Injuries continue to hamper Crows’ play-off bid

Royston Town keeper Harry Reynolds

Royston Town keeper Harry Reynolds - Credit: Archant

ROYSTON’S injury crisis has deepened with the news that goalkeeper Will Norris won’t play another game this season after damaging ankle ligaments.

He joins Craig Hammond and Ryan Lockett on the sidelines long-term, and following Tuesday’s 4-1 away victory at Woodford United, Joe De La Salle and Kaan Fehmi are struggling for Saturday’s home game against Ashford Town (Mddx).

However, stepping up the plate has been 16-year-old Harry Reynolds, who took his place between the sticks for both Saturday’s 2-2 away draw with Guildford and Tuesday’s welcome victory.

And the teenager didn’t disappoint with a man of the match performance at the weekend and a solid display away at Woodford.

His performances have come as no surprise to Crows boss Paul Attfield.

“There is no pressure on the boy as he has been put in the firing line really,” said Attfield.

“He is very level-headed for a 16-year-old and deserves his opportunity.

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“Harry has done very well in the two games he has played; there is no doubting his ability, and it is always a big ask when he is so young.

“We are pleased to have him in there, and hope he can continue his decent form.”

The play-off picture is no clearer following the latest round of games.

Royston find themselves one place and one point outside the zone with Beaconsfield occupying fifth spot.

However, Beaconsfield face two fellow play-off contenders in Biggleswade Town and Godalming in their next two games.

Royston round off their season with games against mid-table opposition; Ashford on Saturday, Northwood on Tuesday, April 23, and AFC Hayes on Saturday, April 27.

“I still believe it is in our hands, and it only takes one result for things to go our way,” added Attfield.