Royton Town AFC Reserves v Atherton Town A



A must win game for the reserves given recent results and they didn’t disappoint with an emphatic victory over an Atherton side who lost by a single goal and led title rivals Heyside 3 times in their previous fixture. Royton reverted to a 4-4-1-1 formation for the first time this season and simply blew Atherton away with their best half of the season.
Starting on the front foot with Zach Gemmell coming in for the injured Jack Barnes Royton took the lead inside 10 minutes with a quality goal from the busy Mark Hopwood who lifted the ball over a defender and then finished with a crisp strike into the roof of the net. Royton doubled their lead with a superb team goal starting with Andy Simpson winning the ball on the half way line which finished with Mark Hopwood releasing the returning Joe Gidley who stroked the ball past the advancing keeper.
Royton were absolutely flying at this stage and seemed to score every time they went forward. Zach Gemmell scored a rapid fire hat trick with 3 fine goals the pick of which was a header following a stunning 45 yard pass from Aaron Thorpe. The game was over after 30 minutes with Royton 5 up at this stage and following the minor setback of a poor goal conceded from a weak free kick the 5 goal lead was restored when Zach added his 4th and Roytons 6th before half time.
The second half as happens often in games like this proved to be a bit of an antic climax. Royton never hit the heights of their first half performance and 2 goals from Atherton gave a brief moment of concern before Lewis Scanlon poked the 7th home from close range to completely put the game to bed.
A much needed healthy win and more importantly a fine performance to take into the coming weeks with Royton no margin for error now if they want to be crowned champions or gain promotion as a minimum with both rivals also winning.
Some fine performances Joe Gidley made a big impact on his return from illness , Mark Hopwood was instrumental especially in the first half and both Andy Simpson and Aaron Thorpe were excellent. MOM however has to go to Zach Gemmell who has patiently waited for a return to the starting 11 and responded with a 4 goal haul and some excellent link up play.
Royton play bottom of the league Astley at home this weekend in a game they will not only be hoping to take maximum points but to hopefully narrow the goal difference gap between themselves and Heywood who sit on the same number of points.
MoM  Zach Gemmell


Date Time League Season Match Day
March 2, 2019 2:00 pm Manchester Football League - Division 4 2018/19 2018/2019 Saturday


Royton Town AFC Reserves
The Oldham Academy North Broadway Royton OL2 5BF


Royton Town AFC Reserves7
Atherton Town A3