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11/4/-4 Final win for the Royals

 

April Athletic 1 – 2 NWR Royals

 

The Royals ended the season with a good win against April Athletic.

 

The Royals did look well on top before the break, but come half time they still had nothing to show for their domination. Within two minutes of the start Rew Hoare smashed home the first, before a superb ball from Ali Myles split the defence for Mickey Carroll to slot home. A penalty in the last five minutes was the only way that Athletic looked like scoring, and 52 year old chairman Graham Willerton finally hung up his boots after the game

 

This result could give the Royals an automatic promotion spot to the Premier League if others go their way, but no matter what, the way that the Royals have applied themselves this season after losing so many players has been outstanding. Praise must also be given to Stuart Bushell who has taken over the running of the team, and has bought in a number of new players who have worked well with the remnants of the existing squad.

4/4/04 Double header with PJJ finishes 1 – 1

 

PJJ 2 – 0 NWR Royals

NWR Royals 3 – 1 PJJ

 

Despite losing the first double header against PJJ 2-0, the Royals bounced back with a solid performance to win the second game 3-1. Captain Mickey Carroll lobbed the ‘keeper after 10 minutes before PJJ pulled one back only for Ali Myles to score before the break. The second half continued as frantic and physical as the first, but it was the Royals who put the finishing touch to the game, when Alex G shut down the goalkeeper from a back pass to make the final score 3-1.

 

 

21/3/03 NWR Royals 5 – 0 Royal British Legion

 

Royals give RBL hell

 

The Royals went back to their winning ways this week with a 5 – 0 over RBL.

 

The Hoare brothers showed that they can score as well as defend with Andy hitting two, and brother Steve scoring a hattrick.

 

Adam Gore had his best game for ages this week, creating and working unselfishly.

 

 

14/3/03 Gadeside Rangers 5 – 3 NWR Royals

 

 Royals run ruined

 

You had to go back to early November to find the Royals last defeat, but playing against the top of the league was never going to be easy.

 

It was a game that swung one way then the other. Gadeside went 2 up before Andy Hoare rose like a salmon to head home. Mickey Carroll then found himself in space, and bent the ball home giving the ‘keeper no chance. Into the second half, and ‘wood took the lead with a shot from Greg Hunt. However, fitness took over, and Gadeside eventually won a game which could have gone either way.

 

 

7/3/04 NWR Royals 2 – 1 Leavesden Green

 

Royals make Leavesden green with envy

 

On and on roll the Royals, with another decent display against Leavesden Green.

 

Alex opened the scoring for the Royals in the first half, before a dodgy penalty decision put Green level from the spot. However, once again the Royals showed their resilience with Greg Hunt hitting the winner with 15 minutes to go.

 

Player of the week went to Alex Connolly in goal, bring off breath taking saves and instilling confidence in the team.

 

 

22/2/02 Railway Club 2 – 3 NWR Royals

 

 Royals on the right track against Railway Club

 

There appears to be no beating the Royals these days, the latest victims being close rivals Railway Club. Goals from Greg Hunt, Adam Gore and Mickey Carroll ensured the victory.

 

8/2/04 Watford Labour Club 2 – 4 NWR Royals

 

 Greg in the goal hunt as Royals keep performing

 

On a blustery morning, the Royals secured another win against a side who had beaten them earlier in the season.

Andy Hoare opened the scoring for ‘wood from a long throw, before a beautifully weighted pass from Mickey Carroll sent Greg Hunt through. Greg  knocked the ball past the keeper and then into the net for his first, before Paul Sousters header put us three up. Labour Club pulled one back, only for Greg to score again. A late goal again from Labour Club couldn’t spoil the party, as the Royals march on. In reality, ‘wood could have scored more to put the result beyond doubt, but having said that, it took quality saves from Alex Connolly, who stepped in to his brothers shoes in goal, and showed that he still had it on his first time back between the posts since he broke his arm on 5th October last year.

