Gr-eight! Crows run riot
ROYSTON Town returned to league action on Tuesday night – with a result that left manager Paul Attfield beaming. With the FA Cup and FA Vase taking precedence over the last two weeks, it was business as usual for The Crows and another impressive night in
ROYSTON Town returned to league action on Tuesday night - with a result that left manager Paul Attfield beaming.
With the FA Cup and FA Vase taking precedence over the last two weeks, it was business as usual for The Crows and another impressive night in front of goal.
Mid-table Sun Postal Sports made the trip to Garden Walk, and they were made to suffer after Attfield issued instructions for his young charges to raise their game.
Four goals before half-time saw Royston cement control, with Craig Hammond firing home another well-taken hat trick, while Luke Robins continued his fine goalscoring form by notching Royston's second.
It was more of the same after the break, with Town relentless in their pursuit of further rewards.
Arron Welch made it 5-0, before Ryan Lockett slotted home a delicate penalty following a foul on Hammond. Lockett's free-kick was then turned in by an unfortunate Sun Postal defender for goal number seven, while Jan Stephens completed the rout by crashing in a splendid 25-yard volley.
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Attfield told The Crow: "I thought that was our best performance so far this season. It wasn't the scoreline that impressed me, but the way they came together and dominated in every department.
"From start to finish we looked quick, sharp and fit, and as a result we made them look very ordinary. And to be fair they are not a bad side.
"But that's what I want to see, week in, week out. All round we were exceptional and when we play like that we're a threat to anyone. Craig took his goals very well, and Jan probably scored the goal of the season. Luke was outstanding, and he was our man-of-the-match - involved in almost every move."
Despite a series of good results, Attfield had indicated that he was far from pleased with his side's recent form.
He said: "We haven't been playing particularly well, and because of that a few positions were possibly up for grabs. However, they responded brilliantly and did everything I asked - and fair credit to them.
"Having slipped up in our last league game with Stony Stratford we needed three points, because already a few teams have started to pull away at the top."
Tuesday's scintillating win should put Royston in the right mood for Saturday's trip to Bedford - a side who have taken nine points from eight games and conceded 18 goals.
Attfield said: "As far as the Bedford game goes, I want to see more of the same. We need to keep consistent, because if we don't then Tuesday's result will count for nothing.
"It's a result we can build on and that's important, especially if we are to maintain our push for promotion.