Royals suffered to their third successive defeat this morning after
being comprehensively beaten by a well organised and determined
Shrewsbury Junior Colts side at the Sports Village. This latest
defeat means that only 1 point has been gained in their last 4
outings and it is now unlikely that a runners up spot will be
Form the outset Royals looked second best, with their opponents
wanting to win more. Royals were second to everything and failed to
seriously challenge in the 50/50 situations.
The Colts took the lead after 15 minutes when Royals failed to clear
and a shot was fired home from 10 yards past goalkeeper Keugler.
This spurred Royals' opponents on and they piled on the pressure for
the remainder of the first half.
Royals, already without the injured Leech, suffered another injury
blow after Miles had to be carried off with a serious looking knee
injury. He was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Colts' second goal came from a move down the right hand side. A shot
came in from a narrow angle, and a rare error of judgement from
keeper Keugler saw the ball cross the line, when it really should
have been saved.
For the second half Royals swapped Al Houbani into midfield and
moved Fielding back into defence, in an attempt to win more of the
ball in the centre of the field. This helped to an extent and Royals
enjoyed their best spell after this change. Al Houbani came close
twice, firstly shooting just over the bar, and secondly just wide.
Green also came close on two occasions after seeing one shot go over
the bar and a free kick go narrowly wide.
Despite this, Royals always looked vulnerable at the back and with
the Colts' superior strength and ball control, it wasn't long before
they scored their third. Royals' defence were caught out of position
and with strikers queuing up to finish, keeper Keugler was
With Royals chasing the game they moved more players upfront, still
with a hope of getting something out of the game. However it wasn't
to be and a fourth goal was added to the tally, after a poor goal
kick landed at the feet of a Colts player, giving him the
opportunity to lay the ball off to a team mate, who calmly slotted
the ball past Royals' outstretched keeper.
A poor performance and one which will definitely need to be greatly
improved if Royals are to make a seriously challenge in the League
Cup final in 2 weeks time.
Team: Keugler, Agnew, Green, Al-Houbani,
Smith, Miles (Baker 20), Weynberg (Watts 30), Hearle, Fielding, Moffat, Lewis