Colts power into last eight of county cup

PUBLISHED: 10:29 08 February 2007 | UPDATED: 14:59 12 May 2010

Cassiobury Rangers Youth 1 Royston Town Colts U-10 3 THE fifth round of the Herts Youth County Cup saw Colts travel to play a team from the Watford Friendly League. Colts started the game well and pinned Rangers back into their own half for much o

Cassiobury Rangers Youth 1 Royston Town Colts U-10 3

THE fifth round of the Herts Youth County Cup saw Colts travel to play a team from the Watford Friendly League.

Colts started the game well and pinned Rangers back into their own half for much of the opening exchanges.

And Royston eventually broke the deadlock when defender Stephen Thake smashed in his first goal of the season with a well-taken half-volley that left the keeper stranded.

Colts grabbed another moments later, when Matthew Stout's snap shot was parried into the path of Jake Long, who coolly slotted home with ease.

Colts then scored a simple third, when Stout headed on a long throw that was then met at the back post by Reece King.

Colts eased off in the early stages of the second-half, and allowed Rangers to come at them, and the home side were eventually rewarded with a goal after some sloppy Colts defending.

This woke up Royston, and although they could not score again, they pressed Rangers back into their own half to make this a comfortable victory and take them into the last eight of the competition.

Royston Town Colts -12 2 Bishop Stortford 3

ALTHOUGH Royston deserved something, they came away from Stortford without even a share of the points.

Town started off the stronger, with both Ellis King and Kieran Willis-Wright causing Stortford problems.

When Stortford did get the ball their superior passing began to show as they worked the ball through the centre of the park.

But Royston were more than a match, with Matt Brennan going close with a powerful shot.

Then more good work from King found Jacob Leighton in the box. The striker calmly controlled the ball on his chest before unleashing a fine shot.

Unfortunately, the lead did not last. Moments later Stortford were first to the ball, and again, working swift passes through the middle broke Royston's defensive line and finished cleanly.

A period of even play by the two talented sides followed, before Royston grabbed another and ran in at half-time 2-1 up.

At the restart Town pressed forward immediately, but after losing the ball gave away a free-kick just outside their box.

The resulting kick was well-taken and well saved, but unfortunately for Royston, Stortford were first to the rebound and slotted home another equaliser.

With everything still to play for, Colts again pressed forward through King, Brennan, and man-of-the-match Adam Sartini.

Town appeared to have the upper hand late on, but despite their dominance, Stortford broke down the left and converted the attack with a fine late strike.

Royston Town Colts -15 5 Bedwell Rang 0

COLTS' impressive run of form continued with a clinical victory against a strong Bedwell side on Sunday.

First-half goals by strikers Dominic Oxenford and Connor Barnard - a powerful header and a fine low drive respectively - were just reward for an excellent team performance in the first period.

The second-half was a patchier affair, but some well-timed substitutions reinvigorated the hosts at just the right time, while solid performances from the midfield and back line kept Royston comfortably in control.

Adam Green's run and powerful shot from the right added a third before a perfect pass from the left put Oxenford through for his second of the day.

Green then added his own second, with an impressive carbon copy of his first, and both Ryan Ingrey and Jake Woodford, the latter making a welcome return from injury, had time to go close before the final whistle.

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