Two goals from Ellis Christodoulou with assists from fellow under-17 team member Cameron Currie took this first qualifying round match to extra time at Garden Walk.
It looked as though the game would go to a penalty shoot out until Mehmed Bexavoigui was red carded for a seemingly innocuous challenge in the area. So it came to a penalty shoot out earlier than expected with Charlie Owen putting the ball away for the home side.
Royston now host either Kettering Town or Wellingborough Town in the next round. We wish them well.
Our team was:
Marco Tuzzeo, Peter Abrams, David Agbawansa, Finley Long, Harry Ansell, Taylor Wild, Taj Figueroa, Mattie Kyriakou, Cameron Currie, Nathan Walker, Ellis Christodoulou. Subs: Oliver Finch, Charles Kutin, Charlie Ruff, Mehmed Bexavoigui, Connor Tyrell.