Battling Crows refuse to be fall guys again

PUBLISHED: 12:24 07 December 2006 | UPDATED: 14:55 12 May 2010

JEZ McMURROUGH: Set up a deserved equaliser for Royston at Holmer Green

JEZ McMURROUGH: Set up a deserved equaliser for Royston at Holmer Green

Holmer Green 1 Royston Town1 CROWS chairman Graham Phillips reckons Royston s point away to bogey team Holmer Green will give them a huge boost of confidence. Phillips praised Royston s performance and was more than happy with the point he described as

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CROWS chairman Graham Phillips reckons Royston's point away to bogey team Holmer Green will give them a huge boost of confidence.

Phillips praised Royston's performance and was more than happy with the point he described as "rare".

He said: "We have a history of dropping points against Holmer Green.

"We can play fantastic football, yet we always seem to come away with nothing. So a point is very good for us.

"We've been there before and despite playing well have dropped points.

"They are only a point behind us in the league, so not losing this game was important."

Travelling to Buckinghamshire in the heavy rain, the Crows squad would have been forgiven for thinking that they were in store for another day of upset.

Yet despite the miserable conditions, Royston started the encounter brightly.

They created a number of early chances - with Chris Geldart going closest.

The Crows looked the more composed side, as both teams competed for every ball in a gritty midfield battle.

And if any team looked likely to break the deadlock, it was Royston.

But, almost inevitably, it was Holmer Green who took the lead and considering the two sides' history, it was a case of deja vu. The home side went in front with a highly disputed penalty from Henney moments before half time.

To their credit, Royston came out after the interval in determined mood and again caused some early problems, putting the Holmer Green defence under constant pressure.

It was pressure that soon paid off, when another clever run from Geldart resulted in a foul on the edge of the box, with Royston convinced the foul was inside the area.

Feeling a sense of injustice, the Crows attack shaped up for a Jez McMurrough shot.

But he had other ideas, and calmly stroked the ball into the path of the on-running Carl Edwards who hammered the ball into the roof of the net to earn a point from a hard-fought encounter, and stretch his side's unbeaten run to four games.

Phillips said: "Overall, a point was probably the right result.

"The players worked extremely hard and it was a good team performance.

"They now go into their next match on the back of four unbeaten games - which is great for their confidence."

Royston: C Chambers, P Chappell, R Cannon, S Snowden, L Ravell, J Moule (K Blair), L Rogers, C Edwards, C Geldart (G Jackson), J McMurrough, M Bloss

- The Crows will hope to extend their unbeaten run to five games when they host the league's basement club Biggleswade Town at Garden Walk on Saturday (December 9).

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