A nailbiting final quarter saw Rosyton see off a strong Cojags fightback to seal a 47-42 victory, and with it, overtake Cojags in the table to retain their Cambridgeshire County Premier League title.
Entering the match, Royston trailed Cojags by three points in the table, but with a comfortable goal difference advantage, meaning a win would allow them to overhaul Cojags. The first few minutes showed some Royston nerves, and Cojags turned over Royston’s first centre pass to take advantage. Slowly, the team began to exert themselves, and by midway through the half had carved out an advantage, with excellent defensive pressure from Emma Winser and Chloe Christine-Wallis, and a couple of interceptions from GA Daisy Needham, with Karen Hume feeding well for six goal assists. The quarter finished with a five-goal advantage to Royston, 16-11.
The second quarter saw Royston holding steady, with Winser again impressing with three defensive interceptions, and George Linford, playing at Centre, working hard at both ends. WD Kelly Stubbs also took a pair of interceptions, and Needham and GS Maddy Brooking continued to work well together despite some physical defending from Cojags, to extend Royston’s lead by two, to lead 28-21 at half time.
Coach Tracey Stimson brought on some fresh legs at half time, with Cambs County junior Emily Jelley making her first team debut at Centre, and Stubbs switching to WA, with Anna Pinner coming on at GK, and Winser moving to GD. This was a tighter quarter, with both teams forcing errors and taking interceptions – Jelley soon made her mark with an early steal, and providing five goal assists in the quarter. Cojags clawed one goal back overall, meaning Royston led 38-32 with one quarter remaining.
Emma Cooley replaced Brooking for Q4, with Hume coming back on for Stubbs, Linford coming on at WD, and Winser replacing Christine-Wallis. Cojags rallied hard, and mid-way through the half, were breathing down Royston’s neck at 41-40. Hume called time for an injured foot, replaced by Stubbs, and with this, Royston rallied again to settle the nerves of Royston’s supporters, and extended the lead back to five. At the final whistle, the score was 47-42.
Player of the match was Daisy Needham, with Emma Winser as Coach’s Player. Winser and Chloe Christine-Wallis shared the Eagle Award for best defensive performance.
Royston now move onto the Regional Playoffs on May 12th in search of promotion, where they will hope for better luck than last year’s near-miss.
A big thanks to all of those who came to support the team today!