Royston Town boss Steve Castle determined to crush Crows’ Garden Walk jinx

PUBLISHED: 16:19 12 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:19 12 September 2018

Royston manager Steve Castle

Royston manager Steve Castle

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Royston Town boss Steve Castle is determined to crush the Crows’ Garden Walk jinx ahead of their AFC Rushden and Diamonds clash on Saturday.

While the Crows are unbeaten on the road at the start of the Evo-Stik South Central Premier season, they’re yet to taste victory at home - after two losses and a draw.

The Diamonds - who were promoted from the Southern League Division One East last season - stand in the way of a much-needed home victory for Royston.

Speaking to CrowSport, Castle said: “Want to make home a fortress again as soon as possible.

“We’ve got a lovely surface to play on and we want to do it justice. Anyone wanting to have success needs a good home record and we haven’t got it, so it’d be nice to get a win and start afresh.

“We’ve tried to take games to teams and got punished with counter-attacks. Teams coming and playing defensive is a complement, we’ve got to deal with that, be patient and take chances when they come.

“We will concede goals but I’d like team to have to earn them, not be gifted them. We want to eliminate that from our game.”

The last time the sides met was in the 2016 Southern League Division One play-off semi-final, when Rushden won 2-1 over the Crows at Garden Walk, before losing to St Ives Town in the final. However, Royston won both league games that season.

The Crows will be keen to make up for a disappointing early exit from the FA Cup on Saturday, as AFC Sudbury overhauled Royston for a 3-2 win.

Chris Assombalonga and Vance Bola’s goals were cancelled out by first-half strikes from Callum Harrison and Joe Whight, before Paul Hayes’ winner after 66-minutes.

Castle said: “The FA Cup means a lot to everyone at the club. We had a poor day but we’ve got to build from it.

“They’re a confident group of lads. People are down about what’s happened but we need resilience.

“That’s got to be shown staff and the players. We need to come back twice as eager.”

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