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Royston Town

4

Stratford Town

2
Southern League 14/01/2023 @ 3:00 pm Garden Walk

ROYSTON TOWN FC v STRATFORD TOWN FC

Saturday 14th January 2023

 

An entertaining encounter saw Royston run out 4-2 winners and move into the top half of the table.

Right from the off the game was an open affair and the tone was set as early as the 4th minute. A through ball found Matt Bateman who drew away keeper Liam O’Brien before intelligently squaring to Kian Harness leaving him the simple task of shooting into the open net.

Bateman nearly doubled the lead as he saw his header from Nathan Tshikuna’s corner rebound off the bar. The Crows where not to be denied a second though as O’Brien could only palm out Tshikuna’s long range effort straight into the path of Shomari Barnwell, who turned the rebound into the open net in the 24th minute.

It was against the run of play that The Bards pulled one back, as Hamilton Bunga finished from close range after the home side had failed to clear a corner in the 35th minute. The comeback was short lived though as The Crows restored their two-goal lead on the stroke of half-time. An outrageous bit of skill from Harness saw him create space and his clipped cross was volleyed home by Bateman at the back post.

The second half continued along the same vein as both sides showed an attacking intent. Harness was denied three times by O’Brien, whilst Louie Chadwick in the home goal thwarted Callum Ebanks twice in quick succession. It was Stratford who grabbed the fifth goal of the game in the 84th minute as Jesse Akubuine strode through the midfield before setting up substitute Jamie Molyneux to fire home.

Stratford sensed the chance of a point and pressed hard for an equaliser, but after forcing 3 corners in quick succession were caught out in the 89th minute. Connor Furlong collected the ball on the edge of his own box and drove forward, an exchange of passes with Tshikuna saw him race clear and confidently slot the ball past O’Brien to give The Crows a deserved 3 points.

 

Royston: 1-Chadwick, 2-Da Silva, 3-Townsend-West (16-Nakatani-Brown 77), 4- Williams (17-Hinds 68), 5-Murray ©, 6-Henry, 7-Furlong, 8-Tshikuna, 9-Bateman (15-Bell-Toxtle 46), 10-Barnwell, 11-Harness

Unused – 12-Keane, 13-Kyriatzis

MOM – Nathan Tshikuna

 

 

ROYSTON TOWN   STRATFORD TOWN
11 EFFORTS ON TARGET 6
4 EFFORTS OFF TARGET 4
3 BLOCKED SHOTS 6
12 FREE KICKS AWARDED 18
7 CORNERS 6
2 YELLOW CARDS 1
0 RED CARDS 0

Royston Town 4 - 2 Stratford Town

  • Saturday 14 January 2023 @ 3:00 pm
  • Southern League 
  • Garden Walk
  • Attendance: 324
  • Referee: Joshua Crofts
GLS
12 Joel Nakatani-Brown Mackye Townsend-West
13 Fredrick Hinds Alfie Williams
14 Fernando Bell-Toxtle Matt Bateman
15 Dimitrios Kyriatzis
16 Shaun Keane
12
Played
5
Won
3
Drawn
4
Lost

Previous meetings

12 Aug 17 3:00 pm League Royston Town v Stratford Town 1 - 2
21 Oct 17 3:00 pm League Stratford Town v Royston Town 1 - 1
18 Aug 18 3:00 pm League Royston Town v Stratford Town 2 - 2
13 Apr 19 3:00 pm League Stratford Town v Royston Town 2 - 0
26 Nov 19 7:45 pm League Royston Town v Stratford Town 3 - 2
21 Aug 21 3:00 pm League Stratford Town v Royston Town 3 - 0
30 Oct 21 3:00 pm FA Trophy Royston Town v Stratford Town 2 - 1
09 Apr 22 3:00 pm League Royston Town v Stratford Town 3 - 0
08 Oct 22 3:00 pm FA Trophy Stratford Town v Royston Town 1 - 2
26 Nov 22 3:00 pm League Stratford Town v Royston Town 1 - 1
14 Jan 23 3:00 pm League Royston Town v Stratford Town 4 - 2
18 Nov 23 3:00 pm League Stratford Town v Royston Town 2 - 1