Royston Hockey Club round-up
Mixed results for Men’s and Ladies’ teams
ROYSTON Men’s Is came desperately close to recording a third straight win but in the end had to settle for a 2-2 draw against Welwyn Garden City Is thanks to a last minute equaliser.
Strikes from Nick Ross and Paul Visagie kept Royston one pace ahead for a large proportion of the game, despite plenty of pressure being put on the Hosts’ defence by the well-organised Welwyn team.
A long injury list and poor availability have dogged Royston’s season so far, and as a result are struggling to maintain a consistent pattern of play.
With the match all but won, a midfield error just before the death gave the visitors a chance to steal a point, which they had no hesitation in taking.
The Men’s IIs also had to settle for a share of the spoils with a 1-1 draw against St Albans Vs.
They travelled to Queenswood School with just the bare 11 and again with a side that had not played or trained together prior to the match. However, there were plenty of signs of quality throughout as they outplayed their opponents for large parts of the match.
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A good flowing move led to Royston opening the scoring with James Arnold scoring an excellent goal underneath the goalkeeper.
However, St Albans equalised shortly after the half-time break following a counter-attack.
Royston missed several chances to win the match, most notably when they struck the post, but in the end a draw seemed a fair result.
The Men’s IVs lost 3-1 against Stevenage IVs.
Royston played some good hockey and appeared to be the stronger side for long periods of this game. Man of the Match Bailey Farmer and Josh Hughes completely dominated the right hand side of the pitch and Richard Huby controlled the defensive line from sweeper.
John Gourd once again made some excellent saves to ensure Royston were always in the match. Simon Hughes converted an opportunity set up by Craig Jackson to put Royston ahead in the first half but Stevenage came back with a goal on the stroke of half time and hit a further two in the first seven minutes of the second half.
Royston did have further chances and came close with efforts from Huby, Jake Gourd and Colin Bateman, but the Stevenage defence kept Royston out as they held on for the win.
The Ladies’ Is put in an impressive display in their friendly against Shefford & Sandy IIs to record an 8-0 win.
It was a solid performance from the team and a great welcome back for Player of the Match Lize Botha.
Royston played a well-structured game and confidently moved the ball around to create plenty of scoring opportunities.
Wendy Holt was the top goal scorer netting a hat-trick with Chrissy Fayers (2), Sophie Gathercole, Harriet Shipley and Sarah Buckerfield also getting their names on the scoresheet.
The Ladies’ IIIs lost 8-0 to a strong Shefford & Sandy IVs.
From the beginning Lucy Richardson and Anna Worsey started a good partnership and made many determined runs towards goal. Caroline Yarrow was a constant support on the right, but Shefford proved too strong and were 4-0 up at half time.
Eloise Linnett made some great saves for Royston while Sarah Baker, Charlotte Joyce, Sarah Holland and Donna Williams kept their team’s heads up. However, they were helpless to prevent their opponents notching another four goals before the end.