Royston Town U18s 1-2 Arsenal: Player ratings

Royston Town v Arsenal

Royston Town v Arsenal - Credit: Archant

Here are Comet reporter Layth Yousif’s surmises of Royston Town U18s slender FA Youth Cup fourth round defeat to seven-time winners Arsenal on Wednesday night. Do you agree?

Arsenal: Ryan Huddart, 6: Surprised by the early Royston goal but generally offered a calm presence. Patchy distribution.

Chiori Johnson, 6.5: Pacey and always looked to push forward whilst never neglecting his defensive duties.

Tyrell Robinson, 6: Tried to support his colleagues offensively but could have perhaps focussed more on keeping his shape as Royston probed down his flank early on.

Ainsley Maitland, 6.5: Looked as composed as you would expect from a player who has appeared for the first team in the cauldron of the Champions League but drifted in and out of the game.

Renny Smith, 6: Looked composed with a silky touch for a centre half - but was he exposed positionally by the early goal?

George Dobson, 6.5: Not always effective with his distribution from the back but recovered well from the Crows explosive start which rattled the Arsenal back line.

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Kaylen Hinds, 6: Showed good touch and technique early on and spread the play well. Quick feet. Subbed late on after pulling up with a tight hamstring after a run from deep.

Gedion Zelalem, 5: Looked powerful and always tried to get involved but faded in influence as the game wore on. Not showing the form which gave him his first team debut this time last year. Subbed.

Stephy Mavididi, 8: Powerful presence who held the ball up well. Rewarded for his persistence with a fine goal drilled in low from outside the area with his right foot. Showed good anticipation and a striker’s improvisation with a clever chip over onrushing keeper Watson to make it 2-1 before halftime.

Daniel Crowley, 8: Arsenal’s captain showed why he is so highly rated. Always involved and offered good technique and vision. Effective with dead balls and tested the keeper with a well-flighted free kick early on which set the tone for his impressive display. Booked.

Chris Willock, 5: Quiet game for the nippy wideman as he struggled to pose a threat. Subbed at half time.


Harry Donovan n/a

Hugo Keto n/a

Aaron Eyoma, 6: Eager sub for Hinds who appeared to pull up with a tight hamstring.

Marc Bola, 6.5: On for Chris Willock at the break. Highlight was showing quick feet wide left as he beat his man convincingly early in the second half.

Ben Sheaf, 6: On for the disappointing Zelalem with 15 minutes left. Powerful but raw.

Royston Town: Ben Watson, 8: Showed great reflexes with an excellent point blank save from the big Gunners forward Mavididi before following up with another from Daniel Crowley moments later. Consistent and confident.

Drew Caradines, 7.5: Held his line well and solid defensively. Never gave up and was never flustered.

Callum Wilson, 7.5: Showed a good left foot with a free kick which flew narrowly wide as the Crows grew in confidence grew after their impressive start.

Sam Fletcher, 7.5: Looked to play the ball forward and offered good defensive cover. Played with great courage.

Conor Kilgallon, 8: Solid uncompromising presence at the back. Unlucky with his defensive slip which let in Mavididi. Good honest performance and never hid. Denied Mavididi a hat-trick by clearing off the line late on. Brave with his blocks.

Gus Morriss, 7.5: One of the Crows heroes as he kept it simple with nice tidy touches in the centre. Booked for a late tackle on Crowley. Carried off, with all Crows fans hoping the injury is not a serious one.

Jay Taylor, 7: Unlucky not to reach a low cross in the six yard box provided by Castiglione. Deserved his applause as he was subbed on the hour.

Joe Grossi, 7.5: Sent the travelling Crows fans into dreamland with a well taken finish on two minutes but he would have liked to be more involved as the game progressed.

Ross Maddox, 7: Held the ball up well with his back to goal using his body to shield effectively. Ran his heart out and was another who fully deserved the applause on being subbed.

Josh Castiglionie, 7.5: Superb run from his own half which saw him power past Gunners first teamer Gedion Zelalem, before whipping in a cross which teammate Jay Taylor narrowly failed to connect with. Always willing to track back.

Reece King, 8: Constantly looked to take on his man and showed good pace, yet never neglected his defensive duties.


Connor Hemmings n/a

Harry Cruttenden, 7: Sub for Taylor on the hour mark. Unable to influence proceedings.

Danny McGovern, 7.5: On for Maddox on the hour mark and was uncompromising in the tackle.

Perri Gentry, 7: Entered the fray for the unfortunate Morriss who was stretchered off.

Tom Middle n/a

Arsenal man of the match: Stephy Mavididi

Royston man of the match: Crows captain Conor Kilgallon.