The Evo-Stik League Southern

Saturday 21st April 2012

Molten Spartan South Midlands Football League Premier Division

Bell Close, Leighton Buzzard Attendance: 166

Sunny spells, heavy shower at half time, mild

Referee: Mr J. Panconi

Aylesbury United

3 0

Royston Town

  Half-time: (2-0)  
         
       
Teams
7Jack SILLITOEPlayer Image1
7Sam SLATTERPlayer Image2
7Daniel JONESPlayer Image3
7(c) Jack WOODPlayer Image4
8John MULHOLLANDPlayer Image5
7Tom BARNETTPlayer Image6
812 89m Warren GARCIAPlayer Image7
715 76m Melford SIMPSONPlayer Image8
7Ben BAINESPlayer Image9
7Stacey FIELDPlayer Image10
7Marcus SAWYERPlayer Image11
 
7 89m Joe DONALDSONPlayer Image12
Tony JOYCEPlayer Image14
8 76m Joey ACHEAMPONGPlayer Image15
Russell CLARKPlayer Image16
Matt TIMBERLAKEPlayer Image17
 
  Tony JOYCEManager ImageM
   
1Player ImageDamian WILLIAMSON
2Player ImageLewis ENDACOTT
3Player ImageAshley GRINHAM
4Player ImageJack FRIEND
5Player ImageJack BRADSHAW
6Player ImageMartin STANDEN
7Player ImageCarl EDWARDS
8Player ImageTom MALINS12 73m 
9Player ImageRicky YOUNG
10Player ImageRyan REDFORD14 46m 
11Player ImageRhys LAWRENCE15 26m 
 
12Player ImageMatt STANDEN8 73m 
14Player ImageRyan LOCKETT10 46m 
15Player ImageLuke ROBINS11 26m 
16Player ImageRoss COLLINS
17Player ImageJoe CLEMO
 
MManager ImagePaul ATTFIELD
Match Report

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Newly-crowned league champions Royston Town were greeted by a guard of honour from Aylesbury United, but on the pitch there were no such pleasantries as a fine team performance by the Ducks sent the Crows crashing to only their fifth league defeat of the season.

With the league settled, Royston will cite other priorities such as their two Cup Finals to contend, and whilst they were without top-scorer Kaan Fehmi and a few rested players, wholesale changes to the Crows’ squad there were not.

Instead, Aylesbury’s superior desire to win the game got them the points, evident in the start they made to the match as Field and Sawyer both had good chances – Field only able to slice wide as the ball bobbled badly, whilst Sawyer lashed over on his wrong foot after Simpson had headed down Jones’ free-kick.

After just ten minutes the Ducks duly went in front. A long ball forward was met with unnecessary hesitancy from goalkeeper and defender as both waited for each other. Field needed no invitation to nip in between the two, and although his initial header was saved he was able to poke the rebound into the empty net. 1-0 Aylesbury

Royston’s first meaningful effort came two minutes later when Rhys Lawrence crashed over a shot after the ball was moved quickly to him. They then followed that up by winning a free-kick, which Jack Bradshaw fired in low straight to a defender.

Former Tring striker Ryan Redford then met a flighted ball into the box, his header being plucked out of the air by Jack Sillitoe.

Just as it seemed that the Royston pressure might be growing, Aylesbury increased their lead with a fine goal. Garcia broke down the right before linking up with Simpson, then playing an exquisite chipped pass which Field got behind the defence to head past the helpless Damian Williamson. 2-0 Aylesbury

Royston introduced tricky winger Luke Robins following the goal, and with his first touch he struck a free-kick from the corner of the box which curled over the bar.

Robins proved a constant threat as he volleyed a well directed crossfield pass back which flashed across goal, before meeting a left wing corner with a flicked header that also went wide.

United were unlucky not to have a third in stoppage time when Garcia’s cross was met by Tom Barnett at the far post with an excellent ‘scissor kick’ that rattled the crossbar. Moments later a ball into the box was nearly turned in by a Crows defender as half-time sounded almost immediately.

Half-time: Aylesbury 2-0 Royston

Royston made another change at the break as Ryan Lockett replaced the ineffective Redford up front, but there was no immediate improvement as the Ducks threatened early when Barnett played a one-two to burst into the box but was halted by an excellent sliding challenge.

John Mulholland, playing his last game of the season before suspension, had spoken pre-match of his desire to add to his goals tally, but the second half saw him come closer to scoring an own goal than finding the correct net!

His ‘best attempt’ came when a low cross was inadvertently touched goalwards, Daniel Jones saving the day with a goal line clearance.

A free-kick seconds later on the edge of the box was teed up for Lockett whose shot stung the palms of Sillitoe, which was effectively the only ‘save’ the Aylesbury custodian had to make during the match.

