Attfield delighted with performance

Ampthill Town 0 Royston Town 3 A SUPERB game of passing football from both sides ended with the Crows picking up another crucial three points as they inch ever closer to promotion back to the Premier Division. Ampthill Town totally outplayed their lowly l

Ampthill Town 0 Royston Town 3

A SUPERB game of passing football from both sides ended with the Crows picking up another crucial three points as they inch ever closer to promotion back to the Premier Division.

Ampthill Town totally outplayed their lowly league placing and played a full part in the entertainment on a truly excellent surface but Royston were still a class above and the team's determination and attitude gave them an added gear.

The game took 10 minutes to settle but with the returning Conor De Lacy, Carl Edwards and Ryan Lockett in midfield getting control of the game Royston regularly looked like opening up the determined hosts and a few good chances were created.


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The first clear one midway through the half finished in the net when a fine move from defence ended with an inch perfect threaded ball from Craig Hammond to Luke Robins who advanced on goal and slotted past the advancing keeper.

The hosts' best chance of the game came soon after when a header from a free kick went a foot wide of Damion Williamson's goal but Royston doubled their lead on 30 minutes when following a corner Jamie Babbage scored from 10 yards by diverting a shot into the net.

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The second half was equally as tough with the home side continuing their urgency and gaining a few early set plays that were superbly dealt with by Royston's defensive unit, with centre backs David Cain and Jamie Babbage particularly outstanding.

As the half wore on Ampthill tired as Royston's fitness levels started to take over and they had good chances to extend the lead with Ryan Lockett, Craig Hammond and Jamie Morriss all having efforts hit the crossbar during the half.

Craig Hammond did complete the scoring midway through the half when he headed Carl Edwards' inch perfect cross into the top corner from 10 yards.

Manager Paul Attfield said: "I enjoyed the game from start to finish. We looked fresh and fit and were helped with a great playing surface.

"We played with good discipline and attitude and continually played excellent football around the whole team.

"I couldn't have asked for any more from the players."

Royston: Williamson, Endacott, Stephens, Babbage (Apostolos), Cain, De Lacy, Edwards, Young (Malins), Hammond, Lockett, Robins (Morriss). Unused subs: Debnam, Gibson.

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