|Date||Tuesday 9 December 2014|
|Match||Royston Town v Uxbridge|
|Competition||Evo-Stik League Southern: Division One Central|
On a cold, windy and wet evening, Royston failed to match the dogged determination of their visitors and lost a poor game to a solitary Uxbridge goal on 23 minutes.
A season low crowd attendance of 60 witnessed another poor midweek performance from the home team lacking in ideas and direction. Early chances fell to Reece Dobson who shot hastily and wide when another touch would have been more prudent.
A great free kick in from Chris Watters saw no reaction to the loose ball and many missed second ball opportunities saw Steve Castle particularly animated on the side-line.
A corner ball brought a clever Dobson flick on but McCarthy in the visitor’s goal made a fine reflex save.
Slightly against the run of play Uxbridge scored the only goal of the game as the ball was lost in the Royston midfield too easily and a swift push forward found Woods who punished the Crows for their sloppiness.
With quality of football matching the weather the half meandered to an end with home team communication lacking and spikey throughout and real Royston chances extremely few and far between.
The second half was worse. The only Royston attempt on target being a superb free-kick by Watters being brilliantly tipped over by McCarthy ten minutes in and that was about as good as it got.
The Crows repeatedly tried to bring Kaan Fehmi and Dobson into the game but play too often broke down with poor control or misguided decision making.
Dobson had a gilt edged late chance to equalise the scores when a great pass forward eluded the back line but his blasted first time effort was wastefully sent wide.
Fehmi was slowed down with a twist and the whole Royston team hobbled on in sympathy to the striker.
Credit to Uxbridge who did not overly look to increase their lead but their resilience to defend the one goal was more than enough to win this truly forgettable match against a sub-standard Royston team.
Team: Yates, Powell, Kilgallon, Bradshaw, McDevitt, Collins (Ingrey), Bridges Stuart, Mentis (Nightingale), Fehmi, Dobson, Watters.
Subs not used – Lockett, Hart, Wharton.