Battling Crows are off the mark at last
Royston Town 1 Bedford Town Res 1 THE waiting is over as Royston Town grabbed a much-needed point at Garden Walk on Saturday. This was a hard-earned 1-1 draw in which it took determination and then desperation to match Bedford Town Res, a side which has
Royston Town 1 Bedford Town Res 1
THE waiting is over as Royston Town grabbed a much-needed point at Garden Walk on Saturday.
This was a hard-earned 1-1 draw in which it took determination and then desperation to match Bedford Town Res, a side which has already been talked about as First Division champions this season.
Until a spell in the last 20 minutes after substitute Daniel Wisher had equalised for Bedford such a prediction seemed exaggerated.
And the equaliser came as tiredness and the temperature took its toll on The Crows.
Until then, manager Phil Snowden's Royston had given a hard-working display which deserved more than a share of the spoils.
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Perhaps there was a lack of creativity and inspiration: perhaps they were not too adventurous, but there was enough in this display to suggest that it is not going to be yet another season of despair.
That, at least, is the hope.
Certainly there was potential on display. Whether that came from Albert Adu Donynah and his willingness to taunt opponents with his threating running on the right, or the solid looking David Daniels in defence, or from the likes of the longer serving Peter Chappell, Lee Rogers and Mark Saunders, there is a side gradually taking shape.
In the first-half, Bedford looked like a side that was playing on reputation rather than one that could actually deliver.
They had two chances - once when Crows keeper Mark Cookson pushed the ball over the bar from a free-kick by Jonathon Wolfe, and then in the 30th minute when John Guiney ended a creative move with a weak shot.
The Crows, meanwhile, saw Graham Tibbals heading just wide; Jezz McMurrough being denied by Bedford's keeper Michael Kavanagh, and then the Royston striker again arriving in the penalty area in the 40th minute to shoot over the bar.
But it was the impressive Adu Donynah who gave The Crows a deserved lead in the 47th minute when he broke in from the right and placed a shot under the Bedford keeper.
And certainly from that point The Crows looked a more determined side.
But in the end a lack of concentration allowed Wilsher the space to drive into the penalty area and collect the equaliser.
And in those desperate last minutes Bedford came close to taking the lead when striker Stacey Field broke through a tiring Crows defence and unleashed a shot that Cookson saved.
Royston Town: Cookson - Chappell, Saunders (Gwynne), Snowden (Nash), Daniels, Adu Donynah, McMurrough, Edwards, Ndome (White), Rogers, Tibbals.
Bedford Town Res: Kavanagh - Crook (Weays), Winton, Allen, Boughton, Benson, Wolfe, Everett, Field, Guiney, Dwyer (Wilsher).