Match Report: Royston Town Vets v Saffron Walden Vets

Date Sunday 26 February 2012
Match Royston Town Vets v Saffron Walden Vets
Competition Cambs Veterans Invitation Cup
Result Drew 4-4
Royston Scorers Leete(3), Moulding

Town Vets maintained their unbeaten record in the Cambs Vets Invitation Cup but could only manage another draw in a fluctuating match that ended 4-4 against Saffron Walden Vets.

After an even first 20 minutes Town took the lead when Peter Leete converted a Nick Humphreys cross from the left. The visitors soon levelled when Town failed to deal with a left wing corner and the ball was headed past ‘keeper Simon Dobson into the net.

Leete restored Town’s lead when he headed Paddy Coughlin’s cross from the right goalwards and the ball was deflected into the net. The scores were soon level again as Town again failed to clear a corner kick and a handball in the six-yard area gifted Saffron Walden a penalty kick that was duly converted.

Early in the second half Town went behind for the first time in the match when another corner was headed in by the visitors to make the score 2-3.

In a period of end to end play both teams looked likely to concede further goals and fortunately it was Town who scored next as John Moulding collected the ball 25 yards from goal and fired a great right-foot shot low into the net past a diving ‘keeper. Equality didn’t last long as Town’s defence was again exposed and Walden took a 4-3 lead.

Town deservedly tied the match up at 4-4 following good work by Carlo Silenti who dribbled his way into the penalty area and laid the ball off to Leete who crashed a volley into the net from 20 yards.

The result leaves Town still top of their league but near rivals Mount Pleasant can draw level on 11 points from their game in hand. Town must win their last game against Linton Aztecs to have a chance of progressing to the semi-finals.

Royston Town Vets: S Dobson, A Smith, M McQueen, P Coughlin (N King 70), G.Pinner, K Barthrop (P Wenlock 60) , C Silenti, J Moulding, N Humphreys, P Lewis (S Henry 65), P Leete.

The Vets host Walkern Vets next Sunday at Garden Walk.