Crows through to Floodlit Cup final
PUBLISHED: 09:57 14 March 2012
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Royston see off Oxhey Jets in semi-final
Oxhey Jets 1
Royston Town 3
Floodlit Cup semi-final
HOLDERS Royston Town made it through to their fourth successive Floodlit Cup final after beating Oxhey Jets on Tuesday night. They will face Broxbourne Borough – whom they beat in the final two seasons ago.
Paul Attfield’s side didn’t get off to the best of starts, though, and were behind after just two minutes when Luke Beardsworth finished past Will Norris from the edge of the area after an attempted punch clearance by the goalkeeper.
The Crows gradually got themselves into the game and were level midway through the first half through an unlikely source. Ashley Grinham made a burst forward with the ball from full-back and let fly from 25 yards which beat the surprised ‘keeper all ends up.
Royston came out for the second half in confident mood and their cause was helped within 90 seconds of the restart when they were awarded a penalty when Ricky Young was brought down by the Jets ‘keeper, who was fortunate not to receive a red card. With regular taker Kaan Fehmi on the bench Jack Bradshaw stepped up to the rifle the ball high into the net.
Jets had periods of pressure but never created any clear-cut chances to test the goal with both centre-halves Bradshaw and Lewis Endacott having commendable games.
Back at the other end Ross Collins had a chance to win the game late on when a great move landed at his feet but his drive from 15 yards smashed the face of the crossbar and rebounded the safety.
The game was made safe with a more than deserved goal just five minutes from the end when Young was fouled 25 yards out and substitute Kaan Fehmi curled the resulting kick around a suspect wall into the top corner to finish a fine night’s work for the Crows
Royston Town: Norris, Clemo, Grinham, Endacott, Bradshaw, Martin Standen, Edwards, Collins, Matt Standen (Fehmi), Redford, Young.