Crows Power Into Sixth Spot

PUBLISHED: 15:16 14 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:21 04 May 2010

Craig Hammond celebrates his first of the day.

Craig Hammond celebrates his first of the day.

AFTER another ruthless showing in front of goal, Royston moved up into sixth place and now sit just five points off the promotion places. It was another impressive performance by The Crows who had the game wrapped up by half time thanks to a commanding 4

AFTER another ruthless showing in front of goal, Royston moved up into sixth place and now sit just five points off the promotion places.

It was another impressive performance by The Crows who had the game wrapped up by half time thanks to a commanding 4-0 lead.

Will Turl opened Bedford up after 14 minutes when he volleyed home from the edge of the area, after twice going close in the early stages.

For a short while the game then became slightly scrappy as the visitors tried to find a way through a Royston defence that was looking for their third straight clean sheet.

And just when the match needed a moment of inspiration, full-back Peter Chappell popped up with a confident finish after his overlapping run was spotted by Allan Reid's lofted pass.

Leading scorer, Craig Hammond then grabbed two more in the last 10 minutes of the half, the first of which came when he rounded the Bedford keeper and slotted home a cool finish. Hammond struck again moments later when he beat the offside trap and finished with a brilliant lob.

After the break, the away side looked intent on gaining some personal pride, with their play seemingly injected by some new found enthusiasm.

However, despite some spells of controlled possession, The Crows showed why they have conceded just five goals in their last eight games, with their dogged defending giving keeper Damion Williamson decent protection.

Attfield then introduced Tibbals to the Royston attack and within minutes the pacy striker was making an impact, with his direct running causing the visiting defence immediate problems.

And with 14 minutes left, Tibbals made it 5-0 when his powerful run was finished with an excellent 20-yard strike into the bottom corner of the Bedford net.

Tibbals then completed the rout with his ninth league goal of the season, when he raced onto a ball over the top and beat the Bedford keeper with clever lobbed finish.

It was another three points for the most inform team in the South Midlands League, however, Attfield was again critical of his side's all round performance.

He said: "Again, similar to last week's win against Harpenden, I felt that we never really gained control of the game but still scored some excellent opportunist goals to show the strength of our striking unit.

"I didn't like the way that we approached the second half and we lost our discipline and shape, and never really wrestled the control back.

"Graham came off the bench and took his goals very well, but I have to say it must be worrying for other teams to see that we have won our last couple of games, scoring 10 goals and all without reaching our full potential.

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