Crows demolish Brache

PUBLISHED: 10:17 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 11 May 2010

Royston Town 13 Brache Sparta 0 SENSATIONAL is the only word to describe Royston Town's performance on Saturday as they extended their unbeaten league run to 16 games and left club officials scrambling to see if the result could be the biggest in the

Royston Town 13 Brache Sparta 0

SENSATIONAL is the only word to describe Royston Town's performance on Saturday as the team extended their unbeaten league run to 16 games and left club officials scrambling to see if the result could be the biggest in the club's history.

Both Ryan Young and Ryan Lockett scored four goals each as the Crows did all but confirm what people have been whispering around Garden Walk for the past few words - that Paul Attfield's team are odds on for promotion this year.

Royston are now eight points clear of Kings Langley, whose game at Tokyngton Manor was postponed at the weekend, with two games in hand and you would have to be two pieces of bread and some filling short of a sandwich to bet against the Crows finishing the season on top of Division One.

The day started well for Royston with Attfield and chairman Steve Jackson receiving league and sponsor awards for the November team of the month from league officials, and on the pitch the team welcomed back wing wizard Luke Robins to the starting line-up after 11 weeks.

Young was also handed a started berth after some impressive substitute performances lately and he didn't disappoint, putting in a man-of-the-match performance.

Surprisingly, the opening stages of the game saw Brache on the attack with a handful of long range efforts but these never tested Jorden Gibson's goal and Royston gradually began to impose themselves on the game.

Craig Hammond had a tenth minute goal ruled out for a debatable offside and Hammond and Young both had close range efforts superbly saved.

Hammond had another header strike the woodwork before the deadlock was finally broken on 25 minutes when Robins crossed was headed into his own net by a defender.

Six minutes later Robins scored himself, beating the offside trap and rounding the keeper before converting.

Midfielder Carl Edwards then scored his first goal since the opening game of the season when he a fine 20-yard strike into the bottom right corner to give Town a three goal half time cushion.

Even in the second half Royston stepped up a further gear and were camped in the visitors' half for long periods.

Robins, Lockett, and Edwards all missed easy chances before Young tapped home from close range after Hammond's shot was saved.

Lockett scored goals five and six midway through the half with clinical finishes before a Brache midfielder was rightly dismissed for a late lunge at Lewis Endacott, and this incident knocked the life from the visitors who gave up and allowed Royston to score a staggering seven more goals in the last 15 minutes of the game.

The finishing was unforgivably ruthless from Town''s forwards as Lockett and Young both another two while captain Craig Hammond also added a brace.

But for excellent keeping and the woodwork three times denying Royston, the score could have been even more emphatic but eventually the final whistle blew and brought much relief to the embarrassed visitors.

Speaking about his team's devastating display, Attfield said: "I am pleased for the players because occasionally we have threatened to do this but we really stuck at it today and played a complete 90 minute game.

"You can only beat what is in front of you but some of our second half football would have opened up much better sides. More importantly it's another three points which stretches our advantage more."

Royston: Gibson, Endacott, Apostolos, Babbage, Cain, Welch (Payne), Edwards (Jackson), Lockett, Hammond, Young, Robins (Pring). Unused subs: Malins, Debnam.

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