On the up!
ROYSTON manager Paul Attfield says his side can build on Saturday s victory over Sun Postal Sports and move away from the foot of the league table. His new-look Crows outplayed their opponents from the off and their impressive win left Attfield confident
ROYSTON manager Paul Attfield says his side can build on Saturday's victory over Sun Postal Sports and move away from the foot of the league table.
His new-look Crows outplayed their opponents from the off and their impressive win left Attfield confident that more of the same will see them in good stead.
"It was my first proper game in charge and I'm very pleased with the win," said Attfield.
"And if we play like that every week we'll be fine. It's important that we get a winning mentality going, and that can sometimes take a while.
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"I wasn't expecting great things to begin with, but I was impressed with how they played and I thought we looked very good.
"We created a number of good chances and we thoroughly deserved the three points. Every one of them went out there intent on winning, and I was also impressed with the intensity of their play - you could tell from their body language that they wanted the win.
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"If they can continue to play with the same effort then I'm confident that we can move away from the bottom of the table, and that will happen sooner rather than later.
"But we need to be playing like that on a regular basis."
Attfield introduced seven new faces to the Garden Walk action, with keeper Damion Williamson, defenders David Cain and Lewis Endacott, midfielders Luke Robins and Mark Babbage and striker Will Turl making their Royston debuts after following their former manager from Buntingford Town.
There was also a debut for former Standon & Puckeridge midfielder George Garner, who made an immediate impression by scoring Royston's two goals.
However, with players coming in, a few familiar faces have inevitably departed with Eddie Julu and David Daniels moving on.
Long-standing midfielder Lee Rogers has also left and has joined former captain Stuart Snowden at South Midlands League Premier Division side Langford.
Attfield said: "I'm very happy with the squad. I've made a large amount of signings, and all of them are players that I believe will enhance the standard of the club, from the first team to the reserves.
"I've brought in a bit more seniority and hopefully that can add some stability. And with that experience, added to some very talented players and promising youth team players the club should push forward."
Attfield says he is not surprised at how well his new signings have fitted in after making the step up from the Herts Senior County League.
He said: "I don't see it as a step up at all. I know that the players are more than capable of playing at this level - in fact they could play even higher.
"I think everyone enjoyed the game, and after the match there was a really good buzz. It was a good start for all of us."
Attfield acknowledges, with the team still occupying bottom spot, that there is still a lot of work to do.
But the win certainly made their league position look more positive, with the Crows now sitting a point behind Winslow United with four games in hand.
And a win at Garden Walk on Saturday over Cranfield United, who have lost 11 of their 16 league games, will see Royston leapfrog both sides and move up the table.
Attfield said: "This week's game with Cranfield is certainly one that I want to win. If we play like we did on Saturday then I'd be very confident.
"One of my immediate targets was to move from the bottom as quickly as possible and a win would do that - and that would be very pleasing!"
- Royston travel to Brentwood Town of the Ryman Division One North on Tuesday in the second round of the East Anglian Cup.
By Tom Brown