Herts Senior Challenge Cup - Second Round
Tuesday 4th December 2012
Garden Walk, Royston, SG8 7HP
Kick Off: 7.45pm
Weather Forecast: Cloudy, 4°c
Stevenage continue their quest for cup glory this season when they travel to Royston Town in the second round of the Herts Senior Challenge Cup on Tuesday evening.
The Crows enjoyed a hugely successful 2011/12 by winning the South Midlands Premier Division title and were promoted to Step 4 and the Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central, which until Saturday they sat top of. They also claimed cup success last season, winning both the Premier Division Cup and the South Midlands Floodlit Cup, so will be keen to add to their trophy cabinet with further success in this competition.
How Boro got here:
A young Stevenage side progressed to the second round of the Herts Senior Challenge Cup after a 5-0 win against Sawbridgeworth Town of the Essex Senior League Premier Division. A Robin Shroot penalty saw Boro 1-0 up at the break but the goals flowed in the second half with Luke Freeman doubling the lead, Jhai Dhillon making it three and Shroot completing his hat-trick with two further strikes.
For Royston, meanwhile, Tuesday’s game will be their first taste of this year’s competition after they received a bye straight into round two.
The Royston Town Scout Report
Royston’s 3-1 defeat at Slough on Saturday ended the Crows’ seven match unbeaten league run and knocked them off the top of the Evo-Stick Southern Division One Central league table.
All seven of those games culminated in victories, including three consecutive 3-2 wins over Guildford City, Beaconsfield SYCOB and Northwood, a 5-0 win over Woodford United, 2-1 at Chertsey, 2-0 against North Greenford United and 4-2 against Uxbridge at Garden Walk.
Men to Watch
Both Luke Robins and Kaan Fehmi are into double figures in terms of goals for the season so far. Fehmi came through the youth ranks at Boro, making his debut against Spurs in a pre-season friendly but then went on to play for Kettering, Boreham Wood and Ware. He arrived at Royston last season where he finished top scorer with 39 goals in 53 appearances. Meanwhile former Cambridge City winger Robins has found the back of the net 10 times this season, including two late goals as the Crows came from 2-1 down to record a 3-2 home win over Beaconsfield.
Royston from: Will Norris, Taylor Parr, Lewis Endacott, Jack Bradshaw, Joe De La Salle, Ross Collins, Carl Edwards, Sam Spencer, Ryan Lockett, Matt Standen, Luke Robins, Ryan Ingrey, Harry Reynolds, Tom Malins, Lee Wilson, Kaan Fehmi.
Match Preview by Dave Toyn