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From: Darren Lawrence darrenpeterlawrence@gmail.com Date: 17 April 2016 at 21:43:56 BST To: "neilking1957@hotmail.com" neilking1957@hotmail.com Subject: Match report - Royston (a) 1-1

Kingy's yellow and blue army arrived on a sunny morning at a proper football ground with proper changing rooms, with some of the squad still feeling the exertions of the over 50s game on Thursday evening. Darrell deputising for Kingy/Clarky/Sedge, had a strong 12 to choose from including midfielder Lingy drafted in from Buckden and James who led the line up top with Howard. Although the surroundings and conditions looked initially promising, once out on the pitch it was clear that the long season had taken its toll on the surface, the bumps, undulations and slope not conducive to our usual passing game! Despite this we settled into the game well and had the best of the first half. We created some good chances with James and Kempy causing problems for the Royston defence backed up by a solid midfield and defence with Nigel sweeping up at the back. A long searching ball out of defence found James on the right, who beat his man and crossed to Darren on the left hand side of the box. Lingy received his lay off 25 yards out and struck a brilliant shot inside the post, 1-0. Royston were demonstrating that they were a useful side and their passing and pace did cause us some uncomfortable moments, however whenever they got through Jardine was there to keep them out in a great performance between the sticks. We continued to create opportunities notably for Paul with a header and a fantastic Kev Anderson volley producing a fine save from their keeper (who looked like he had played a bit), but couldn't add a second before half time. The second half was a different game, where we were being pushed back more and finding it difficult to keep possession and break forward. Darrell came on for Roy and showed his usual heady mix of energy, passion and determination...I'm not sure that their right back appreciated it as much as we did after a hard (but fair) tackle left him on the floor writhing in agony. We did create one or two half chances the clearest of which saw Howard pretty much through one on one but again their keeper did well, parrying the effort just wide. Royston probably deserved something out of the game and their pressure finally paid off when a cross-shot arced over Jardine's head and into the far corner of our goal, 1-1, which is how it stayed. This was a good close competitive game, a tough test for us particularly without some key players, but we showed good resilience to come away with a point, with everyone putting in a shift! Well done jardine ,who won the M.O.M Kingy

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