Six of the best for Royston
Royston II 6 St Neots 0 DESPITE a slow start, Royston rallied round and hit opponents St Neots with a second half flurry. Nick Freeman opened the scoring for The Crows, coolly sliding the ball beneath the St Neots keeper, before Darren Hicks reacted qui
Royston II 6 St Neots 0
DESPITE a slow start, Royston rallied round and hit opponents St Neots with a second half flurry.
Nick Freeman opened the scoring for The Crows, coolly sliding the ball beneath the St Neots keeper, before Darren Hicks reacted quickest to make it 2-0.
After the break Royston upped the tempo, with Nick Hurd and Graham Johnson-Mack causing problems down the flanks.
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Man-of-the-match Chris Watson then nabbed Royston's third with a powerful effort, before Freeman raced in to claim his second of the game following some clever play by Hurd.
Late in the game George Moffat freed Hicks for goal number five, with Hurd completing the rout with a beautifully dispatched finish following Johnson-Mack's testing cross.
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Royston III 1 St Neots 0
IN a tight game, Royston did just enough to secure victory - with Paul Visagie's second-half strike making the difference.
A bright start could well have yielded more, however a series of misplaced passes saw Royston on the back foot and their defence under considerable pressure.
Despite this, Royston still managed to get into attacking positions, but saw a number of chances go begging.
After the interval, Royston came out stronger, but still found the breakthrough hard to come by. However, their positive play was rewarded when Visagie pounced on a loose ball, kept his cool and stroked the ball home.
St Neots 2 Royston IV 2
A MAKESHIFT Royston were denied the win by a determined St Neots who battled throughout.
A bright St Neots start was rewarded with a confident early strike, with Royston seemingly struggling with the slow pace of the pitch.
However, they came back intently with some impressive play and saw Paul Bloomfield sweep home following a pin-point pass from Steve Gourd.
With added confidence, they began to carve St Neots open with some intelligent quick passing. However, they found the hosts' keeper more than a match with a number of top saves.
Ed Hall did find a way through though, when he jinked past his marker and slotted home a superb strike. With St Neots searching for an equaliser, the action went from end-to-end with chances falling for both teams.
Unfortunately for Royston, one such move led to a late St Neots leveller and as a result they had to settle for a share of the spoils.
Royston Ladies III 2
Hertford Ladies V 0
ROYSTON Ladies' started their season in positive manner - in a game they dominated from the off.
Despite seeing the majority of the possession and a number of chances, Royston somehow went into the break on level terms.
But they hit back and replied with vigour in the second half with Karen McKay, Kelly Thornburgh, Jess Woodhouse and Lisa Thompson combining to free Heather Polge for a calm finish.
Minutes later their lead was doubled when McKay and Thornburgh combined again, with Polge the beneficiary once more with another well-taken strike.