Elton Vale v Royton Town AFC



Towns 1st team played out a 3-3 draw against a lively Elton Vale FC on Saturday at the neutral venue of Ladybridge FC (Lostock).
Town included several teenagers in the starting eleven & had just one of last seasons 1st team (Craig Schuman)included in the line up.
Royton started the game well opening up their opponents defence on several occasions but failed to capitalise until Mark Hopwood found the net with a fine finish following an excellent flowing move on 15 minutes,
Ethan Sutcliffe then increased the lead with a superb header to put Town 2-0 up on 20 minutes.
Chance after chance went begging for Town & they could & should’ve put the game well out of their opponents reach & were made to pay for their poor finishing as Elton Vale capitalised on some slack play by Town to score 3 in the last 15 minutes of the first half.
The 2nd half saw Town make several changes as they sought to get back in to the game & as in the 1st half continued to create numerous chances to seal the game but had to wait until the 58th minute for an equaliser from another fine header from Ethan Sutcliffe to make it 3-3.Town completely controlled the 2nd half,(cant recall 16 year old keeper Jordan Rydel having a shot to save in the 2nd half) as Royton pressed forward looking for a winner but all to no avail & they had to settle for a draw.
On another day Town could’ve had a comfortable victory but for some spurned chances in both halves & a poor 15 minute spell in the 1st half.
Goal Scorers Mark Hopwood & Ethan Sutcliffe 2.
MoM Jack Worrall.


Date Time Season Match Day
September 12, 2020 4:00 pm 2020/2021 Saturday


Ladybridge FC
Ladybridge FC 153 Tempest Rd Lostock Bolton BL6 4NN


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Royton Town AFC3