Royston Town Ladies defender Katie Seymour - We need to learn from 4-0 Acle defeat
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Royston Town Ladies defender Katie Seymour said the Crows must learn from their 4-0 Acle United defeat, as their seven game unbeaten run ended on Sunday.
The Crows fell to their first loss of the Eastern Region Women’s Premier season - and their first since September in all competitions - with a poor second-half performance, as Acle avenged their early-season 3-1 loss at Garden Walk.
The Garden Walk outfit had no answer to two early goals from the hosts, and failed to score for the first time since losing 7-0 to Tottenham Hotspur Ladies in a pre-season friendly in August.
Speaking to Royston Town Ladies’ Twitter, Crows defender Katie Seymour said: “It was disappointing to lose our unbeaten run in the manner we did.
“We competed and had chances in the first-half but let ourselves down in the second.
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“We have more than enough quality in the team to succeed in this league.
“We need to respond to this loss and learn from this.”
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The first-half was evenly matched, with both sides missing chances to go ahead. However, Acle began to take control in the second half and went ahead after 53 minutes.
Olivia Mingham-Gray opened the scoring before the home side’s lead was doubled just four minutes later, with Grace Birchall firing in.
Royston struggled to respond and conceded a penalty, which Birchall scored for her second of the game.
Megan Todd completed the rout with six minutes left, before the referee ended a disappointing afternoon for the Crows.
In their next game, Colney Heath Ladies will travel to Garden Walk on Sunday - a game where Royston will look to re-find their form.
Colney are lying ninth in the 12 team league, holding 11 points less than the Crows despite having played an extra game.
The Hertfordshire side drew 1-1 with seventh place Harlow Town on Sunday, a side Royston are yet to play, and which will travel to SG8 on January 20th.
Royston Town Ladies Development Squad had a much better Sunday, thrashing Watton Ladies 8-1, with a Kierra Gabriel hat-trick and further goals from Abby Laughlin, Oli Sole, Hannah Tofts and a debut goal for Nicole Cooper.
The development squad play Welwyn Pegasus Azures at home next on Sunday.