Battling Knights on the charge
Baldock Knights U-13 6 Royston Celtic U-13 2 THIS match had a high degree of significance for both teams, with Royston looking to bounce back after last week s heavy defeat, and Baldock needing to end a dismal run of eight games without a point. The Knigh
Baldock Knights U-13 6 Royston Celtic U-13 2
THIS match had a high degree of significance for both teams, with Royston looking to bounce back after last week's heavy defeat, and Baldock needing to end a dismal run of eight games without a point.
The Knights started in lively fashion, with Ross Cleveley and George Laurence creating some good early efforts on goal.
However, the Royston defence was well- ordered, and the Colts started to counter on the break.
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The visitors would have taken the lead if not for Baldock's Connan Scahill, who produced some great interceptions and timely blocks.
Knights pushed forward, and were rewarded with a penalty after Jordon Davis was fouled in the area after a good move through the middle.
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Charan Basra converted the spot kick.
The Knights upped the tempo and the lively Jordan Davies went close with two fierce strikes.
The game swung from end to end, and Royston's enthusiasm was rewarded when they equalised from a rebound.
The goal seemed to increase Colts' confidence, and just before half-time Royston again broke free and scored a fine goal to put them in front..
The second-half started with a number of changes by both sides, but it was Baldock who seemed the more settled.
Their patience was rewarded when a long throw from Jamie Cronin found an unmarked Basra in the box, and with another cool finish, he notched his second.
Moments later, an identical move, again involving a throw in from Jamie Cronin, reached Jordon Davies, who put the Knights 3-2.
Baldock were now sensing that their recent bad luck was changing and the whole team started to play with a confidence that had been missing for several weeks.
Cronin, who was having a huge influence in midfield, slipped the ball to the on-rushing Davies, who made no mistake with number four.
Almost from the restart Cronin again, with his splendid vision, found Thomas Batt who hit a blistering shot to add more misery to the opposition.
Then Basra grabbed his hat-trick after some good work from Kai Day.