Depleted Vets hit Birchanger for six

Royston Town Vets 6 Birchanger Vets 1

INJURIES and illness left Town with just 11 fit men to choose from for their home game with Birchanger on Sunday.

Matt McQueen, Mark Saggers and Carlo Silenti were all unavailable due to injuries and Graham Hagger was ill. Places were filled by Ian Allen and Brian Cannon at right midfield and right back respectively.

Town enjoyed early possession but a resolute visitor’s defence prevented any goals until 20 minutes when Paul Lewis finally found a way past the ‘keeper following good work from Peter Leete.

Excellent displays from Kevin Flack and Nick King at the heart of Town’s defence ensured Birchanger rarely threatened the Town goal.

Nick Humphries’ pace caused Birchanger problems throughout the match and he deservedly put Town 2-0 up with a fine left-foot volley after receiving a good through-ball from Geoff Pinner. John Moulding then scored the goal of the game when he cut in from the left wing and drove a great right-foot shot into the far corner of the goal.

A brief spell of indecision in defence allowed Birchanger to score a consolation goal but Town were soon on the rampage again and Humphries scored his second and Town’s fourth goal. He then thought he had converted a hat-trick only to see his goal-bound shot deflected past the ‘keeper by a defender. Leete completed the scoring with a well-directed shot inside the left hand upright.

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Royston Town Vets: S Dobson, Allen, King, Flack, Pinner, Cannon, Smith, Humphries, Moulding, Lewis, Leete.