Crows bang in form for play-off assault
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Second-half goals from Scott Bridges and skipper Kaan Fehmi allowed the Crows to secure a come-from-behind win at home to play-off rivals Hanwell Town last Saturday.
This fifth straight victory moved Royston above Rugby Town into fourth place as the Crows juggernaught powered on.
On the back of four clean sheets, Steve Castle understandably retained the same defensive line-up and once again they showed their consistency with a solid performance that prevented their opponents from a single shot on target in open play.
With all six play-off contenders competing against each other over the weekend, this was a game that neither side could afford to lose and that tension was evident from the start as both teams sized each other up.
The Crows had a couple of speculative efforts when, first, Bridges fired wide and then Victor Adeboyejo saw his header rebound back to Ingrey, but his tame effort was easily saved by Hanwell’s Alex Tokarczyk.
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Those let-offs allowed the visitors to take a 25th-minute lead, when a harmless punt forward seemed to be going out of play, but as the ball slowed, the covering Spyros Mentis opted to usher the ball out instead of playing safe and was closed down and dispossessed causing panic in the Crows defence.
The winger drove into the penalty area and cut back a perfect pass, but as the striker set himself to shoot, he was tripped by Fehmi for a clear penalty, which was converted by Lewis Ochoa.
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Despite the setback the Crows rallied, but failed to create any meaningful chances for the remainder of the half, leaving the field looking deflated.
Royston started the second half at a much faster tempo and started to penetrate the Hanwell defence, however, it was not until the introduction of the experienced Gary Hart that the Crows finally broke the defiant away side down.
His 75th-minute flick-on to Ryan Ingrey was fed into Scott Bridges to fire home a deserving equaliser much to the relief of the home support.
While most would have settled for a draw, Royston continued to press and with five minutes left, Hart again provided the service, this time for Fehmi to fire home a 20-yard volley.
Next up for Royston, a trip to Beaconsfield SYCOB on Saturday.