Skipper Geldart maintains Royston revival
PUBLISHED: 10:50 01 February 2008 | UPDATED: 15:38 11 May 2010
Ampthill Town Res 0 Royston Town Res 2 ROYSTON captain Chris Geldart set his side on the road to their fourth straight win with a well-taken second-half strike. And it was the game of the season for The Crows with Kevin Wilson s team in confident mood
Ampthill Town Res 0
Royston Town Res 2
ROYSTON captain Chris Geldart set his side on the road to their fourth straight win with a well-taken second-half strike.
And it was the game of the season for The Crows with Kevin Wilson's team in confident mood once more, despite a shaky start.
The hosts sensed Royston's early wobble and looked to catch them on the break.
However, they found the Royston defence a tough unit to crack, with Chris Hardy making several timely interceptions.
The deadlock was finally broken midway through the second half when Gregg Jackson and Liam Beaumont combined with Brett Purkiss, whose cross was despatched by Geldart.
Royston looked to shut up shop and made two tactical changes, with Brent Waddington and James Bass joining the action.
And it brought an unexpected reward when the impish Waddington latched on to Dave McMurrough's through ball for goal number two.
Assistant manager John Bloss said: "Ampthill were by far the most resilient team we have faced since Kevin and I took over the side, but our lads showed a real dogged determination."
Royston Town Res: Booth; Hardy, Crosk, Bloss; Purkiss, Jackson, Galvin, Beaumont, Geldart; Bates, McMurrough. (Subs): Bass, Waddington.
Standon & Puckeridge Vets 0
Royston Town Vets 3
THE form of strike duo Peter Leete and Paul Lewis, added to another resolute defensive showing saw Royston Vets to a comfortable victory on Sunday.
Royston were soon in front when Lewis crossed for Leete to volley home.
And with Carlo Silenti at the hub of the visitors' activity and the dominant Steve Holden finding Leete at every opportunity Town started to pull the hosts' defence apart.
They went further ahead when Lewis worked an opening, before unleashing a left-footed strike across the Standon goal and into the far corner from 20-yards.
Standon did give Royston one brief scare just before half-time, when a corner hit the Town woodwork, but keeper Merv Chaffey was rarely troubled.
Royston continued to dominate in the second half, with Leete, Lewis, Silenti, Holden and Daryl Quinn all forcing good saves from the host keeper.
However, Leete grabbed his second midway through the half, following some good work from Ian Stubbs and Lewis, whose cross from the left was deftly guided home at the back post.
Royston Town Vets: Chaffey; King, Stubbs, Holden, Flack; Clark, Jackson, Silenti, Quinn; Leete, Lewis. (Subs): McArthur, Allen.
n On Sunday, Royston Town Vets travel to Birchanger Vets, 10.30am.