Hammond scores four as reserves run riot
Royston Town Reserves 5 Ampthill Reserves 1 CRAIG Hammond bagged four goals as Royston Reserves tightened their grip at the top of Division Two East. The Crows were the better team from the start and it was no surprise when they took the lead when Hammond
Royston Town Reserves 5 Ampthill Reserves 1
CRAIG Hammond bagged four goals as Royston Reserves tightened their grip at the top of Division Two East.
The Crows were the better team from the start and it was no surprise when they took the lead when Hammond fired home a fierce drive.
Royston were unable to increase their lead before the break, with the rest of the first half resembling the weather - patchy.
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Ampthill started much better at the beginning of the second half and gradually wore down the home team before levelling the score 10 minutes in.
Royston were able to lift their game, however, and Hammond was on hand to regain the lead when he converted a Jamie Morriss cross.
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The same combination was on hand moments later in a move which effectively finished off Ampthill, with Hammond showing a cool head and hot feet to complete his hat trick.
Hammond's and Royston's fourth goal resulted from a piece of quick thinking from Mark Roach who saw the striker unmarked and played the ball to his feet.
The classy striker did the rest by rounding the keeper and slotting home.
Despite Hammond's four goal haul, the best of the reserve's five goals went to the lightening quick feet of Morriss.
His mazy run from just inside his own half saw him glide past six opposing players before exploding an unstoppable rising drive into the net.