Attfield expects Colney battle
ROYSTON Town boss Paul Attfield has warned his players against complacency as they look to extend their lead at the top of the Spartans South Midlands League Division One to five points. The Crows are currently two points clear of Kings Langley at the summit and t
ROYSTON Town boss Paul Attfield has warned his players against complacency as they look to extend their lead at the top of the South Midlands League Division One to five points.
The Crows are currently two points clear of Kings Langley at the summit and their match against London Colney at Garden Walk on Saturday is one of two games they have in hand on their nearest rivals.
Although Royston have won their previous 11 games, this weekend's opponents are also on a good run having lost just one of their last eight games and the last time the two teams met - in the league on September 2 - the Crows were lucky to come away with all three points after a scrappy 2-1 win.
Attfield expects another tough game this weekend.
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"I think London Colney are one of the most improved teams over the season to date and will be exceedingly stiff opposition," the Crows' boss said.
"We had a tough encounter with them back in early September at their place and maybe we were a bit fortunate to leave with all three points.
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"Their record just lately has been pretty good as they have climbed the table and I would expect them to finish in the top five come the end of the season."
Despite his team having played fewer games than their promotion-chasing rivals, the Royston boss said games in hand count will count for nothing unless they take maximum points.
"On paper it looks good but having the points on the board is crucial and we mustn't get carried away by the games in hand factor.
"We are top of the league because we have more points than anyone else and dropping points in two or three games puts us back in a pack of teams so we must keep our performance levels high."
The Crows welcomed back Conor De Lacy and Jamie Babbage to the first team in their 3-1 win against Amersham last Saturday and Michael Debnam, who suffered bruised ribs in that match, should be fit enough to face Colney.
Arron Welch is also expected to be back in the squad this weekend but Luke Robins is still about a week away from fitness.
Ross Collins, who damaged his knee in Royston's 5-0 win over Sporting London e Benfica on September 8, is still injured and was this week sent to see a specialist in Cambridge.