New Royston Town boss Steve Castle believes there is no reason why The Crows can’t get promotion this season.

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The former Birmingham City and Leyton Orient centre-half is set to be in the dugout for the first time against Dunstable Town on Boxing Day, after he completes his duties with former club Takeley.

He saw at first hand some of the skills of the current crop of players at Royston as he watched the 1-0 home victory against Calor Division One Central title-chasers Rugby Town last week from the stands.

And despite admitting it will take some time to evaluate the tools at his disposal, Castle is confident of a successful season.

“The structure and back-up I will have at the club is second-to-none, the professionalism is just incredible.

“On the field the club is in a great position, and right up there so there’s no reason why we can’t be challenging for promotion.

“I was at the Rugby game and found it very interesting; there was a lot of commitment and a good attitude shown, so hopefully that can continue on for the rest of the season.”

Since Paul Attfield stepped down from the manager’s role at Garden Walk last month, Duncan Easley has been in caretaker charge, and after a tough couple of games, he has since guided The Crows to three wins and a draw from the last four league games.

Castle added: “Duncan has done a fantastic job in the caretaker role. We don’t know each other very well yet, but I am happy to see how things materialise.

“I’m not looking to bring anyone in, in the immediate future, so Duncan, and the same with Martin Paine, can help me push Royston on to the next level.”

Castle’s first game in charge will see an in-form Dunstable visit Garden Walk on Thursday.

“They are top of the table, but I won’t be shirking any responsibility, I will be hoping for a positive result,” added Castle.

“I will be on the sidelines, but Duncan (Easley) will pick the team as I am still new to the job and want to find out a bit more about the players.”

Following the Dunstable clash, Royston travel to take on Potters Bar Town on Saturday, December 28.

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