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Southern League 15/04/2023 @ 3:00 pm Hayden Road

ROYSTON TOWN FC v AFC RUSHDEN & DIAMONDS FC

Saturday 15th April 2023

 

The Crows arrested a run of 4 straight league defeats as an injury-time equaliser gave them a deserved draw against a rejuvenated AFC Rushden & Diamonds side.

Royston started the game brightly and should have taken the lead in the 9th minute as Ronnie Henry rose to meet a James Brighton corner, but headed over. Brighton and Matt Bateman saw shots saved by Dean Snedker, fresh from being awarded the Diamonds supporter’s player of the season.

Royston dominated the opening 20 minutes but found themselves a goal behind as poor defending allowed Andy Mandjoba the chance to gain possession and tee up Mitchell White for a precise finish past Dimi Kyriatzis.

This setback didn’t affect the away side who continued to push forward, Henry did better with another header from a corner, this time hitting the target, but Sendker did well to tip over. Another good chance quickly followed as Bateman helped a ball into the box but Charlie Castle saw his volley flash the wrong side of the post.

The second half started similarly, with Matt Bateman seeing a 46th-minute header chalked off for offside before Adam Murray headed over from a Cole Dasilva free kick. The home side where more in the game however and should have doubled their lead in the 61st minute as more good work from Mandjoba presented Janson Cooper with a glorious opportunity, but Ronnie Henry was the man in the right place at the right time as he managed to clear the ball off the line. With the game becoming more stretched AFC had a chance to wrap the points up in the 90th minute as Cooper held off Brighton, but substitute Fraser Corden poked his effort wide of the goal.

This proved a costly miss as 3 minutes into stoppage time it was 2 Crows substitutes who combined to salvage the deserved point. Tom Newman clipped a cross into the heart of the penalty area and it was Ky Marsh-Brown who was perfectly placed to steer a header past Snedker and see the Crows get some sort of reward that their efforts warranted.

 

Royston: 13-Kyriatzis, 2-Da Silva, 3-Brighton, 4-Bell-Toxtle, 5-Murray ©, 6-Henry, 7-Castle (14-Newman 63), 8-Rotimi (12-Marsh Brown 57), 9-Bateman (20-Forde 79), 10-Williams, 11-Harness

Unused – 15-Mentis, 17-Barnwell

MOM – Ronnie Henry

 

 

ROYSTON TOWN   AFC RUSHDEN & DIAMONDS
6 EFFORTS ON TARGET 4
7 EFFORTS OFF TARGET 3
4 BLOCKED SHOTS 1
13 FREE KICKS AWARDED 10
6 CORNERS 1
1 YELLOW CARDS 1
0 RED CARDS 0

AFC Rushden & Diamonds 1 - 1 Royston Town

  • Saturday 15 April 2023 @ 3:00 pm
  • Southern League 
  • Hayden Road
  • Attendance: 368
  • Referee: Alan Cresswell
GLS
12 Harry Forde Matt Bateman
13 Ky Marsh-Brown Isa Rotimi 1
14 Tom Newman Charlie Castle
15 Spyros Mentis
16 Shomari Barnwell
10
Played
5
Won
3
Drawn
2
Lost

Previous meetings

05 Dec 15 3:00 pm League AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Royston Town 1 - 4
12 Mar 16 3:00 pm League Royston Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds 1 - 0
26 Apr 16 7:45 pm Play-Offs Royston Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds 1 - 2
15 Sep 18 3:00 pm League Royston Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds 2 - 1
30 Mar 19 3:00 pm League AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Royston Town 0 - 0
14 Sep 19 3:00 pm League AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Royston Town 1 - 1
28 Sep 21 7:45 pm League AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Royston Town 1 - 3
18 Dec 21 3:00 pm League Royston Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds 1 - 2
12 Nov 22 3:00 pm League Royston Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds 2 - 1
15 Apr 23 3:00 pm League AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Royston Town 1 - 1