Tempers fray as Royston pipped
Royston IV were frustrated by Rickmansworth, rueing their missed chances after a single goal defeat. On the wrong end of a large score line at the start of the season, Royston were looking for revenge on their West London opponents, but left empty -handed
Royston IV were frustrated by Rickmansworth, rueing their missed chances after a single goal defeat.
On the wrong end of a large score line at the start of the season, Royston were looking for revenge on their West London opponents, but left empty -handed after a bad-tempered game.
A simple reverse stick shot by the Rickmansworth attack, which slipped through goalkeeper Craig Jackson's pads early in the first half, was all that separated the teams at the death, the opposition goalkeeper putting on a fine display to repeatedly deny Royston.
Royston were unsetttled by what they felt was poor umpiring, and with the two midfields negating each other, the game was stifled.
With only one substitute, there was little scope for tactically reshaping the Royston formation as needs required, despite fielding a strong midfield including Ali Wallace, Tim Yow and Steve Welding.
Royston III are five points clear at the top of the table, with Royston IV heading the chasing pack.
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Royston Ladies II recorded their highest scoring league win for two seasons as they beat Shefford and Sandy III 10-0 to go third in the table.
Top-scorer Lucy Davidson scored five, including a fine individual goal, which saw Royston lead 4-0 at half-time.
Kirsty Penfold opened the scoring after 4 minutes, tucking in a saved Davidson rebound for her season's second, while Davidson hit the score sheet five minutes later.
Sweeper Clare Perry then got her second of the season from the centre of the D, before Davidson pounced again with a superb piece of skill.
The second half saw Royston carry on where they left off, Davidson soon completing her hat-trick, and then rifling in a further two.
Between Davidson's efforts, Penfold scored her second of the game with a superb strike that found the top left corner, leaving the Shefford keeper no chance.
This was soon followed by a Sarah Farmer goal, her third of the season, before Perry got another.
Royston III fought out an entyertaining 2-2 draw with Vauxhall Chiltern.
They twice came from behind, Heather Polge netting both.
Polge pulled Royston level, lurking on the post to convert a saved shot from Gemma Whitby.
After the break, goalkeeper Tash Ball made a series of fine saves to deny Vauxhall, before they finally broke the deadlock.
However, with solid centre midfield play by Liz Smith, Royston always looked good for an equaliser.
A well worked short corner saw Caroline Yarrow feed Lisa Thompson with a square pass, and when her strike rebounded off the Vauxhall keeper's pads, Polge was on hand to score again.