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Rampant Royals bang in ten
Meresiders 1-10 Royals  (League, 15-02-09)

Royals continued to pile on the pressure at the top of the table this morning when they thumped bottom club Meresiders 10-1, in a match switched to Russell's Meadow at the last minute, due to Meresiders' pitch being waterlogged.

Royals were without defender Al Houbani, who was unavailable for selection, but otherwise had a full strength squad. A strong and cold wind blew across the pitch in the first half and for the first 10 minutes it looked like both teams were struggling to find their rhythm. The wind, coupled with a very light match ball made it difficult to gain control of the ball.

After 12 minutes Royals got their breakthrough when Hearle netted a finely crafted goal, the first of his three. As the half went on Royals began to dominate and further goals from Moffat, Fielding and Lewis added to the total.

Meresiders were a more physical side, with some tall and strong players, but Royals were able to counteract this with some finely honed football.

In the second half the wind was at their backs and they used this advantage to good effect. Hearle completed his hat trick, Fielding, Moffat, Baker and the outstanding Agnew all added to their season's tallies.

Meresiders played some decent football as well, and the game was not as one sided as the score would suggest, but Royals put together some outstanding moves, particularly in the second half.

Meresiders did gain a consolation goal, just before the final whistle, after a goalmouth scramble was rightly judged to be over the line.

The main positive from the game besides the result, was that Royals kept their shape and discipline despite being so far ahead in the game. With some very tough games coming up, Royals will need to maintain this form to stand a chance of winning a trophy this season.

Team: Keugler, Agnew, Miles, Green, Smith, Weynberg, Hearle, Moffat, Leech Watts (25), Fielding (Baker 25), Lewis


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