ROUND-UP: Royston Hockey Club men's seconds get first win in eight matches
PUBLISHED: 16:45 11 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:45 11 February 2015
Royston Hockey Club's men's first team could not follow up on last week's excellent win at Winchmore Hill and Enfield after losing 1-0 at home to Luton Town.
Bryn Owen had the easiest of opportunities as he passed the ball into an empty goal late in the first half.
Royston 2nds had more luck though, beating Hertford 2nds 2-1 on the road for their first win in eight league matches.
Top marksman James Yarrow’s brace fired the away side into a 2-0 second half advantage.
Down to 10 men due to Mark Jacobs’ injury, they battled bravely but conceded with five minutes to go.
However, there was not to be a further twist in the tail, hanging on for the three points.
It was a forgettable afternoon for Royston men’s 3rds, losing 5-0 at home to new league leaders Shefford and Sandy 2nds.
The 4ths rounded off a mediocre day of results for the men as they lost 1-0 at St Neots 4ths.
The away side had good chances to gain more from a game always within their reach, but a combination of good home defending and poor Royston finishing denied them a decent point.
Royston’s women fared slightly better in their four weekend clashes.
A 3-0 win for the first team over third-bottom Colchester 2nds lifted them into fourth in Division 2C and extended their unbeaten run to an impressive five matches.
Ali Carroll gave the home side a half-time lead and they continued their dominance in the second phase.
Kirsty McKenzie and another strike from Carroll sealed the comfortable victory.
Meanwhile, the 2nds drew their fourth game in sixth after a 2-2 with Broxbourne 3rds.
Heidi Whittaker got the hosts off to a great start in the first 10 minutes.
Broxbourne hit back before the break and then once more soon after the interval as they turned the game on its head.
Vice captain Denise Underwood rescued the point for Royston late on though, following a perfect side pass from captain Martine Powley.
The 3rds were not so competitive, losing 3-0 to Shefford and Sandy 4ths.
Royston 4ths put in a strong performance but lost 1-0 at Saffron Walden 7ths.