Royston Town hot-shot striker Adam Marriott aims to blast his way back to the top

PUBLISHED: 12:48 12 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:48 12 January 2018

Hat-trick hero Adam Marriott in action for the Crows. Credit David Hatton

Hat-trick hero Adam Marriott in action for the Crows. Credit David Hatton

David H Hatton, 2017

Hot-shot Royston Town striker Adam Marriott aims to blast his way back into league football after a goal-laden season so far with the Crows.

Marriott's 40 goals in the 2013-14 Southern Leauge season for Cambridge City caught the eye of league clubs. Picture: Danny Loo Marriott's 40 goals in the 2013-14 Southern Leauge season for Cambridge City caught the eye of league clubs. Picture: Danny Loo

On-fire Marriott is enjoying life at the Crows but has his sights set on returning to the league.

The former Stevenage man has been scoring for fun since dropping down to the Evo-Stik Southern Premier League this season, grabbing 15 goals in 23 games including seven in his last four matches.

His finishing has helped boss Steve Castle’s side to four straight wins, scoring 13 and conceding one lifting newly-promoted Royston to within reach of a play-off spot.

Speaking to CrowSport, Marriott said: “I’m good enough to get back into the league and I’m not finished yet. I love scoring goals and playing, that’s what I know best.

The Crows' top scorer spent two seasons in League Two with Stevenage before moving on to Lincoln City. Picture: Danny Loo The Crows' top scorer spent two seasons in League Two with Stevenage before moving on to Lincoln City. Picture: Danny Loo

“It’s been brilliant. The lads get on really well and it’s been a smooth move for me. On our day we can beat anyone.

“I’m playing well and that’s my focus but hopefully some league clubs will take a look at me.”

26-year-old Marriott rejected a new contract at Lincoln City, for who he’d featured in a 5-0 FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates, as they were crowned National League champions last season.

Instead of following the Imps into League Two, Marriott joined Royston, in the seventh tier of English football, three years after he netted 40 goals in 37 games in the same league for Cambridge City in 2014.

Marriott's knee injury led to self doubt but dropping down the leagues has given the striker a fresh start . Picture: Danny Loo Marriott's knee injury led to self doubt but dropping down the leagues has given the striker a fresh start . Picture: Danny Loo

Why did he decide to return?

Marriott said: “I missed playing every game. It was a great year at Lincoln but I didn’t play enough. Royston really wanted me and it was closer to home.

“I knew Steve and the fitness coach Scott Taylor before I moved to Royston. I trust them so it was an easy decision.

“I was prepared. I knew what this level and Royston were about. It’s been really good fun.

“Dropping down was worth the risk, it’s the right decision to get my career back on track.”

After his prolific spell at Cambridge City, netting 70 goals in 83 appearances overall, he joined Stevenage in 2014 for two injury-blighted years, scoring just three goals in 22 outings.

He said: “My only regret was getting injured in my first year. I couldn’t feature in the play-offs because of the operation.

“I had felt pain in my left knee when warming up for a game with Stevenage. There was a small lump so the physio told me to get some of the bone shaved away to stop the pain. It took longer to heal than I thought despite being a fairly simple procedure.

“My confidence dropped and I started to doubt myself.

“My body wasn’t in a great place at the start of the season. Training every day took its toll on me last season.

“The knee has given me a few problems over the last few years so I thought I’d take it easier this year and let my body recovery and get stronger. It’s worked well and I’ve enjoyed it.

“At the minute I’m in the best condition I’ve been in for a few years both physically and mentally.”

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