ROYSTON TOWN FC v TAMWORTH FC
Saturday 14th August 2021
A dominant second-half performance saw Royston collect the 3 points as they overpowered one of the title favourites.
The first half was largely forgettable as both sides cancelled each other out. Jasbir Singh comfortably dealt with a couple of home team headers, whilst Tamworth’s best chance saw Joe Welch race out from his goal to deny Shaquille McDonald.
Royston started the second half on the front foot and were duly rewarded in the 55th minute. A Scott Bridges corner played to the edge of the box, was rifled goalward and a deft flick from Spyros Mentis took the ball away from Singh’s despairing dive.
The lead was soon doubled as a Bridges free-kick rebounded off the post and was prodded home by Brandon Adams, the free-kick having been awarded against Tom Ward, who in the process received a second yellow card, meaning his afternoon was over.
The game was well and truly put to bed in the 79th minute as Freddie Brown scored a debut goal having come on as a substitute just 2 minutes earlier. A James Brighton corner was headed clear and Brown, from the edge of the box, rifled a shot into the bottom corner.
Tamworth had a golden opportunity to score a consolation effort in the 84th minute, but Ryan Beswick’s penalty, awarded after he had been tripped by Adam Murray, was well saved by Welch, completing a perfect afternoon for the Crows.
Royston: 1-Welch, 2-Asafu-Adjaye, 14-Brighton, 4-Bridges (20-Newton 71), 5-Murray ©, 19-Mentis, 16-Rotimi, 8-Draper (12-Newman 71), 9-Adams, 10-Bateman, 11-Galliford (15-Brown 77)
Unused: 17-Towner, 3-Brathwaite
MOM – Brandon Adams
|10||EFFORTS ON TARGET||1|
|3||EFFORTS OFF TARGET||2|
|17||FREE KICKS AWARDED||12|