Take it as read – it’s Great Scott to rescue
PUBLISHED: 11:11 02 August 2007 | UPDATED: 15:12 12 May 2010
IT LOOKS as though Royston Town s goalkeeping conundrum may have been solved – with The Crow coming to the rescue. After reading a report in The Crow, which highlighted manager Phil Snowden s need for a goalkeeper, James Scott applied for the job. And af
IT LOOKS as though Royston Town's goalkeeping conundrum may have been solved - with The Crow coming to the rescue.
After reading a report in The Crow, which highlighted manager Phil Snowden's need for a goalkeeper, James Scott applied for the job.
And after meeting the Crows' boss, Scott was thrust into action in last week's Herts Charity Cup win against Hadley.
Scott said: "It's funny how things have worked out and it's all happened very quickly.
"I've only just recently moved to Royston and was thinking about joining a team.
"I then opened the paper and saw that Royston were looking for someone to play in goal."
Before Scott's arrival, Snowden had only rookie keeper Sam Booth to call upon, after last season's first teamers Ken Kamata and Chris Chambers became unavailable through other commitments.
Snowden said: "I think we used 10 different keepers last year, which wasn't the best.
"It's one of those positions where you need someone week in, week out. We can't have another year of chopping and changing.
"Hopefully James can come in and make the position his own. From what I've seen so far I've been impressed - he's looked really good."
Likewise, Scott has been equally impressed with his new club.
"I've been amazed by the setup, the club is run so professionally," he said.
"There's a great mentality and team spirit and already I feel a great connection with Royston.
"You can see straight away how much the football club means to the town and I'm really happy to be part of something like that - it's very special.
"Phil and his assistant Rob Henry have a lot of aims for the club and I really believe we can go places."
And after a commanding debut, pulling off a number of top saves, in Scott it looks like Royston will have a valuable platform to build from over the coming season.
But it could have been different for the former St Neots player, after a serious injury kept him out for more than six months.
Scott said: "Before my debut I hadn't played since before Christmas. I injured the ligaments in my ankle and for a while it didn't look promising.
"So it's been good to get back in action and at the moment I'm sky high.
"In the first 45 minutes against Hadley I admit I was a bit nervous.
"Being a goalkeeper it's all about your instincts and reactions, and because I had been out for so long I wasn't as sharp as I would have liked.
"However, as the game wore on I became more confident, and it was actually one of my best performances."
Scott was also kept busy in last Thursday's 4-1 defeat against Cambridge City - a club he had the option to join.
He said: "I could have signed for Cambridge City, but I was just bowled over by Royston. And it's here that I want to do well.
"I'm not just talking about the short term either, which means getting back into the Premier Division.
"I want to be here for years to come and obviously promotion is the first step for this, but I want to be challenging at the top of the Premier Division and moving forward from there."
Scott will certainly be picking up his copy of The Crow throughout the season and will no doubt have one eye on the Crows' match reports.
He said: "I think it's important for the club to have a good relationship with the local paper.
"As I said, the town cares a lot for its club, and it's nice for them to be able to follow through the year.
"The Crow's even good for finding goalkeepers!
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