Storer's Greenbacks Lose Out After Determined Effort
By Russ Watkin
United left to think about another defeat having matched their opponents Royston over the 90 minutes
Too often this season Bedworth have talked about just how they have not come away with the result their commitment had deserved, again at home to Royston they were punished by their opponents and unaided by weak officials.
Playing against a horrible gusting wind The Greenbacks had the first attempt on target when a Rowe free-kick was gathered in by Welch in the Royston goal but the visitors then had 3 corners that came to nothing.
Home supporters were shocked when after 12 minutes Knowles gave Royston the lead, cutting in on the angle his snap-shot was pushed in off the post by goalkeeper Harrison.
It could have been worse for United when a corner by Knowles was met on the back-stick by Scott-Morris who inexplicably headed wide of the post.
United responded with Steele's deep cross begging to be converted but the visitor's scrambled the ball clear. then Hancocks saw his shot well saved by Welch, moments later Steele outstripped the Royston defence but his near post drive was blocked.
Bedworth looked the more threatening with chances going begging and a nervy Royston rode their luck at times with Christie rattling the bar with an angled header.
With the half closing Knight for Royston was warned by referee Bowkett for fouls and abusing the official. (HT 0-1)
Early in the 2nd-period Hancocks fired in a shot from 25-yards that Welch dealt with easily, but a deserved equaliser came when Troke took a quick corner, his deep cross was finished smartly by Christie on the back post. (1-1)
Royston were now being forced to counter attack and they nearly got their noses in front against the run of play when Kinali's shot was blocked out by the leg of Harrison (GK).
Punishment was dealt when Castiglione broke wide and his driven low cross saw Murray with a simple tap in from 5-yards out to hurt a Bedworth side who had worked so hard.
Substitute Baldwin was on the end of a bad-foul from Knight who's luck continued as referee Bowkett waved only a yellow much to everyone's amazement.
United dug in again and tried to snatch a late equaliser but their efforts yet again gaining no reward, the game finished with a home bench and watching fans bewildered by an assistant's flag who ruled Christie to be offside when a chance was created..it summed the day up for Bedworth who were losers yet again.