(Moffat 2, Hearle, Fielding, Lewis, Leech, Weynberg)
Royals built on last week's victory today, as they overcame Market
Drayton Tigers in muddy conditions at Russell's Meadow. Heavy
overnight rain had made the pitch sticky and susceptible to cutting
up, but Royals dealt with the conditions well and outplayed their
opponents for much of the game.
When the two teams had met earlier in the season a lack of passion
and spirit was cited as the cause for a 6-3 defeat. Today however
the Royals wanted revenge. They played with passion and courage and
wanted the ball and this showed in their play.
Sticking to the 4-5-1 formation saw Lewis as the sole striker, with
usual striker Smith making his debut at left back. Royals had a full
squad of 14 available to choose from for the first time in a while.
Moffat scored the first for the Royals, 10 minutes into the game,
after being set up by a pass from Fielding. The game had been pretty
evenly matched up until this but the Royals got the break they
Royals second goal was something special. Fielding won the ball on
the left side of the pitch. Seeing Hearle unmarked about 30 yards
out he sent a long ball over to the other side of the pitch. Hearle
controlled the ball, looked up and sent a rocket of a shot into the
back of the net. A goal of almost Ronnie Radford proportions!
Just before half time Watts replaced Agnew at right back and then at
half time Weynberg replaced Miles, Baker replaced Lewis and some
re-shuffling took place.
Sometimes a re-shuffle can affect a team's performance, but today it
didn't. Those players introduced fitted in seamlessly and the Royals
were enjoying some of the best football they had played for a long
Royals third goal was
scored by Fielding. Five minutes into the second half he outpaced the Market Drayton defence
and took the ball round the approaching keeper to score his second
in as many games.
Market Drayton were by no means a poor team and they too had their
chances. Royals defence held up well for the most part, until 9
minutes into the second half, when they found the back of the net
with a coolly struck finish past the diving Keugler.
Royals regained their margin shortly afterwards when a penalty was
awarded for a push in the back on Leech, after a corner. After 2
previously missed penalties, Moffat decided he would have a go and
he sent a well taken penalty into the far corner of the goal.
Leech made it 5-1, 10 minutes later when Smith overlapped with
Baker, and sent a high cross over. The keeper was unable to hold on
to the ball and Leech pounced to tap home from close range.
Royals 6th came from Lewis, after he sidestepped his defender and
calmly shot past the keeper into the goal.
With full time approaching Royals scored a 7th. A break out of
defence after a Market Drayton corner, saw Weynberg clear the ball
to Lewis. Realising that Lewis would need help he carried on running
up the field to support. Lewis cut in towards goal and shot against
the keeper's legs, only for Weynberg to nip in and fire home the
There was time for the re-start and with Royals still celebrating,
Market Drayton scored their second. Some dazzling footwork from
their no 7 saw him beat 3 Royals players and send a pass through
splitting the Royals' defence. Their striker ran on to the ball and
another great strike saw Keugler unable to keep the ball out of the
A great result for the Royals against a team who had been on a great
run recently. Royals were back to their best, and must now look to
take this into their next game.
Team: Keugler, Agnew (Watts 25), Green, Al-Houbani,
Smith, Miles (Weynberg 35), Hearle, Moffat, Leech, Fielding, Lewis