The winning ticket worth £74 was claimed for the draw against Royston – a game that saw Royston’s keeper named man of the match (Non League Paper) despite playing for most of the game struggling with a leg injury.
Both James Mace and Ahmed Obeng went straight into the team against Royston, who had beaten us in the FA Trophy last month. According to the club website only 3 players from that FA Trophy game started on a cold windy day. “Silly errors are costing us” was the headline in Gav’s column in the programme – The Bards conceded another seemingly avoidable goal on 26. A misjudged bounce in the penalty area was seized upon by the Crows who made it 1-0 with a low finish from a pull-back. The Bards had the better of the play up till then and Taylor appeared to be fouled from behind in the penalty area on 15 as he advanced through on goal but the referee, who caused frustration during the game for both sides on and off the pitch, waved the claims away. A leg injury to the goalkeeper on 35 saw Royston defend even more resolutely and wind down the clock as much as possible with presumably no sub keeper on their bench. It’s been good to see in the World Cup and the Basford game, referees add appropriate time on for stoppages (including timewasting) but only 5 minutes were to be added on to the first half despite the stoppages and lengthy delay for the keeper’s injury.
Bards continued to dominate in the 2nd half against the away side, but were susceptible on the break and were lucky Royston didn’t double their lead. The Royston keeper made some good saves but frustration was growing that The Bards were failing to beat the injured keeper struggling to move. Finally, Mikey volleyed one home from close range out of the reach of the keeper with 18 to go. There was no more scoring after despite chances at both ends.
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