Bore draw means Crows require a point from Rugby Town trip to ensure home play-off advantage
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Finishing line anxiety was in evidence for Royston Town on Saturday, seeking to cement second place and seal all-important home advantage for the play-off semi-final, when they could only provide a disappointing blank at Garden Walk.
With other results in the division meaning that all four play-off positions are still undecided going into the final fixtures, it is all still to play for. Royston travel to Rugby Town, who themselves are fighting to get amongst the end of season action, currently sitting in sixth position.
There was a distinct lack of Crows cutting edge in the final third and chances were spurned, rushed or missed and ex-Royston reserve team goalkeeper, Mikey Pearce, was barely tested.
Early dead ball efforts, so effective in previous games, were poorly delivered and the first clear-cut chance came as late as the 34th minute when good link-up play from Chris Watters and Ryan Ingrey, fed Scott Bridges for a 20-yard shot that was well hit but went straight at Pearce.
Top scorer Kaan Fehmi was unleashed in the second half but still there was to be no incisive play, especially from the visitors who looked supremely content with a draw.
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The last 15 minutes of the match saw increased urgency and haste from the Crows as time ticked away
and the frustration at not scoring became palpable.
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Royston were denied a spot kick when Stevenage loan man Fejiri Okenabirhie was hauled down in the box as he was about to shoot and shortly after, the striker had the ball in the net following some decent build-up play - but he was clearly offside as he tapped in at the far post.
No joy but a draw at Rugby Town this Saturday will secure a home play-off clash for Steve Castle’s men next week.