(Moffat, Green, Smith)
For the second week in succession
Royals came good again in the second half after a poor first half.
However this time they left themselves with too much to do and were
unable to pull back a 2 goal first half deficit. Over the whole game
Royals were out performed by a strong and well organised Market
Drayton side, who deserved their win.
Market Drayton started strongly and put the Royals on the back foot
for the first period. They had the control of the midfield and were
able to make good use of the pace of their strikers. This pressure
eventually paid dividends when they were rewarded with three first
half goals, to which the Royals struggled to respond.
However Royals were rewarded with goal 8 minutes from the end of the
first half, when Green found himself with the ball, 5 yards out,
after a goalmouth scramble. He fired home to make the score 1-3.
Royals did have other chances in the first half, with Smith hitting
the post and Green heading over from a Hearle corner, but luck was
not on their side.
Royals upped their performance in the second period and became more
involved in the middle of the field. This in turn led to them
creating more chances and providing a better service to the
Smith scored the Royals' second goal when he was sharpest to the
ball, in a goalmouth scramble, making the score 2-3. They now believed
that they had a chance to claw their way back into the game to
salvage one or more points.
Unfortunately Market Drayton came back stronger and within 3 minutes
regained their 2 goal margin, again pace being the problem to the
Royals' defence. Royals opponents' fifth goal came after a long
range shot ricocheted of the body of Miles and past the helpless
Moffat gave Royals a lifeline with 7 minutes remaining, with a
trademark header from a Hearle out swinging corner. However
Market Drayton had the last laugh when they completed their sixth
goal with 5 minutes remaining.
Royals had several other good chances during the second half, with
Lewis going close with a header, Smith saw his shot well saved by
the keeper and Hearle saw his shot just creep into the side netting.
A good and spirited second half performance by the Royals, but they
will need to learn to be able to turn it on from the commencement of
the game, if they are to become a serious threat to the teams at the
top of the league.
Team: Keugler, Agnew, Green, Al-Houbani, Baker, Weynberg
(Miles 50), Hearle, Moffat, Fielding, Lewis, Smith