Royston Town 6 Bedford 0 WITH another ruthless showing in front of goal, Royston moved up into sixth place and now sit just five points off the Spartan League promotion places. Royston showed once more, and in front of more than 150 spectators, their unn
Royston Town 6
WITH another ruthless showing in front of goal, Royston moved up into sixth place and now sit just five points off the Spartan League promotion places.
Royston showed once more, and in front of more than 150 spectators, their unnerving ability in front of goal with inform striker Craig Hammond taking his impressive tally to 14 goals in six games with a fine double.
And after losing his starting place in recent weeks, Crows favourite Graham Tibbals confirmed his skill in the box to boss Paul Attfield with an equally imposing second-half brace.
However, the game was all but wrapped up by half-time, as the hosts went into the break with a commanding 4-0 lead.
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Will Turl opened Bedford up after 14 minutes when he volleyed home from the edge of the area, after twice going close in the early stages.
For a short while the game then became slightly scrappy as the visitors tried to find a way through a Royston defence that was looking for their third straight clean sheet.
And just when the match needed a moment of inspiration, full-back Peter Chappell popped up with a confident finish after his overlapping run was spotted by Allan Reid's lofted pass.
Showing glimpses of his talent throughout, Hammond then came into his own with a devastating 10 minute spell before the break. Having just had one strike sail inches wide, the Royston striker raced clear of the Bedford defence and made no mistake, rounding the keeper and coolly slotting home.
And after running the visiting back four ragged, Hammond struck again in the 42nd minute when he beat the offside trap once more and finished with a brilliant lob over the stranded Bedford keeper.
After the break, the away side looked intent on gaining some personal pride with their play seemingly injected with some found enthusiasm.
However, despite some spells of controlled possession, The Crows showed why they have conceded just five goals in their last eight games, with some dogged if sometimes erratic defending, giving Damion Williamson good protection.
At the other end, Hammond almost grabbed his fourth Royston hat-trick when his angled drive was scrambled off the line on the hour mark, before Luke Robins blasted a long range free-kick just over the bar.
Attfield then introduced Tibbals to the Royston attack, and within minutes the pacy striker was making an impact with his direct running causing the Bedford defence immediate problems.
With 14 minutes left, Tibbals made it 5-0 when his powerful run was finished with an excellent 20-yard strike into the bottom corner of the net.
Tibbals then completed the rout with his ninth league goal of the season, when he raced on to a ball over the visiting defence and beat the Bedford keeper with another lob.
It was another three points for the most in-form team in the South Midlands League.
However, Attfield was again critical of his side's all-round performance.
He said: "Again, similar to last week's win against Harpenden, I felt that we never really gained control of the game, but still scored some excellent opportunist goals to show the strength of our striking unit.
"I didn't like the way that we approached the second half and we lost our discipline and shape, and never really wrestled the control back.
"Graham came off the bench and took his goals very well, and I have to say it must be worrying for other teams to see that we have won our last couple of games, scoring 10 goals and all without reaching our full potential."
Royston Town: Williamson; Endacott, Chappell, Cain, J Babbage; Reid, Edwards, Malins, Robins; Hammond, W Turl. (Subs): Galvin, Nicholls, Tibbals, Hollingsworth, M Babbage.