Ambition will never fade here, says Royston Town president

Despite a glorious 2012, Alan Barlow says the club is eager to taste more success in next six months.

ROYSTON TOWN president Alan Barlow says the club will never stand still in their ambition to climb the football pyramid.

Speaking to the Royston Crow about what has been a highly-successful 2012, as well as looking forward to what he hopes will be a prosperous 2013, Barlow says the future is bright for the Garden Walk side.

The club are currently competing at the top end of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central after winning promotion last season, and Barlow insists there is no reason why the Crows can’t achieve back-to-back promotions.

“2012 has been a fantastic year and to win promotion a year ahead of schedule was remarkable really – but I’m certainly not complaining!” Barlow told the Royston Crow.

“If you put it into the context of what the club has been through in the last 20 years, getting back up to Step 4 football was a great achievement. “For me, and the lifelong supporters of the club, winning the treble was the icing on the cake.

“Many people asked Paul [Attfield] if he would be happy with mid-table before the start of the season, but mid-table was never in his mindset, and I think we’ve really put a marker down so far this season.

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“When you look at since Paul took over, the football has continuously got better and better. We have the capacity to build the squad and go further – the only thing that could potentially hamper us if we got promoted was the ground grading for Step 3 football. But we would have until March 2014 to implement changes. They are achievable and this club has got potential both on and off the field.”

One of the things that has impressed Barlow the most, is that this purple patch in Town’s history has been underpinned by a crop of young players that have grown with the club.

“You look at some of our players – Luke Robins, Ryan Lockett, Tommy Malins, Ross Collins and Lewis Endacott to name a few – they all came in with Paul as youngsters that had only played county level football. They have all improved under Paul and to see them get the chance to play at this level and rise to the challenge is great,” said Barlow.

“We have a great nucleus to push forward still, and even the new players that have come in have bought into the mentality of the club.”

Barlow says the aim for the remainder of the season is to achieve promotion – be it automatically or via the play-offs – but insists it will not be a disaster if it doesn’t happen this year.

“Why can’t we win the league this year?” Barlow added. “I would be happy with the play-offs but even if it doesn’t happen; so long as we stay competitive then I will be happy with our first year’s work.

“At the end of the season, regardless of what happens, we will always look at ways we can improve. We never want to be a club that just stands still.”