box, and he slid the ball home from eight yards.

The Crows looked capable of grabbing the win at this stage, but they were dealt a cruel blow on the hour mark when veteran defender Stuart Brown - making his return to Garden Walk after a decade away - sliced Bradley Drisdale's cross into his own net.

Ross Edwards and Aiken both went close to wrapping things up for the visitors, before the hosts scored their second equaliser of the night, when skipper Stuart Snowden's free-kick was touched home by Ryan Cannon.

Cannon - who had already cleared one effort off his own line - saw another effort denied by a clearance from Carlo Casali, and Royston looked likely to settle for a point before Reid's rocket gave them three vital points.

Royston: C Chambers, P Chappell, R Cannon, M Bloss, S Snowden, A Reid, S Brown, J McMurrough, C Edwards, D McMurrough, L Rogers. Unused subs: G Jackson, B Purkiss, L Revell, L Bates, M Baker.

- The Crows return to Garden Walk on Saturday when they will host a London Colney side who hammered them 7-1 in their opening league game of the season.


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