|Date||Saturday 9 February 2013|
|Match||Uxbridge v Royston Town
|Competition||Evo-Stik League Southern: Central Division One|
|Royston Scorers||Robins, Fehmi
|Crows MoM||Will Norris|
Crows Soar High Over Uxbridge
By Jez Izod
Two goals in 84 seconds and some questionable officiating gave Royston three precious points in their quest for Southern League glory.
After some recent lacklustre performances from the home side, Uxbridge attacked from the off with Nicke Kabamba attacking down the left flank, his cross found Matt Woods who shot just over.
A minute later, a sloppy clearance from Lee Wilson provided Wayne Carter an opportunity to shoot, but his effort was saved superbly by the returning Will Norris in the Royston goal.
The eighth minute saw Royston Town fans pay their own tribute to Luke Reynolds, a fellow Crow who passed away from cancer aged just 20 years old. Uxbridge fans also joined in with the minute’s applause and chanting.
On ten minutes Luke Robins ghosted past Mark Dennison and slotted past Matt Elston-Bull. There was a suspicion of offside and with the home side still protesting the goal, poor defending found Kaan Fehmi lurking just outside the area and his volley smashed past the hapless home keeper.
These two goals seemed to have woken the home side and a cross from Kabamba found Callum Madiban in the Royston box, but luckily Jack Bradshaw was wise to this and quickly cleared.
Royston pressed forward and with the Crows looking for a crucial third goal to kill the game as a contest, Lee Wilson scampered forward and his cross found the impressive Robins, but just as the Number 11 was pulling the trigger, Dennsion cut out the ball and safely cleared.
Uxbridge pressed forward and on 23 minutes Wayne Carter let fly with a powerful shot, this brought out a world class save from Norris. The Royston stopper had to be alert again five minutes later when Madiban’s free kick looked destined for the back of the net, only to be denied again by Norris.
Still Uxbridge pressed forward and efforts from Woods, Kabamba and Carter were all saved by the excellent Norris.
The best move of the half followed on 32 minutes with fluent passing numbering 18 brought a shot by Ryan Lockett, this effort was tipped over by the home stopper.
With the half coming to a close, Uxbridge pressure resulted in two corners in succession, both these set pieces were marshalled away by Joe De La Salle.
The second half saw Uxbridge attack from the whistle and brought the games most controversial moment. Kabamba beat Wilson and as he moved into the area, was brought down by Jack Bradshaw. To the anger and astonishment of the home side, the referee signalled play on and the Crows cleared the danger to the relief of the travelling support.
With Uxbridge still protesting furiously, the referee brought a tempory halt to proceedings to issue a warning to the home bench.
Uxbridge pressed forward for that crucial opening goal and Norris produced another world class save from the dangerous Woods. With momentum firmly with the home side, the referee caused further uproar by calling for a change in footballs thus allowing Royston to re-group.
Desperate defending was the call of the day with last ditch tackles made by Bradshaw and De La Salle as the home side pressed forward on 70 minutes.
With Royston rocking, Mark Smith burst into the area, but Norris saved bravely at his feet.
The Crows had their own reason to be slightly aggrieved with the officiating as Robins was blatantly taken out in the Uxbridge area by a desperate Elston-Bull. With the Crows protesting furiously, the referee booked Fehmi for his protestations. This was greeted by howls of derision from the away bench and fans as Uxbridge had escaped any form of reprimand earlier on.
On 78 minutes saw the strangest decision of the day when Lee Wilson was booked for not taking a throw in the correct manner.
With just ten minutes remaining of normal time, Royston were content on playing keep ball to play time out.
With seven minutes of added time, relief and celebration greeted the final whistle as howls of derision greeted the departing officials from the home contingent.
Overall an excellent team performance with two excellent goals sealed three precious points. With the other teams playing catch up on fixtures, manager Paul Attfield will feel pleased that the Crows have the points already on the board.
Team: Norris, Endacott, Wilson, De La Salle, Bradshaw (c), Spencer, Edwards, Malins (Collins), Fehmi (Beck), Lockett, Robins. Subs Not Used: Parr, Reynolds, McDevitt