Semi-final heartbreak for gutsy Athletic

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Royston Town 1 Tring Athletic 0

AN own-goal five minutes from time knocked ten-man Tring out of the Premier Division Cup after a brave display at high-flying Royston Town.

Tring put in a gutsy effort in the semi-final clash, but it was Royston who ultimately booked their place in the final.

Athletic had been without a first team match for over three weeks, and it was hosts Royston who started the stronger.

Tring dug in, though, and apart from a couple of headers from set pieces, Royston failed to test stand-in keeper Nick Law who was deputising for the injured Mike Underwood.

Athletic were much more of a threat in the in the second half, and the visitors were thwarted by Royston’s excellent young keeper who saved a penalty from Graham Hall, as well as efforts from Hall, Mickey Swaysland and Jack Thomson.

A red card for Tring’s Matt Jarvis swung the tie in Royston’s favour and, in a cruel end for Athletic, a deflected goal five minutes from time sent Royston into the final.