Royston stumble at the last

PUBLISHED: 11:29 30 September 2009 | UPDATED: 16:08 11 May 2010

ROYSTON Rugby Club took the long trek to London to play Belsize Park on Saturday. Royston started off the stronger of the two teams with solid defence in the forwards and good organised moves in the backs. After 15 minutes of mixed play Jason Deards gaine

ROYSTON Rugby Club took the long trek to London to play Belsize Park on Saturday.

Royston started off the stronger of the two teams with solid defence in the forwards and good organised moves in the backs.

After 15 minutes of mixed play Jason Deards gained valuable ground from a penalty kick which then gave Royston the throw in to the line out, and a barnstorming run through a number of the home side's would be tacklers saw Jason Deards tackled less than a meter away from the line.

With ample time Deards popped a pass back the Royston's number eight and birthday boy Gary Ryalls to score and within 10 minutes the visitors were in again when Liam Deards crossed for a try of his own.

Belsize kept up the pressure and scored a try of their own with quick ball handling through the backline.

Within five minutes of half time the home side were back in Royston's territory and a Royston indescression at the ruck gave the home side the opportunity to slot over a penalty to move closer.

The second half started well for Royston, considering a number of positional changes were forced due to injuries. Dan Fox sustained a shoulder injury and Royston's Webcentric player-of-the-match Nick Alford limped off soon after.

This meant a reshuffle of the backline with Tommy Dummit replacing Aussie Dave Ayliffe at scrum half, who moved out to the wing and Liam Deards moving into the centres.

At first changes did not affect the visitors as soon after the break a great individual move saw Jason Deards chip kick over the top and score beside the up rights but this was to be the end of the scoring for Royston.

Belsize dug deep and continued to make inroads around the fringes of the ruck and the pressure was too much for Royston as a blind side move by the home team saw their number nine wrong foot Royston's left hand defence to score untouched.

This made for an exciting last three minutes for the home side as they were just trailing by one point.

Another good reset from Belsize saw them batter down into Royston's territory again and another Royston indescretion saw the home side being awarded another penalty.

Rather than take the penalty kick Belsize caught Royston knapping as they took the quick tap and scored to win the game 25-21.

Royston Rugby under-11's participation in the North Herts festival was cancelled due to the hard ground and this was a shame as both the under-11 and under-10 sides were hoping to parade their new kit thanks to generous sponsorship from Royston

Veterinary Centre, who have sponsored the under-11's, and Liric Accountants the under-10's.

Margaret and David from Royston Veterinary Centre and Lisa Compton of Liric Accountants are proud to support the team and wish them every success for the year.

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