Old Boys clash is a must-win'

PUBLISHED: 11:38 07 February 2008 | UPDATED: 15:39 11 May 2010

AFTER a narrow defeat in their last meeting, Royston will be seeking revenge on Saturday when they host Herts & Middlesex 2 North rivals Old Grammarians. The London-based side beat The Crows 12-8 in October, and after a break from action this week Kevin

AFTER a narrow defeat in their last meeting, Royston will be seeking revenge on Saturday when they host Herts & Middlesex 2 North rivals Old Grammarians.

The London-based side beat The Crows 12-8 in October, and after a break from action this week Kevin Green's team are in good shape and raring to go.

He said: "We've had an excellent squad session and we've worked on a lot of team plays that I am sure will stand us in good stead.

"It's a vital game, but our break has given us a chance to regroup and build for the game.

"I felt we could have won when we played them at their place.

"For me we must be looking for a win, and it could be crucial in our bid to consolidate our mid- table position.

"We've targeted three games for the remainder of the season as must-win games, and Old Grammarians is the first of these, with Watford and Old Haberdashers to follow."

Royston under-14s 12 Ealing 7

ROYSTON entertained Ealing at the Heath on Sunday and with both sides vying for second place in the Saracens Division Four table, it promised to be a closely contested match.

A period of sustained pressure by the home side led to the opening score when James Clare picked up the ball at the back of a scrum 10 metres out and ran the ball round the defence and over the try line.

Louis Boulter added the conversion.

In the second half Ealing started brightly, and pinned Royston back in their half, with The Crows thankful of some ­desperate defending.

However, eventually the pressure told, and Royston conceded a try following an Ealing maul five metres from the line.

With the conversion successfully kicked, and the scores tied, Royston battled to keep themselves in the game and sniping runs by Max Scott and Clare gradually began to move the ball out of the Royston half and into Ealing territory.

With only minutes remaining, this renewed Royston pressure led to their opponents conceding a penalty five metres from their own try line.

And in an opportunist move, Boulter threw a dummy pass to his right then ran to his left through the hole in the defence and touched down to give Royston the victory.

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