U18 Match Report: Royston Town v Cornard United

Date Wednesday 13 October 2010
Match Royston Town v Cornard United
Competition Ridgeons Youth Cup, First Round
Result Won 2-1
Royston Scorers Webb, Pemberton

Royston progressed in the league cup competition with a deserved victory over Sudbury based Cornard United on Wednesday evening.

The visitors started the better and two fine saves from under 16 keeper Owen Bentley and a goaline clearance from Dan Plumb kept the deadlock but as the half wore on Royston began to create chances and control the game.

New signing Ollie Pemberton shot over from close range with only the keeper in front of him, Marvin Luzinda headed a corner straight at keeper from eight yards out and Ryan Webb hit a scorching 20 yard left footer against the crossbar as Royston frequently threatened.

The Crows deservedly went ahead on 35 minutes when a quick break down the right saw Luke Hennessey beat the full back for pace and cross for Ryan Webb to score from eight yards.

Straight from kick off a poor back pass let in the lively Cornard forward who hit a post but the visitors weren't to be denied and scored on 41 minutes with a lively counter attacking goal.
Royston returned after half time and controlled the majority of the play and created the best openings.

Full back Matt Brennan hit a fantastic 25 yard strike against the crossbar, Tom Spencer headed a corner just wide, his brother Jordan after a fine bit of individual play shot just wide and Luke Hennessey ran through but was superbly denied by the keeper.

The winning goal came in strange circumstances on 70 minutes when Ollie Pemberton's right wing corner curled into the six yard box and dropped inside the far post without anyone touching it.

Royston held on relatively comfortably without any nervous moments and with a little more care could have made the scoreline more emphatic, they now await the second round draw next week.