Royston Town Ladies defender Katie Seymour - We need to learn from 4-0 Acle defeat

Royston Town Ladies defender Katie Seymour. CREDIT: Kevin Richards

Royston Town Ladies defender Katie Seymour. CREDIT: Kevin Richards - Credit: Archant

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.

“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.