After a spell of pressure from the visitors a shot from Luke Robins was closed down, but just as in the first half United went straight down the other end and scored.

It came from a goal of pure simplicity, as Stacey Field provided a measured cross which Melford Simpson was able to easily nod in from close range. 3-0 Aylesbury

Royston had a number of good chances in the last third of the game, as firstly Ricky Young lashed over from inside the box with the whole goal to aim at. Carl Edwards had a shot deflected wide after a corner kick was cleared to him on the edge of the box, before the same player then shot wide again after the ball was cut back.

Stacey Field had a couple of good chances to complete his second hat-trick of the season in the final stages. Great work from Marcus Sawyer saw him beat a man and play in a low ball which Field somehow spooned over from three-yards. Then, Garcia intercepted a poor pass and beat his man down the wing and found Field, but his shot was slid behind having had to wait too long for the ball to sit right.

Aylesbury would more than settled for a 3-0 win before the game though, as they ran out well deserving winners, Royston beaten for the first time in the league since February.

Today aside, the Crows are well worthy of their league title for their consistency over the course of the season, and we wish them well for their future in the Southern League.

Photo Gallery
Photo courtesy of Kevin Richards - Royston Town photographer
Minute by Minute Updates

Two changes for the Ducks today: Sam Slatter for Russell Clark, and Tom Barnett for Joey Acheampong

Guard of honour for Royston Town!

Now for the presentation of March Team of the Month, by League President Brian Smith

And finally, the National Anthems...

We're underway at Bell Close

6. Decent move from Aylesbury, Baines threaded Field through but the ball bobbled and he could only slice well wide
7. Jones free-kick headed down by Simpson but lashed over by Sawyer on his wrong foot
10. GOAL! 1-0 Aylesbury. Field makes the most of awful hesitancy between keeper and defender to score at the second attempt
12. Ball moved quickly to Lawrence who crashes over Royston's first meaningful effort of the match
13. Free-kick on the edge of the box for Royston after a foul by Barnett...
14. Bradshaw's low attempt hits a defender
14. Ball flighted back into the box and met by Redford but plucked out of the air by Sillitoe
15. Turn and shot by Simpson held by the keeper
22. GOAL! 2-0 Aylesbury. Fabulous goal from Aylesbury. Garcia ball over the top headed in by Field, after Simpson and Garcia had linked up brilliantly in the box
26. Royston sub: Robins on for Lawrence
27. His first touch is a free-kick which curls over the bar from the corner of the box
29. Mulholland booked for accidental kick
33. Ball flighted over the defence, volley from Robins flashed all the way across goal
36. Another Royston free-kick on the right wing...
40. Robins met a left wing corner kick with a flicked header which flew wide
45. Young on the end of a quick counter attack blazed over the bar
46. Garcia cross missed by Simpson, but met with a superb scissor-kick by Barnett which hits the bar!
48. Awful challenge from Redford on Slatter, only punished by a yellow card
48. Flighted ball met by defender, nearly scores own goal! Madness
Barnett then drives in another effort which is blocked

HT: Aylesbury 2-0 Royston: Great first half from Aylesbury - Royston haven't been at the races

On reflection, we could have been four up!

The heavens have well and truly opened at half time - won't be an easy second half in these conditions!

Royston HT sub: Lockett on for Redford

1. Tom Barnett broke into the box and played a 1-2 but kept at bay by a fine challenge
2. Low cross touched goalwards by Mulholland, cleared off the line by Jones
Free-kick then conceded on the edge of the box
Ball teed up for Lockett whose shot stung the palms of Sillitoe but not much more
8. Shot from Robins blocked after spell of pressure
14. GOAL! 3-0 Aylesbury: Field cross headed in by Simpson. So simple!
14. Ball in for Young, great chance but he lashes over
Still no shot on target for the Champions!
16. Simpson taken out after heading the ball over, free-kick right on the edge of the box by the byline...
Wasted by taking short to Jones whose effort was blocked
24. Corner kick cleared as far as Edwards, shot deflected wide for another corner
28. Royston sub: Matt Standen on for Malins
31. Edwards pulls shot wide from cut back
31. Acheampong on for Simpson
34. Sawyer beats man and plays in great low ball, somehow spooned over by Field from inches out
35. Corner kick fell to Baines, hooked effort over
Royston have had a couple efforts but it just won't go in for them
42. Garcia intercepted a poor pass then jinked past his man, found Field but his shot was slid behind with only keeper to beat
43. Mulholland heads wide
44. Aylesbury sub: Donaldson for Garcia

FT: Aylesbury 3-0 Royston: Well deserved win over the league champions