Royston don’t duck Aylesbury’s challenge
ROYSTON TOWN 2 (C Edwards A Reid) AYLESBURY VALE 0 GOALS from Carl Edwards and Alan Reid rounded off a disappointing 2006 for the Crows with a victory. With Saturday s trip to Welwyn Garden City postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, the game on December
ROYSTON TOWN 2
(C Edwards A Reid)
AYLESBURY VALE 0
GOALS from Carl Edwards and Alan Reid rounded off a disappointing 2006 for the Crows with a victory.
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With Saturday's trip to Welwyn Garden City postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, the game on December 23 proved to be Royston's final match of the season.
Edwards opened the scoring early in the game with a well-taken effort before Reid wrapped up the win on the hour mark with a bullet header from the edge of the box after an excellent cross from Edwards.
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"We ground out a result in the end, and worked extremely hard in difficult conditions" said chairman Graham Phillips. "We took our chances when it mattered, and although we clearly aren't going to set the world alight, we are making strides."
Phillips also had praise for young midfielder Gregg Jackson who made his third appearance of the season as an emergency goalkeeper after regular stopper Chris Chambers was carried off with concussion 25 minutes from time, following a late challenge.
"Gregg went in goal again, and to be fair to him he doesn't look out of place," said Phillips.
"He's playing regularly in midfield for the youth side, and getting 20 or so minutes for the first team up front. He's a valuable asset to the squad at he moment."
Michael Bloss also impressed against Aylesbury, winning everything in the air during the first half to collect the man-of-the-match award.
The game was sponsored by the family of Lenny Ward, who died recently, after serving on the club committee for many years: "It was pleasing to get the win in memory of Lenny," said Phillips.
Although the Crows were disappointed to see Saturday's trip to Welwyn postponed, they did have the consolation of avoiding the trip across Hertfordshire after the game was called off at 11.30am.
Four games in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division were abandoned due to torrential rain.
The Crows return to Garden Walk on Saturday when they host 13th placed Colney Heath. The two sides met in September, with a goal from the now-departed Kojo Ofori giving them a point.
It is one of only two league games scheduled for Phil Snowden's side during January, with Royston facing two successive blank Saturday's following this week's game.
They do however, hope to fit in their East Anglian Cup tie against Eynesbury Rovers during that period.
Dave McMurrough will miss Saturday's game as he serves the first game in the two-match suspension.
Crows: C Chambers (G Jackson), P Chappell, S Brown, S Snowden, R Cannon, C Edwards, M Bloss, L Rogers, J McMurrough, D McMurrough (L Bates), A Reid