Sports review 2005 - December

PUBLISHED: 09:30 05 January 2006 | UPDATED: 17:11 11 May 2010

CRICKET: Royston CC announced they had played their last game on The Heath The club cited a number of reasons for severing its ties with the Heath Sports Centre, not least the rising costs of playing cricket at the Heath in recent years and the current f

CRICKET: Royston CC announced they had played their last game on The Heath

The club cited a number of reasons for severing its ties with the Heath Sports Centre, not least the rising costs of playing cricket at the Heath in recent years and the current facilities not meeting the standards required for a progressive club.

At an extraordinary general meeting, members voted overwhelmingly for the committee to begin the search for land in the Royston area for purchase and development into the club's own ground and playing facilities.

Until a new ground is developed they will play all senior and most junior cricket on the other side of the Heath at Therfield CC.

FOOTBALL: Royston Town wrapped up 2005 with a 1-1 draw against London Colney in an early kick-off on New Year's Eve. The draw completed an unbeaten month for the Crows, but poor weather meant they played only three games.

They began the month with a 2-1 win against Biggleswade United and a goalless draw against Welwyn Garden City as the Crows finished the year lying 15th in the 20-team league, albeit having played the fewest number of games in the league

FOOTBALL: Buntingford Town also completed the year with a 1-1 draw - against Sandridge - but a mixed month saw them go out of the county cup with a 3-2 loss at Bedmond but progress in the league cup with a comfortable 3-0 win against St Peter's, as they finished the month in ninth place in the 16-team league. Meanwhile boss Paul Attfield was facing up to a touchline ban after being dismissed in a youth team game.

GOLF: The traditional family and community spirit associated with Royston Golf Club were much in evidence when David Drake and Jane Drake carried out the annual "drive-ins" which officially mark the inauguration of the men's and ladies' captain's year in office

It is the first time in the club's 113-year history that a husband and wife partnership have held these positions simultaneously.

David and Jane take over from Robin Coles and Tracey Parsons.

Also taking part in the "drive-in" ceremony was Oliver Bance, who takes over as junior captain from Marcus Shipley.

NETBALL: Baldock Crusaders completed their biggest win when they hosted Royal Oak in the cup at Avenue Park and won 71-7.

HOCKEY: Royston's excellent form continued with a 3-1 win at struggling Enfield.

The visitors went 1-0 up with a goal from Andy Drage.

Enfield equalised but Royston's second goal came after Graham Mack's superb solo run. They secured the three points 10 minutes from time through Owen Russell's close-range effort.

JUDO: JM Judokwai enjoyed one of their most successful outings of their 20-year history, when taking 12 members to the North London and Hertfordshire Closed Championships in Barnet.

All of their entrants came away with a medal.

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