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Royston Town A 9 E-Trade Deconsfield 0 DESPITE once again having to field a changed line up which in turn forced a change of formation the Crows proved far too strong for their opposition with a clinical demolition of strugglers E-trade. Nobb

Royston Town A 9

E-Trade Deconsfield 0

DESPITE once again having to field a changed line up which in turn forced a change of formation the Crows proved far too strong for their opposition with a clinical demolition of strugglers E-trade.

Nobby Gwynne opened the scoring, finishing off a quick pass and move sequence of play with Brett Purkiss making 2-0 shortly after.

Town's best moment came when Kenny Blair opened his season's account, coolly slotting home a penalty after Hodgson had been scythed down.

Paul Rose also joined the increasing list of goalscorers slotting the ball under the advancing keeper on the stroke of half time.

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A second half re-shuffle saw Mark Evans shifted from centre half to centre forward and he continued the rout when he bundled home Adam Kowkabzdheh's deep centre to make it five.

Gwynne added his second with a fierce drive and not to be out done Purkiss again followed suit finishing a mazy solo run with a drive across the keeper.

Evans turned in another two goals the first a header and the second when he rounded the visiting keeper to finish of a ruthless display.

Royston Town Ladies 8

Bushey Rangers 0

A SEVEN-goal first half salvo blew away Rangers and put Royston in the second round of the Herts County Cup at Garden Walk on Sunday.

With the Crows having lost their previous two league games, there was no hint of what was to come when Bushey carved their way through a static Town defence in the first few minutes and only brave keeping from Amy Walker prevented then taking the lead.

That was Walker's last action of the half as Town mounted a series of quick passing moves which saw both Jodie Scott and Emma Chaffey squander chances to take the lead.

On 15 minutes the dam gates opened as Scott made amends and scored twice in quick succession with a third being added by Sharon Pinner from close range.

Heroics by the visitors keeper managed to stem the flow before Marie Miller scored her first of the season and then Wendy Webster capitalised on a defensive mix-up to score her first goal for the club.

Two strikes from Chaffey completed the first half scoring.

In the second period Royston started from where they had left off and within three minutes Clare Draper scored with a great shot from just outside of the box.

Thereafter Town found it difficult to maintain the momentum and with Bushey playing with greater organisation and spirit there was no further scoring.

In the next round Royston have been drawn away to National Women's League side, Watford Town - which should prove to be a bit more of a test than Sunday's visitors.

Fox and Duck Vets 2

Royston Town Vets 1

A combination of poor finishing and fine goalkeeping from the Fox and Duck keeper saw the Vets seven week unbeaten run frustratingly stutter to a halt at Therfield at the weekend.

Both sides were down to the bare 12, with Town missing Merv Chaffey, Daryl Quinn, Brian Cannon and Nick Humphries.

With the start delayed due to Paul Lewis attempting to retrieve the match ball from a nearby lake, this very much set the tone for what was not going to be a good day for the Vets.

On a pitch that initially looked very good, both sides soon found it hard to keep their feet after the recent heavy rain, resulting in more than one promising Town attack coming to nothing.

Richard Harris was again the powerhouse for the Vets, working furiously with Kevin Barthrop in midfield and linking well with Nick Ryding up front.

Elsewhere, too many others were nothing like on top form. Harris, Barthrop, Ryding and Paul Lewis all went close, although not near enough as the first half deteriorated into a ragged and inconsistent affair.

It was the home side that took the lead shortly before half time, when the Town defence failed to clear a cross from the right, which was scrambled home from close range.

Barthrop and Harris remained the dominant force for the Vets in the second half, with the home keeper in excellent form, with the home side not really threatening Colin McArthur.

Ryding was forced to leave the field with a hamstring injury, as things got worse for Town, when substitute Mark Crawley was penalised on the edge of the penalty area and from the resultant free kick, a stunning and unstoppable shot flew into the top right hand corner giving McArthur no chance.

Harris bravely continued, despite a horrendous foot injury and deservedly pulled one back for Town, courageously driving home after yet another powerful run from some 20 yards.

Despite a late rally, it was all too late, as an off key Town Vet side knew that they just were not good enough on the day.

Royston Town Vets: C McArthur, I King, I Allen, N King, K Flack, I Stubbs, M Jackson, K Barthrop, P Lewis, R Harris N Ryding, M Crawley

# This Sunday the Vets are away to Cambridge Vets.