Crows hot on the heels of Evo-Stik Southern League Central Division One leaders

Royston Town manager Steve Castle

Royston Town manager Steve Castle - Credit: Archant

Royston Town boss Steve Castle feels his Crows are thriving under all conditions, having faced different challenges in their past two Evo-Stik Southern League Divison One Central victories.

The Garden Walk team were frustrated by what Castle called a “negative” Northwood outfit last Saturday.

However, Town managed to grab all three points courtesy of Victor Adeboyejo’s second goal in three games since moving from League One Leyton Orient on a work experience deal almost three weeks ago.

In contrast, Tuesday night’s opponents Bedford Town, despite languishing six places above rock bottom, came with an intent of stunning their higher-placed opponents.

A goal-less first half could have led Royston to panic, but three second-half goals ensured a 3-0 victory.

Strikes from Stuart Bridges, Reece Dobson and Ryan Ingrey catapulted the Crows to within three points of fourth-placed Rugby Town and Castle has been impressed with his side’s recent dogged showings.

Castle said: “They were two different games with different objectives but we showed we can compete in any circumstance at the moment.

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“Northwood came to us and were fighting for their lives, trying anything not to concede a goal. I thought that was a little negative but we dug in and stuck at it and got what I thought we deserved.

“The Bedford clash was more of a game of two halves but again we didn’t think at any point we wouldn’t get the three points.

“We had many chances but just had to be patient and in the end, the goals did come.”

Royston face their fourth and final home game of this mini Garden Walk run this Saturday when they take on mid-table Egham Town.

With the pitch not at its best, Castle believes his men will have to be in clinical form to avoid more nerviness.

Castle added: “We have worn the pitch out in the past week or so with three games on it so it is a bit bobbly.

“The grounds staff are doing as much as they can to make it a decent surface, but we know if it comes down to it on Saturday, we will have to battle hard.

“I think we are still at a stage where we are getting our heads round where we are and what we can do but I have to give praise to the lads because they are superb at present.”