Crosk steps up to the plate as Royston Town secure their first league win
Royston Town 3 Kingsbury London Tigers 0 Spartan South Midlands Premier Division LOSING last season's top scorer in the week before the start of the new league campaign would not have helped Paul Attfield s preparations, but while the Royston Town boss se
Royston Town 3 Kingsbury London Tigers 0
Spartan South Midlands Premier Division
LOSING last season's top scorer in the week before the start of the new league campaign would not have helped Paul Attfield's preparations, but while the Royston Town boss searches for another goalscorer to fill the void left by Craig Hammond he may have unearthed a surprise contender for a starting slot in the form of Scott Crosk.
The teenager scored Royston's late equaliser against Biggleswade United on Saturday and came off the bench to bag a brace against Kingsbury London Tigers on Tuesday evening to help the Crows to their first win of the new campaign.
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The first half of Tuesday's game was an open one with both teams playing good football up to the edge of the penalty areas and both could have and should have had first half goals.
Will Turl and Tommy Malins both had good chances for Royston with their heads and winger Luke Robins cracked a dipping 25-yard effort off the face of the crossbar.
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The visitors' talented trickery and quick breakaways also saw them have two great chances with one striking the post via Richard Barlow's outstretched hand and another angled drive also hitting the bottom of the post.
Paul Attfield changed his first half personnel with teenager Crosk replacing Jamie Morriss and the whole team returned in the second half with more vigour and organisation to completely dominate their opponents.
Crosk only needed two minutes on the pitch to give his side the lead when he smashed home an angled 16-yard half volley into the bottom corner.
Robins then began weaving his magic on the left and again hit the crossbar with another dipping 25 yard volley before setting up another close range heading chance for Turl that went weakly off target.
Turl was rewarded for his hard work up front when his perseverance mid-way through the half saw beat the keeper and outmuscle a defender to strike into the net from 10 yards and Town continued to press with the visitors lacking any ideas and it was left to Crosk to finish the scoring with a similar strike to his first to give the Crows their first three points of the season.
Speaking about his team's performance, Attfield said: "I enjoyed the game but it was a bit too open in the first half and we sat off their most talented players too much in that period.
"We reorganised ourselves at half time and gave a thoroughly strong and determined exhibition all over the pitch and fully deserved the end scoreline."
Royston: Barlow, Endacott, Cook (Stephens), Debnam, Cain, Collins (Tyler), Edwards, Malins, Turl, Robins, Morriss (Crosk). Unused subs: Gibson, Babbage.