Royston Town's luck will change soon according to manager Chris Watters - despite falling to defeat away to Kettering Town in the Southern League.

The Crows were beaten 3-1 at Latimer Park, their fourth straight defeat in the Premier Division Central leaving them with just win in the last eight.

But Watters saw enough to suggest that lady luck is responsible for more than a lot of that.

Royston Crow: Chris Watters has plenty to ponder after defeat at Kettering. Picture: PETER SHORTChris Watters has plenty to ponder after defeat at Kettering. Picture: PETER SHORT (Image: Peter Short)

He said: "If the bit between the two 18-yard boxes was terrible, I'd probably be worried but I'm not.

"It just need to click and I know it is a quarter of the season gone but it will land at some point.

"If we take those chances, we're having a different conversation, but those fine margins are against us.

"Other than our finishing, I'm finding it hard to criticise the performance over the 90 minutes.

"It is a tough one to take, but it is what it is and you can't sulk.

"You just have to keep working hard and it will turn for us at some point.

"We know we have to more clinical and that is something we are working on.

"Last week I didn't think we deserved to lose against Needham Market and I definitely don't think we should have been 3-1 losers today but we are.

"And that's probably the hard bit."

They had trailed to a William Mellors-Blair penalty just before the hour only for Adam Murray to level minutes later.

However, an own-goal from Harvey Beckett on 83 minutes and one from Tyrone Lewthwaite two minutes later, after goalkeeper Louis Chadwick had spilled a ball, left Crows to lick their wounds again.

Watters said: "When the chips are down, it's just not going our way at the moment.

"All three goals. It seems like a harsh handball for the first, there could have been offside and a foul in the build-up to the second and then the third, bless [Louis Chadwick], he has had such a good season but they are three goals that have been typical of the period we're in the moment.

"The luck kind of goes the other way.

"We had chances in the second half but didn't test the keeper enough.

"First half, I thought we were excellent and the dominant side between the two boxes but we haven't been good enough in either box.

"I appreciate they were honest mistakes for the three goals but we should have been out of sight really."

The boss had praise for two of his players though, Joe Boachie and James Brighton, once a favourite of the Robins.

The Royston boss said: "Joe and I had a chat last night about a few things.

"But to get a reaction like we have, he was outstanding. He's picked up the ball in good pockets and shown why he should be playing.

"He's on dual registration from step two and on today's performance, you can see why.

"We just need to add [more] goals into his game now but he's a hell of a player.

"Brights is very important with his experience when you come to places like this.

"We've been playing him on the left of the back three, and we've had him in defensive midfield, but we put him in his natural position and he was outstanding."