Crows fall short after another slow start
By Lee Gilbert
Royston battled well on the weekend to reduce a 31-3 half time deficit to 31-17 by full time, but once more rued a slow start
Looking to bounce back from last week’s loss to Harrow, Royston welcomed high flying Old Streetonians to the Heath for their latest fixture in LDN3NW. The Crows started the match well, with early pressure resulting in full back Will Dacey kicking a penalty for a 3-0 lead. However, the remainder of the half belonged firmly to Old Streets, as they dominated play and amassed 31 unanswered points, including a try bonus by the time the half time whistle went.
Staring a demoralising defeat firmly between the eyes, Royston could’ve wilted or risen to the occasion, and credit to the Crows that it was indeed the latter. Continual pressure in the early stages of the second half resulted in a well-earned penalty try, suitably now converted by Mr. Penalty Try himself under the new laws, robbing Dacey from adding to his points tally. Buoyed by this, Royston continued to take the game to Old Streets but their defence held firm until the 70th minute, with winger Dan Ritsema crossing once again and Dacey converting to narrow the score to 17-31 with ten minutes to play. Royston gave their all in the closing stages in the search of the losing bonus point but just couldn’t manage the score they needed.
At the half way stage of the season, Royston find themselves in 10th place and just three points clear of safety but with much to play for, starting with Stevenage home next Saturday. A strong performance here will hopefully lift the Crows for what is looking like a season defining clash with Finchley on the 5th of January.