Beavers pecked out of Trophy by Crows
Two goals from Royston captain Scott Bridges catapulted the Beavers out of the FA Trophy despite them taking the lead, the night ending in a sorry manner
A busy M25 and A1 meant the minibus only arrived at 7pm in Royston but the Beavers settled into the game well and on 9 minutes created the first chance as Brendan Kiernan rattled the post with a shot that was a little too accurate.
Josh Casey then forced keeper Joe Welch into a flying save some 5 minutes later and it was clear the team had had the best of the opening 15 minutes.
Midway through the half, the Beavers had to live dangerously as Bridges header beat Grainger, the ball bouncing off the bar; then Brathwaite's follow up was palmed away by the keeper, before Frendo managed to hit the post from mere feet as he expected the ball to go in off Grainger.
Hampton picked up the game again and managed to take the lead on 32 minutes. Jamal Lowe (that man again!) was lurking at the back post to finish a Hippolyte-Patrick cross, after the winger had managed to get to the bye line and ping over the ball into the box.
The Beavers weren't really being put under much pressure by their hosts and reached half time with no alarms.
The second half saw the Beavers start to look in some danger as the Crows had obviously been given the gee-up by manager Steve Castle and on 56 minutes, they thought they'd been given a chance of an equaliser with screams for a penalty for a Hampton handball. To the Beavers relief, the referee did not entertain the idea.
However 10 minutes later, he did. Josh Castiglione was deemed to have been dragged down in the far corner of the box by a Hampton defender and the official pointed to the spot. Crows captain Scott Bridges stepped up to blast the ball past Grainger.
Hampton were now starting to realise they had to step up their game to win and a couple of minutes after the Crows equaliser, Jamal Lowe's free kick from the edge of the box saw Welch having to fly across goal again to tip the ball over the bar.
Just as they were starting to look as if they knew what they had to do, Royston hit them with the killer punch. Ryan Towner managed to get down the Hampton left, his accurate cut back found Bridges on the edge of the box, and he stroked it home from 20 yards.
This left Hampton 15 minutes to try and save the game and they started to earn corners, from which little came. Harold Odametey's shot flew straight at Welch before Lowe's cross-come-shot landed on the roof of the net a minute or two later.
Leon Solomon's header was deflected over as the Beavers tried desperately to create a clear chance on goal which by now, was looking increasingly less likely as Royston defended deep.
With a couple of minutes to go, it could so easily have been 3-1 as Thomas broke free on the counter, Grainger having to dive at the forward's feet to block and hold a shot on the edge of the box.
Despite the Beavers efforts, the chance wouldn't come and Royston held on to earn themselves a famous win.
In the immediate aftermath of the final whistle, comments were made to the referee and as a result, Charlie Grainger and Harold Odametey were shown red cards before they left the field, which may result in lengthy suspensions for the pair.