Gallery: Howard secures Royston win over Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 11:44 20 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 11 May 2010

Royston 10 Hatfield 5 ROYSTON withheld strong pressure in the last 10 minutes to win this Hertfordshire Presidents' Trophy match - their second game in as many days. Having narrowly lost out to Uxbridge on Saturday, Royston took to the field on Sunday aga

Royston 10 Hatfield 5

ROYSTON withheld strong pressure in the last 10 minutes to win this Hertfordshire Presidents' Trophy match - their second game in as many days.

Having narrowly lost out to Uxbridge on Saturday, Royston took to the field on Sunday against Hatfield hoping to set up a fourth round tie against Barnet Elizabethans in February.

The team traveled down the A1(M) with the majority of players tired from the hard fought game the previous day but were pleased to have fresh legs to choose from in the form of veterans Billy Pain and Colin Letch.

Captain Jamie Green was also given a rest from his duties and the armband was given to Jason Shackelton.

The first half was closely matched but it was Hatfield who opened the scoring with a try form their winger.

Going behind gave Royston a shock, as they had until that point enjoyed the majority of possession and better field positions, but they were unable to reply before the break as strong winds kept the ball wide of the uprights.

This woke Royston up as they did then enjoy the majority of possession and field position but found it hard to convert it into points.

With the wind in their favour Royston pinned the home team in there own 22 for large periods of the second half but again struggled to cross the line for the much needed try.

Finally a penalty kick from the boot of Letch found its way between the posts and the Crows were finally on the score board.

This was followed by a great try worked by the backs and finished off by Mark Howard as he span out of a tackle and won a foot race to the line.

Letch added the conversion to take the score line to 10-5.

Hatfield did put pressure on Royston in the final 10 minutes of the game but the visitors kept their cool and defended well, and they were happy to hear the final whistle blow and end a long two days of rugby.

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