Royce are pipped at the post for title

Royce Rangers U11s: Zac Smith, Alfie Cornwall, Arron Altham, Jack Darby, Charlie Lloyd, Ben Kenyon, Thomas Harnett, Tom Kirkland, Fergus Cato, Joe Chesman and Jacob Davies
Royce Rangers U11s: Zac Smith, Alfie Cornwall, Arron Altham, Jack Darby, Charlie Lloyd, Ben Kenyon, Thomas Harnett, Tom Kirkland, Fergus Cato, Joe Chesman and Jacob Davies

Royce Rangers U11 had to settle for runners-up spot despite a 3-2 victory at Market Harborough on the final day of the season.

Royce were denied by Carib, who beat Sileby to pip the Oakham side to the title.

A reshuffled Royce side started well with a super Jack Darby strike edging Royce ahead five minutes before half time.

Harborough looked the better team after the break and were soon 2-1 up with a combination of defensive errors and lacklustre tackling from Royce to blame. But with 15 minutes left, Thomas Harnett levelled and Royce pushed for a winner.

After a series of missed chances Alfie Cornwall was fouled just outside the area. Darby took the free kick and after a mad scramble in the box Alfie Cornwall found the back of the net.

Royce had done all they could but after 10 nail-biting minutes heard that their title rivals had done enough to win the division.

Coach Matt Smith said: “As I move on I would like to thank all players and coaches for the last two years and wish Royce all the best and much more success in the future.”

Royce: Zac Smith, Alfie Cornwall, Arron Altham, Jack Darby, Charlie Lloyd, Ben Kenyon, Thomas Harnett, Tom Kirkland, Fergus Cato, Joe Chesman, Jacob Davies.