Royston book their semi-final place
PUBLISHED: 16:13 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:57 11 May 2010
Royston Town 2 Winslow United 0 TWO second half goals booked Royston Town's place in the semi-finals of the Division One Cup in a hard fought but unspectacular win at Garden Walk on Tuesday evening. Despite not playing for nearly three weeks, manager Paul
Royston Town 2 Winslow United 0
TWO second half goals booked Royston Town's place in the semi-finals of the Division One Cup in a hard fought but unspectacular win at Garden Walk on Tuesday evening.
Despite not playing for nearly three weeks, manager Paul Attfield decided against giving his strongest 11 a run out and left Carl Edwards, Craig Hammond and Ryan Lockett on the bench.
Instead he gave debuts to new signings Danny Payne and Matt Pring, who was very impressive on the left wing, and there was also a recall for goalkeeper Damion Williamson.
The first half was lukewarm with both teams struggling to come to terms with the sticky pitch and also struggling to break down each other's defensive formations.
Winslow had plenty of players behind the ball and never looked threatening going forward but the Crows were clearly showing their lack of football recently as they found it hard to get their passing game going.
Teenager Ricky Young worked tirelessly up front and Attfield, within 20 minutes of the start, pushed Arron Welch from midfield to join him up front in a change of formation but the game was cramped and there were no real clear opportunities.
From Royston's point of view the second half was far more efficient as they contrived to completely dominate the opening half an hour of the half.
Their passing and movement was crisp but their enthusiasm and tempo was too much for the visitors who, in response, could only aim a couple of sliced shots high and wide of Williamson's goal.
After a couple of near misses Royston score in the 59th minute when a superb team move from their own penalty area cut open the stretched visiting defence
Young ran forward into the Winslow half, skipped past a floundering Winslow defender as he slipped to the ground, and passed a weighted ball to Arron Welch who was unmarked in the box and who slipped the ball under the advancing keeper from 12 yards.
Winslow were angry because they believed they were entitled to a free kick at the very start of Royston's move, but they were grasping at air.
A minute later Welch returned the complement for Young but this time the keeper's outstretched leg diverted the ball across the six yard box and was scrambled away from the line.
The second goal arrived in the 66th minute when left midfielder Matt Pring's superb cross was not dealt with properly and the ball found Tom Malins whose angled 10 yard drive was superbly blocked by a desperate defensive lunge but Ricky Young was on hard to turn the ball in from eight yards.
Right back Lewis Endacott nearly got in on the act moments later with an excellent chance from eight yards that he struck straight at the keeper after an excellent off the ball run from deep.
Attfield then made three substitutions to help see out the game as some weary legs began to slow and despite a late flurry of pressure from the visitors they only ever hit one shot on target - a weak 18 yard shot which floated like a balloon into Williamson's arms.
Attfield was pleased with his team's second half performance and said: "Having not played for quite a while I was pretty unsure with what sort of performance we would give and we certainly looked a little rusty in the first half with little to inspire anyone.
"I thought we turned things around really well in the second half and found some really good link up play in all attacking areas.
"The first goal was always going to be crucial and once we got it we never looked like relinquishing the advantage, the second killed them off completely just giving us a comfortable cushion."
The Crows will now face either Kings Langley or New Bradwell St Peter in the semi-final at Garden Walk on March 3.
Royston: Williamson, Endacott, Apostolos, Babbage, Cain, Payne (Edwards), Jackson (Lockett), Malins, Young, Welch, Pring (Turl). Subs unused: Hammond, Debnam.