Crows held in top of table clash
ROYSTON TOWN 0 KINGS LANGLEY 0 THE top two sides in the South Midlands League Division One each gained a hard fought point in an entertaining game at Garden Walk on Saturday. As the rain lashed down throughout the first half The Crows started the bette
ROYSTON TOWN 0 KINGS LANGLEY 0
THE top two sides in the South Midlands League Division One each gained a hard fought point in an entertaining game at Garden Walk on Saturday.
As the rain lashed down throughout the first half The Crows started the better and within the first 10 minutes could have scored. Both chances fell to Ryan Lockett with a cushioned header that the keeper comfortably fell down on and probably the best of chances was on nine minutes when a 20 yard free kick was driven high over the bar.
Kings Langley would have been disappointed not to have taken the initiative from one of the set plays gained as on three occasions headers or shots just missed the target and on 32 minutes a forward struck the top of the crossbar from just eight yards when it looked much easier to score.
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Royston struggled to gain any momentum with their pace and passing game struggling to find any in-roads into the visiting defence and the half time whistle was a blessing to both teams.
Crows' boss Paul Attfield kept the same system for the early part of the second half and there was certainly more of a spring in the home side's step. But Langley also kept up their work ethic and continued to gain the odd corner or throw around the box that kept Royston's concentration levels high although they looked more confident and determined dealing with most of these.
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It was once again the introduction of teenage forward Ricky Young and a formation change that galvanised the home side's efforts as Attfield changed to a 4-4-2 system that helped his team gain control of the game.
Craig Hammond scorched a 25-yard drive inches wide with the keeper well beaten and with 20 minutes remaining hit a scissor kick volley that the keeper did well to turn over a full stretch. From the resulting corner Tom Malin's near post header was desperately hacked clear form near the goal line.
More pressure was established with fast wingers Josh Bronti and Jamie Morriss thrust into the action with ten minutes remaining.
A couple of outstanding runs from Bronti had the Langley defence fully stretched and a clear opportunity fell to Young with five minutes remaining when he received a threaded through pass but his 10 yard strike caught the boot of the advancing keeper and went into the side netting.
In the end the clock beat Royston's intentions with Langley relieved to hear the final whistle in a game where each team had one superior half each and the final outcome was probably fair in a classic encounter
Royston: Gibson, Endacott, Babbage, Debnam, Cain, De Lacy, Edwards, Turl (Young), Malins (Bronti), Hammond, Lockett (Morriss). Subs not used: Jackson and Apostolos.