Luton too tough for Royston
Royston Ladies 0 Luton 2 LEAGUE leaders Luton proved too tough for Royston on Saturday. The hosts took a while to settle and were caught on the back foot when Luton made some good attacking playing which ended with them putting the ball in Royston
Royston Ladies 0 Luton 2
LEAGUE leaders Luton proved too tough for Royston on Saturday.
The hosts took a while to settle and were caught on the back foot when Luton made some good attacking playing which ended with them putting the ball in Royston's net. Royston battled through and held Luton with some good defending by Karen McKay, Martine Powley and Ruth Stapleton.
After the break, Luton were awarded several short corners but were unable to convert them.
A shot was stopped by Karen McKay on the line and several good saves were made by keeper Laura Price.
Royston had some attacking play made by good movement and runs from Sarah Buckerfield and Deme Trayhurn-Krypriou but were unable to get anything past Luton's defence and keeper.
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After this session of attacking play from Royston, Luton made a quick break to score their second goal and wrap up the win.
Royston Ladies II 2 Luton II 5
LUTON completed a double over Royston as the home side fell further into relegation trouble.
The visitors attacked the hosts from the onset with well-organized quick breaks ensuring that midway into the first half they were leading 2-0.
A strong strike from a penalty corner on the stroke of half time then gave them a 3-0 lead at the break and within five minutes of the restart a further two goals had been added.
However, Royston then turned their game around and for the remainder of the game their defence stood strong.
Clare Perry picked up a loose ball in the area to bag her first goal of the season.
This was closely followed by another, in a fine move by the hosts Sarah Farmer, cleared the ball out of defence, and it found its way through to Lucy Davidson, who worked her way through the Luton defence to score the second.
Blueharts II 6 Royston Ladies III 1
A SIX goal drubbing completed a miserable day for Royston ladies on Saturday, but the scoreline did not reflect the confident game the visitors played.
They knew it was going to be a hard match, playing the team at the top of their division.
The visitors played a very defensive game in the first 15 minutes, and kept Blueharts at bay with fine defending from Teresa Smith, Jo Pearce, Gemma Luckman and Michelle Clements.
However Blueharts played a solid game and this finally paid off with three goals by half time.
The visitors came out strongly for the second half and put the Blueharts defence under attack several times with fine play from Kirtsy Penfold, Laura Simpson, Liz Smith and Heather Polge.
Blueharts however came back again with two more goals although fine goalkeeping from Helen Miles kept the scoreline down until Blueharts were awarded a penalty flick and this made it six.
Royston kept fighting and Michelle Clements fought hard and finally put a lovely ball out to Kirsty Penfold, who made a run down the right and crossed for Heather Polge to score.