Attacking Celtic reap the benefits

Stevenage Colts U-15 2 Royston Celtic 5 A CONVINCING team display saw Royston earn a comfortable win. Celtic lined up with an attacking formation that saw them take the lead after only five minutes, when a Tom Higton throw was picked up by Laurence

Stevenage Colts U-15 2 Royston Celtic 5

A CONVINCING team display saw Royston earn a comfortable win.

Celtic lined up with an attacking formation that saw them take the lead after only five minutes, when a Tom Higton throw was picked up by Laurence Shelsher, who slotted into the bottom left corner.

Five minutes later Celtic grabbed another, with Drew McCreadie heading in from close range.

Then McCreadie headed his second and Royston's third from a well-placed Ryan Waller corner.

Colts pulled back a goal after the break from a free kick.

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But Celtic replied when Tom Fisk slotted home from an acute angle.

A long-range effort from Colts reduced the arrears again.

But in the final attack of the game, Higton scored a great individual goal when he raced down the right wing, turned two Colts defenders, and curled the ball into the far corner.

Royston Celtic A U-9 4 Bassingbourn Juniors 2

AFTER a disappointing result the previous week, Celtic responded well with an excellent win.

Ollie Green had a great game, showing some fine footwork, and he and Lorcan George forged a winning combination that resulted in an early goal from George.

Bassingbourn came back with an equaliser towards the end of the first half, but Brandon Hargreaves cut their celebrations short with Celtic's second goal just minutes later.

The second half was just as exciting as the first, with another fine goal from George.

The opponents fought back and scored their second goal, but Celtic proved their worth with Callum Pinner grabbing Royston's fourth with a minute left.

Royston Celtic B U-9 6 Bassingbourn Juniors 1

CELTIC B team put in a very impressive performance, with some neat football.

Ian Kuenzi and Edward Atkins constantly caused Juniors problems.

Tom McGlynn also shone, and was rewarded with a well-taken goal at the end of the first half.

In the second half, Celtic scored three goals in the first 10 minutes.

Matthew Cudmore scored first and this was swiftly followed by two more strikes from Atkins.

Celtic maintained the pressure, and Cudmore sealed Bassingbourn's fate with two more goals, notching a hat-trick, before Bassingbourn snatched a consolation goal.

Royston Town Colts U-15 5 Hormead Hares 0

ROYSTON dominated this game with the early possession falling to their midfield partnership of Ricky Williams and Harry Noades.

But Hares had the better of the early chances, with good efforts from Daniel Banks-Smith and Dave Turner.

Royston put together a well-worked move that was finished off by Adam Green.

Hormead had no answer to Royston's onslaught, and with the constant threat of Conor Barnard up front, the home side were rewarded when the striker grabbed their second goal of the game.

It was more of the same in the second half, with Royston's grit and determination showing through.

Their hard work was again rewarded when Barnard completed his hat-trick - taking his season's tally to 35.

Over the last 20 minutes, Hormead fought back, but Royston soaked up all that was thrown at them, and even had time to score one more, when sub Craig Lucken gambled on a cross from the left and rolled the ball into the net.

It was revenge for Colts for a defeat at the beginning of the season.

Letchworth Yellows U-10 0 Royston Town Colts U-10 A 6

ROYSTON consolidated their top spot in the league with an excellent victory against one of the best teams in the league.

Royston controlled the first half and applied a lot of pressure, but could only produce a single goal, that came courtesy of Jake Long.

After the break Long hit two more to complete his hat-trick.

The rout was continued with a Reece King brace and a Matthew Stout strike.

The win was particularly good for Royston, as Baldock managed only a point against Broadhall, allowing Royston to open a two-point gap at the top of the Crow League Division A.

Letchworth Orange U-10 2 Royston Town Colts U-10 B 0

ROYSTON went down to a goal in each half in a well-contested match.

The main difference between the sides was that Letchworth had an out-and-out striker, where Colts did not.

Otherwise, the game was even across the defence and midfield, with both teams having a number of half-chances.

George Wheelerbailey came closest on a couple of occasions for Colts but was not able to finish.

Letchworth Garden City Blue 1 Royston Town Colts A 4

A RICHLY deserved hat-trick from Jordan Hall and a well-taken goal from Max McLean ensured Colts three more valuable points and stretched their impressive unbeaten run to eight matches.

Hall, playing upfront for the first time this season, provided the cutting edge with two goals in the first 10 minutes.

McLean added Colts' third just before the break with a sweetly taken strike after some good work from Jake Benstead and Matt Cooney.

Hall completed his hat-trick with a fine effort late in the game, as Colts ran out deserved winners.