Muddy hell as Crows are stung by Wasps
PUBLISHED: 10:46 11 January 2007 | UPDATED: 14:57 12 May 2010
Wasps 15 Royston 3 ROYSTON skipper Steve Clay blamed his side s inability to adapt to the conditions as they lost Saturday s top of the table clash against Wasps amateur side. The conditions were treacherous, and it was a case of failing to adapt to th
Wasps 15 Royston 3
ROYSTON skipper Steve Clay blamed his side's inability to adapt to the conditions as they lost Saturday's top of the table clash against Wasps' amateur side.
"The conditions were treacherous, and it was a case of failing to adapt to them," he said.
"The forward played well, but some poor handling really cost us. Wasps kicked the ball into the corners and kept us under pressure for long periods."
"We're still joint top with Wasps, but they have a better points difference. We've got Cuffley at home on Saturday and we need to win that game to kick-start the second half of the season."
The home side took an early lead with a converted try after a Royston player dropped the ball, and the Crows were kept pinned inside their own 22 for most of the first half.
However, they did break out of defence shortly before the break, with Michael Schurch scoring a penalty to reduce the arrears to 7-3 at half-time.
The second half saw the visitors under pressure again as they played into the wind and rain, and Wasps added a second converted try before wrapping the Herts/Middlesex League points with a penalty.
- Royston's home game against third placed Cuffley kicks off at 2.15pm on Saturday.
Royston II 24 Hitchin III 19
SAM Morris' try 15 minutes from time was enough to seal the Deuxieme League points for Royston on Saturday.
In a game played in terrible conditions, Royston skipper Dave Mason praised his side following the victory: "It was a tough game and the weather didn't help, but we defended superbly during the final 15 minutes and deserved the win."
Chris Wallas opened the scoring for Royston with a try, which was converted by Colin Dacey, and Dacey was also on hand to make it 14-0 after skipper Mason had added their second try of the game.
The Crows looked to have sewn the points up when Ronnie Baker touched down shortly before half-time, but they were hit by a superb Hitchin fight-back after the break which saw the visitors score 19 unanswered points with three tries and two conversions.
However it was Morris who had the last word with a well-taken try, and Royston will now host league leaders Saffron Walden III on Saturday in a buoyant mood