Steve Castle has urged supporters to keep the faith after a pulsating game for Royston Town away to Hednesford Town.

The Crows trailed 2-0 at half-time in the Southern League Premier Division Central game and even though Adam Murray pulled one back two minutes after half-time, the home side restored their two-goal lead immediately.

And it took two goals in the final 17 minutes from Jarid Robson to salvage a 3-3 draw to make it just one win the last five league games.

Speaking on the club's website, the Royston manager said: "First half, we were not at the races at all. We didn’t deal with set plays and never really got going.

"But what a difference in the second half.

"We won more tackles, delivered much more positive play and ultimately scored three very good goals that on another day would and could have brought us maximum points.

"I know the obvious question is why and honestly, I don’t know. We have tried different approaches towards the preparation of games.

"Having said that, it’s not always the second half that we improve.

"The other week against Ilkeston we started brightly enough only to be very lethargic in the second.

"It’s a really frustrating time and I feel that as much as you guys do."

He addressed the lack of certain players but said that couldn't be used as a reason.

"Individually and collectively we need to be far more consistent," he stressed. "I have said to the group, and I really do believe this, it’s not a case of ability but it is about belief in themselves and each other.

"Hopefully, we will look back on this tough time and reflect on it after getting back on track.

"It will happen and we all have to believe this.

"A positive run of results will quickly put us back where we want to be, just keep the faith and we’ll be alright."

Royston are away to leaders Tamworth tomorrow night (Tuesday) in the league before hosting Heybridge Swifts in the FA Trophy on Saturday.

There was success in an FA competition for Royston's women on Sunday as they romped to a 12-1 win over Sprowston in the FA Cup.

Riana Badell and Natalie Richardson got a hat-trick each with Gemma Croucher bagging a double.

Amy Cooper, Daniella Cuelo and Poppy Smith also scored as Royston move on to a first-round proper game at home to either St Ives Town or London Seaward.