It’s lucky 13 for Crows A team
Mangrove Res 1 Royston Town A 2 THE Crows 13th league win of the season keeps them top of the Hertford & District League Division Three Weather conditions and a very determined Mangrove team meant that the Crows were not given the chance to get a
Mangrove Res 1 Royston Town A 2
THE Crows 13th league win of the season keeps them top of the Hertford & District League Division Three
Weather conditions and a very determined Mangrove team meant that the Crows were not given the chance to get a free flowing passing game going but had to rely on a more direct gritty style.
Dan Crosk celebrated his promotion to captain scoring his third goal in as many games after a Royston corner and two minutes later Adam Stokes scored a well placed shot into the home side's net to make it 2-0.
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Mangrove played slightly better from then on and were rewarded on the stroke of half time when a high swirling ball caused problems on the back post for Royston and somehow finished in the back of the net.
Neither side could score any more goals as the second half progressed, although Mangrove looked the more likely. Royston needed to maintain a high concentration level to grind out the win.
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Royston Town Vets 7 Ridgeons 0
RIDGEONS were new opponents for the Vets at Garden Walk on Sunday and in a high-scoring and sporting game Town were 7-0 winners.
With strikers Paul Lewis and Peter Leete unavailable it was Dickie Harris and Colin McArthur who formed a new attack force.
Town enjoyed early possession and after 15 minutes took the lead when midfielder Jason Clark made a good run and slotted the ball home.
Following further Town pressure the ball broke to Colin McArthur on the left of the penalty area and he fired an unstoppable right foot volley into the far corner of the net.
Although the visitors rarely threatened there were no further goals in the first half and Town went into the break leading 2-0.
Chris Geldart moved into attack in the second half and scored Town's third with a crisp left foot shot that left the visiting 'keeper with no chance.
Nick Humphries added another when he headed in at the right upright following a melee in the six-yard box.
Town continued to control the game with Jason Clark and Carlo Silenti dominating the midfield and the defence snuffing out any threat from the visiting attack.
Having seen a number of efforts miss the target Silenti added Town's fifth goal when he gathered the ball 25 yards from goal and hammered a right foot shot over the keeper into the roof of the net.
Two further goals from Harris ensured a comfortable win for Town.
Royston Town Vets: M Chaffey, K Flack, I Stubbs, N King, C Geldart, R Harris, D Quinn, C Silenti, N Humphries, J Clark, C McArthur, I Allen
- Royston Vets host Walkern on Sunday at Garden Walk, kick off 10.30am.
- Royston Town reserves were not in action on Saturday, but their promotion hopes took a knock following the withdrawal of Amersham Town reserves and MK Scot Reserves.
The Crows had won both games against Amersham - including a 13-1 home victory - and had also beaten Scot in their only meeting.
All three games will now be expunged from the league records. The Crows return to action Saturday with a home game against Kings Langley reserves.