Settling for a draw

Royston III 3 Stevenage IV 3 ROYSTON opened up their league campaign with a disappointing draw, as they conceded two soft goals in the final 15 minutes. It took 15 minutes for Stevenage to open their campaign with a well-struck shot from open play. This

Royston III 3 Stevenage IV 3

ROYSTON opened up their league campaign with a disappointing draw, as they conceded two soft goals in the final 15 minutes.

It took 15 minutes for Stevenage to open their campaign with a well-struck shot from open play.

This seemed to galvanise Royston into action and they scored three goals in a 20-minute spree that left Stevenage stunned and wondering what had hit them.

The goals came from open play with Paul Bloomfield, taking two clean strikes from the top left of the D and a typical Colin Bateman goal on the far post sliding one under the keeper after a typical Michael Welding run round the defence.

So going into half time 3-1 up Royston decided they would come out and try to score more and not sit back on their lead.

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What happened next was frustrating as wave after wave of attack culminated in goal line scrambles and far too many open chances being missed.

A poor clearance from defence let Stevenage score a soft goal under keeper Craig Jackson's right foot and in the final seconds of play a further poor clearance offered the same chance and Stevenage scored into an empty net as the whistle blew.