 

 

18/1/04 AFC Artichoke 2 –4 NWR Royals

 Royals run continues

The Royals good run continued this week with a 4 – 2 win over AFC Artichoke, spiralling them from 9th to 5th position. Goals from Adam Gore, Alex Connolly, Alex G and Steve Hoare ensured the victory.

 

 

4/1/04 NWR Royals 1 - 0 Reed Rangers

Royals run Reed Rangers ragged

A solitary Greg Hunt goal was enough for the Royals to secure all three points against Reed Rangers and continue to edge up the league.

14/11/03 NWR Royals 1 – 0 AFC Artichoke

 Arti-choked over Royals win

The Royals picked up their first Division One win this week, something which had been long overdue. New manager Stuart Bushell was more than pleased with the sides performance. Things could be also looking good for them as not only did they win, they did it with enough players to have substitutes for once. A lone strike from Greg Hunt was enough to secure the points, but nevertheless, secured they were.

7/12/06 April showers for Royals  April Fourth 3 – 1 NWR Royals

 

 Royals lost on Sunday to high flying April Fourth. Despite being three down, ‘wood fought back with a goal from Mickey Carroll, but it was too little too late.

 NWR Royals welcomes new manager Stuart Bushnell, who joins us from Riverside .

 

30/11/03 10 men Royals hold Reed Rangers to draw.

 

Reed Rangers 2- 2 NWR Royals

 

The Royals creaky season continued this week, with a creditable draw against Reed Rangers. Adam Gore and Alex were the scorers for the Royals, who defended stoutly in the second half.

26/10/03 Royals labour against Labour Club NWR Royals 1 - 2 Watford Labour Club

 
The Royals were ineffective against one of Division Ones mediocre sides. A slip by usually reliable goalkeeper Adam Connolly allowed Labour to open the scoring. A cross header by Mickey Carroll was nearly finished off by Deane Allen, only for the ball to strike the post. Labour then went two up, before Deane scored a well worked goal 15 minutes from the end.

 

19/10/03 Legion lose to rampant Royals

NWR Royals Away v Royal British Legion Won 4-1

Ten man Royals came from behind to take their first win of the season against RBL. Although Legion took the lead, the Royals pulled two back with goals from Deane Allen, before half-time, before Adam Gore and Marcus Fearnan added another two after the break. The Royals added further scare tactics which resulted in their referee blowing early when he saw Graham Willerton getting ready to come on, on the side-line.  

 

12/10/03 10 man Royals settle for a point League Away v Leavesden Green Drew 1-1

A last minute penalty robbed the Royals from all three points against top of the table Leavesden Green. Playing with only 10 men due to the chronic injury problem, the Royals played well with their confines, with Andy Hoare marshalling well at the back. Nascotwood went into the lead after 73 minutes, when Greg Willerton hit a free kick which the Green 'keeper just couldn't hold to put us into the lead, before Leavesden hit the equaliser from the penalty spot in the last minute.

Three in hospital and Royals is game abandoned.
 
Challenge Cup 1st Round Home V Woodside
 
Royals 2 - 2 Woodside. Match abandoned.
 
The Royals game this week finished with three players taken to hospital, and the game abandoned. This was always going to be a difficult game, as Woodside have really been playing well this season and have always been a tough side to break down. Sporting a number of new players, very few chances were created by either side. Mickey Carroll almost put us one up with a great header, before he turned provider with a back header on the half way line which Greg Hunt wouldn't let go, and forced the ball past a defender and goalkeeper to put us one up at half time. 
Mickey Carrol contested an aerial battle with their captain, which resulted in the Woodside player falling awkwardly and finishing with a suspected broken leg. Then, a shot at the Royal goal, resulted in the ball not only going in for a 1-1 scoreline, but in an attempt to clear the ball, Adam Connollys attempted goal line clearance, struck brother Alex's arm, which resulted in a break in his wrist. Marcus Fearon ghosted in at the far post to put us in the lead again, before poor marking at a corner proved the equaliser for Woodside. With 3 minutes to go, Ross Willerton went down from a challenge and an ambulance had to be called as he had dislocated his knee. A sad end to the match which was then abandoned by the referee.
Outstanding this week was new defender Andy Hoare.

