Relegation woe for Royston after narrow derby defeat

PUBLISHED: 11:19 29 March 2007 | UPDATED: 15:03 12 May 2010

Royston Ladies III 0 Saffron Walden Ladies IV 1 A HOME defeat against neighbours Walden consigned Royston to the drop. It was an even match all the way through with both teams having shots at goal. Kirsty Penfold made some wonderful runs down the

Royston Ladies III 0 Saffron Walden Ladies IV 1

A HOME defeat against neighbours Walden consigned Royston to the drop.

It was an even match all the way through with both teams having shots at goal.

Kirsty Penfold made some wonderful runs down the right with great stick skills and made some great passes in, but the forward line could not find the back of the Walden net.

Great defending from Michelle Clements, Jo Pearce, Alice Pagett Willkes and Gemma Luckman prevented Walden from scoring.

The hosts came out more positive for the second half and missed a golden opportunity on a short corner when Gemma Hoad made the perfect pass to Lisa Thompson who completely miss hit the ball.

Walden made a surprise attack and scored from a set piece to score the only goal of the game, and send Royston down.

Broxbourne Ladies II 2 Royston Ladies I 0

ROYSTON'S woes continued as they were beaten at Broxbourne to end their stay in the Premier Division.

The visitors dominated the play from the off with Alex Meredith-Hardy, Sarah Buckerfield and Deme Kyprianou putting the pressure on the Broxbourne defence.

With help from the midfield of Jenny Last and Lize Botha Royston won the first short corner of the game, which they failed to convert.

This did not dampen Royston's spirit and although Broxbourne made a few breaks into the visitor's half their efforts were thwarted by great defending from Kerry Alexander, Karen MacKay, Catherine Johnson and Martine Powley.

Broxbourne were also awarded several short corners but Royston denied them the chance to turn them into goals.

Royston had some great opportunities to score but were denied by good saves from the goalkeeper, and they went 1-0 down just before half time when Broxbourne made a break and scored on the run of play.

The second half saw Royston come out strong again with the defence working well together to distribute the ball out to the left and right,

With the forwards again putting pressure on the home defence, they were unable to take the advantage and turn them into a goal.

Broxbourne took full advantage of this and forced Royston to start playing a more defensive roll.

Royston showed how strong their defence is by stopping Broxbourne converting any of the many short corners throughout the game before they grabbed a late second goal to put the result beyond doubt.

Royston Ladies II 1 Harpenden Ladies II 5

A DISAPPOINTING end to the season saw Royston hammered by Harpenden.

After going ahead after 10 minutes with a fine strike from Sarah Farmer on a short corner, Royston seemed to be in control.

However, two goals were conceded before the break to leave the hosts trailing at half-time.

Royston came out positively for the second half desperate to pull themselves level although fine runs from Rosie Polge and Ali Carroll were not enough, and Lucy Davidson was unlucky when she shot agonizingly wide of the post.

In their attempts to draw level and score goals the hosts were susceptible on the break and were caught out as Harpenden added another three to their total.


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