Royston Town boss Steve Castle - We're ready to show we're title contenders against Kettering
PUBLISHED: 17:40 12 November 2018
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Royston Town boss Steve Castle says the Crows wants to show they're title contenders in Saturday's Garden Walk clash with league leaders Kettering Town.
The Crows lie third in the Evo-Stik Southern League Central going into the pivotal game, four points behind Kettering, who have played two games less than Royston.
While the Northamptonshire side crashed out of the FA Trophy on Saturday, losing 1-0 to Stamford AFC, the Crows soared into the third round of qualifying.
They sunk Thame United 5-2 - with a Dave Mooney hat-trick, a Thame own-goal and a Spyros Mentis strike sending Royston through.
Speaking to CrowSport, Castle said: “We’re ready to take (Kettering) on.
“It’ll be nice if we can show some intent and show we’re right up there with the title contenders.
“We’re under to illusions, it’ll be a massive game.
“We’re confident. They’ve done fantastically well, they’re a big club but we’ve had them looked at and we know what we can exploit. They’ll know they’re been in a game.
“The important thing as a manager is, you get excited, but it’s what you portray to the players. There’s a line between getting lads up for it and making them nervous. They’ll be an air of calm but also determination.”
The Crows prepare for the game with a weakened squad, as Chris Assombalonga has left the club, striker Adam Murray is suspended and centre-back Ben Martin was injured in the 0-0 draw with Halesowen Town.
However, Castle said his squad can step up to the plate: “Both Adam and Ben were absent on Saturday and we won 5-2.
“We might add to the squad because there’s a few missing and we’re a bit light but we’re happy with what we’re doing and there’s a confidence about the team.”
Castle added that Mooney’s hat-trick against Thame will likely force a start for the Irishman against Kettering. The former Shamrock Rovers, Reading and Leyton Orient goal-scorer has shown his Football League class since making his non-league debut in October.
Castle said: “He’s getting fitter every week and his finishing was excellent. I’m really pleased for him.
“He’s had to be patient, I’m sure he’s wanted more starts but those three goals and that performance shows he’s going to be a massive addition to hopefully a successful season.”