Another big hurdle cleared successfully for the high flying Reserves who take their season record to 9 wins and a draw in all competitions. Boothtown came into the game buoyed by a fine victory against Heywood in the cup inflicting their first defeat of the season so Royton were anticipating a tough test which it proved to be against their most difficult opponents of the season.
The first half was a tight affair with little clear cut chances at either end and a stop start feel to the game with the slightest infringement being stopped for what felt to be a never ending amount of free kicks. Royton were edging the game in terms of possession once the game settled down but after losing the ball in their own half they paid the penalty and went behind to a well taken goal from the edge of the box by the lively Boothstown forward.
Jack Sloan was a constant threat down the left hand side and the Boothstown right back was extremely fortunate to stay on the pitch after being booked early on and constantly committing numerous fouls thereafter.
Royton came in at Half Time losing for only the second time this season but after a couple of tactical and personnel changes started the second half in bright fashion committing more players forward and getting their short passing and moving game going to good effect.
Scott Owen came off injured early in the second half which saw the introduction of veteran David Ashworth who had an immediate impact on the game constantly getting behind the Boothstown defence. Royton had a scintillating 25 mins completely turning the game around with Jack Sloan levelling with a fierce strike which the keeper couldn’t keep out.
Soon after Will Morgan put Royton ahead following up a save from a Farai Hwenga effort with a smart finish from a tight angle and then added his second and Royton’s third with a left foot strike from 8 yards giving him his 7th goal in 10 games from wing back position.
Royton were dominant now Andy Simpson having his best game of the season was constantly on the ball and Rhyss Owen and Joe Gidley were causing problems linking up with the forwards. Farai added another after a clever reverse pass from Joe and nearly made it 5 with an audacious chip which drifted narrowly wide after a superb ball from Lewis Scanlon.
A late Boothstown consolation after they had gone down to 10 men didn’t take the shine off a fabulous Royton performance which sees them maintain their 5 point cushion at the top and set up the huge encounter with closest pursuers Heywood in a couple of weeks time.
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MoM Jack Sloan & Andy Simpson…….impossible to leave either player out so a rare joint award !
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