Battling performance by Colney Heath Ladies not enough to stop Royston Town taking the title

Lucy Hancock

Lucy Hancock - Credit: Archant

Colney Heath Ladies were powerless to stop Royston Town from clinching the Eastern Region Women’s Football League Division One West title – going down to a 4-1 defeat.

It was always going to be a tough ask against a strong Royston team but from the off it was obvious both teams were fired up for the game.

But despite the task Colney started brightly and took the lead.

Sammy May spread the ball wide, Lucy Hancock controlled and played it through to striker Adi Milton who outpaced the defenders to score.

Unfortunately the Magpies were caught napping as the visitors responded soon after with the equaliser.

And the visitors took the lead after a clash between defender Rachel Sherlow, keeper Sasha Tucker and the Royston striker who was able to steer the ball home.

The collision meant Tucker was unable to continue so Lucy Hancock went in goal.

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The change gave Colney some new legs on the right with Jael Muzzi making some great runs and creating chances for Holly Sheridan but Colney couldn’t find their second.

Stand-in keeper Hancock was proving an able replacement and some great saves kept the score at 2-1 at half-time.

The second half saw some new substitutions for the visitors allowing them to start well. However, some good defending from Molly Slade kept them at bay.

Both teams were starting to show some good build-up play but it was Royston who got the all-important next goal.

A tired Colney side did not give up and continued to look for a second goal but Town wrapped the game up with a quick break.

The Magpies held strong until the final whistle but couldn’t break through to find another goal.

Colney Heath will now focus on next Sunday’s Division One Cup semi-final against Hoddesdon at home.