Colts win, but not without controversy
Royston Town Colts U-15 7 Trident Youth 0 COLTS amazing recent run of form continued on Sunday, and their victory was again spiced with a dash of controversy. In what has become a regular pattern, Colts were slow to stamp their authority on the ga
Royston Town Colts U-15 7 Trident Youth 0
COLTS' amazing recent run of form continued on Sunday, and their victory was again spiced with a dash of controversy.
In what has become a regular pattern, Colts were slow to stamp their authority on the game.
But predictably, it was the prolific Barnard who again broke the deadlock, weaving through the defence and loosing off a powerful shot to give Colts a deserved lead.
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After the break the hosts began to assert their superiority, albeit in controversial style as striker Dominic Oxenford proved the importance of playing to the whistle.
As he received the ball the assistant's flag shot up for offside, but in a repeat of an incident three weeks previously, Oxenford pressed on for goal as others faltered.
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To the incredulity of the assistant and the entire visiting contingent, the referee waved play on, and Oxenford, unperturbed, neatly rounded the keeper and slotted the ball home for Royston's second.
The third soon followed, an Oxenford pass finding Harry Noades who lofted a perfect ball to the feet of Barnard, whose powerful strike gave the keeper no chance.
Both Noades and Richard Chapman then went close before winger Adam Jinkerson bagged Royston's fourth, meeting a corner with a neat strike that clipped a defender on its way into the net.
Then came the game's second moment of controversy. Noades followed in on the keeper and either stole the ball after the keeper spilled it, according to the home side or kicked the ball out of the keeper's hands, according to the visitors.
Either way, the midfielder then neatly spun round and belted the ball into the back of an empty net, putting Royston five ahead.
With Trident heads understandably beginning to drop, there was still time for Barnard to bag the latest of many hat-tricks, after another superb run that cut right through the defence;
Finally Skeggs capped a superb outing with perhaps the most deserved goal of the day, latching on to a Jinkerson pass to finish in fine style.
Royston Town Colts A 1 Hormead Hares U-12 1
AFTER the nine-goal heroics of last week, Colts came down to earth with a bump this weekend with an uninspiring 1-1 draw at home to local rivals, Hormead Hares.
Colts began well with good movement and some incisive passing, deservedly taking the lead through Sam Hunter after the keeper failed to hold on to a Jordan Hall shot.
However, Colts were unable to push home the advantage and, with fifteen minutes to go, Hares nipped in to score an equaliser.
Colts had further chances to win the game, most notably Lucas Sekobawane, whose shot was well-saved by Hares keeper.