Royston Town stutter against bottom side

10:34 05 March 2014

Robbie Mason netted Royston

Robbie Mason netted Royston's first goal against Ashford

Kevrich66@hotmail.com St. Neots Town FC 2014

Royston Town were left licking their wounds on Saturday following a 2-2 home draw against bottom-of-the-table Ashford Town (Middlesex).

Ashford Town visited Garden Walk off the back of 20 straight league defeats, they sat rock bottom of the table with only six points gained from two early season wins against fellow strugglers.

They had a goals record of 17 for and 79 against and they hadn’t scored a goal since December 14.

The Ash Trees left Garden Walk with two goals scored and a deserved point and arguably were unlucky not to take all three.

The hosts took the lead after some good work down the right wing by Ryan Ingrey – who had a superb first half – saw him produce a low cross in the 24th minute for Robbie Mason to spin and shoot low into the corner with a good left-footed finish.

A cheaply conceded free-kick on 61 minutes gave the Ash Trees a rare opportunity to get the ball into the box and Crows’ keeper Nick Thompson came out and flapped at the cross leaving it to fall to Conor Moody who passed the ball into an uncovered goal to level matters.

Three minutes later, the visitors took the lead with an undoubted fantastic strike from hard-working skipper Scott Weight who shot from 25 yards high into the top left corner that Thompson had no chance with.

In obvious need of a goal Crows boss Steve Castle replaced Robbie Nightingale with Ryan Lockett and Lockett set about taking the game to the Ashford defence.

Two good runs later and Lockett was fouled on the edge of the box and Jack Bradshaw stepped up to curl a shot round an encroaching wall to sneak by the keeper.

Royston pushed on to get the winner but again their hesitancy to shoot at times was apparent, and the visitors held out to record a pleasing draw - but for Royston the result was far from acceptable.

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