Royston beat Potters Bar in Team Ten competition

ROYSTON Bowls Club took 10 bowlers to Potters Bar to take part in another round of the Inter-club Team Ten competition. As was expected, Potters Bar were no pushovers and a close match ensued. Royston s Matt Coppen, in the four wood singles, had a very to

ROYSTON Bowls Club took 10 bowlers to Potters Bar to take part in another round of the Inter-club Team Ten competition.

As was expected, Potters Bar were no pushovers and a close match ensued.

Royston's Matt Coppen, in the four wood singles, had a very tough game against P Pearce as only a few shots separated them for the entire game.

Coppen, after being only one shot ahead on the 24th end, claimed a two which eased him over the line to win 21-18.

In the pairs, Laurie Ramsay and Peter Adams had a close game against E Vaughan and B Tomlinson.

By the 14th end it was evens at 15 shots each, but the Royston duo acquired a three and four singles to end up with a 22 shots to 17 win.

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The triples team of Simon Lee, Mel Flack and Mick O'Flanagan led all the way in their match and finished 18-14 victors.

In the fours, Brian Pepper, Don Sheriff, Roger Neville and Stewart Brown were evenly matched.

On end 19 they were just 13-16 down, but due to a cunning plan going wrong, they managed to remove their own shot bowl and dropped a five, thus losing 21-13.

Royston won overall with three wins to one loss.

Royston welcomed Cheshunt on the same day for a friendly consisting of four rinks of triples and two rinks of fours.

On four of the rinks the scores were within a few shots of each other, but it was Derek Goodwin who lived up to his name and galvanised his team of Maurice Huckle and Keith Dockree to produce a 24-7 triumph.

Unfortunately, one of Royston's triples suffered a 23-8 defeat which cancelled out Goodwin's score.

In the end, Royston just made it to the line in front by a mere four shots, winning 107-103.

It was Meldreth & District League day on Monday and Royston were at home to to Steeple Morden, but it was a bad day for the hosts as they lost on all four rinks and went down 82-51.

In the Ladies North Herts Fours two Royston teams were set against each other but it was a game where the score did not reflect the play.

Maureen Gisby, Ann Martin, Gillian Fisk and Eunice Dockree could not stem the scoring rate of their opponents and the end result saw a 23-8 win for the team of Beryl Huckle, Eileen Hyde, Linda O'Flanagan and Shirley Pawson.

Royston's Simon Lee, Stewart Brown and Matt Coppen played away in the County Triples on Tuesday on a neutral green in the quarter-final against Rosedale.

It turned out to be a one horse race with Royston scoring for fun. On ends three and seven they claimed five shots, and in the end passed the post with 22 shots to Rosedale's four.

Stevenage Town welcomed Royston on the same day to compete in the North Herts Inter League. Apart from a six being scored on end six by Peter Adams' team, the game overall was very close.

In the end, Royston managed to pip Stevenage to the line by 41 shots to 39.

Royston were away to Shephalbury in Stevenage, also on Tuesday, to play a Vets game of five rinks of mixed triples.

It was unfortunate that after only nine ends the game was abandoned due to torrential rain flooding the green. Ironically the game turned out to be a draw at 39 shots each.

The home game last Wednesday was against Knebworth in the North Herts Triples League.

On rink two Pat Smith's team managed two fours and a five to win by 27 shots to 10, and on rink one Shirley Pawson led her trio to a 22 shot to 15 victory.

Royston won the tie 49-25.

Thursday saw Peter Adams lead his team of Len Payne, Laurie Ramsay and Mick O'Flanagan to a resounding triumph in the L&D Fours against the Letchworth Conservatives.

The Royston four scored with ease for all of the game and finished up with a 23 shot success, and their opponents gaining a sympathetic five shots.

Thursday was also Meldeth & District League day and Royston were at home to the Sawston B team.

Three of the four rinks were fairly close but it was veteran Alan Potter who galvanised his trio into a 28 shots to eight triumph, gaining two fours, a five and a six on the way.

Royston scored 74 shots, Sawston B 55 shots.

It was the Letchworth & District Cairns Cup day on Friday and Royston took on Stevenage Town.

The format is two triples at home and two away.

The home team of Len Payne, Bob Porter and Derek Goodwin on rink two scored a single shot on the first end but then rested until the 14th where they produced a run scoring eight shots in four ends.

This scoring run was too late to prevent them losing 21-9.

On rink one Stan Whitehouse, Mick O'Flanagan and Laurie Ramsay had an easy win, scoring on most of the 18 ends to romp home with 28 shots to six.

Of the away teams, Brian Pepper, Mel Flack and skip Roger Neville had a close game.

They were one shot up going into the last end but a delivery which went wrong found them dropping a five and losing their game by 19 shots to 15.

It was a sound performance by Roger Davies, Wil Martin and Peter Adams which, after a slow start, produced a steady scoring rate to ease away to a solid 24 shots to 10 triumph.

Royston 76 shots. Stevenage Town 56 shots.

On Saturday, Royston's Don Sheriff and Peter Adams were away to the Herts Bowling Club to compete in another round of the National Over 55s Pairs competition.

Their opponents were A Charran, and R Briden of the St Albans, Townsend club.

This was a very tight game with both teams on 17 shots going into the last end.

However, it was Sheriff and Adams who had the edge and claimed two shots to cross the line with a 19-17 success.

Royston welcomed Luton Town on Saturday for a four rinks men's friendly.

The scores on three of the four rinks were close with only four or five shots separating them.

Unfortunately, it was Royston's team on rink one which were out-gunned by Luton, suffering a 28-10 shot defeat, and this allowed Luton to sprint to the line.

Royston 62 shots, Luton Town 85 shots.