Rochdale Sacred Heart v Royton Town AFC



Roytons winning start to the season continued with a 4th consecutive away win after a hard earned with against local rivals Rochdale Sacred Heart .

Joe Heap went close to giving Royton the lead in the 2nd minute with a free kick that flew wide of the upright. The first 30 minutes was a pretty even affair as both sides looked for a chance to open the scoring. Unfortunately that chance fell to the home team who went ahead on the half hour with a penalty following a challenge in the box. Royton battled away and in the 38th minute drew level as Joe Heap curled in a free kick from 20 yards out..

The second period got underway and it was end to end as both teams sought a breakthrough..After the opening 25 mins of the half it looked like the home team were starting to get on top. Royton looked to be tiring after playing 4 away games in 11 days..Royton went behind 2- 1 following a controversial decision in the 70th minute after the number 11 hit a shot from the left wing that looked to have gone well wide for a goal kick only for a corner to be awarded.Royton players protested the decision and in doing so lost concentration from the corner allowing a free header in the box giving the home side the lead.

Credit to Royton they battled back and got there reward 3 mins later from the penalty spot. Royton missed a penalty in the previous game and it looked like no one wanted to take the responsibility..Up stepped Aaron Scholes and smashed the ball into the net bringing the game level 2 – 2..At this point i think both teams would of been happy with a point but in the 80th min Royton bagged a magnificent winner from the boot of Grant Marshall who picked up a clearance just inside the oppositions half and unleashed an unstoppable volley that flew past the keeper into the top corner to earn his team the victory.

Royton had to battle for this victory..The back three for Royton of Grant Marshall, Tim Astley & Andy Bainbridge had outstanding games ..


MoM  Andy Bainbridge


Date Time League Season Match Day
August 21, 2018 6:30 pm Manchester Football League - Premier Division 2018/19 2018/2019 Tuesday


Rochdale Sacred Heart
Rochdale Sacred Heart Fox Park Belfield Mill Ln, Rochdale OL16 2UB, UK


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