Crows in superb form as they out-class St Margaretsbury
St Margaretsbury 0 Royston Town 3 Spartan South Midlands Premier Division A TREMENDOUS team performance from the Crows saw them move up to fourth spot in the Premier Division after a game they dominated from start to finish. The final scoreline was no ref
St Margaretsbury 0 Royston Town 3
Spartan South Midlands Premier Division
A TREMENDOUS team performance from the Crows saw them move up to fourth spot in the Premier Division after a game they dominated from start to finish.
The final scoreline was no reflection of the domination the Crows had over their opponents with confidence sky high following Saturday's fine FA Vase victory at London APSA.
The only change to this fixture from Saturday's was the inclusion of teenager Scott Crosk on the right wing with Josh Bronti injured.
There was also a league debut for central defender Luke Jones after his cup bow at the weekend following a move from Barton Rovers while there was a place on the bench for former Arlesey Athletic forward Terry Lock.
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Royston were out of the blocks at a ridiculous pace and were all over St Margaretsbury when they took a sixth minute lead after Luke Robins sprinted past two half-hearted challenges and drilled a shot under the advancing 'keeper.
The only headway the hosts made into Royston's third was when they had a goal ruled out from offside, but other than that Royston stopper Jorden Gibson was relatively untroubled as his defence thwarted all attacks.
It was Jones who got the second, when he capped his debut with a 20th minute headed goal from Robins' floated free kick, and Robins could have scored soon after when a breathtaking move ripped open the home defence only for him to mishit his opportunity.
Robins, Ricky Young and Ryan Lockett all had efforts saved by the overworked home 'keeper, but even he could not do anything to prevent the third goal in the 38th minute when Young pounced on a long clearance to unleash a 20-yard half volley into the net.
The second half continued in the same fashion with Lockett, Ross Collins and Carl Edwards continually dominating central midfield.
Robins had a perfectly good goal ruled out for a pitiful offside call and David Cain had a header from a corner hacked off the line.
Crosk just failed to connect with a fine Jamie Morriss' drilled cross as the game drifted on after another superb team move and in the final minutes Morriss and Lock had more than presentable chances when in on goal which were inches off target.
Manager Paul Attfield said: "The display from the players was magnificent from start to finish.
"The determination, skill and pace we played at times were simple awesome and this was easily our best and most dominating performance of the season so far.
"I felt the final scoreline was the minimum we deserved but if we had scored seven or eight it would not have been an injustice.
"It means we can go into Saturday's game against unbeaten Colney Heath with great confidence where we will need a similar showing to get a positive result."
Royston: Gibson, Endacott (Apostolos), Cook, Jones, Cain, Edwards, Collins, Lockett, Crosk, Young (Lock), Robins (Morriss). Unused sub: Debnam.