Horror injury to Gregg Jackson puts dampner on Royston Town's opening league game
PUBLISHED: 10:01 10 August 2009 | UPDATED: 16:06 11 May 2010
Biggleswade United 1 Royston Town 1 A BROKEN leg for young Royston midfielder Greg Jackson made the significance of this game irrelevant as a normal 50/50 challenge in the 26th minute ended in grave disappointment for all concerned. The overall game was d
Biggleswade United 1 Royston Town 1
A BROKEN leg for young Royston midfielder Greg Jackson made the significance of this game irrelevant as a normal 50/50 challenge in the 26th minute ended in grave disappointment for all concerned.
The overall game was difficult for the players with the hot conditions and a bobbly playing surface making good football hard to produce, and in the end it was a genuine scrap that the visitors edged but lacked a cutting edge to produce the goods in the final third.
After a scrappy opening period Biggleswade were unlucky not to take the lead when a free kick from the left went through a crowd of players and came into play off the far post before being scrambled away.
Jackson and Tom Malins headed corners just over and David Cain had the ball in the net from another header but the referee blew for an infringement, and after Jackson's injury took an hour for paramedics to deal with when the game finally restarted the rest of the half flew by without incident.
Royston's best period came in the first 25 minutes of the second half as they pressed the penalty area well and gained a number of set plays that could have seen them take the lead but genuinely strong defending soaked up most of the pressure.
Malins had Royston's best chance when his close range stretched volley was superbly tipped over and Scott Crosk and Ross Collins were also both denied by last ditch tackles when clear on goal.
Without hardly threatening some slack defensive play in the 75th minute allowed a Biggleswade long ball to find a forward clear on goal with a simple finish following.
Royston dug in without really looking like getting the leveller but deep into injury time Luke Robins' cross was not cleared and at the third attempt Crosk volleyed a 12-yard scorcher into the top corner to give his side a deserved point.
Speaking about the game, manager Paul Attfield said: "I'm genuinely gutted for Greg because he has had a great pre-season and I know was so much looking to this campaign.
"It was a complete freakish, nothing tackle but the damage is upsettingly and so severe. We hope for the speediest of recoveries.
"On the game, we struggled to pass the ball in difficult conditions and therefore it was more of a scrap which wasn't a great spectacle to me.
"It was good to see us battle to the end and gain a point but overall we just lacked a cutting edge as a team which I hope will be put right this week with a new signing."
Royston: Gibson, Endacott, Stephens (Debnam), Cook, Cain, Collins, Jackson (Tyler), Malins, Turl, Robins, Morriss (Crosk). Unused substitutes: Mullen, Babbage.