Crows brush aside Hillingdon
Hillingdon Borough 0 – 4 Royston Town ROYSTON S fine run of form continued at Hillingdon on Saturday as they chalked up their sixth win in seven games. Manager Paul Attfield made seven changes from the side that won at Haringey Borough two days previous
Hillingdon Borough 0 - 4 Royston Town
ROYSTON'S fine run of form continued at Hillingdon on Saturday as they chalked up their sixth win in seven games.
Manager Paul Attfield made seven changes from the side that won at Haringey Borough two days previously and it instantly paid dividends as the Crows raced into a two-goal lead inside 10 minutes.
Arin Fehmi put his penalty miss against Aylesbury behind him when he scored with a stunning 30-yard effort that flew into the top corner.
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Teenager Scott Crosk doubled the lead five minutes later when he got onto the end of Ryan Lockett's corner to head past the helpless Hillingdon 'keeper.
The Crows then seemed content on sitting on the two-goal advantage which allowed the home team greater possession, however centre-back pairing Nick Mulvaney and new-boy Jim Hollingsworth ensured the home side weren't allowed a route back into the game and Jorden Gibson only had one notable save to make in the first half.
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Royston continued to lack momentum in the second half and struggled to create many chances despite seeing the majority of the ball.
Attfield then decided to mix things up by reverting back to a 4-4-2 formation and making three substitutions.
And his tactics paid off as the Crows proceeded to wrap the game up with two further goals in the remaining half-hour.
Striker Ricky Young grabbed his first goal since the turn of the year when he volleyed home Tom Malins' cross from 12 yards.
And Malins completed the scoring with 20 minutes remaining with an excellent 25-yard free kick that crept inside the 'keeper's near post.
Russell Bull and Malins both missed chances to add more gloss to the performance before the home side became increasingly frustrated which led to a number of nasty challenges that brought four bookings before the end.
And Hillingdon's misery was compounded in the last minute when Gibson saved a penalty to maintain an impressive clean sheet.
Attfield was understandably pleased with the result and said: "we did enough without being spectacular and the two early goals allowed us to play within ourselves which invited some unnecessary pressure at times.
"We decided to change things around early in the second half which helped us gain the initiative and create some good chances.
"I was particularly pleased with the way we defended and we've looked more solid as a unit over the last few games and higher concentration levels have cut out some of the sloppy goals we were conceding in previous weeks.