Simpson secures point against Welwyn

PUBLISHED: 09:59 27 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 11 May 2010

Welwyn Ladies II 2 Royston Ladies II 2 ROYSTON welcomed back defender Sarah Gourd and striker Tasha Greenstein after long injury lay-offs for their match against Welwyn. Their much-improved opponents, who Royston had beaten 6-1 earlier in the season, came

Welwyn Ladies II 2 Royston Ladies II 2

ROYSTON welcomed back defender Sarah Gourd and striker Tasha Greenstein after long injury lay-offs for their match against Welwyn.

Their much-improved opponents, who Royston had beaten 6-1 earlier in the season, came out the stronger of the two teams and it was only fine defensive performances from Gourd, Jo Hilleard and Karen Fidell which helped Royston keep their hosts at bay.

Two good saves from keeper Elaine Cook also helped and ensured that when Katie Ellard scored her second goal of the season after a pass from Sarah Farmer, Royston went initially ahead after 30 minutes.

However, minutes later Royston found themselves defending and Cook could not keep out a shot which flew into the bottom left corner.

With the game even at half time the visitors came out strongly in the second half looking to get their noses out front.

They tried to find a way forward with good attacking runs from Greenstein, but she just could not find the breakthrough.

The hosts then scored to leave Royston trailing but a strike from Lucy Davidson was rebounded into the path of Laura Simpson to score from close range.

Although they battled well, Royston could not find the winner and had to settle for a share of the points with their third-placed opponents.

Player of the match was awarded jointly to Gemma Luckmann and Tasha Greenstein.

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