Out of our hands, says Attfield
PUBLISHED: 18:38 02 April 2008 | UPDATED: 15:43 11 May 2010
ROYSTON Town manager Paul Attfield has admitted that his side s promotion hopes may be out of their hands. Their stuttering form continued on Saturday when they slipped to 1-0 defeat at rivals New Bradwell St Peter, and lost ground on both Hoddesdon and
ROYSTON Town manager Paul Attfield has admitted that his side's promotion hopes may be out of their hands.
Their stuttering form continued on Saturday when they slipped to 1-0 defeat at rivals New Bradwell St Peter, and lost ground on both Hoddesdon and Kentish Town.
However, The Crows bounced back on Tuesday night with a vital 2-0 victory against fellow promotion rivals Haringey Borough - their first loss in eight league games.
Attfield told The Crow: "The defeat to New Bradwell was very disappointing and although we didn't play particularly well, the conditions made the game very difficult.
"It was farcical really, and although I don't like to make excuses, the weather did get the better of us. But I don't want to take anything away from New Bradwell, because they played well and showed that they are a good side. It was just a matter of them adapting better.
"However, I was chuffed to bits with the way we responded on Tuesday night and for me it was probably one of our best performances.
"The win underlined again our remarkable record at Garden Walk - I just wish we could play like that away from home.
"And I think that's been our problem lately. We've struggled to scrap for the win and we really have to learn how to play differently on our travels.
"But let's not forget that this is a very young side, with the majority of the players under the age of 20, so a bit of naivety is going to creep in at times, and it's all about learning to adjust."
And with the clubs around them picking up points at the weekend, the pressure is on for The Crows, who realistically now, have to win their remaining four matches.
"It's going to be difficult and it is out of our hands now," said Attfield.
"We can't control what happens now, but what we can do is concentrate on our final games.
"They are games that we can certainly win, although it is a slight concern that three of them are away from home.
"But we have to remain confident, and with the other teams vying for promotion playing one another, points are going to be dropped.