Crows get back on the victory trail
PUBLISHED: 19:52 22 April 2008 | UPDATED: 15:44 11 May 2010
Cranfield United 1 Royston Town 4 ROYSTON Town look set to end their season on a high after an impressive victory at Cranfield United. The Crows got back to winning ways with a fine result at bottom of the table United - in what was their penultimate g
Cranfield United 1 Royston Town 4
ROYSTON Town look set to end their season on a high after an impressive victory at Cranfield United.
The Crows got back to winning ways with a fine result at bottom of the table United - in what was their penultimate game of the season.
A win at Sun Postal Sports on Saturday could seal a fourth-place finish for Royston, while last weekend's opponents Cranfield belied their lowly position, giving a fine account of themselves throughout.
Having struggled in front of goal in recent weeks, it was pleasing for Royston manager Paul Attfield to see four different scorers as his side got back to their prolific scoring ways.
The excellent home playing surface helped Royston's cause, with both teams starting the game well.
Craig Hammond had an early chance well saved by the home keeper, and Ryan Lockett beat the offside trap, but his lobbed finish drifted agonisingly wide.
The opening goal came after 20 minutes, when Hammond converted from close range for his 31st of the season, following some good play from Lewis Endacott and Tom Malins.
Ten minutes later Malins flicked on Luke Robins' corner, and found an unmarked Tom Galvin who converted from three yards.
In the second half, Cranfield approached the game much better, and kept The Crows defence on their toes.
Damion Williamson had to make two excellent saves to deny the home side's forwards, with Robins hacking one Cranfield chance off from the line.
However, as the half wore on, Royston grew in dominance, and always looked capable of adding to their tally.
Then with six minutes remaining, Ryan Lockett's fine control and shot brought an excellent diving save from the Cranfield keeper, but Gregg Jackson reacted quickest, and crashed home from close range.
Cranfield did grab a deserved consolation near the final whistle, but Royston immediately responded with Robins blasting in a brilliant 20-yard strike.
Attfield said: "Overall, it was a steady performance. Cranfield didn't look like a side that should be anywhere near the bottom of the table.
"The difference was our creativity and finishing - which was spot-on considering we have been a little lax lately.
"Hopefully we can go on and win our last game."
Royston Town: Williamson; Endacott, Geldart, Hollingsworth, Cain; Reid, Galvin, Malins, Robins; Hammond, Lockett. (Subs): Easley, Jackson, M Turl.
Royston travel to Watford-based Sun Postal Sports on Saturday, who suffered a heavy 5-0 defeat at Stony Stratford last weekend.