Late Hammond goal secures point

PUBLISHED: 16:12 01 December 2008 | UPDATED: 15:55 11 May 2010

Craig Hammond steps up to take the penalty

Craig Hammond steps up to take the penalty

Royston Town 2 London Colney 2 A LAST-GASP Craig Hammond goal salvaged a point for Royston as they struggled against a tenacious London Colney side at a foggy Garden Walk. Boss Paul Attfield had spoken before the game about the need to convert games into

Tom Malins has a strike at goal

Royston Town 2 London Colney 2

A LAST-GASP Craig Hammond goal salvaged a point for Royston as they struggled against a tenacious London Colney side at a foggy Garden Walk.

Boss Paul Attfield had spoken before the game about the need to convert games into points - this match was one of two games in hand on rivals Kings Langley - so he would have been disappointed that his team was unable to extend their lead at the top of the South Midlands league.

That said, dropping two points at home might turn out to be a blessing in disguise should it serve as a little reminder that despite their fantastic start to the season there is still a lot of work to do if Royston want to be promoted this year.

Attfield, who had admitted his team had been lucky to take all three points off Colney in their previous league game in September, wouldn't have been surprised by the opening exchanges in this match which suggested both teams were evenly matched.

It took 30 minutes for the deadlock to be broken, courtesy of a Craig Hammond spot kick, but once again the visiting team was a match for their high-flying opponents.

A Colney cross whipped into the box sailed through the defence before nestling into the back of the goal.

The goal lifted the visitors going into the break and they went on the offensive at the start of the second half.

They soon took the lead through a well worked goal but with the threat of only a second league loss this season hanging over them, Royston moved up a gear.

As the half went on the Crows began to show signs of the football they have been putting on show during the past few weeks but despite the good pressure they were only able to make the breakthrough in the final minute of the game when Hammond fired home from close range to make it 2-2.

* Next up for Royston is Kentish Town away in the postponed South Midlands Football League Challenge Trophy on Wednesday (December 3) evening.

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