 

28/09/03 Watford Sunday League Home V Polestar Lost 1-4 

Rangers Poleaxed by Polestar

N W Rangers went down 1-4 against Polestar this week in a league encounter.

 

Herts Intermidiate Cup Home V Sandridge Sports Lost 0-2

 

Royals go out of Intermediate Cup

 

The Royals went out of the Herts Intermidiate cup on Sunday against Sandridge Sports, a side who have many players who play in the Premier Division of the Herts County League. The Royals played probably their best football withour results against an experianced and aggressive side. Sports went one up on 20 minutes, but the Royals should have taken the lead when Deane Allen put wide on a one on one, and then Adam Gore missed a perfect chance. Sports made it two 7 minutes into the second half when they capitalised on hesotancy in the Royals defence. The Royals should take a lot from this game, and their manager said that they were the best they had play for quite a while.

 

It was good to have Russell Popplewell and XXXL Mickey Eales back in the centre of defence, returning this week from Uni.

 

Royals lose out to university challenge

 

21/09/03 The Royals (Olymp ian League Division One) NWR Royals Home V Railway Club Lost 2-3 (League)

 

With a large number of the players off to university, and three regulars out injured, the toll of losing players is telling on the Royals. Boiling conditions, and no subs, the Royals struggled with lively Railway and the conditions. 18 minutes on the clock when Railway broke through to go one up, and despite chances thr Royals just couldn't get back in before half time.

 

It took a superb through ball from Alex Connolly to send Deane Allen clear of the last defender, and in a one on one rounded the goalkeeper for the equaliser. Railway went two-one up from the spot, before ex Nascotwood youth player Gary Cooke hit a screamer for their third. Adam Gore rose majestcally above the Railway keeper for our second, but it was too little too late.

 

 

The Rangers ( Watford Sunday League) County Cup

 

N W Rangers Away V West Watford Conservative Club Won 4-0 (Herts Jnr Cup 1st Round)

 

Dave Bush took his young side to the next round of the Herts County Cup with a 4-0 win over the Olymp ian League side. Goals from Shaun 2, Jermaine and Glyn Colby ensured safe passage.

 

14/09/03 Division One Home V Railway Arms Drew 1-1
 
Royals Captains arm band curse strikes again.
 
In the first League match of the season against Railway Arms, the curse of the Capatins Armband struck again.
Last week in the Chairmans Cup, club captain Matt Alexander, had to go off after 20 minutes injured and then replacement Captain Mickey Carroll had to retire after being stamped on. This week, stand in Captain Gary Franklin lasted 10 minutes before going off with a pulled hamstring. 
 
Mickey Carroll went in goal this week to allow Adam Connolly to take up a position at centre half, However, a mix up after 30 minutes allowed Railway to go one up. Five minutes later, Pat Francis was pulled down in the area for Deane Allen to convert the penalty and put us back on equal terms.
 
The Royals became stronger and stronger, and as the game went on Railway were pinned back in their own half but we just conld't convert the chances.
 
Excellent play from a number of players, Pat Francis under extreme provocation, who seem to get booted in the air every time he got the ball, and stand in 'keeper Mickey Carroll who handled the ball cleany each time.
 
Also on a bright note, referee Steve Digmum said that he would recommend Deane Allen and Greg Willerton for the Olympian League rep side. Praise indeed.

 

Royals go out of the Chairmans Cup

 

07/09/03

 

The Royals threw away a number of chances to win this game, before Artichoke hit three in the last 15 minutes. Captain and centre half Matt Alexander had to go off injured after 15 minutes and the robust Mickey Carroll picked up an injury which put him out of the game. At 0-0 we had the chance to take the lead, but the penalty kick by Gary Franklin narrowly missed the 1050 easy jet from Malaga to Luton.

On another day with a full squad I'm sure the result would have gone our way.