Royston Town 2 - Beaconsfield Town 1
Rams Man of the Match - Ryan Parsons
Beaconsfield Town’s 2019 Emirates FA Cup run came to an end yesterday as Royston Town advanced to the fourth qualifying round for the first time in their history after securing a hard fought 2-1 victory. Although, in fairness the victory was more comfortable than the score-line suggested and was entirely deserved as they wore down The Rams after the break and the visitors somewhat subsided as an attacking force.
The game appeared to be heading towards a replay as a combination of Myles Bowman in the visitors goal and resolute defending seemed to be managing the tie back to Holloways Park. Then in the 79th minute the home sides persistence was rewarded as Matt Bateman guided a 20 yard cross-shot through a crowd and into the bottom corner. The goal came after a period of steadily increasing pressure that Beaconsfield may reflect could have been dealt with had they retained their composure better and taken the opportunities to clear effectively as the Home sides attacks grew more frenetic. Throughout the second half in general the visitors were unable to retain possession in attack and allowed the home side to regain the ball and the initiative too cheaply.
The home sides nerves at the prospect of making history were evident throughout a competitive and even first half and transmitted to the large and partisan crowd who grew increasingly frustrated with The Rams ability to break up play, draw free kicks and generally unsettle The Crows and their fans.
Beaconsfield settled well and enjoyed early territorial and possession advantage without troubling Joe Welch in the home goal. Neither keeper was called into action until the 29th minute when Royston went in front. Matt Bateman won a muscular challenge for a hopeful forward ball and was able to turn and wriggle free 35 yards out. He seemed likely to pull the trigger having created the opportunity but as he drew defenders towards him he played a square pass to Josh Castiglione who had the space and time on the left corner of the box to set himself and curl a right footed beauty into the top corner past the despairing dive of Bowman who had no chance.
The goal was somewhat harsh on Beaconsfield who were shading the contest to that point. To their credit they rode out the storm and were level within ten minutes. Brendan Matthew picked up the ball in the centre circle and drove at the heart of the defence. Four Crows defenders were sucked towards the ball leaving space on the left flank for Tyrell Mitford who bent in a carbon copy of the home team’s opener to bring The Rams level.
An absorbing contest, long on effort and illuminated by two finishes of real quality made it to the break with the teams locked together.
Half Time 1-1
The second half began with the home team taking the game to Beaconsfield. As early as the first minute Myles Bowman was quickly off his line to thwart Bateman with a smothering block and was called into action to make double saves from Bateman and strike partner Brandon Adams as the home side increased the pressure with Scott Bridges and Dan Green increasingly winning their midfield battles. Home favourite Claudio Ofosu was prominent throughout but for the most part his flashy pacy runs flattered to deceive as he was well marshalled by Ryan Parsons who linked well with Bajram Pashaj all afternoon and asked questions down the home right flank.
Parsons ball into Pashaj provided The Rams first serious opportunity of the half as a clumsy challenge from Ed Asafu-Adjaye provided a chance for Tyrell Mitford to line up a freekick from a similar distance and angle that he had scored from in the first half. His effort was a little scuffed though and although it beat the wall it did not trouble Welch who made a comfortable save at the near post.
For the most part the home defence, well marshalled by Adam Murray and effectively screened by the combative Bridges, kept the Beaconsfield attack at arms-length as the visitors attacking duo of Matthew and Mitford struggled to retain possession and Wes Daly and Ade Shokunbi effective as ever found themselves living off scraps.
Any joy that the visitors did have came through Pashaj down the left flank but it was one of those days when, like opposite number Ofosu, the tricky wide man flattered to deceive and the end product seldom lived up to the promise of the approach.
On the occasions where delivery into the box tested the home defence Welch was admirably solid under the high ball and Adams, Murray and Crowther in front of him were more than happy to put their bodies on the line to make the telling block or effect the clearance.
When Batemans strike put the homeside ahead with just over 10 minutes left it was odds on a home win.
Beaconsfield rallied and threw all they had at the last 10 minutes but the efforts owed more to the bludgeon than scalpel. As time ticked down the efforts became more frenetic and The Crows saw out the closing minutes under pressure but with few alarms or efforts of quality from the visitors.
Hopefully they will be rewarded with a favourable draw in the next round.
1. Jo Welch
2. Ed Asafu-Adjaye
3. Daniel Braithwaite
4. Scott Bridges
5. Adam Murray
. 6.Adam Crowther
7. Josh Castiglione (Sub 15.Ben Martin 84)
8. Daniel Green (Sub16.Spyros Mentis 67)
9.Brandon Adams (Sub 12.Harold Joseph 67)
10. Matthew Bateman
Subs Not Used:
17. Sam Nolan
18. Harry Smart
Manager: Steve Castle
1. Myles Bowman
2. Alex Nolan
3. Ryan Parsons (12.James McClusky 86)
4. Reece Yorke
5. Luke Neville
6. Wes Daly © (Sub 14. Jon-Jo Bates 84)
7. Jordan Ajanlekoko
8. Ade Shokunbi
9. Brendan Matthew
10. Tyrell Mitford (15 Kaine Kennedy-Sinclair 73)
Subs Not Used:
13. Borja Loeches Teixeira
15. Kane Guy-Seifert
Manager: Gary Meakin
Ref: Tom Danahar - Assistants - Nick Fuller - Robert Trinder