It’s goal-happy Barnard as Colts go marching on
Royston Town Colts U-15 6 Arlesey 1 COLTS recent run of form continued on Sunday as they ran out comfortable winners. In an exciting match and despite a difficult playing surface, Colts had the lions share of the early exchanges, but struggled to transf
Royston Town Colts U-15 6 Arlesey 1
COLTS' recent run of form continued on Sunday as they ran out comfortable winners.
In an exciting match and despite a difficult playing surface, Colts had the lions share of the early exchanges, but struggled to transform possession into clear chances.
That was until Adam Green broke the deadlock with a superb looping shot that sailed over the head of the retreating Arlesey keeper.
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Moments later the lead was doubled, through a brilliant individual effort from Ryan Ingrey.
The full-back won the ball deep in his own half and mounted a mazy run down the left, jinking confidently past a succession of Arlesey defenders before blasting home an unstoppable shot.
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Arlesey fought back and succeeded in making things difficult for Colts, who began to allow them too much time on the ball, and eventually conceded a goal to the visitors hard work.
Fortunately for Colts any creeping doubts were swiftly allayed by striker Conor Barnard, who slotted the ball home coolly following a pinpoint pass from Green.
Moments later Barnard had his second of the day, using his strength to retain possession inside the visitors' area before prodding the ball over the line.
And there was more to come from the prolific striker, as a superb cross from Adam Jinkerson set up yet another hat-trick, with Barnard turning and shooting powerfully to put Colts 5-1 ahead.
His fellow striker Oxenford had been having a more frustrating match, having seen a succession of chances go begging despite winning useful possession.
But he too finally got onto the scoresheet with a confident strike, following a superb through ball from Williams.
Royston Town Colts 1 Baldock Town Youth Templars 2
BALDOCK made amends for giving away goals last week with a good display of passing football in another close encounter with the Colts.
Baldock started well as Alex Close put George Higginson through in the 10th minute, only to see the keeper make a good save.
Royston began to come back into the game, hitting the bar, and then forcing a good save from keeper Sam Kendle before half-time.
In the second half Baldock stunned the Colts as a long kick from their keeper found Jordan Massey, who sprinted through to open the scoring.
Colts were playing some good football, though, and forced a double save as they sought the equaliser.
And it finally came as Baldock let them straight in from a goal kick.
But the game swung again, and Baldock created several chances, with Jordan Massey and Daniel Nicholson going close. Baldock finally got their second with a great goal.
Connor Gray set Matthew Judges free on the right and his accurate cross found Ryan Savage unmarked to score the winner with four minutes left on the clock.
Royston Town Colts U-10 A 1 Baldock Town Templars 1
THIS clash of first versus third, was a great encounter of commitment and effort, despite the difficult playing conditions.
The Templars started the game the more brightly, and in the opening exchanges created a number of chances. And their effort was rewarded with a goal after 10 minutes.
After the goal, both teams fought for possession, with scoring chances limited.
However, a well-worked Colts move saw Reece King's shot deflected off a Baldock defender's hand, leaving the referee pointing to the spot.
Matthew Stout stepped up, but saw his shot fly inches over the bar. However, the Royston players did not let their heads drop, and the near miss seemed to galvanise their attack.
In the second-half the Colts came out strongly with a number of early chances testing the excellent Baldock keeper.
It was much of the same throughout the half, with neither side willing to let the other get too much control.
It looked like Baldock would take the points, but a last-minute Royston attack brought a share of the spoils.
A superbly-worked goal, that involved Richard Jonas, Long and Stout, saw King unmarked in the box to tap home a deserved equaliser at the far post.
With second-place Bedwell drawing their match, the Colts maintained their position at the top of the table and are now five points clear of their rivals.
Royston Town Colts U-10 B 0 Baldock Town Crusaders 1
ROYSTON were unlucky not to come away from this game with at least a point, after playing much of the better football.
League leaders Baldock scored the only goal after a well-worked move down the right and a pin-point cross found a Baldock forward unmarked at the back post to score.
Notable performances came from George Wheelerbailey and Daniel Godfellow in midfield and Mitch Harness and Jack Freeman in defence. Although the game was end-to-end, Colts found it difficult to break down a well-organised Crusaders and failed to make any clear-cut chances.