Royston lose to Belton but beat poor Cheshunt

PUBLISHED: 09:38 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 11 May 2010

Royston 23 Belton 41 ROYSTON had a tough draw on Sunday when they squared up against a team currently fourth in the East Regional Clubs League Division 2. The match started slowly for Royston, who made a few errors in the first quarter, and this gave thei

Royston 23 Belton 41

ROYSTON had a tough draw on Sunday when they squared up against a team currently fourth in the East Regional Clubs League Division 2.

The match started slowly for Royston, who made a few errors in the first quarter, and this gave their opponents a chance to pull away from the off despite the best the best efforts of Jo Moxam and Emma Winser in defence.

Royston began to settle in the second quarter and their attacking play moved more freely with Karen Hume finding good space in the centre and pushing the ball forward to the waiting shooters of Gayle Pledger and Anna Maudrall.

Some good give and go play saw Royston score more in this quarter, but Belton stayed in front going into half time.

The third quarter saw the return of Anna Pinner in defence after a long absence from injury and the tried and tested shooting team of Winser and Tracy Stimson was reinforced as well. Again Royston increased their scoring rate and scored only three fewer than their opponents.

In the final quarter Royston secured some more scores to make sure they scored over half of their opponents' tally and thus ensuring they got a much needed point for their league campaign.

Royston: Pledger, Maudrall, Hume, St John, Stimson, Jackie Huttleston, Pinner, Moxam and Winser.

Royston 53 Cheshunt 24

MONDAY night saw Royston demolish Cheshunt to continue their great start in the Tunford League.

Playing with a team made up for their first and second teams, Royston' started with an attack line up and some excellent work from Maudrall, Stimson, Emily St John and Hume saw them fly into a 11-4 lead by the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter saw more of the same and by half time Royston's lead was too much. They dominated the rest of the game and ran out winners in a league they really want to win this year.

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