Royston slice open the Sarnies to snare a point
09:43 13 March 2014
In a much-improved performance Royston Town came back from being a goal down twice to take a draw against the in-form away team Egham Town.
This match was a replay of the abandoned game where Crows defender Jack Bradshaw had suffered a play-stopping injury but it was good to see him back on the pitch for this replayed contest.
Lewis Endacott and Kaan Fehmi came straight back into the starting line-up following suspension and Joe De La Salle took his place on the bench.
The first half started at a high pace and continued for the majority of the game. Royston were retaining a good shape and attacking well via the double act of Fehmi and Reece Dobson with Ross Collins and Ryan Ingrey providing more dynamic width.
With good competitive action and multiple half chances only seen throughout the first 44 minutes the only contentious incident was when a direct run on goal by Fehmi was halted by a cynical Egham tackle but the referee inexplicably produced a yellow card for the incredulous striker.
With half-time approaching two goals came quickly. First a superb finish for the Sarnies by Reis Stenislaus, looping a crisp first time strike over Nick Thompson.
Then, in quick response, a surging left side run by the lively Dobson was halted by an equally cynical take down and Fehmi stepped up to fire home the resulting spot kick.
The second half was mainly the home-side producing good build up play, but falling frustratingly short in front of goal.
Egham keeper Jamie Norris kept his team in this game with numerous good stops, notably turning a well-directed shot by Fehmi, onto the post diving full length to his right.
Against the run of play on 75 minutes the visitors’ only on-target shot of the second half was deflected cruelly into the goal by Thompson.
The Crows responded well and seven minutes later a superb through ball by Robbie Mason, who had replaced Fehmi, bisected the defence and Dobson slotted a low left-foot shot under the flailing Norris.
Royston pressed hard to win the game but were generally unlucky in front of goal. It was a much improved performance all round and a draw was a fair result.