|Date||Saturday 21 April 2012|
|Match||Aylesbury United v Royston Town
|Competition||Molten Spartan South Midlands Football League: Premier Division
|Man of Match||–|
This was a classic 'Championship winning hangover' from Royston's point of view in a game where little interest was shown by The Crows, with the home side's greater urgency and desire deservedly gaining them a merited scoreline.
Having won the title at Oxhey Jets last weekend attention is now drawn to two cup finals in the next couple of weeks along with a longer vision of a new league for next season. Paul Attfield rotated his large squad with seven changes from the starting line-up from last week to give players a chance to stake a claim for cup final places and impress before the conclusion of the season.
As the scoreline suggests the performance was disjointed and lethargic with little to threaten the home goal and enough defensive naivity to gift the home side three goals.
The Crows received a Guard of Honour from the home side who themselves received the March Team of the Month award but that was the highlight of Royston's day as they never imposed their status on the game.
The hosts started lively and took a 15th minute lead when a long ball forward looked completely ineffective until Damian Williamson and Jack Friend both left the ball for each other allowing Field to nip in and accept the gift with applomb.
Rhys Lawrence and Ricky Young both fired over the bar and Ryan Redford headed a cross straight at the keeper before United extended their lead. Another defensive mess allowed an unchallenged right wing cross float into the middle where Field was allowed to run between static defenders to nod simply past Williamson from six yards.
Lawrence was replaced by Robins just before half time in a period where Aylesbury twice went close with an angled half volley striking the visiting crossbar and another goalbound drive blocked by Jack Bradshaw. Ryan Lockett replaced Ryan Redford at the interval.
Royston returned with greater urgency but too often gave up possession on an increasingly difficult surface made harder by the interval downpour. United continued to look the more likely and so it proved mid way through the half when Field reacted onto a header from a goal kick and crossed for Simpson who was probably embarrased with the space he had to place a header into the corner of the net from eight yards.
Ryan Lockett had Royston's only game efffort on target from a 20 yard free kick that stung the keeper's hands with Carl Edwards having the best other chances shooting just over and wide respectively.
Overall a best forgotten game from Royston's point of view and with much still to play for this season better showings than this will be needed if they want to win any more silverware!
Team: Williamson, Endacott, Grinham, Bradshaw, Friend, Martin Standen, Edwards, Malins (Matt Standen), Redford (Lockett), Young, Lawrence ( Robins) Unused: Clemo, Collins